30 Dec '13, 1pm

Drone that hit Chancellorsville ruined computer center

Drone that hit Chancellorsville ruined computer center

The drone that struck the cruiser Chancellorsville crippled a key computer center integral to the ship’s cutting-edge combat systems, damage that will take months and tens of millions of dollars to fix, according to new details from surface fleet officials. The rare drone mishap, which occurred off Point Mugu, Calif., in mid-November, left a roughly 3-foot-wide hole in the cruiser’s hull. New details and interviews with two sources close to the crew suggest the impact was even more severe inside the ship — a near-miss that could have ended in sailor casualties. The damage centers on “computer central,” a compartment extending most of the ship’s width that houses many of the servers and signal processors for the cruiser’s radar and combat systems. The drone tore into this space and slammed into the far end, igniting a small jet fuel fire, according to two former Chancellors...

Full article: http://www.navytimes.com/article/20131230/NEWS/312300005

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