As a timely follow up to the article about Thomas Hyde, there's a great story by the AP, of all folks, about the Burke class of Aegis Destroyers from Bath Iron Works. You can read it here
A small excerpt:
"BATH, Maine — Cruising through the
darkness in rough seas, the USS Ross encountered a rogue wave that
smashed into the destroyer's bow, sending a shudder along the entire
ship that knocked sleeping crew out of their bunks and damaged the
As alarms sounded, sleepy sailors scrambled to shore up the leak.
cracked the hull and kept on going like it was nothing," retired sailor
Jonathan Staeblein, of Hagerstown, Md., recalled. In fact, the 510-foot
destroyer was never out of service for repairs during any deployment in
the three years he served aboard as an electronic warfare technician.
Burke-class destroyers such as the USS Ross and USS Cole, which
survived a terrorist suicide bombing in Yemen, have proven to be
durable workhorses in the U.S. Navy"
It's worth a bit to read it all. I'm proud of my City of Bath, and of the great ships built here, and so should all Americans. The motto: "Bath Built Is Best Built" has been proven time and again..