Sequence of Events
15 to 30 Seconds After Loss of AC Power
The rate of change of increasing down angle accelerated rapidly from about 15 degrees down to approximately 40 to 45 degrees down; with full speed ahead still being answered.
The starboard controllerman on watch in the maneuvering room picked up the XJA circuit (inter compartmental sound powered phone system) but heard no conversations.
The Officer of the deck took the hand telephone from the helmsman and ordered “All stop” and immediately “All back full”. There was no response to this order, nor was it heard in the maneuvering room.
The after torpedo room watch picked up the hand phone (XJA circuit) and heard no conversation on the phone.
The diving officer ordered “Blow bow buoyancy” and the auxiliaryman responded to the order. In addition the diving officer ordered the stern planesman to shift to emergency and the stern planesman responded to the order.
The commanding officer entered the control room and was able to pull himself to a position between the ladder from control to conning tower and the control room table.
One of the chiefs fell to the forward end of the forward battery as he attempted to climb into the control room.
Holy moley. Read the whole thing. Especially “Lesson Learned and Action Taken” Number 5. Drills and discipline. Rote memory. Training, training, training. Not a word about SAPR or human trafficking, or Diversity…
H/T (not surprisingly) Grandpa Bluewater.