USS Cod, the decommissioned Gato-class attack submarine of the US Navy, struck with a moored Coast Guard cutter this Sunday morning while it was being towed.
The tug Manitou was assigned the job to take the submarine in tow during the morning hours of Sunday, but around 1130 hours, the submarine collided with the USCGC Morro Bay, the moored Coast Guard tug. The AIS tracking reveals that at the time of the incident, the Morro Bay was hitched almost 300 feet away from the permanent spot of the USS Cod, which is situated within a constricted basin on Cleveland’s waterfront.
The USS Cod was slated to navigate from her present homeport on the waterfront of Cleveland to Donjon Shipbuilding in Erie, Pennysylvania. She had to undergo maintenance procedures there. Its journey was only minimally hindered and the submarine was quickly on its course again.The Morro Bay is constructed to clear Great Lakes waterways during winters and is a Bay-class icebreaker. These properties helped it during the contact where she suffered only shallow harms.
USS Cod was commissioned in 1943 after which aà seven outstanding patrols in the Pacific Theater. After the War, she was used as a platform for trainings and exercises. She was decommissioned in 1971.
The cause of the incident is still being studied and the Coast Guard rebuked the vessel operators to be aware and cautious of the shoreline, breakwalls and moored vessels in the same way as they are of the increasing traffic on the water.