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Neptune papers III ; Naval nuclear accidentas at sea
In a further attempt to prove that there were large numbers of military personnel killed and
injured during the Cold War I add this.
This is a listing of accidents involving naval vessels, many with loss of life. I have tried to
limit it to US Navy, with a few notable exceptions involving Soviet vessels. You may note
the several incidents concerning nuclear powered ships and submarines, and nuclear weapons.
Also the original report made no mention of the USS Pueblo, USS Liberty, USS Stark and
USS Samuel B. Roberts
Pacific 02/18/46: A U.S. tank landing ship suffers an explosion of ammunition in Shanghai,
China, killing six and injuring 44.
Atlantic 04/17/46: The USS Wasp (CV-18) runs aground off New Jersey.
Pacific 04/04/46: USS Albermarle (CV-5) one sailor electrocuted.
Atlantic 05/01/46: The USS Solar (DE-221) is destroyed by an explosion while unloading
ammunition at Earle, New Jersey killing 165, injuring 65
Atlantic 05/14/46: The USS Franklin (CV-13) leaks carbon dioxide fumes while at the Brooklyn
Naval Shipyard, New York, killing two.
Atlantic 05/30/46: The flagship USS Estes (AGC-12) is slightly damaged after a collision with
the USS Los Angeles (CA-135), off Shanghai,China.
Atlantic 11/06/46: A U.S. Navy launch hits a buoy and capsizes in Portland harbor,U.K.
Pacific 11/15/46: The USS Frank Knox (DD-742) and USS Higbee (DD-806) are damaged
after colliding off Oahu, Hawaii.
Pacific 11/20/46: The USS Antietam (CV-36) suffers an explosion at the HuntersPoint Navy
Yard in San Francisco, killing one and injuring 34.
Atlantic 12/13/46: The USS Missouri (BB-63) is hit by a star shell during target practice in the
Antarctica 12/30/46 Navy PBM-5 crashed killing 3.
Atlantic 04/04/47: The USS Ernest G. Small (DD-838) runs aground off Block Island, Rhode
Atlantic 05/27/47: The USS Johnston (DD-821) and the USS Torsk (SS-423) aredamaged in
a collision off New London, Connecticut.
Atlantic 06/12/47: The USS Valley Forge (CV-45) suffers an explosion at the Philadelphia
Naval Base, injuring 17.
Atlantic 09/29/47: The USS Douglas H. Fox (DD-779) hits a mine in the AdriaticSea 18 miles
from Trieste, Italy, killing three.
Pacific 11/24/47: The U.S. Army transport Clarksdale Victory is wrecked off Hippa Island near
British Columbia, Canada.
Atlantic 02/18/48: A USS Midway (CV-41) launch capsizes off Hyeres, France, killing eight.
Pacific 03/02/48: The USS Duncan (DD-874) is damaged by an explosion in the Pacific, killing
Atlantic 06/01/48: A U.S. Navy launch nearing an aircraft carrier sinks in heavy seas off
Norfolk, Virginia, drowning 30.
Atlantic 07/13/48: The USS Portsmouth (CL-102) runs its prow into a mudbank inthe St.
Lawrence River but is subsequently refloated.
Atlantic 09/04/48: The U.S. minesweeper No. 46 runs aground off Pigeon Island Light, Lake
Ontario, New York.
Pacific 11/25/48: The USS Chandler (DMS-9) and the USS Ozbourn (DD-846) collide in the
Pacific 02/28/49: The USS Taussig (DD-746) and USS Marsh (DE-699) are damaged in a
collision during maneuvers in the Pacific.
Pacific 03/23/49: The USS Perch (SS-313) and the USS Orleck (DD-886) are damaged in a
collision during maneuvers off San Diego, California.
Pacific 04/15/49: A gun accidently explodes aboard the USS Hollister (DD-788)during
maneuvers near Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, killing four.
Pacific 04/23/49: The USS Fechteler (DD-870) and USS Leonard Mason (DD-852) are
damaged in a collision off Oahu, Hawaii, injuring two.
Atlantic 08/02/49: The USS Livermore (DD-429) runs aground at Bearse Shoal offCape Cod,
Arctic 08/26/49: The USS Cochino (SS-345) explodes and sinks in Arctic seas off Norway,
drowning six Navy rescuers and a Cochino technician. Rescuers were from
USS Tusk (SS-426 On 21 September the Soviet
publication Red Fleet alleges the Cochino was sunk off Murmansk while scouting outmilitary
Pacific 10/09/49: The USS Chehalis (AOG-48) sinks after an explosion and fire in Tutuila,
American Samoa 6 killed.
Atlantic 11/09/49: The USS Tusk (SS-426) is rammed while submerged by the USS
Aldebaran (AF-10) 175 miles off Labrador, Newfoundland, Canada. The submarine suffers
damage to its periscope and superstructure.
Pacific 03/18/50: The net-laying ship USS Elder (AN-20) is damaged by an explosion off
Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
Atlantic 05/17/50: The USS General M.B. Stewart (AP-140) collides with a buoy in Port Said
Harbor, Egypt, damaging the ship's propeller.
Atlantic 07/18/50: The USS Missouri (BB-63) runs aground in Chesapeake Bay, suffering light
damage. On 19 July, the Soviet publication RedFleet ridicules the grounding of the Missouri.
Pacific 07/25/50: The USS Benevolence (AH-13) collides with SS Mary Luckenbach while on
a trial run after being taken out of mothballs forservice in the Korean War. The Benevolence
sinks outside San Francisco Bay, California, killing 18.
Atlantic 11/09/50: The USS Brownson (DD-868) and USS Charles H. Roan (DD-853) collide
in the Atlantic during nighttime fleet maneuvers, killing four.
Pacific 11/11/50: The USS Buck (DD-761) and USS Thomason (DE-203) are damaged in a
collision in the Korean Bay.
05/16/51: The small seaplane tender USS Valcour (AVP-55) is set afirein a collision with a
collier. The fire threatens the ship`s magazine 36 killed.
05/18/51: The USS Bairoko (CVE-115) suffers a blast, killing five.
Atlantic 05/23/51: A stray U.S. Navy torpedo sinks a fishing boat in Narragansett Bay, Rhode
Atlantic 05/24/51: A U.S. Navy liberty launch capsizes at Newport, Rhode Island, killing 19.
Atlantic 08/23/51: The USS Wisconsin (BB-64) is freed after grounding on mud flats in New
09/16/51 USS Essex (CV-9) a U.S. Navy F2H Banshee crashes through safety barrier fire and
explosion 7 killed.
Pacific 12/02/51: A converted U.S. Navy landing craft sinks off San Diego, California, killing
Atlantic 01/19/52: The Royal Navy destroyer HMS Chivalrous is in a collision near Malta.
Korea 02/03/52: A landing craft from LST-561 founders killing 10 including 1 ROK officer and
2 Royal Marines.
Korea 02/09/52 USS Saint Paul (CA-73) blast in forward turret 30 killed.
03/28/52: The USS Mount Baker (AE-4) collides with a South Korean freighter, killing 24
Atlantic 04/26/52: The destroyer minesweeper USS Hobson (DMS-26) sinks after colliding
with the USS Wasp (CV-18) in the mid-Atlantic, killing 176 aboard the Hobson. The ships
were part of a task force headed for the Mediterranean to join the SixthFleet. The collision
occurred when the Wasp turned into thewind to receive aircraft.
Pacific 04/26/52: The USS St. Paul (CA-73) suffers a powder blast in a gun turret while
operating off Korea, killing 30.
Atlantic 05/08/52: The Royal Navy destroyer HMS Tenacious is grounded in the River Foyle,
07/08/52 Philippines: A U.S. Navy Mariner PBM crashed into Bataan Mountain 13 killed.
Pacific 06/08/52: The USS Boxer (CV-21) suffers an explosion and fire off Korea, killing nine.
Japan 08/08/52: A U.S. Navy Mariner PBM crashed on Shikoku Island 14 killed.
Pacific 08/14/52: The USS Gregory (DD-802) and USS Marshall (DD-676) are slightly
damaged after colliding off San Diego, California.
Korea 11/09/52: 6 F9F-4s crash into South Korean mountain while following lead aircraft which
developed navigational instrument failure all 6 pilots killed.
Atlantic 10/24/52: The USS Tigrone (SS-419) suffers a fire at the Philadelphia naval base,
injuring two civilians.
Atlantic 11/12/52: The high speed transport USS Ruchamkin (APD-89) is rammed bya tanker
60 miles east of Cape Henry, Virginia, during maneuvers, killing five soldiers. The tanker
captain denies he knew maneuvers were being conducted in the area.
Atlantic 11/16/52: The USS Picking (DD-685) and USS Porter (DD-800) are slightly damaged
after colliding in dense fog off Virginia.
Atlantic 11/23/52: The USS Wiseman (DE-667) strikes a submerged rock in Korean waters,
causing damage to her sonar and hull. It proceeds to Sasebo, Japan, for repairs.
Japan 11/30/52: USS Ashtabula (AO-51) suffered gasoline explosion in Sasebo 1 missing, 3 injured.
Pacific 12/11/52: The USS Sitkoh Bay (CVE-86) collides with a freighter in thePacific, but
none are hurt.
Sea of Japan 12/29/52: A U.S. Navy PBM-5 crashed killing 10
01/13/53: The minesweeper USS Condor (AMS-5) is heavily damaged by fire.
Pacific 02/19/53: The USS Prichett (DD-561) and USS Cushing (DD-797) collide while
operating off the coast of Korea. Both ships require dry docking in Sasebo, Japan.
Pacific 03/06/53: A bomb dislodged from a plane landing after a combat mission over Korea
bounces twice across the deck of the USS Oriskany (CV-34) and explodes, killing two and
Atlantic 04/28/53: The USS Bennington (CV-20) suffers an explosion off Cuba, killing 11.
Atlantic 05/13/53: The USS Wright (CVL-49) is hit by a target drone off Key West, Florida,
Atlantic 08/01/53: In August the USS Harder (SS-568) is towed across the Atlantic to New
London, Connecticut, by the USS Tringa (ASR-16) afterbreaking down off the east coast of
Atlantic 10/16/53: The USS Leyte (CV-32) is badly damaged by an explosion and subsequent
fire caused by the accidental ignition of hydraulic fluid on a catapult while moored at
Charlestown Naval Yard, Boston, killing 36. The fire takes five hours to extinguish.
Pacific 01/21/54: A U.S. troopship rams a U.S. Navy landing craft off Inchon, South Korea,
drowning 28 Marines.
Atlantic 03/17/54: A U.S. Navy tank landing ship runs aground at Eleuthera Island,Bahamas.
Atlantic 05/26/54: The USS Bennington (CV-20) is damaged by an explosion and fire off
Newport, Rhode Island, killing 103 and injuring 201.
Atlantic 09/16/54: Several weeks before its first sea trials, a small steam pipe inthe reactor
compartment of the USS Nautilus (SSN-571) bursts, filling the area with steam during a test
of the steam systemwhile the ship is at the Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton,Connecticut. The
test is part of a quality control effort to check the adequacy of the shipyard's inspection
system. The incident initially appears to be minor. There are slight personnelinjuries and no
radiation hazards. However, subsequentinvestigation shows the situation is more serious.
Specifications called for seamless pipe, but ordinary stanchion pipe had been used. All
suspect pipe is ripped out and the mistake leads tomore stringent quality control measures.
10/08/54: The USS Laffey (DD-724) hits and sinks the distressed yachtAble Lady while
Atlantic 10/31/54: The USS Norris (DDE-859) rams the superstructure of the USS Bergall (SS-
320) during war games off Norfolk, Virginia. The Norris suffers flooding in five of its
compartments and the Bergall suffers damage to its superstructure. Both proceed to port for
Atlantic 01/04/55: The USS Monterey (CVL-26) is slightly damaged after colliding with a
freighter near the mouth of the Mississippi River.
Atlantic 01/07/55: Three U.S. Navy dock-landing craft capsize in heavy seas off Beaufort,
North Carolina. Faulty steering gear blamed.
Atlantic 01/12/55: The USS Power (DD-839) and USS Warrington (DD-843) collide during
night exercises off Puerto Rico.
Atlantic 01/14/55: The USS Tench (SS-417) is grounded off Cape Henry Lighthouse, Virginia.
Antarctica 1/22/55: USS Atka (AGB-3) helicopter crash kills 1.
Pacific 02/21/55: The USS Pomodon (SS-486) is damaged by an explosion and fire caused by
excess hydrogen formation during battery charging inthe San Francisco Naval Yard,
California, killing five.
