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Sargon of Akkad, also known as Sargon the Great "the Great King" (Akkadian Šarru-kīnu, meaning "the true king" or "the king is legitimate"), was a Semitic Akkadian emperor famous for his conquest of the Sumerian city-states in the 23rd and 22nd centuries BC.
Star Trek wiki wrote:Sargon was a disembodied being – "matter without form" – among the last of a species of highly advanced humanoids who had evolved to a point where their mental powers had become almost god-like. When a cataclysmic war about half a million years ago ripped away their planet's atmosphere, Sargon and ten others chosen from both warring factions transferred their consciousnesses into spherical storage devices kept in a vault far beneath the surface. Sargon, his wife Thalassa, and Henoch, of the opposing faction, were eventually the only survivors – the other eight essences ceased to exist and their receptacles were dark.
In 2268 Sargon detected the USS Enterprise and summoned her to the planet.
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It is a little bit of a wonder such a clever warship designed to find all sorts of sneaky mines did not have equipment that could establish that they had run out of ocean depth. Another career change?
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You have a great sense of humour Global. It is a characteristic often associated with talented students/learners.This poor commander not only runs his ship up onto a coarl reef but a World Heritage listed reef at that!The US Navy in peace time appears to be a singularly unforgiving employer. I have often wondered if a small disaster in the career of some of these talented and capable sailors and officers working these ships might not improve them. I have met brilliantly capable men on occasion who seemed to find tasks that were difficult for me so easy as to be not worth mentioning. A disaster can ruin your confidence, self esteem and career. Sometimes though it makes you a bit more careful, a bit more thorough and a bit better at handling subordinates. I could imagine a man who was not as good as the Navy thought he was before his disaster being improved, even on that high standard, after his disaster.I accept that "it depends on" but it seems to me that the Navy must be losing some capable people if they are always so unforgiving of errors.However, advanced minehunters are not dumb boats and althought they are built to get too close to an exploding mine [at least ours are] I guess you do not want a big hole in the water where the ship used to be.
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-2117595424 January 2013 Last updated at 08:11 GMT
A US Navy minesweeper stuck on a
coral reef in a Unesco heritage site off the Philippine coast is badly damaged
and taking in water, officials say.
The USS Guardian struck the reef in the Sulu Sea south-east of Palawan island
last Thursday after completing a port call at the former Subic Bay base.
US officials say a salvage operation could take weeks to complete.
The reef is in the Tubbataha National Marine Park, designated a World
Heritage Site by Unesco.
There had been hopes that the ship could simply be towed off the reef, but
officials said the vessel was too badly damaged for that and that the first
priority was to pump fuel out of the ship as it was being battered by rough
"It's got hull penetrations in several places, and there's a significant
amount of water inside the ship right now," said Rear Adm Thomas Carney,
commander of the Navy's Logistics Group in the Western Pacific.
He said the salvage operation would be "a very deliberate complicated
process" which could involve two or more US Navy ships and take up to two weeks
All 79 of the ship's crew were transferred to a smaller vessel for safety
reasons. No-one was hurt in the incident.
According to Unesco, the area
the ship is grounded is a "unique example of an atoll reef with a very high
density of marine species". Part of it serves as a nesting site for birds and
marine turtles, it says.
Divers from the Philippine coast guard have been measuring coral damage at
The Philippine government has said it wants to fine the US Navy for
unauthorised entry into the protected reef area and for any damage incurred to
the protected site.
Rear Adm Carney expressed his "deepest regret" for the incident and said that
an investigation will consider the causes for the grounding and assess damage to
Officials from the Philippines and the US - which have close military ties -
can then discuss claims and compensation, he added.
Environmental group Greenpeace was fined almost $7,000 (£4,380) in November
2005 for damaging a coral reef in the park after its flagship Rainbow Warrior II
Greenpeace paid the fine but blamed the accident on outdated maps provided by
the Philippine government.
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