Read the article that appeared in TESTER explaining the Mullinnix sinking on October 30, 1992.
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"After decommissioning, the Mux was used as a target ship and is now a reef off the North Carolina coast."
Unfortunately, that piece of miss-information was believed by many of us for years to be the truth of the final resting place of the Mighty Mux. However, with a fine piece of detective work by BT3 Greg "Bo" Bohmert, the truth was uncovered on 15 July 2002.
The letter to the left, is a copy of the original US Navy Project Memorandum for the project known as "BB WARHEAD".
The letter states that the Mullinnix was sunk on 23 August 1992 at approximately 1110 hours at the position of 17 degrees 09.504' N 65 degrees 41.807' W in 2617 fathoms (that is approximately 15,702 feet of water or 2.97 miles straight down!)
That is in the Carribean - South and slightly East of Puerto Rico in water deeper than the Titanic!!
View the map that Bo mocked up from a hurricane map that shows the final resting of the Mullinnix - the last all gun destroyer in US Naval history.
The project memoradum goes on to explain, "Internal BB detonation destroyed hull girder strength area of Frame 115. Ship broke under sagging moment caused by progressive flooding from point of detonation. EX-MULLINNIX sank within 9 minutes, 50 seconds of detonation. Support vessel HUGO remained on station approximately 45 minutes after sinkex, picked up two pieces of debris.
NAVSTA Tug YTB788 and AFWTP Support Vessel HUGO witnessed sinkex event.
In a letter to Frank Wood dated 24 January 2003 from the Department of the Navy it stated, "In response to the portion of your request for photographs and documents pertaining to the two pieces of debris, picked up by Support Vessel HUGO, please be advised that a member of the Atlantic Test Range believes that the two items were a piece of a tub and refrigerator door that were brought onboard after the vessel was decommissioned. Although we have no documentation, we believe those items were recovered and sent for scrap of disposed of. The enclosed photograph is responsive to this portion of your request."
Chesapeake Test Range
|This picture was taken by Greg Foster at the Philedelphia Shipyard shorty before Mullinnix was sunk as a target on 23 August 1992. The USS Forrest Sherman DD-931 and USS Manley DD-940 were berthed behind her at the time.|
Test 1 from observation ship.
Test 1 Camera Port Side
Test 1 Bridge Camera
Test 1 MT 51 Camera
Picture is of Hull Mullinnix just before explosion 1059 Hours 23 August 1992. Note no hull number and no barrels on guns. Courtesy Greg Foster.
Test 2 from observation ship.
Test 2 close up from observation ship.
Test 2 Portside camera - slow motion Test 2 underwater damage
Test 4 from observation ship.
Test 4 from portside camera.
Test 4 underwater damage. Test 4 more underwater footage.
1100 Hours 23 August, 1992 - The Explosion. Courtesy Greg Foster.
Test 5 from observation ship.
Test 5 close.
Test 5 closest.
Test 5 with ship's song.
Test 6 - Explosion that broke her in two.
Test 6 - Stern slips under.
Test 6 - Bow slips under. Test 6 - Another look at the fireball.
Test 6 with ship's song.
Pre-Test 6 Assesment in engineroom.
Test 6 - Surface shot.
Test 6 - Mullinnix is taking on water.
Test 6 - Mullinnix is in trouble.
Test 6 - Broken in two.
Test 6 - Sinking in two.
Test 6 - Bow disappears.
Test 6 - Slips below the water line
1105 Hours 23 August, 1992 - As the sea continues to pour into Mullinnix, the tremendous weight begins to buckle her hull. Courtesy Greg Foster.
Scene 3. Scene 4.
Scene 5. Scene 6.
Scene 8. Scene 9.
Scene 10. Scene 11.
Note the two pieces of debris.
"Mother" of ALL video clips. High definition Compilation video from the Department of the Navy. HUGE file size (32.6 Megs). If you got the time to down load it, this is the one you want!|
NOTE: Takes approximately 5 minutes with high speed!!