Pacific 03/11/55: A U.S. Navy tank landing ship rams a trawler in Puget Sound, Washington,
Atlantic 03/18/55: The USS Cassin Young (DD-793) is driven aground by high winds at Fall
Atlantic 03/18/55: The USS General R.E. Callan (AP-139) runs aground at Red Hook Flats,
New York Harbor. News reports are censored for 24 hours.
Atlantic 10/19/55: The USS Wisconsin (BB-64) is grounded for one hour in the East River,
New York Harbor.
Atlantic 10/31/55: The USS English (DD-696) and the USS Wallace L. Lind (DD-703) collide
in heavy seas during antisubmarine exercises off Norfolk, Virginia. The English has 31 feet of
its bow bent and broken off and the Lind suffers an eight-foot hole.Both head for Norfolk
Pacific 11/11/55: The USS Boyd (DD-544) is towed to port after striking a Japanese freighter
off San Diego, California.
Pacific 11/12/55: A U.S. Navy plane crashes into the USS Hopewell (DD-681) during
maneuvers off San Diego, California, killing three fliers and two sailors.
Atlantic 11/14/55: The radar ship USS Searcher (AGR-4) is damaged by explosions and fire
off Cape May, New Jersey, killing three, injuring 2.
Atlantic 11/22/55: Heavy winds damage six U.S. Navy destroyers moored at Newport, Rhode
Atlantic 11/23/55: Six sailors are killed as a result of a jet landing mishap on the deck of the
USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) in the Mediterranean Sea.
Atlantic 01/06/56: The USS Basilone (DD-824) runs aground near Hampton Roads, Virginia, 1 killed
Atlantic 01/20/56: The USS James V. Forrestal (CVA-59) collides with the USS Pinnacle
(MSO-462) at Norfolk, Virginia, slightly damaging the Pinnacle.
Pacific 03/11/56: The USS Columbus (CA-74) and USS Floyd B. Parks (DD-884)are
damaged after colliding off Luzon, Philippines 2 killed, 4 injured.
Atlantic 03/18/56: Fifteen ships of a U.S. destroyer fleet break their moorings during a storm
off Newport, Rhode Island.
Atlantic 03/18/56: The USS Willis A. Lee (DL-4) runs aground off Jamestown, Rhode Island.
Narraganset Bay 03/17/56: Three sailors found dead of exposure in a whale boat.
South Carolina 04/08/56: During night march at Parris Island strong tidal current in Ribbon Creek
swept over Marine Platoon 71, 6 drowned.
Atlantic 04/22/56: The USS Nautilus (SSN-571) is snared in the nets of a fishing vessel off the
New Jersey coast 140 miles southeast of New York, while running at a depth of 150 feet. The
submarine nearly drags the vessel under water, but the Nautilus is unaware of the mishap,
does not surface, and continues to Groton, Connecticut. The estimated damage is $1,300 to
Indian 04/26/56: The USS Remey (DD-688) runs aground in the Persian Gulf.
Atlantic 04/28/56: The USS Nautilus (SSN-571) suffers a fire caused by a welder's torch,
while berthed at New London, Connecticut, during repair of damage caused by snaring of a
fishing net on 22 April. The blaze ignites cork insulation and burns paint from the hull. The
Navy reports that damage from the fire, the third to break out on the Nautilus, is slight.
Atlantic 05/07/56: The USS Eaton (DD-510) and USS Wisconsin (BB-64) are badly damaged
after a collision in fog off Virginia. Commander Varley of the Eaton is later court-martialed and
Pacific 08/04/56: The USS Windham Bay (CVE-92) is heavily damaged by fire while in
Atlantic 08/19/56: The experimental sodium-cooled nuclear reactor of the USS Seawolf (SSN-
575) suffers a failure in the steam plant during a full power test run while the new ship is at
Groton, Connecticut.A leak of sodium-potassium alloy being used as the third fluidin the
steam generator aggravates stress corrosion in the system, causing two cracks in steam
piping and a leak in a superheater. Makeshift repairs permit the Seawolf to complete its initial
sea trials on reduced power in February 1957.Due to the difficulties of running a sodium cooled
reactor, the Navy decides to replace the Seawolf's sodium-cooled reactor with a water cooled
reactor, and use only water-cooled designs in the future.
09/29/56: A shell explodes aboard the USS Buck (DD-761), killing one, injuring 9.
Atlantic 10/15/56: During the height of the Suez crisis the USS Nautilus (SSN-571)
accidentally fires two dummy practice torpedoes at a British merchantman during naval
maneuvers in European waters. The Nautilus mistakes the ship for an aircraftcarrier on its
Atlantic 10/23/56: The USS Antietam (CVS-36) is grounded for six hours off Brest, France.
Mediterranean 11/01/56: USS John R. Pierce (DD-753) aircraft gun explosion 2 killed, 11 injured.
Atlantic 03/07/57: The USS Mission San Francisco (AO-123) suffers explosions and fires
when it collides with the Liberian freighter Elna IIin the Delaware River near New Castle,
Delaware, killing ten.
Pacific 05/15/57: A U.S. Navy A3D Skywarrior aircraft crashes while landing on the USS Bon
Homme Richard (CVA-31) off San Diego, California, killing three.
Atlantic 05/15/57: The USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) reportedly hits a submerged
object off Florida. The object is not thought to be a submarine. The Navy later denies that the
carrier had hit an object, claiming instead that a propeller had broken.
Atlantic 05/20/57: The USS Antietam (CVS-36) crashes into a river wharf in NewOrleans,
Louisiana. The wharf is heavily damaged, while damageto the carrier is light.
Atlantic 05/21/57: A U.S. Navy experimental X-1 submarine is damaged by a blast atthe
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. There are no injuries.
Pacific 06/08/57: Eleven depth charges explode prematurely off the stern of the USS
Whitehurst (DE-634) 18 miles off Pearl Harbor, endangeringthe lives of a Hollywood movie
cast on board to shoot a movie scene.
Atlantic 06/19/57: A high-pressure steam line explodes aboard the USS Franklin D.Roosevelt
(CVA-42) off Jacksonville, Florida, killing two and injuring five.
Atlantic 07/18/57: A TNT device aboard the USS Somersworth (PCER-849) explodesoff
Montauk Point, New York, killing three.
Atlantic 07/27/57: The USS Mauna Loa (AE-8) suffers a fire off New York. The fire is
extinguished before it reaches the ship's 3,500-ton cargoof explosives.
Atlantic 08/07/57: The USS Cobbler (SS-344) and USS Tusk (SS-426) are slightly damaged
after an underwater collision during maneuvers off New Jersey.
Atlantic 08/19/57: The USS Wisconsin (BB-64) scrapes its bottom near a sea buoyoff Cape
Henry, Virginia, during a storm.
Pacific 08/25/57: The USS Lenawee (APA-195) and USS Wantuck (APD-125) collide in the
Pacific, killing one.
Arctic 09/01/57: In the first few days of September, the USS Nautilus (SSN-571) suffers
damage to two periscopes while rising under ice conditions during an exploratory trip under
the Arctic icepack. TheNautilus returns from under the icepack to the open seato perform
repairs on the surface. It takes 12 hours in rough seas, freezing temperatures, and gale winds
to fix one periscope.The other is damaged beyond repair.
Atlantic 09/12/57: The USS Wasp (CVS-18) suffers a second fire while in drydockin Boston,
Massachusetts, causing minor damage.
Atlantic 09/26/57: A U.S. Navy A3D Skywarrior crashes while attempting to land on the USS
Forrestal (CVA-59) during NATO exercises in the Norwegian Sea.
Atlantic 09/29/57: The USS Purdy (DD-734) and the British trawler British Columbia collide off
The Netherlands, sinking the trawler. A small hole is punched in the Purdy's hull above the
Pacific 10/09/57: The USS Mission San Miguel (AO-129) runs aground on a reef in the mid-
10/23/57: The USS Forrestal (CVA-59) is slightly damaged after a collision with an oiler at
Atlantic 11/16/57: The Washington Post reports that the reactor compartment of the USS
Nautilus (SSN-571) flooded several days ago aftera small leak developed while the
submarine was in port in Connecticut. The leak was due to the malfunctioning of a valve,and
according to the Navy caused no radioactive contamination ordamage to the power plant.
Atlantic 12/12/57: The USS Manley (DD-940) is badly damaged in heavy seas in the eastern
Pacific 01/10/58: A plane catapult explodes aboard the USS Kearsage (CVA-33) off
Yokosuka, Japan, killing three.
01/18/58: The USS Essex (CVA-9) is damaged by fire at sea.
01/31/58: A bomber explodes on the flight deck of the USS Hancock (CVA-19), killing two.
02/12/58: A rocket propelled antisubmarine weapon backfires aboard the USSEaton (DD-
510), killing one.
Pacific 02/16/58: The fuel supply submarine USS Guavina (ASSO-362) runs aground in high
winds and foul weather after dragging its anchor in San Salvador, El Salvador.
Atlantic 02/27/58: The USS Tripoli (CVU-64) is towed to Bremerhaven, West Germany, after
running aground in the Weser estuary.
Atlantic 04/01/58: The USS Corregidor (CVU-58) cracks its hull in a storm off the Azores.
04/24/58: The USS Yarnall (DD-541) is damaged by a dummy torpedo firedby a submarine
Atlantic 04/25/58: The USS Nautilus (SSN-571) springs a small saltwater leak inone of the
steam condensers shortly after leaving Groton, Connecticut, as the submarine heads south
toward the Panama Canal totransit to the Pacific for its expedition to the North Pole.After
passing through the Canal and experiencing a fire (5/4/58), the Nautilus puts into Mare Island
Naval Shipyard, near San Francisco, California, for repairs. The source of the leak cannot be
pinpointed, however, and the ship proceeds to Seattle,Washington. During the trip to Seattle,
the captain decides touse the same type of additive that is sold for leaky car radiators to try to
repair the leak in the condenser. Upon arriving inSeattle in late May or early June, 140 quarts
are purchasedand half are poured into the cooling system. The reactor plantis started and the
Pacific 05/04/58: The USS Nautilus (SSN-571) suffers a fire in the insulationaround one of its
turbines as the ship is running submerged in the Pacific shortly after leaving Panama on its
way to its Arcticmission. The insulation had become oil-soaked during thesubmarine's three
years of operation and had caught fire. The fire is put out with minor injuries, but the
submarine must surface to ventilate. .
Pacific 05/28/58: The USS Stickleback (SS-415) sinks after being rammed by theUSS
Silverstein (DE-534) off Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. There are no casualties. The submarine had
lost power and drifted intothe Silverstein's path.
Pacific 07/03/58: The USS Chemung (AO-30) runs aground 500 yards off AlcatrazIsland in
San Francisco Bay, California, during a naval procession.
Indian 07/06/58: The USS Caney (AO-95) loses power during a monsoon in the Arabian Sea,
and is in danger for several days until it can be towed by U.S. ships.
Atlantic 07/08/58: A U.S. Navy barge used for research in underwater explosions suffers an
explosion and flash fire while in port at Norfolk, Virginia.
Atlantic 07/19/58: The USS Piper (SS-409) runs aground on a sandbar off Provincetown,
Massachusetts, but is pulled free after seven hours withminor damage.
Pacific 07/23/58: A fuel tank accidentally falls from a FJ4B Fury fighter being launched from
the USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) while operating offCalifornia, killing two.
Atlantic 07/24/58: The USS Skate (SSN-578) suffers damage to its propeller whenit collides
with the USS Fulton (AS-11) while the tender ismoored to a pier in New London, Connecticut.
Pacific 08/22/58: The USS Prestige (MSO-465) sinks after running aground off Shikoku,
Atlantic 10/14/58: An explosion floods the engineering room of the USS Saratoga(CVA-60) at
Atlantic 10/21/58: The USS Rich (DD-820), USS Moale (DD-693), USS Ellyson (DD-454), and
the destroyer USS Sumner are damaged in a severe storm off North Carolina.
Atlantic 10/23/58: The USS Lindenwald (LSD-6) is disabled off Greenland when the steering
Atlantic 11/05/58: The USS Growler (SSG-577) springs a leak during a deep-sea dive but
surfaces without damage off the Isle of Shoals, southeast of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
The Growler, designed for launching the Regulus II sea-to-landmissile, was several hundred
feet below the surface when the leak developed in an improperly adjusted sonar compartment
fittingfor an electrical cable.
Pacific 11/10/58: The USS Ranger (CVA-61) suffers an explosion in the magazinearea seven
decks below the waterline while off San Francisco, California, killing two. A careless act by
two crewmen trying toobtain gunpowder from the magazine to fuel a minature ram jetengine
they had built caused the explosion. The Navy said the two men were known rocket
enthusiasts and were not authorized tobe in the magazine area at the time of the explosion.
The 'relatively minor' damage takes about amonth to repair due to the location of the accident.
