Other findings from submarine accident data
According to data obtained from the Naval Safety Center by The Day through a Freedom of Information Act request, there were 906 accidents involving submarines from late 2004 through 2013. The data also revealed:
• The most accident-prone submarine was the USS Alabama. The ballistic-missile submarine, which is based at the Naval Base Kitsap in Washington, has two crews. The Gold Crew had 44 mishaps and the Blue Crew had two, for a total of 5 percent of the accidents overall. None of the accidents, however, was major.
• Four other submarines each had more than 20 accidents - the USS Pennsylvania, USS Albuquerque, USS Key West and USS Seawolf.
• Six submarines had more than one Class A or B accident - the USS Ohio, USS Georgia, USS Pennsylvania, USS Philadelphia, USS Texas and USS San Juan. The USS Key West had three.
• On the Key West, someone injured his hand while trying to cut a rubber air hose and a sonar array cable was damaged twice, once because a shark bit into it.
• The most accident-prone location was the Trident Refit Facility in Kings Bay, Ga., where 72 of the mishaps, or nearly 8 percent, occurred. Many involved someone injuring a shoulder, back or hand while repairing a submarine.
• There was one fatality in 2005, 2008 and 2013, and two in 2007.
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The Day worked with Visible Government Online Inc., an information technology and services company in Brunswick, Maine, to create a searchable database using data obtained from the Naval Safety Center by The Day through a Freedom of Information Act request. Explore the data now.
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