Unsinkable US Navy boat missing for a YEAR after a rocket test off the Virginia coast … washes 5,300 miles away in Ireland
- US Navy boat went missing during rocket test exercise in September 2018
- It traveled 3300 miles from Norfolk, VA to near Galway Bay on the Irish coast
- The boat was modified with foam to make it & # 39; unlikely & # 39; was to sink and thus cross the Atlantic
A US Navy boat that disappeared during a missile test last year has been discovered washed ashore on the coast of Ireland.
Crew aboard a Doolin Ferry Company ship saw an object floating in Irish waters on Monday during a trip to Inis Oirr, part of the Aran Islands in Galway Bay.
After being brought ashore with the help of the locals, images of the seaweed-covered ship went viral, with dozens of people interested in where the boat came from.
& # 39; Later we sent one of our crews and ferries to tow the boat (using a local fishing boat) to the beach of Inis Oirr. Many islanders helped bring it to the beach and we started to wonder where it came from, & D 39 told Doolin Ferry Fox news.
A US Navy boat that disappeared during a missile test last year was discovered washed ashore on the coast of Ireland, 300 km from the Norfolk, Virginia naval base
It later turned out that the boat was a US Navy High Speed Maneuverable Surface Target (HSMST) and had traveled approximately 3,300 miles from his home in Norfolk, Virginia.
& # 39; This boat was built in 2015 and it was probably lost during a training exercise. He floated in the water until he landed in the water at Inis Oirr and was discovered by the Doolin Express crew. & # 39;
A post on social media from the ferry company has received almost 3,000 responses and has been shared 1,500 times.
& # 39; Fascinating how it washed up in Ireland. Would like to know his story, & a person said.
Crew aboard a Doolin Ferry Company ship saw an object floating in Irish waters on Monday during a trip to Inis Oirr, part of the Aran Islands in Galway Bay
After being landed with the help of the locals, images of the seaweed-covered ship went viral, with dozens of people interested in where the boat came from
Naval Air Warfare Center spokesman Timothy Boulay told The Virginian Pilot that the ship was lost at sea in September 2018 during a missile test.
The exercise took place approximately 75 miles off the Norfolk coast, home of the Norfolk naval station.
Five hours after the disappearance, the Atlantic Target and Maritime Operations team searched for the boat, but later informed the coast guard of the potential navigation hazard when they could not pick it up.
Boulay added that he was not surprised that the boat had crossed the Atlantic because the ship had been modified by being filled with foam so that it could not sink.
& # 39; Our people are not surprised it has made it to Ireland, & # 39; he added.
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