Atlantic 01/11/59: The USS Valley Forge (CVS-45) is damaged in a storm off North Carolina.
Atlantic 01/28/59: The port propeller of the USS Skate (SSN-578) is damaged ina collision
with the USS Cubera (SS-347). The accident occurs during routine operations off the U.S.
east coastjust after the Cubera delivered mail to the Skate and moved away. The Navy says
nobody was hurt.
Atlantic 03/02/59: A depth charge explodes aboard the USS Conway (DD-507) in the Atlantic,
Atlantic 03/05/59: The USS Kenneth D. Bailey (DDR-713) and the USS Haiti Victory (T-AK-
238) collide in the Strait of Gibraltar, killing one.
Atlantic 04/07/59: The USS Triton (SSN-586) suffers a galley fire caused by testing of a deepfat
fryer, while in New London, Connecticut. According to the Navy, the fire spread from the
galley into the ventilation lines of the crew's mess. But quick action by crewmembers 'resulted
in the saving of the ship's equipment and possible loss of life.'
Pacific 04/09/59: The U.S. Navy announces the USS Raton (SSR-270) and the USSGeorge
K. Mackenzie (DD-836) recently collided during maneuvers in the western Pacific.
Atlantic 05/01/59: The USS Randolph (CVA-15) suffers a flash electrical explosion at the
Norfolk Naval Base, Virginia, killing one.
Atlantic 05/28/59: A U.S. Navy FJ Fury jet crashes aboard the USS Essex (CVA-9) east of
Jacksonville, Florida, causing explosions and fire, killing two, and injuring 21.
Atlantic 06/30/59: The starboard rudder guard of the USS Macon (CA-132) is scraped off in
the Welland Canal (connecting Lake Erie to Lake Ontario), delaying shipping for 17 hours.
Atlantic 07/11/59: The USS Gearing (DD-710) is damaged after colliding with a freighter in
Atlantic 07/31/59: The USS Upshur (AP-198) is heavily damaged by fire at the Brooklyn Army
Terminal, New York.
Atlantic 08/15/59: The U.S. Navy discloses that a ruptured water pipe aboard the USS
Nautilus (SSN-571) partly flooded a compartment while theship was submerged off
Newfoundland four months ago. No injuries resulted.
Atlantic 08/18/59: The USS Wasp (CVS-18) is heavily damaged by an explosion
andsubsequent fires when a helicopter engine explodes while beingtested in hangar bay
Number 1 as the ship is operating 250 mileseast of Norfolk, Virginia. The fires and reflashes
takeover two hours to control. The ship was carrying nuclear weapons. In the first 30 minutes
as the fires burned out of control and the forward magazines were flooded, preliminary
preparationsalso were made to flood the nuclear weapon magazine.It was not flooded,
however, and 30 minutes later the nuclear weapon magazine reported no significant rise in
temperature. Butwater from the fire-fighting efforts eventually leaked into thenuclear weapon
magazine aroundelectrical cables.
Atlantic 08/25/59: A U.S. Navy F8U Crusader jet crashes into the rear of the USS
Independence (CVA-62) off Norfolk, Virginia, killing one man and causing a fire.
Atlantic 08/29/59: The USS Decatur (DD-936) suffers an engine room fire while docked in
Naples, Italy. The fire is extinguished after two hours during which the ammunition stores are
flooded as a precautionary measure.
Atlantic 09/29/59: The USS Bristol (DD-857) collides with the Italian merchantvessel Italia
Fassio in fog in the Nantucket Shoals area offMassachusetts. The Bristol is slightly damaged.
Atlantic 10/04/59: The USS Tench (SS-417) runs aground on a mudbank in Portsmouth, U.K.
The submarine is lifted off the mudbank without damage.
Atlantic 10/04/59: The USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) collides with the USSPawcatuck
(AO-108) during refueling off Virginia. Both vessels are slightly damaged.
Atlantic 10/05/59: The USS Seadragon (SSN-584) on the surface at night during its sea trials
collides with a whale, or possibly a large shark,off Portsmouth, New Hampshire, bending one
of its propellers.The submarine proceeds to Portsmouth for repairs on its own power using its
Atlantic 10/15/59: 'Apparently intentional' damage to electrical cables of the USSNautilus
(SSN-571) is discovered during overhaul at the naval shipyard in Portsmouth, New
Hampshire. The Navy says the damage appears to confined to the electrical system and
'does notextend to the nuclear reactor plant.' The Navy disclosure of the incident follows an
article in the Portsmouth Herald which reports a series of incidents involving 'sabotage-type'
damage to the craft including fires, cut cables, brokenpipes, and other damage to vital parts.
Atlantic 11/04/59: The USS Willis A. Lee (DL-4) suffers a fire after an explosion of an antiaircraft
round during exercises off Newport, RhodeIsland.
Indian 11/06/59: The USS Threadfin (SS-410) is rammed by the Greek freighterNikolas
Mikhalos at the entrance to the Suez Canal as both ships are exiting to the Red Sea.
Pacific 11/09/59: A fire is discovered in the pump room of the USS Midway (CVA-41) at the
Subic Bay Navy Base, Philippines. Arson is blamed for the incident.
Atlantic 12/16/59: The USS Searcher (AGR-4) reaches Boston, Massachusetts, safely under
tow after being disabled at sea for five days with boiler trouble.
Atlantic 01/11/60: An arresting gear cable aboard the USS Independence (CVA-62)breaks as
an aircraft lands while the ship is operating off theFlorida coast, killing one.
Atlantic 02/04/60: Eleven men are swept overboard from the USS Daly (DD-519) during sea
trials 200 miles off the Virginia coast, killing seven.
Atlantic 02/13/60: The USS Skate (SSN-578) suffers 'very minor' damage after colliding with a
concrete pier at Electric Boatyard, Groton, Connecticut.
Atlantic 02/28/60: In late February in the Atlantic the USS Triton (SSN-586), shortly after
departure for a submerged global circumnavigation,suffers a leak in a main condenser
circulating water pump, necessitating the shutdown of the port reactor for five hours toeffect
Atlantic 03/01/60: In the beginning of March the USS Triton (SSN-586), while traveling down
the Atlantic, springs a severe leak in its starboard propeller shaft due to loose bolts and an
improperly installedwater seal.
Atlantic 03/19/60: The USS Darby (DE-218) collides with the Swedish ore carrierSoya Atlantic
off Cape Henry while returning from exercisesoff the Virginia Capes, killing two.
Pacific 04/07/60: The USS Shangri-La (CV-38) suffers an explosion of an air separator
operated by a gasoline motor while near Valparaiso, Chile, injuring three.
Atlantic 04/24/60: The USS Triton (SSN-586) suffers a serious casualty in the after torpedo
room when a hydraulic line to the stern plane mechanism bursts just prior to the end of its
global circumnavigation. Quick action by crew members prevents the accident fromgetting out
of control. The leak is stopped and hydraulic poweris restored.
Atlantic 05/25/60: The USS Saratoga (CVA-60) collides with the ore carrier Bernd Leonhardt
off North Carolina. The accident touches off ajet fuel fire on the Saratoga which is quickly
Atlantic 05/30/60: The USS Saratoga (CVA-60) suffers an oil-fed flash fire at the Norfolk
Naval Shipyard, Virginia, where the carrier had docked after a collision on 25 May. The fire
scorches the vessel's amidships hull.
Atlantic 06/08/60: Sabotage is suspected in an incident involving damage to a shipyard fire
hose used on board the USS Nautilus (SSN-571) for testing the ship's evaporators while the
ship is undergoing overhaul at PortsmouthNaval Shipyard, New Hampshire. The Navy says,
'No damage occurred to the ship.'
Pacific 06/14/60: The USS Sargo (SSN-583) suffers an explosion and fire in itsaft end while
docked in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The fire startsfrom a leak in a high-pressure line that was
pumping oxygen aboard. The explosion occurs a few moments later. When dock unitsand
boats are unable to bring the fire under control quickly, officers take the Sargo a short
distance from the dock and deliberately submerge it with the stern torpedo hatch open to put
out the blaze. The Navy says the ship's nuclear reactors weresealed off, and there was
'absolutely no danger of an explosionfrom the reactor compartment.' The submarine is
extensively damaged and is drydocked taking three months to repair. The Sargo is the first
nuclear ship in the Pacific Fleet and wasscheduled to take the visiting King and Queen of
Thailand on a cruise the next day.
Pacific 07/19/60: The USS Ammen (DD-527) and USS Collett (DD-730) collidein heavy fog off
Newport Beach, California. Eleven of the Ammen's crew are killed and 20 are injured, and the
ship is damaged beyond repair.
Pacific 08/10/60: The USS Bennington (CV-20) and USS Edwards (DD-619) collide during
refueling 175 miles off California. A Navy spokesmanlater says that the Edwards 'apparently
loststeering control' and its superstructure smashed into the Bennington's Number 3 elevator.
The destroyer is extensively damaged while the carrier is only slightly damaged.
Atlantic 08/12/60: The USS Exultant (MSO-441) suffers an oil fire in the engineroom while
operating off Georgia, killing five.
Atlantic 08/24/60: A U.S. Navy minesweeper is swamped at Charleston, South Carolina.
Pacific 11/04/60: The USS Cree (ATF-84) is accidentally bombed by a plane fromthe USS
Coral Sea (CVA-43) during exercises in the westernPacific.
Atlantic 11/28/60: About this date six men are soaked by reactor coolant while working on the
USS Nautilus (SSN-571) at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, New Hampshire. One man
accidentally bumped a valve releasing the water onto himself and the others. Clothes
anddosimeters were thrown away, making radiation measurement impossible.
Atlantic 12/19/60: Fire breaks out on the hangar deck of the USS Constellation(CVA-64) in
the last stages of construction at the New York Naval Shipyard. Reports list 50 dead and an
estimated damage of $45million. A Navy court of inquiry investigation later findsthere were 42
small fires earlier in the year. The fire delaysthe ship's commissioning by several months to
27 October 1961.
Atlantic 01/14/61: The USS Johnston (DD-821) and USS Keppler (DD-765) are slightly
damaged in a 'glancing collision' 200 miles off the North Carolina coast.
Atlantic 01/23/61: The USS Saratoga (CVA-60) suffers a fire caused by a ruptured oil line
while in the Ionian Sea en route to Athens, Greece, killing seven.
Pacific 01/27/61: The USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) suffers a brief fire when a diesel generator
blows up while the ship is at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, California.
Antarctic 03/02/61: The USS Glacier (AGB-4) and USS Staten Island (AGB-5) break free after
being stuck in the ice in Antarctica for nine days.
04/25/61: A boiler explosion occurs aboard the USS Intrepid (CVS-11),injuring 11.
Atlantic 04/27/61: The USS Diamond Head (AE-19) is holed above the waterline ina collision
with the USS Independence (CVA-62) in the Caribbean.
Atlantic 04/30/61: The USS Baldwin (DD-624) runs aground off Montauk Point, NewYork. One
sailor is killed and one hurt when a steel cable whiplashes during an attempt to free the ship.
The ship is subsequently scuttled.
Atlantic 07/21/61: The USS Angler (SS-240) is slightly damaged in a minor collision with the
freighter Export Adventurer during maneuvers with a destroyer 15 miles south of Block Island,
Atlantic 08/09/61: The USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) suffers a boiler breakdown involving
ruptured tubes at Norfolk, Virginia, just prior to its shakedown cruise.
Atlantic 09/26/61: A U.S. Navy tanker catches fire and explodes while in port at Morehead
City, North Carolina, killing one. Flames from the burning ship threaten seven huge storage
tanks containing more than ten million gallons of high octane aviation fuel.
Pacific 09/26/61: The USS Charr (SS-328) suffers an engine room flood while submerged at
100 feet and operating 150 miles west of San Diego, California. Two sailors seal themselves
in the flooded compartment and save the submarine and its 76 crewmen by manning
thecontrols until the submarine surfaces.
Atlantic 10/16/61: The USS Randolph (CVS-15) collides with the Liberian tankerAtlantic
Viscountess 325 miles east of Charleston, South Carolina. The collision ruptures a gasoline
line on the carrier causing a flash fire which is extinguished in less than fiveminutes.
Atlantic 11/02/61: During its sea trials the USS Thresher (SSN-593) docks at San Juan,
Puerto Rico. Its reactor is shut down and a diesel generator is started up to provide electricty
in keeping with usualdocking procedures. But after seven or eight hours ofoperation the diesel
generator breaks down. While sailors workon the generator, electricity is provided by an
electric storagebattery. The generator takes much longer than expected to repair, however,
and so the decision is made to restart thereactor. But, a nuclear reactor takes several hours
and considerable electricity to restart, and the Thresher's battery isdepleted before the reactor
becomes critical. With no electricity to keep the ventilation system going, the submarine
startsto heat up. Temperatures in the machinery spaces reach approximately 140 degrees.
