Monday, July 20, 2009

Ironic Far-fetched Research

Remember Ron Brown (August 1, 1941–April 3, 1996)? He was the first African American United States Secretary of Commerce, serving during the first term of President Bill Clinton.
The ship NOASS Ronald H. Brown is a blue-water research vessel, the largest vessel in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fleet. The Brown, flagship of the NOAA fleet, is named for former Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown, who was killed on a mission to Croatia, along with 34 others, in a 1996 plane crash.
Plenty is written about the vessel Brown. We can find photos of her current CO, CAPT Gerd Glang. her Medical Officer, LCDR Irwin Fish, and even her Able Bodied Seaman, Vicky Carpenter, for instance. More importantly perhaps, history detectives can also learn that the Brown participated in documentation of the site where the U-166 rests in 5,000 ft of water in the Gulf of Mexico. [Yes, the Gulf of Mexico gets almost a mile deep in places]
Ironically, research surrounds the purpose built NOASS Brown. What can we find about the Secretary of Commerce's curious and untimely death, however?
Submarines are always silent and strange.



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