As reported tonight (May 12, 2004)
The local news just carried a report from Electric Boat that the drydock which holds the Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) is in imminent danger of collapsing, and could damage the submarine. Emergency operations are now underway to shore up the dock. Two tugs were standing by, one commercial, one Navy. Many workers seen around the dock. A crane was lifting metal beam debris out of the drydock. Two Coast Guard boats with their lights flashing were out in the Thames river, keeping other vessels away.
My source spoke personally with an EB employee who told me no one was hurt, nor was the submarine damaged by the collapse of the drydock supports. The concern was around additional sections of the dock collapsing. EB employee said they were flooding the dock as fast as possible to float the Carter, and may pull her out of the dock, drain it, and then repair it. Lots of news helicopters seen overhead, so look those living near by check the local news at 11:00. Only the top of the sail was visible, and so the dock was not flooded to the point where the Carter was afloat. In comparison, when the Virginia was in the same dock, she rode pretty high when the dock was flooded.
The future USS Jimmy Carter (SSN-23 was quietly moved from it's building shed at Electric Boat (Groton) on Friday, May 7th, 2004 (movement began at sunset for an operation that went on into the night into early morning Saturday - no public announcement of this operation was released naturally). The especially modified future named USS Jimmy Carter has been under construction at Electric Boat since 1995.
Will relay more news as it becomes available
This report from one of my 'sources',
Edited and Submitted by Steve Reichmuth