Some men are ordered out suffering from theheat and fumes, and the captain fears the heat
and humidity could damage electrical equipment and lead to a general evacuation.Ultimately
the problem is solved by hooking up electrical cablesto the diesel-electric powered submarine
Cavalla (SS-244) which is moored alongside early the next morning. With electricity from the
Cavalla, the Thresher's reactor is able tobe restarted.
11/06/61: A fire on the newly-commissioned USS Constellation (CVA-64)breaks out at sea,
killing four and severely injuring nine.
Atlantic 12/21/61: A rocket motor aboard the USS Meredith (DD-890) ignites andburns on its
launcher, causing an intense fire of short duration, while the ship is at Mayport, Florida. The
commander of the destroyersquadron to which the Meredith is attached says that
safetyfeatures prevented the rocket from leaving the ship.
Arctic 01/06/62: Western intelligence sources report that a submarine belonging to the United
States or another NATO power was damaged and forcedto the surface by a 20-megaton
underwater nuclear test blast set off by the SovietUnion in the Barents Sea. The detonation
point is said to havebeen about 100 miles from the submarine whose commander is quoted
as saying, 'If we had been much closer we might not have survived.'
Atlantic 02/20/62: The USS Balao (SS-285) is snagged by the tow-line of the ocean tug
Torrent IV while cruising 110 feet below the surfaceoff the Florida coast. The accident
damages one of the Balao's mastheadlights, punches two small holes in the superstructure
supportingthe periscope, and breaks one radar antenna and damages another. Neither the
tug nor the barge under tow receives damage.
Atlantic 03/05/62: An aircraft arresting cable aboard the USS Forrestal (CVA-59) snaps while
the carrier is en route from Guantanamo Naval Base, Cuba, to Norfolk, Virginia, killing one.
Atlantic 03/06/62: The USS Monssen (DD-798) is grounded by a storm at Beach Haven, New
Atlantic 03/12/62: The USS Proteus (AS-19) suffers a brief fire during a weekend training
cruise in the Irish Sea. The fire, which causes onlyslight damage, apparently started in a pile
Pacific 03/30/62: The USS England (DLG-22) suffers an explosion and fire at San Pedro,
California, injuring 18 workmen before the fire is brought under control.
Atlantic 04/09/62: The USS Thomas A. Edison (SSBN-610) collides with the USS Wadleigh
(DD-689) during antisubmarine warfare exercises 200 miles east of Norfolk, Virginia. The
Edison's topside rudderis slightly bent and the destroyer's forward bottom platesare pierced.
The Edison is repaired at Newport News, Virginia, in several hours while the Wadleigh goes
into drydock for several weeks. According to a Navy spokesman the collision resulted from a
misunderstanding between the two ships andoccurred as the Edison was surfacing. No one is
Atlantic 04/11/62: Fire breaks out in the rudder section of the USS Thomas A. Edison (SSBN-
610) at Norfolk, Virginia. The fire is caused by the heat from a workman's acetylene torch and
is brought under control within 30 minutes.
Pacific 05/10/62: The USS Permit (SSN-594) is run over by the cargo ship Hawaiian Citizen
while the Permit is on a submerged test runnear the Farallon Islands 30 miles from San
Francisco, California. A Navy spokesman said the only damage to the submarine wasa
bending of the doors to the conning tower. The crew had to force the doors open to raise the
radio antenna to communicate with freighters standing by.
Atlantic 06/03/62: The USS Thresher (SSN-593) is damaged in a collision with acommercial
tug that was berthing it at Port Canaveral, Florida,receiving a three-foot gash in the
submarine's ballast tanks about a foot below the waterline.The submarine went to New
London, Connecticut, under its own power to effect repairs.
Atlantic 06/07/62: The U.S. destroyer USS Sumner runs aground off Golfe Juan inthe
Mediterranean during a windstorm.
Pacific 06/25/62: The USS Tiru (SS-416) suffers a fire which forces the vesselto make an
emergency surfacing 15 miles southwest of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, with 18 men suffering from
smoke inhalation. A malfunction of a practice torpedo in the torpedo roomcaused the fire.
Pacific 07/01/62: A U.S. Navy F8U Crusader aircraft crashes into the USS Ranger (CVA-61)
at sea off California, injuring two.
Atlantic 10/10/62: The USS Triton (SSN-586) suffers a fire during repairs in New London,
Connecticut. A spokesman for Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation said
there was only minor damageto one compartment and thatno one was injured. He said no
radioactivity was involved. Thecause of the fire was said to be undetermined.
Atlantic 10/15/62: The New York Times reports that one of six Soviet diesel-powered attack
submarines operating in the Caribbean during the Cuban missile crisis experiences
mechanical trouble and is unableto submerge except for short periods.On 15 November the
Associated Press reports that a Canadian AirForce patrol plane sighted the Soviet submarine
off Halifax still unable to submerge. It eventually returns to the Soviet Unionon the surface
with a trawler escort.
Pacific 10/25/62: The New York Times reports that well before the Cuban missile crisis a
mechanical breakdown occurred in a Soviet diesel-powered submarine in the Gulf of Alaska.
The submarine could notsubmerge and was escorted home by a trawler.
Pacific 11/05/62: The USS Kearsarge (CVS-33) and USS Mattaponi (AO-41) areslightly
damaged in a collision during refueling off California.
Atlantic 11/14/62: The USS Wasp (CVS-18) and the USS Holder (DDE-819) collide during
refueling while in the Atlantic while taking part in the U.S. quarantine of Cuba during the
Cuban missile crisis.
Pacific 12/03/62: The USS Kearsarge (CVS-33) and the SS Oriana collide indense fog off
Long Beach, California. The Oriana suffers a20-foot hole near its bow and the Kearsarge
suffers a 25-foot rip about ten feet aft on the starboard side.
Arctic 12/31/62: During 1962, the engine room of the USS Skate (SSN-578) begins to flood
after a seawater circulation line fails while the submarine is submerged at 400 feet on the way
through Baffin Bay off Thule, Greenland. Seawater sprays in and startsto flood the engine
room. The submarine does not lose power and surfaces safely. On the surface, with the water
pressure greatly reduced, the flooding is successfully stopped.
Pacific 01/03/63: The USS Core (AKV-41) runs aground in heavy fog off Fort Baker under the
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California.
Pacific 01/15/63: A jet fighter attempting to land snaps a cable aboard the USS Constellation
(CVA-64) while the ship is operating in the eastern Pacific, injuring 11, including three whose
legs have to beamputated.
Atlantic 02/09/63: In the mid-Atlantic a wave washes over the Number 1 elevator onthe USS
Enterprise (CVAN-65) while the elevator is in the down position. Four men are washed
overboard. Two are rescued, but one later dies.
Atlantic 02/20/63: An aircraft crash aboard the USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) sweepsthe
carrier's deck with fire while it is operating in the Atlantic, killing two.
Pacific 02/28/63: The USS Baussell (DD-845) runs aground off Djakarta, Indonesia, prior to a
scheduled visit to that city. The ship is refloated four days later.
Pacific 03/13/63: The side of the USS Valley Forge (CV-45) is slightly damagedby a fire when
an oil film on the water is ignited by sparks from a welder's torch at Long Beach, California.
Atlantic 04/05/63: The USS Great Sitkin (AE-17) suffers slight damage during afire of
unknown origin while tied up at the Main Ship Repair Corporation in Brooklyn, New York.
Pacific 04/05/63: The USS Ranger (CVA-61) suffers an explosion and fire in theboiler uptakes
while en route from Beppu, Japan, to Iwakuni, Japan.
Atlantic 04/10/63: The USS Thresher (SSN-593) sinks in approximately 8,400 feetof water
220 miles east of Boston while conducting post-overhaul trials, killing all 129 men on board.
The Navy Court of Inquiry concludes a flooding casualty in the engine roombrought about by
a piping system failure in one of the submarine's saltwater systems is the most probable
cause of the sinking.The Thresher is never recovered.
Atlantic 05/07/63: A fire occurs aboard the USS Flasher (SSN-613) at the Electric Boat
shipyard, Groton, Connecticut, killing three and injuring two. Damage to the ship is reportedly
negligible. The fire occurred in the trimmingtank of the submarine, scheduled to be launched
on 14 June.
Pacific 05/08/63: The USS Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) suffers a fire while
underconstruction at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, California, injuring three. The fire
causes only minor damage to theWilson and occurs when a heavy cable comes in contact
with aswitchboard on the submarine.
05/29/63: A flash fire breaks out in the boiler room of the USS
Blandy(DD-943) shortly after it arrives in Portland, Maine, to
participate in Memorial Day exercises.
06/04/63: The USS Asterion (AF-63) and the Japanese freighter KokokuMaru collide.
Atlantic 06/07/63: The USS Tinosa (SSN-606) collides with the USS John Adams (SSBN-620)
while being moved in the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard,New Hampshire, when a tug towline
snaps. The Tinosa received, what the Navy said, was a 'small dent below thewaterline' in the
07/04/63: The USS Salmon (SS-573) suffers personnel casualties when mercury from a
broken thermometer comes into contact with a hot grid, creating toxic mercury vapor,
resulting in the intoxicationof 14 crewmembers.
Atlantic 07/22/63: The USS William C. Lawe (DD-763) rams and sinks a U.S. Navytug when
the tug loses steering control and crosses into the path of the destroyer in the St. John's River
near Jacksonville, Florida.
Atlantic 07/27/63: The U.S. freighter Irish Spruce strikes the docked USS Pratt (DE-363) at
Pacific 08/02/63: The USS Tingey (DD-539) and USS Vammen (DE-644) collideduring a
Naval Reserve exercise 200 miles off southern California. The Tingey is partly flooded from a
deep gash in its starboard side and the Vammen suffers a damaged bow, butboth ships make
it back to their homeports.
Atlantic 08/15/63: A F3H Demon aircraft lands on the fouled deck of the USS Saratoga (CVA-
60) while the ship is operating in the Mediterranean,killing two and seriously injuring nine.
Fifteen aircraft sustain damage.
Pacific 08/19/63: The USS Constellation (CVA-64) suffers an arresting gear accident while
operating in the western Pacific.
Pacific 08/27/63: The USS Grayback (SSG-574) suffers a serious fire in the after crew's
berthing as a result of a casualty to the main propulsion circuit breaker while operating in the
northern Pacific, killing one man and injuring five.
Pacific 09/10/63: The USS McDermut (DD-677) collides with the USS Gregory(DD-802)
during night antisubmarine warfare exercises off southern California. The McDermut suffers
damage to its bow and the Gregory suffers a split in her starboard side to themain deck.
Atlantic 09/21/63: The USS Grouse (MSCO-15) runs aground on Cape Ann, Massachusetts.
After attempts to free the ship fail, the Grouse isdestroyed by fire.
Atlantic 09/26/63: Fire breaks out in a fuel system of the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS
Centaur at the Portsmouth naval base, U.K., killingone.
Atlantic 09/27/63: The USS Barry (DD-933) accidently discharges a torpedo intothe deck
house of the USS Decatur (DD-936) moored alongsidein Newport, Rhode Island. There are
no injuries or significantdamage.
10/03/63: The USS Medregal (SS-480) is struck by an MK-37 torpedo fired by the USS
Sabalo (SS-302) during exercises. Damage is not major.
Pacific 10/09/63: The USS Caliente (AO-53) and USS Nereus (AS-17) collidein the San
Diego, California, operating area during refueling exercises. Both ships are damaged.
Atlantic 10/24/63: The USS Roberts (DE-749) collides with the Swedish ore carrier Luossa
inside the Baltimore, Maryland, harbor in dense fog. The Roberts suffers minor flooding due
to a small gash in its starboard quarter.
Atlantic 11/29/63: A U.S. Navy tanker and a runaway barge each loaded with gasolinecollide
at New Orleans, Louisiana, putting an eight-foot gash in the side of the tanker.
Atlantic 12/16/63: The USS Essex (CVS-9) en route to the United States is struck by two
heavy waves while west of the Azores, causing a radarmast to snap. The mast falls to the
deck, damaging both the radar and aircraft.
Atlantic 01/10/64: The USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39) loses 41 feet of its catwalkin a storm in
the Virginia Capes area.
02/09/64: The USS Blue Jacket (T-AF-51) collides with the German fishing boat Coaster Dirk,
killing six of the fishing boat's seven-member crew.
Pacific 02/10/64: The Royal Australian Navy destroyer Voyager sinks after colliding with the
Australian aircraft carrier Melbourne off NewSouth Wales, killing 82.
