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The USS Fort Worth, a Navy littoral combat ship,has suffered extensive gear damage while docked at a port in Singapore. The Navy is blaming the incident on a crew error.

According to reports, the crew failed to use sufficient lube oil, leading to excessively high temperatures on the gears. Debris also found its way into the lubrication system, which also contributed to failure, Defense News reports. The crew did not follow standard operating procedures.

Oh really?

Gear oil isn't like your engine oil.  There is normally no consumption of gear oil; there's nowhere for it to go unless there is a leak.  It gets contaminated over time, but at a much lower rate than engine oil.

So how did the level get to be low?  Was insufficient oil used when the gears were filled?  Is there a leak and the people responsible for checking gear oil level didn't do it?  Or did someone sabotage the ship?

I'm operating on the assumption that there wasn't a rapid and profuse leak, because those don't get missed.  Oil, especially under pressure, makes a hell of a mess and (particularly if you have a pressure leak from a hose or pipe) is a rather-serious fire hazard.  That would have been noticed -- quickly.

What the hell is going on here folks?

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