Update: USNA YP Squadron runs aground at Kings Point
On July 2, 2012, during a routine summer training cruise, a Naval Academy training vessel (YP) ran aground in shoal water near Kings Point, NY. This vessel was part of a squadron of four YPs on a month-long midshipman summer training cruise. There were no injuries. The training vessel suffered minor damage to the propeller and rudder. A formal investigation into this incident was immediately launched and is ongoing. Following an operational and material assessment, three YPs returned to USNA while one YP remains in NY for further assessment and possible repairs.
The Naval Academy is a training command with a mission of developing the next generation of leaders for the Fleet. We are committed to providing the safest and best practical hands-on training to our Midshipmen while utilizing our YPs. Insights into the cause of this incident reported out by the investigation will be used to better prepare and train all personnel involved with YP operations so that similar future incidents can be avoided.
Like teaching the navigator to look at the chart? Not every rock in the ocean is marked. But these are. There is a reason it is called Stepping Stones light.
|Two YPs approach Stepping Stones side by side|
|Heavy fuel barge in the channel passes two YPs starboard to starboard|
|Two YPs approaching Kings Point, Willetts Point at |
As we observed it two ships appeared to be lashed together. They were in perfect tandem - that's why you see only one in front of the lighthouse. One of them must already have ran aground - perhaps a couple of miles east near Execution Rocks lighthouse, or perhaps where we saw them at Stepping Stones light. We heard a radio call by a former YP commander - who warned them to mind the channel. Here and below is a series of shots of the two YPs as they approach and pass Stepping Stones one mile from Willetts Point and the Throgs Neck Bridge.
|YP 680 passing Stepping Stones Light - click to enlarge|
|YP 692 off Hart I. click to enlarge|
YP- 676 Class Patrol Craft, Training
Displacement 176 t. (max.) Length 108' Beam 24'
Speed 12 kts. Armament none
Range 1800 nm
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