Pacific 02/16/64: An A3J Vigilante aircraft crashes aboard the USS Hornet (CVS-12)
operating in the Pacific before the barricade could be rigged, killing the pilot and injuring two
Atlantic 03/03/64: The USS Newman K. Perry (DD-883) collides with a sulfur barge in Tampa
Bay, Florida, sinking the barge and flooding the destroyer from stem to Frame 8.
Atlantic 03/11/64: The USS Searcher (AGR-4), on station off the U.S. east coast, loses a
propeller in heavy seas. A Coast Guard ship takes theSearcher in tow.
Atlantic 03/27/64: The USS Antares (T-AKR-294) suffers a fire 40 miles off North Carolina.
Atlantic 04/01/64: During night flight operations, the Number 3 elevator of the USSRandolph
(CVS-15) tears loose from its mountings, droppingfive men and a S-2F Tracker antisubmarine
warfare plane into theAtlantic. Only three men are rescued.
Atlantic 04/02/64: The USS Harlan R. Dickson (DD-708) runs aground a mile eastof Deer
Island Light off Boston, Massachusetts. The ship is refloated in two hours with damage to
screws, the sonar dome, and plating.
Atlantic 04/04/64: The USS General Simon B. Buckner (AP-123) collides with a Liberian
freighter in high winds in the harbor at Upper Bay, New York.
Pacific 04/16/64: The USS Mission San Antonio (AO-119) and a small South Korean fishing
craft collide off the west coast of Korea in foggy weather. There is no damage to the tanker
and five Koreans are rescued, but two are killed.
Atlantic 05/06/64: The USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39) and USS Decatur (DD-936)collide in
the Atlantic 150 miles east of Cape Henry, Virginia.The Decatur sustains heavy damage to its
superstructure, but there are no personnel injuries.
Atlantic 06/03/64: The USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39) collides with the Norwegianfreighter
Skauvaag in the Chesapeake Bay. There are no injuries.
Pacific 06/12/64: The USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) suffers a major propulsion system
casualty while participating in an exercise about 160 miles southwest of Sasebo, Japan. The
casualty results in the loss of 50 percent propulsion capability.
Atlantic 06/13/64: Fire damages the hull of the USS Haddock (SSN-621) still under
construction at Pascagoula, Mississippi. Captain John B. Guerry, supervisor of shipbuilding
for the Navy, said no radioactive material was installed in the Haddock.
Atlantic 06/13/64: A fire slightly damages the USS Randolph (CVS-15) while theship is in
Atlantic 06/28/64: The USS Sea Leopard (SS-483) suffers a fire in the forward engine room
during overhaul at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Virginia.
Atlantic 07/01/64: The USS Henry Clay (SSBN-625) runs aground on a shoal in themouth of
the James River and is pulled free an hour later by two tugs. The submarine was en route
from Newport News, Virginia,across Hampton Roads to pick upDeputy Secretary of Defense
Cyrus Vance in Norfolk, Virginia. No damage is reported.
Pacific 07/26/64: A suddenly intensifying storm causes damage to three navy shipsanchored
in Buckner Bay, Okinawa. The USS George Clymer (APA-27) and the USS Eldorado (AGC-
11) collide after dragging their anchors, and the USS Weiss (APD-135) is grounded whenthe
anchor chain parts. There are no injuries.
Pacific 09/11/64: A rocket motor used to boost aircraft explodes aboard the USS Constellation
(CVA-64) while the ship cruises in the South China Sea, killing one and injuring three.
09/12/64: Flooding damages the command ship USS Wright (CC-2), the National Emergency
Command Post Afloat, including the steering compartments so that the ship has no rudder
control and can only maneuver with the aid of tugs.
Atlantic 09/29/64: The USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) sustains damage to its Number 1
propeller during normal operations in the Mediterranean. The USS Independence (CVA-62)
relieves the Roosevelt on Mediterranean duty and it returns to the U.S.to drydock.
Pacific 09/29/64: An explosion aboard the USS Sproston (DD-577) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is
caused by a short circuit during work on an indicator light. The propellant in a rocket ignites
and the magazineis flooded to prevent further damage. Three people areextensively burned.
Pacific 10/08/64: Three U.S. Navy officers and three Filipino civilian workers arekilled in an
explosion and fire aboard the floating drydock AFDM-8 at Guam.
Atlantic 01/09/65: The USS Ethan Allen (SSBN-608) collides with the Norwegian freighter
Octavian in the eastern Mediterranean while at periscope depth. The U.S. Department of
Defense says 'damage was negligible,' no casualties occurred, and both the submarine
andthe freighter continued on their way after exchanging identification.
Pacific 01/16/65: The USS Whitehurst (DE-634), a Naval Reserve Training Ship,collides with
the Norweigian freighter Hoyander at the entrance of Vancouver harbor 2,500 yards west of
the Lions Gate Bridge, British Columbia, Canada, in dense fog at night as bothships are
leaving the harbor. Both ships are grounded and the Whitehurst is holed in the stern. The
Whitehurst is refloated the next day.
Pacific 02/27/65: A plane from the USS Midway (CVA-41) is inadvertently shot down by a
USS Preble (DLG-15) missile when it overflies the missile range during southern California
maneuvers for the 'Silver Lance' exercise. The pilot is killed.
Pacific 04/15/65: The USS Ranger (CVA-61) suffers an engine room fire off South Vietnam,
Atlantic 06/16/65: The USS Hartley (DE-1029) collides with the Norwegian merchantman Blue
Master off Cape Henry, Virginia. Its engine roomfloods as a result and the Hartley is towed to
Norfolk, Virginia, by the USS Kiowa (ATF-72).
Pacific 07/13/65: The USS Medregal (SS-480) collides with the Lebanese merchant ship The
Rodos in the South China Sea suffering some damage in international waters 18 miles south
of Hainan island. TheU.S. Department of Defense says the submarine was onroutine
operations, but China claims the incident took place within its territorial waters.
Pacific 07/17/65: The USS Frank Knox (DDR-742) runs aground on Pratas Reef inthe South
China Sea while underway to Taiwan. The ship is pulled free on 22 August.
Atlantic 08/26/65: The USS Shangri-La (CVA-38) and USS Newman K. Perry (DD-883)
collide off Sardinia, killing one sailor and injuring another on the destroyer. The Perry's bow is
crushed and twistedto starboard. Both are repaired at Naples and return to dutywith the Sixth
Atlantic 10/12/65: The USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) and the French merchantman
Charles le Borgne collide off southern France. The carrier sustains little damage and
continues its participation in'Lafayette IX,' a two-day bilateral U.S.-French exercise inthe
western Mediterranean. The merchantman sustains minor structural damage and proceeds
under its own power to Marseilles escorted by the USS Douglas H. Fox (DD-779).
Pacific 10/13/65: The USS Barb (SSN-596) and USS Sargo (SSN-583) collide while on
maneuvers 15 miles west of Oahu, Hawaii. Minor damagedresulted to the forward end of one
submarine and to the mast andsailof the other, but there were no injuries and both ships
returnedto port under their own power.
Pacific 12/05/65: At 2:50 p.m. local time, while the USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14)is en route
from operations off Vietnam to Yokosuka, Japan, an A-4E aircraft of Attack Squadron 56
loaded with one B43 nuclear weapon goes overboard. The aircraft was being rolled from
theNumber 2 Hangar Bay to the Number 2 Elevator when it rolled offthe elevator with the pilot
Lieutenant Junior Grade D. M. Webster and the bomb and sank in 2700 fathoms of water.
Searchers fail to find the pilot.The Department of Defense states this accident took place
'morethan 500 miles from land' when it reveals the accident in 1981.However Navy
documents show the accident occurred about 80 miles east of the Japanese Ryukyu Island
chain and 250 milessouth of Kyushu Island, Japan, and about 200 miles east of Okinawa.
Atlantic 12/06/65: The USS Bushnell (AS-15) suffers a major fire in the Gulf ofMexico. The fire
is extinguished with the aid of the USS Penguin (ASR-12).
Pacific 12/07/65: Fire breaks out in a machinery room on the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) in the
South China Sea, killing two and injuring 28. Anammunition magazine is flooded as a
Atlantic 12/13/65: An aircraft fuel tank ruptures on takeoff from the USS Independence (CVA-
62) starting a fire 220 miles southeast of Norfolk,Virginia, injuring 15.
Pacific 01/14/66: The USS General Daniel I. Sultan (T-AP-120) suffers extensive hull damage
and a ruptured fuel tank when it runs aground in shoal water west of Okinawa. No casualties
are reported. The Sultan is refloated on 15 January.
Atlantic 01/19/66: An 'actual nuclear incident' occurs when the nuclear warhead ona Terrier
anti-air missile separates from the missile and dropsabout eight feet on the USS Luce (DLG-
7) while the ship is docked at Mayport Naval Station, Florida. It is recorded 'therewere no
personnel casualties, and aside from the dent in the warhead, no equipment was damaged.'
Atlantic 01/22/66: The missile tracking ship USS American Mariner (AGM-12) runsaground off
Cape Kennedy, Florida.
Pacific 01/23/66: A U.S. Navy tank landing ship (LST) explodes while docked in Kawasaki,
Japan, killing four Japanese workers.
Atlantic 01/27/66: The USS Wasp (CVS-18) is extensively damaged during a stormin the
Pacific 02/04/66: The USS Brinkley Bass (DD-887) and USS Waddell (DDG-24)are heavily
damaged in a collision while forming for operationsin the Gulf of Tonkin.
Pacific 03/11/66: The USS Summit County (LST-1146) runs aground while enteringthe inner
harbor at Chu Lai, South Vietnam, puncturing the hullplating and flooding the main engine
04/05/66: The USS Alamo (LSD-33) and USS Kawishiwi (AO-146) collide during underway
replenishment at sea.
Pacific 05/21/66: The USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) and the USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2)brush briefly in
San Diego, California, causing slight damage.
Pacific 05/27/66: The USS Mars (AFS-1) is slightly damaged in a collision withthe merchant
ship Seiwa Maru in dense fog at the entrance to Tokyo Bay, Japan.
Pacific 06/04/66: The USS Banner (AKL-25) collides with the Soviet vessel Anemometer in
the Sea of Japan. Both ships suffer minor damage.
Atlantic 06/25/66: USS Stalwart (MSO-493) explodes, burns, capsizes, and sinksat a pier in
San Juan, Puerto Rico. The minesweeper is later towed to Norfolk, Virginia.
Atlantic 08/19/66: The USS Raleigh (LPD-1) bumps the cruise liner France atthe Hudson
River pier in New York City, none are hurt.
Pacific 10/26/66: A major fire on the USS Oriskany (CVA-34) occurs while the carrier is
operating off Vietnam. The fire starts when a crewmanpanics and throws a flare, which had
accidently ignited while being moved, into a storagelocker located at the forward starboard
corner of Hanger Bay 1.The locker contains some 650 other flares, which ignite in turn. The
resulting fire takes three hours to control, kills 44, destroys or damages six aircraft, and puts
the carrier out ofaction for several months.
Pacific 11/03/66: The USS Tiru (SS-416) runs aground on Frederick Reef in theCoral Sea and
is freed on 6 November.
Pacific 11/04/66: A flash fire occurs in a storage compartment containing oil andhydraulic fluid
four decks below the hangar deck of the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) while the ship
is on station in the South China Sea, killing seven.
Atlantic 11/10/66: The USS Nautilus (SSN-571) collides with the USS Essex (CVS-9) while
running submerged about 350 miles east of MoreheadCity, North Carolina, during underway
replenishment exercises.Both ships return to port unassisted. The submarinereceives
extensive damage to its sail area and goes to New London, Connecticut. The carrier sustains
an open hull cut in the bow area and proceeds to Norfolk, Virginia.
Pacific 12/07/66: The USS Manley (DD-940) suffers an accidental shell explosion and small
fire while in South Vietnam, injuring three.
Pacific 12/30/66: The USS Mahnomen County (LST-912) runs aground at Chu Lai, South
Vietnam. The ship is decommissioned and abandoned on 31 January 1967 after four weeks
of unsuccessful salvage efforts.
Arctic 12/31/66: In the late 1960's (1966-67 according to some accounts), the Soviet nuclearpowered
icebreaker Lenin experiences a reactor meltdown according to raw CIA intelligence
reports, or at least a'nuclear related casualty' according to the U.S. Navy.The CIA reports
suggest that up to 30 people may have died and many others were affected by radiation
sickness. The ship is abandoned for over a year before work to replace the Lenin's three
reactors with two begins.
