You could literally say the shit hit the fan with this discovery. When the Navy turned this up in a web search, as they routinely do, they contacted the Dept. of Justice. The Justice Dept. contacted MARAD in San Francisco who then contacted the manager at Suisun. Naturally they wanted to know what the hell was going on. The Justice Dept. also call the Hornet. The next thing I know was our visit for the first week of May is canceled until further notice. Needless to say there were a lot of unhappy people around. There was also to be a show on May 7th in San Francisco regarding these ships Scott Haefner Photography which is the site first discovered.
There was some concern that the manager at Suisun might lose his job over this. I know not all hatches have pad locks on them and you only need to check each and everyone. Some are wired shut from inside while others have nothing. You can get into the Thomaston if you can get to the very front of the ship were there are two doors, port and starboard, and the port side is open. It was open when I first ran across it as I followed a water leak. Our man at the Hornet had several talks with both the Dept. Of Justice and the Dept. of Defense. We seem to be ok now. One person, who had permission to go with us, withdrew from the show and probably will never be allowed to go with us again. Several people on the Hornet feel they were used. Jon I know was with us once that I can recall. The others I don't know and obviously were the ones to sneak out there. I have a pretty good guess what stoked their interest in sneaking out there given the time frame.
Our guy on the Hornet told me we were cool with MARAD on this past Wednesday. He is working on a secure procedure for ship members being up there not that anyone sneaks into our group. I have heard anything that might happen to the three guys who did sneak onto the ships and admitted trespassing onto a restricted government site.