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Background In shallower waters or anomalous water conditions, especially odd temperature gradients or saltiness variations, sonar performance can be seriously degraded. Add in that both ships may have been sneaking around at low revs looking for each other, and this kind of thing is possible without anyone having screwed up.
Actually, there are three battles of San Jacinto. The one I presume Sevenstrokeroll is referring to is the battle of 1836, which ironically didn't involve the United States. It was fought between Mexico and the Republic of Texas, which didn't become part of the USA until 1846. I stand ready to be corrected; my American history isn't up to par.
I don't know who told GBZ Tico was a destroyer... while that class were called destroyers during their planning and when Congress authorized them, they were redesignated as Guided Missile Cruisers (CG) on January 1, 1980... before the first keel was laid (21 January 1980).
Only the lead ship was formally ordered as a DDG... the other 26 were ordered in 1981 & later as CGs.
They were called cruisers when they were built, and they have been called cruisers ever since.
Last edited by GreenKnight121; 15th Oct 2012 at 18:10.