Arctic 12/31/66: According to raw CIA intelligence reports, around 1966, a leak occurs 'in the
reactor shielding of a (Soviet) nuclear submarinehome based in Polyarnyy' on the Kola
Penisula. 'As the submarine entered the port the captain requested permission to
proceeddirectly to the shipyard. Permission was not granted but the captain took the vessel
there nonetheless.... A 'special brigade'was formed to repair the submarine and part of the
crew was sent to a special center on an island near Murmansk where navalpersonnel with
radiation sickness were sent to be treated.... Those sent to the island did not come back.'
Arctic 12/31/66: According to raw CIA intelligence reports, the Soviet November class
nuclear-powered attack submarine, Leninskyj Komsomol, burns near the North Pole
sometime in 1966-68. 'The accident involved crew members being burned inside a
bulkheadthat was locked from the outside on both sides. The fire was caused by a spark of
oxygen and did not involve the propulsion unit.' The submarine was saved. The submarine
'was one of severalsubmarines which reached the North Pole under ice.The expedition was
publicized in the Soviet press at the time without mention of the incident.'
Pacific 01/15/67: A U.S. Navy minesweeper is hit by the freighter Muifinh in Saigon harbor,
South Vietnam, and sinks.
Atlantic 01/27/67: The USS Essex (CVS-9) runs aground during training operations five miles
off Puerto Rico.
Pacific 02/02/67: The USS McMorris (DE-1036) and USS Tombigbee (AOG-11) collide during
a training exercise 75 miles southeast of Honolulu,Hawaii, killing two and injuring seven.
Atlantic 02/04/67: The USS Clamagore (SS-343) collides with the catamaran Mango outside
of San Juan harbor, Puerto Rico.
Pacific 03/09/67: A U.S. Navy river patrol boat is rammed by a British freighter and split in two
in the Saigon channel, South Vietnam.
Pacific 03/17/67: A five-inch artillery shell accidently explodes aboard the USS Manley (DD-
940), causing a fire and injuring five off Da Nang, South Vietnam.
Atlantic 03/21/67: The USS La Salle (LPD-3) and the Israeli freighter Deganya are in a minor
collision in fog off Cape Henry, Virginia.
Atlantic 03/24/67: The USS Wasp (CVS-18) and the USS Salamonie (AO-26) collide while
refueling east of San Juan, Puerto Rico. No one was injured, but both ships took 'moderate
Pacific 04/20/67: An explosion occurs in a gun mount aboard the USS Bigelow (DD-942)
operating in the Vietnam area, injuring six.
Pacific 05/10/67: During joint maneuvers of Japanese and U.S. fleets taking placein the Sea
of Japan the Soviet Kotlin class destroyer Besslednyi scrapes the USS Walker (DD-517)
despite repeated warnings not to get too close. Both ships suffer minor damage.
Pacific 05/11/67: For the second time in two days a Soviet destroyer and the USS Walker
(DD-517) collide in the Sea of Japan. This second incident occurs when the Soviet destroyer
'turned into and toward'the Walker, and, according to the U.S. Department ofDefense
announcement, the two ships 'brushed together.' The United States delivers what the
Department of State describes as asevere protest over the incident, which again involved a
Navy task force conducting antisubmarine warfare exercises.
Pacific 05/28/67: A 750-lb. bomb explodes during a loading operation on a Vietnam-bound
ship at the U.S. Navy ammunition shipping piers at Naval Weapons Station, Concord, Port
Pacific 06/12/67: The USS Repose (AH-16) is superficially damaged and the
USSTappahannock (AO-43) is slightly damaged when they collide during routine underway
replenishment operations off Vietnam.
Pacific 06/16/67: The USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) collides with the USS Platte(AO-24) during
refueling west of San Francisco, California.
Atlantic 06/22/67: A steam line ruptures aboard the USS Raleigh (LPD-1) as it is being
repaired while the ship is moored at Norfolk Naval Air Station, Virginia, killing two.
Pacific 06/29/67: The USS Coconino County (LST-603) loses all propulsion and auxiliary
power after suffering two underwater explosions while off-loading near Dong Ha, South
Atlantic 07/23/67: The USS Greenling (SSN-614) strikes a buoy off Hingham, Massachusetts.
There is only minor damage and little interuption totraining.
Pacific 07/29/67: A Zuni rocket is inadvertently fired from one of several aircraft being readied
for launch over Vietnam from the USS Forrestal (CVA-59). The rocket travels across the flight
deck, strikesthe fully-fueleddrop tank of another aircraft, and explodes. The resulting firekills
134, damages or destroys 63 aircraft, and puts the ship temporarily out of action.
06/08/67 USS Liberty (AGER-5) Attacked by Israeli air and surface forces killing 34, injuring
174. The attack followed more than 9 hours of surveilling by Israel. Israel claimed it was an
accident, even though a large U.S. Flag was flying from the ship. No attempt at contact with
Libertywas made by any Israeli plane of vessel. The Liberty was declared unsalvageable and scrapped.
Atlantic 08/31/67: The USS Simon Bolivar (SSBN-641) armed with 16 Polaris missiles collides
with the target ship USS Betelgeuse (T-AK-260)when practicing a torpedo attack, 70 miles
southeast of Charleston, South Carolina. No one is hurt, but the Bolivarsuffers about $1
million damage to its periscope and communications antennae. The Betelgeuse suffers a hole
in its hull. The Navy tells a press conference that the missiles aboard the Bolivar were not
armed and there was no danger of explosionor nuclear radiation. The missiles were
undamaged the Navy emphasizes. The Bolivar surfaces and the crew cuts away a 4-foothigh,
15-foot-long section of the conning tower so the submarine could proceed to port.
Atlantic 09/05/67: The USS Corporal (SS-346) collides with the racing sloop Media IV in Block
Island Sound off Rhode Island. The sloop's owner claims the submarine rammed the sloop
and left without offering aid. The Navy says the submarine was stoppeddead when hit.
Atlantic 09/10/67: The USS Wasp (CVS-18) suffers a fire in the combat information center
while in drydock at the South Boston Annex of the Boston Naval Shipyard, causing minor
Atlantic 10/26/67: The USS Lexington (CVS-16) hits a wharf three times in docking in New
Pacific 10/27/67: The USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) suffers a rocket explosion whileoperating in
the Tonkin Gulf, off Vietnam, injuring nine.
Pacific 11/21/67: Navy ships arrive at the scene of the grounding of the USS Clarke County
(LST-601) at Duc Pho, Vietnam, observing that the ship is now perpendicular to the beach
with the bow directly intothe sea and the stern anchored by two army tanks.
Atlantic 11/24/67: The U.S. nuclear-powered cargo ship Savannah springs a leakin its reactor
auxiliary cooling system off New Jersey. The Atomic Energy Commission and the Maritime
Administration say no radioactive materials escaped as a result of theleak. The ship returned
to Hoboken, New Jersey, for repairs.
Pacific 12/18/67: The USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) suffers a three-hour fire whichwas centered
in an airplane tire stowage area while the ship isdocked in Subic Bay, Philippines.
Pacific 12/23/67: The USS Kearsarge (CVS-33) suffers a fire while docked in Sasebo, Japan,
for the holidays, killing three and injuring two.
Pacific 12/24/67: The USS Guardfish (SSN-612) runs aground on a reef in PearlHarbor,
Hawaii. The Navy says the vessel rested on a World WarII bomb which turned out to be a
sand-filled practice bomb.
Atlantic 12/25/67: The Observer (1/7/68) reports that speculation is circulating that a U.S.
nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine suffered serious damage during maneuvers in
northern waters just before Christmas. The U.S. Navy declines to confirm or deny thereports
which come from unidentified sources at the U.S. Naval Base in Rota, Spain, due to security
reasons. In London it was suggested the damage was caused by pressure changes during a
Pacific 12/26/67: The USS Lynde McCormick (DDG-8) suffers an explosion while in Sasebo,
Japan, injuring two.
12/31/67: Before January 1968, the USS Ronquil (SS-396) reportedly narrowly avoids capture
by Soviet naval forces while engaged in a Holystone intelligence gathering mission. The
submarine caught fire near the Soviet coast and was surroundedby Soviet destroyers which
attempted to force it to surface. The Ronquil eluded the Soviet ships and escaped to safety
(also see 5/25/75 entry).
Atlantic 12/31/67: In 1967 a Soviet November class nuclear-powered attack submarinehas a
mishap in the Mediterranean believed to be related to itspropulsion system. The submarine is
Atlantic 01/22/68: The Israeli diesel submarine Dakar with 52 aboard disappearsin the eastern
Mediterranean 250 miles off Israel. The USS Turner (DDR-834), USS Conyngham (DDG-17),
and USS CharlesH. Roan (DD-853) are subsequently diverted to search forthe missing
submarine, but it is not found.
Atlantic 01/27/68: The French diesel submarine Minerve with 52 aboard sinks inthe
Mediterranean off Toulon.
Atlantic 01/30/68: The USS Seawolf (SSN-575) runs aground while submerged approximately
65 miles east of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and damages its rudder. There are no injuries
and the submarine returns to Groton, Connecticut, for repairs.
Pacific 01/31/68: The USS Rowan (DD-782) is slightly damaged when it is struckby the Soviet
merchant ship Kapitan Visiobokov in the Sea of Japan about 100 miles east of Pohang, South
Korea. There areno casualties, but the destroyer suffersa three-foot hole above the waterline
in the port bow.
01/22/68 USS Pueblo (AGER-2) Boarded and caputred by North Korean forces. One killed, several injured. The surviving crew members were held captive 11 month. Some sources
state the capture was instigated by the Soviets who wanted cryptographic equipment on board.
The Pueblo is still held by North Korea and is still a commissioned US Navy ship.
Atlantic 02/01/68: Early 1968 (shortly after the Pueblo was seized on 22 January 1968) The
USS Sergeant Joseph E. Muller (AG-171) loses power and drifts towardCuban waters under
emergency protection of combat air patrol. After several failures, the ship is towed to safety by
its escorting destroyer.
Pacific 02/06/68: A U.S. Navy rescue ship sinks after being hit by an errant Bullpup missile
launched from an A-4 Skyhawk aircraft during firing exercises near Point Mugu, California.
There are no injuries.
Atlantic 02/06/68: The USS Bache (DD-470) drags anchor off Rhodes harbor, Greece, in
hurricane force winds and runs aground on rocks, splittingthe ship from stem to stern, but
there are no serious injuries.On 17 February the ship suffers further damage in a two-day
storm. The ship is so badly damaged, rather than refloated it is decommissioned on 26
Atlantic 03/18/68: The USS Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) runs aground while submerged
off the coast of Scotland. There were no injuries, but the bow of the submarine is damaged.
Atlantic 04/09/68: The USS Robert E. Lee (SSBN-601) snags the nets of the French trawler
Lorraine-Bretagne in the Irish Sea, causing the trawler to lose considerable amounts of fishing
equipment. The submarine is undamaged.
Pacific 04/11/68: A Soviet diesel-powered Golf class ballistic missile submarine sinks about
750 miles northwest of the island of Oahu, Hawaii, inabout 16,000 feet of water, killing
approximately 80. In lateMarch 1975 numerous papers carry stories on the CIA's
attempt,called 'Project Jennifer,' to raise the submarine in the summerof 1974 using the
specially constructed Glomar Explorer deep-water salvage ship. Part of the submarine is
raised on 4 July1974. The submarine was carrying three nuclear-armedballistic missiles and
unnamed official sources are quoted as saying the evidence also suggests that nuclear-tipped
torpedoes were on board.
Atlantic 04/13/68: The USS Independence (CVA-62) collides with the USS Wrangell (AE-12)
off South Carolina during underway replenishment, damaging both ships slightly.
Atlantic 04/15/68: The USS Scorpion (SSN-589) collides with a barge during a storm in
Naples harbor, Italy. The submarine was alongside the barge which was used as a buffer
between the submarine and anotherU.S. warship.The barge and the Scorpion's stern came
together and then the barge was swamped and went down. The Scorpion returned to Naples
on 20 April and divers descending to untangle a fishingline from its propellermade a partial
inspection of its and reported no damage.
Atlantic 05/09/68: The USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7) is adrift off North Carolina dueto a burned
out bearing in the propulsion system.
Atlantic 05/27/68: The USS Scorpion (SSN-589) sinks about 400 miles southwest of the
Azores, killing all 99 men on board. The U.S. Departmentof Defense reveals in 1981 that in
the Spring of 1968 a nuclearweapons accident occurred in the Atlantic, the details ofwhich
remain classified. Despite the Pentagon's equivocation, this is taken to refer to the Scorpion
and, nevertheless, itis generally known that two nuclear-armed ASTOR torpedoes were on
board when the submarine sank.
Atlantic 06/12/68: The USS Wasp (CVS-18) and the USS Truckee (AO-147) are badly
damaged in a collision during underway replenishment off the U.S. east coast.
Atlantic 06/13/68: The USS Waldron (DD-699) and the USS Kiowa (ATF-72) collide during
operations off the U.S. east coast.
