The USS Irex SS–482: Sail damage, February 1960

[ Irex sail damage 1 ] [ Irex sail damage 2 ] During the LANTBEX exercises in the north Atlantic, a storm took away much of the sail. The photo to the left (from Bob Lancaster) may represent the initial condition, with damaged portions of the sail still in place. I don't know if this photo was taken in Belfast, where the Irex headed for some quick repairs. There were no antennas left with which to communicate until one was jury-rigged, and the boat had to return home on the surface. The photo to the right is the condition in March of 1960 back in New London (from Bob Souden), when the damaged portions of the sail had been removed.

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