Pacific 06/15/68: The USS Cossatot (AO-77), carrying 130,000 barrels of jet fuel, is badly
damaged in a collision with the merchant ship Copper State in fog off Santa Cruz, California.
The tanker loses20 feet of its bow.
Pacific 06/16/68: U.S. Air Force F-4 jets sink a U.S. patrol boat and attack the USS Boston
(CAG-1) and the Australian destroyer Hobart near the demilitarized zone off Vietnam,
mistaking the ships for low-flying enemy helicopters.
Atlantic 07/02/68: The Norfolk Ledger-Star reports that several months ago aU.S. nuclearpowered
attack submarine collided with a Soviet submarine, causing severe damage to the
U.S. vessel which spent twomonths in Rota, Spain, for repair. The Navy declined tocomment
on the story by the paper's military correspondent who quoted a usually reliable source. The
reporter noted that it isknown that during recent months Soviet attack submarines have lain
off overseas U.S. Polarissubmarine ports, and that U.S. submarines have been given 'wiping
off' missions to prevent the Soviet submarines from followingthe Polaris boats. These
missions apparently can get quite rough, amounting to what one officer says is 'underwater
chicken,'with U.S. and Soviet submarines set on collision courses until the 'chicken' turns
away. 'Presumably this is what happened' tothe U.S. and Soviet submarines.
Pacific 08/01/68: The USS Caliente (AO-53) runs aground on a mud bank while entering
Auckland Harbor, New Zealand. The oiler is pulled clearwith no hull damage.
Atlantic 08/09/68: The USS Von Steuben (SSBN-632) collides with the towed commercial
tanker Sealady about 40 miles off the southern Spanishcoast. The Von Steuben was
submerged when struck or was struck by a submerged tow cable connecting a tug and
theSealady. The submarine surfaces immediately and then collides with the towed ship. The
submarine sustains minor external damage to the superstructure and main deck.
Atlantic 09/08/68: The USS Douglas H. Fox (DD-779) suffers a fire en route to Charleston,
South Carolina, killing two and injuring six.
Pacific 11/26/68: The USS Hancock (CVA-19) and the USS Camden (AOE-2) collide during
underway replenishment off South Vietnam. There areno injuries but the Camden is slightly
Arctic 12/31/68: According to raw CIA intelligence reports, in 1968, a Soviet nuclear
submarine sinks off Severomorsk on the Kola Penisula, killing all 90 on board. The submarine
was overdue from patrol, andafter waiting one or two days authorities initiated a search.Divers
found the submarine on the bottom of the estuary to the Kolskiy Zaliv. When the submarine
was recovered it was determined that all food had been consumed and it was estimated the
submarine had been at the location for 30 days.
Pacific 12/31/68: Late 1960s -- Reportedly a U.S. government official is briefed about a
collision between a U.S. submarine engaged in a Holystoneintelligence gathering mission and
a North Vietnamese minesweeper in the Gulf of Tonkin. The minesweepersinks within
minutes (see 5/25/75 entry).
Pacific 01/14/69: The USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) suffers explosions and a fire during its twoand-
a-half-day Operational Readiness Inspection 70miles southwest of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii,
killing 28 and injuring 343. The fire starts when a tractor used to start aircraftis backed under
the wing of a F-4 Phantom aircraft loaded with Zuni rockets. The tractor has a small jet engine
mounted on itsrear, the hot exhaust of which is put directly onto a Zuni rocket's warhead. In
about a minute the warhead cooks off,spraying shrapnel over the flight deck, puncturing tanks
and starting fires. The fires cause other Zuni rockets and 500-lb. bombs loaded on planes and
piled on deck to cook off, exploding planes, blowing holes in the solid steel deck, and
spillingaviation fuel from punctured fuel storage tanks. The captain ofthe ship recalls his
concern over containing the fire to the aft part of the flight deck, since so little firefighting
equipment was on the flight deck, commenting 'If the fire hadspread to the hangar deck, we
could have very easily lost the ship.' Despite the lack of equipment the fire is successfully
contained and after three hours burns itself out, whereupon the ship proceeds back to Pearl
Harbor.Damage includes 15 aircraft destroyed and 17 damaged.
Atlantic 02/19/69: The USS Chopper (SS-342) plunges to the sea bottom after suffering a
control casualty off Cuba on a routine training mission, injuring two and causing minor
damage to the submarine.
Pacific 05/15/69: The USS Guitarro (SSN-665) undergoing final fitting-out at the San
Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard at Vallejo, California, sinks in 35 feet of water next to the pier.
No fissionable materialis on board.The report of the U.S. Congress House Armed Services
Subcommittee convened to investigate the accident charges culpable negligence on the part
of shipyard workers responsible for the submarine: two civilian work crews pumped water into
fore and aftsections of the boat; neither crew knowing what the other was doing.
Pacific 05/25/69: The USS King (DLG-10) suffers a fire in the fireroom while operating off
North Vietnam, killing four. The ship proceeds tothe Philippines for repairs.
Atlantic 06/01/69: The USS Lowry (DD-770) suffers a gun explosion during a training mission
off Puerto Rico, killing one and injuring eight.
Pacific 06/02/69: The USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754) collides with the Australianaircraft carrier
Melbourne in the South China Sea approximately 650 miles southwest of Manila, cutting the
destroyer in two. The bow section of the Evans sinks inabout two minutes, killing 74, while the
aft section of the Evans is quickly secured alongside the Melbourne. The collision occurred
during the SEATO exercise 'Sea Spirit.'
Pacific 06/13/69: The Royal Navy diesel submarine HMS Rorqual bumps into the USS
Endurance (MSO-435) while docking at River Point pier inSubic Bay, Philippines.
Atlantic 07/08/69: The USS Cambria (APA-36) and USS Shadwell (LSD-15) collide off Malta
during a night exercise.
Atlantic 07/15/69: The USS Forrestal (CVA-59) suffers a small, localized fire while the ship is
in the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Virginia.
Pacific 08/22/69: The USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) collides with a tug and Navy barge in San
Francisco Bay, California, injuring one barge crewman.
Atlantic 09/04/69: The USS Dewey (DLG-14) suffers an explosion and fire in theboiler room
while preparing to sail from Toulon, France; killingthree.
Atlantic 09/08/69: The USS Lexington (CVS-16) suffers a fire in a boiler room as the ship is in
drydock in Boston, Massachusetts, injuring two.
Atlantic 09/08/69: The USS Intrepid (CVS-11) runs aground off Jamestown, RhodeIsland, but
is freed after two hours.
10/31/69: Fall 1969 -- reportedly 18 months prior to 31 March 1971 -- a U.S. submarine
engaged in Holystone intelligence gathering operations is beached for about two hours off the
Soviet Union's coast,creating concern in the U.S. National SecurityCouncil because of the
possibility of an international incidentif the submarine is discovered (see 3/31/71 and 5/25/75
Arctic 11/14/69: The New York Times (7/6/75) reports the USS Gato (SSN-615) collides with
a Soviet submarine the night of the 14 or 15of November 15 to 25 miles from the entrance of
the White Sea inthe Barents Sea. A crewmember is quoted as saying theGato was struck in
the heavy plating that serves as a protective shield around the nuclear reactor, but the ship
sustained no serious damage. However the ship's weapons officer immediately ran down two
decks and prepared for orders to arma nuclear-armed SUBROC antisubmarine warfare
missile and three nuclear-armed torpedoes. The accident reportedly occurred duringa
Holystone operation (see 5/25/75).According to former Gato crewmembers their commanding
officer was ordered to prepare false reports showing the submarine hadsuffered a
breakdownand halted its patrol two days prior to the collision. The Gato's commanding officer
refused to comment when he was contacted due to security reasons.
Pacific 12/12/69: The USS Parsons (DD-949) collides with the Filipino fishingboat Orient off
southern California. The Orient sinks but its crew is rescued.
Pacific 12/27/69: The ammunition aboard the merchant ship Badger State comes loose and
explodes when a big wave throws the ship on its side 1,500 miles northeast of Hawaii as it is
en route to Vietnam witha cargo of ordnance; 26 are dead or missing. The ship isrocked by
explosions and fire for a week, leading the Navy to abandon salvage plans. The ship
subsequently is sunk with gunfire.
Atlantic 01/10/70: The USS Shangri-La (CVA-38) suffers a fire during training off Jacksonville,
Florida, when an A-4 Skyhawk aircraft parked onthe flight deck ignites, killing one.
Pacific 01/17/70: The USS Volador (SS-490) and the Japanese freighter Miyahime Maru are
lightly damaged in a collision at the mouth of Tokyo Bay, Japan.
Atlantic 01/21/70: The USS Yancey (AKA-93) is driven through a section of the Chesapeake
Bay Bridge-Tunnel by strong winds, which tore it fromits anchorage near Hampton Roads,
Virginia. No injuries are reported on the ship or on the roadway, but the roadway isclosed to
Atlantic 01/29/70: The USS Nathanael Greene (SSBN-636) is grounded for seven hours in
thick fog in Charleston harbor, South Carolina. The Navycloses the harbor while the
submarine is refloated. Officialswill not say whether any Polaris missiles are on board, buta
Navy spokesman says there appears to be no danger of nuclear leakage or reactor damage.
The next day the Navy says the ship suffered no damage.
Atlantic 02/10/70: The USS Semmes (DDG-18) is heavily damaged and the USS Samuel B.
Roberts (DD-823), USS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2), andUSS Yellowstone (AD-27) are
slightly damaged when a Greek freighter sideswipes the four ships in Naples harbor, Italy.
Pacific 02/10/70: A Bullpup missile aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31)cracks and
leaks toxic gases and liquids when its pneumatic hoist fails and drops it on the deck of the
weapons magazine while the ship is berthed at Naval Station North Island in SanDiego,
California. A Navy spokesman says the missile is capableof carrying a nuclear warhead but
was not believed to be armedat the time. Two hundred crewmembers are evacuated from the
surrounding areas and the rest of the 3500-personcrew stands by to take the ship to sea if
necessary as a precaution. The broken rocket motor is safely lifted out of the ship and
transferred to the dock.
Pacific 02/10/70: Coincidently, minutes before the Bullpup missile drops in a starboard
magazine, an electrical fire breaks out in a port side magazine aboard the USS Bon Homme
Richard (CVA-31) while the ship is docked at Naval Air Station North Island, San
Pacific 02/13/70: The USS Point Defiance (LSD-31) and USS Ponchatoula (AO-148) are
slightly damaged in a collision during refueling operations north of Hawaii, injuring three.
Pacific 03/19/70: The USS Orleck (DD-886) collides with the USS Neches (AO-47) during
underway replenishment off the coast of Vietnam. The Neches loses its starboard side
Pacific 03/20/70: The USS McKean (DD-784) and the USS Cacapon (AO-52) sustain minor
damage in a collision during underway replenishment off Okinawa.
Atlantic 04/12/70: A Soviet November class nuclear-powered submarine sinks in the Atlantic
Ocean approximately 300 miles northwest of Spain. On 11April the submarine is sighted dead
in the water with personnelon deck trying to rig a tow line to two accompanying Sovietships.
By the morning of 12 April U.S. Navy P-3 patrol planes find only two oil slicks on the surface
where the submarine had been, and the submarine is considered lost at sea. The accidentis
believed to be related to a problem in the nuclearpropulsion system. After the sinking Soviet
survey vessels reportedly guard the area almost continuously for six months. Thereafter
routine patrols are conducted until 1979, after which onlyoccasional visits are made.
Atlantic 05/28/70: The USS Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) proceeding on its initial sea trials
collides with the Philippine merchant ship PresidentQuezon off Cape Henry, Virginia. The
submarine incurs minor damage, but the President Quezon receives extensive damageto her
Atlantic 06/13/70: The USS Little Rock (CLG-4) is in a minor collision with theGreek destroyer
Lonzhi in the Gulf of Laconia off Greece during the NATO exercise 'Dawn Patrol 70.'
Atlantic 06/18/70: The USS Eugene A. Greene (DD-711) and the USS Waccamaw (AO-109)
are in a minor collision in the eastern Mediterranean during refueling operations.
Pacific 08/04/70: The USS Rogers (DD-876) collides with a Singapore-bound commercial tug
in the South China Sea. There are no injuries.
Pacific 11/04/70: A boiler room explosion occurs aboard the USS Goldsborough (DDG-20) six
hours out of Taiwan, killing two and injuring four.
Atlantic 11/14/70: The USS Seawolf (SSN-575) suffers a breakdown in the engineroom main
drain south of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, en route to the Pacific. It surfaces dead in the water
and asks for assistance.The USS Blandy (DD-943) gets underway to rendezvousand escort
or tow the submarine. The next day the submarine isable to correct the problem itself and
gets underway on its ownpower for Guantanamo.
Atlantic 11/28/70: The USS Sylvania (AFS-2) and the USS Concord (AFS-5) areslightly
damaged in a collision in Rota, Spain, when the Sylvania attempts under pilot to moor
alongside the Concord.
Atlantic 11/29/70: Fire breaks out in a baggage storeroom in the stern of the submarine
tender USS Canopus (AS-34) while it is in the Holy Lochsubmarine base, Scotland. The Daily
Telegraph reports that it was carrying nuclear-armed missiles and that two U.S.nuclearpowered
ballistic missile submarines, the Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657) and James K. Polk
(SSBN-645), were mooredalongside. The Francis Scott Key cast off, but the Polk remained
alongside. U.S. naval authorties in Holy Loch andLondon dismiss any suggestion that a
nuclear explosion aboard the Canopus could have occurred or that 'even a remote
danger'from missiles or other materials existed. 'We have drills andprecautions which rule out
any danger whatsoever,' the Londonspokesman says. There are precautions against every
eventualityin Holy Loch.' The fire was brought under control after four hours. Three men were
killed and the cause of the fire was unknown.U.S. Navy documents record that 'damage was
extensive in the small area in which the fire was contained,' but 'repairs were effected on site
and Canopus was never 'off the line''.
Pacific 01/01/71: The USS Sphinx (ARL-24) loses power about 120 nautical milesnorthwest of
Atlantic 01/15/71: U.S. Navy barge loaded with diesel fuel sinks off Puerto Rico and spreads a
mile-long oil slick.
Pacific 01/19/71: The USS Roark (DE-1053) is badly damaged by an engine room fire in the
western Pacific. The ship is taken in tow by the USSTowers (DDG-9) toward Midway Island
from whence it will betowed to Pearl Harbor.
Atlantic 01/20/71: The USS Wasp (CVS-18) and USS Chukawan (AO-100) collidewhile
refueling southwest of Bermuda.
Pacific 01/24/71: The USS Hamner (DD-718) and USS Camden (AOE-2) collide during
underway replenishment in the Gulf of Tonkin.
Atlantic 02/12/71: The USS Great Sitkin (AE-17) arrives under tow at RooseveltRoads, Puerto
Rico, having lost power off the Virgin Islands when four spring bearings wiped. Sabotage is
Atlantic 03/01/71: In March the USS Detroit (AOE-4) collides with a Navy oiler70 miles off the
South Carolina coast. Damage was slight.
03/31/71: The New York Times reports that a U.S. Navy Sturgeon classnuclear-powered
attack submarine collides with a Soviet submarine 17 nautical miles off the coast of the Soviet
Union while ona secret reconnaissance mission as part of theHolystone submarine
intelligence gathering operations (see 5/25/75 entry).
Atlantic 04/21/71: A fire of electrical origin and short duration occurs aboard theUSS John F.
Kennedy (CVA-67) in the Virginia Capes area.
Atlantic 05/06/71: The USS Bigelow (DD-942) suffers a possible momentary grounding while
en route to an anchorage in Aarhus Bay, Denmark, causing minor damage.
Pacific 05/06/71: The USS Hanson (DD-832) collides with the Soviet fleet tug Diomid in the
Korean Straits, causing minor damage but no injuries. The Hanson conjectures the accident
was caused by adeliberate attempt by the tug (with an icebreaker bow)to ram the Hanson. A
sliding collision, however, was the only result.
Pacific 05/08/71: A Nationalist Chinese fishing boat sinks off Kaohsiung, Taiwan,when it
attempts to pass between the tug USS Molala (ATF-106) and its tow ARD-22, striking first the
bridle and then the bowof the ARD. .
Atlantic 06/28/71: The casing of a valve ruptures filling the engine spaces with steam aboard
the USS Trenton (LPD-14) while the ship is undergoing shakedown training in the
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, operating area, killing four and seriously injuring seven.
Pacific 07/10/71: The USS Constellation (CVA-64) suffers a one-hour machineryroom fire
while moored at San Diego, California.
Atlantic 07/16/71: An unidentified U.S. Navy ship spills 40,000 gallons of oil offNew York,
subsequently contaminating the waterfronts of Coney Island and Staten Island, New York.
Atlantic 07/27/71: The USS Harlan R. Dickson (DD-708) runs aground off Cape CodCanal,
Massachusetts, after a mechanical failure, but is freedthe next day.
Atlantic 08/15/71: The USS Saratoga (CVA-60) suffers flooding in an engine roomwhile
anchored off Athens, Greece.
Pacific 08/17/71: The USS Regulus (AF-57) is severely damaged when, struck bytyphoon
Rose, it is torn from its moorings and tossed aground onKau Yi Chau Island near Hong Kong.
Atlantic 08/20/71: The USS Saratoga (CVA-60) suffers another engine room floodshortly after
leaving Athens, Greece, where repair from a similar flood of 15 August just was completed.
Atlantic 09/26/71: The USS Holder (DD-819) runs aground momentarily in ViequesPassage
off Puerto Rico. There is no damage.
Atlantic 10/11/71: The USS Talbot (DEG-4) suffers an engineering casualty and is towed by
the USS Skylark (ASR-20) to Newport, Rhode Island.
Pacific 10/30/71: The USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22) suffers a four-and-one-half hour fire
in the motor generator set room while undergoing overhaul at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Pacific 10/31/71: The USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3) is slightly damaged by a maindeck fire while
moored at Hong Kong. The fire is later determined to be caused by arson.
Atlantic 11/01/71: The USS Hardhead (SS-365) suffers minor structural damage when it is
struck by an Italian ferry in the Straits of Messina, off Italy.
Atlantic 12/29/71: The USS Dace (SSN-607) inadvertently discharges 500 gallonsof water
used as coolant for its nuclear reactor into the ThamesRiver at New London, Connecticut,
during a routine water transfer between the submarine and the USS Fulton (AS-11).The Navy
says measurements in the area showed 'no increase in radioactivity of the environment' on
the following day and claimsthe coolant contains a 'very small amount of radioactivity.' Navy
sources at the Pentagon acknowledge there have been a 'afew' leakages at the base during
such transfers in the past, although none were disclosed, but also none were of sufficient
sizeto endanger anybody. Reportedly the Navy disclosed this accident only when rumors of a
nuclear incidentstarted circulating in New London.
Atlantic 12/31/71: On two occasions in 1971 defective U.S. nuclear-powered ballistic missile
submarine distress buoys accidently shot to the surface signalling the submarines had been
sunk by enemy action and each set off 'a massive U.S. alert,' raisingthe 'threat of accidental
war.' A spokesman for the Pentagon admitted there had been two involuntary releases in
1971, one in the Mediterranean and one in the North Atlantic. But in each case, he said, the
submarine informed its home base immediatelyand 'There was no alert of any kind.' One
release was due to amechanical problem and one to a human error. The Navy said technical
corrections had been made since 1971 to prevent a recurrence of the accidental launchings.
Pacific 01/16/72: The USS Albert David (DE-1050) collides with a North Vietnamese junk in
the Gulf of Tonkin and two people from the junk arelost.
Atlantic 01/24/72: The USS Sea Horse (SSN-669) is grounded for two hours whileoutbound
from Charleston, South Carolina.
Pacific 02/07/72: The USS Wahoo (SS-565) sustains damage to its starboard shaft when it
collides with Queens Pier in Hong Kong after being carried by a tidal current.
Atlantic 02/19/72: The hull of the USS Preserver (ARS-8) is cracked in three places when it
strikes a rock while entering Portsmouth, New Hampshire, harbor during stormy weather.
Atlantic 02/23/72: The USS Shreveport (LPD-12) and USS Nashville (LPD-13) are slightly
damaged in a collision during exercises in the Caribbean.
Atlantic 02/24/72: A U.S. Navy P-3 Orion patrol plane sights a Soviet Hotel II class nuclearpowered
ballistic missile submarine on the surface 600miles northeast of Newfoundland. The
submarine had an apparentnuclear propulsion problem which resulted in the loss ofall power.
Several deaths are thought to have occurred. The next day the U.S. Coast Guard cutter
Boutwell sights the disabled submarine in company with five Soviet ships. An offer of
assistance by the Boutwell receives no reply. The Sovietships start back to the submarine's
home base through heavy, stormy seas. On 18 March the submarine is still slowly moving
across the north Atlantic now accompanied by nine Soviet ships and the U.S. Coast Guard
cutter Gallatin. On 5 April, the WestGerman Navy reports the submarine had reached its
home waters inthe White Sea.
Atlantic 02/25/72: The USS Beacon (PG-99) suffers a large hole and an engine room flood
after colliding with the Dutch fishing ship Syriname east of Cape Maisi, Cuba, and is towed to
Atlantic 03/15/72: The USS Joseph Hewes (DE-1078) loses power about 600 miles east of
Jacksonville, Florida, when a main engine line shaft bearing breaks in stormy seas.
Atlantic 03/16/72: The U.S. Navy reports the rare sighting of a Soviet Yankee classnuclearpowered
ballistic missile submarine on the surface northeast of Iceland. It was not clear
whether the submarine was indifficulty.
Atlantic 04/11/72: The USS Benjamin Franklin (SSBN-640) collides with and sinksa tugboat at
the General Dynamics Electric Boat Division docksat Groton, Connecticut. The submarine,
being overhauled at theshipyard, was not damaged.
Pacific 04/16/72: Two antiradiation missiles inadvertently fired by a U.S. supportaircraft
explode near the USS Worden (DLG-18) while the ship operates off Vietnam, killing one,
injuring nine, and puttingthe ship out of action. The ship proceeds toSubic Bay, Philippines for
ten days of repairs.
Pacific 06/28/72: The USS Oriskany (CVA-34) and USS Nitro (AE-23) are in aminor collision
during underway replenishment 150 nautical miles east of Da Nang, South Vietnam.
Pacific 07/06/72: The USS Guadalupe (AO-32) sustains damage to its bow, bridge, and
fueling probe in a collision with the USS Alamo (LSD-33) 30 miles north of Da Nang, South
Vietnam, during underway replenishment when the Alamo's rudder jams hard left and
Atlantic 07/10/72: The computer system of the USS Forrestal (CVA-59) is damagedby a fire
determined to have been caused by arson while in Norfolk, Virgina.
Pacific 07/19/72: Damage to the reduction gears of the USS Ranger (CVA-61) while in San
Diego, California, is determined to have been caused by sabotage.
Pacific 07/20/72: The USS Oriskany (CVA-34) loses a propeller and a section ofthe
propeller's tail shaft while operating in the Pacific, thuslimiting the carrier to three engines.
Pacific 10/01/72: The USS Newport News (CA-148) suffers an accidental explosion in a gun
turret while operating off Vietnam, killing 19, injuring ten (one mortally) and putting the ship
Arctic 10/05/72: The USS Mizar (T-AGOR-11) and the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Edisto collide
about 720 miles north of Iceland in the Greenland Sea, as the Edisto tows the disabled Mizar.
Both aredisabled and are in danger of being beset by ice.
Atlantic 10/06/72: The USS Tullibee (SSN-597) collides with the West German freighter
Hagen as it is cruising just beneath the surface about 150 nautical miles east of Cape
Hatteras, North Carolina, during stormy weather, causing slight damage to the submarine.The
collision did not impair the operations of either ship.
Pacific 10/22/72: The USS Silas Bent (T-AGS-26) is badly damaged by fire whileconducting
surveillance off the South Korean coast. There areno casualties and the ship returns to Pusan
under its own power.
Pacific 10/25/72: The USS Snook (SSN-592) is slightly damaged when it strikesbottom in
Dabob Bay, Washington, while on a celebration run. The submarine surfaced without any
Pacific 10/29/72: The USS Saratoga (CVA-60) suffers a machine room fire whilein port at
Singapore, killing three.
10/30/72: The USS Florikan (ASR-9) suffers a fire in a forward hold, killing one and injuring
10/31/72: While the USS Mississinewa (AO-144) is getting underway, sabotage is discovered
in the ship's boiler system which is shut down before damage is incurred.
Pacific 11/03/72: A flash fire in the after fire room of the USS Henderson (DD-785) puts the
Number 4 boiler out of commission. However, theship continues operations off southern
Atlantic 11/12/72: The USS Kretchmer (DER-329) while crossing the Atlantic is forced to
divert to Ponta Delgado, Azores, after suffering a series of material casualties.
Atlantic 11/15/72: The USS Preserver (ARS-8) completes a month-long trans-Atlantic tow of
the USS Brumby (DE-1044) from Greenock, Scotland,to Charleston, South Carolina, after the
Brumby suffers damage to its steam generators.
Atlantic 12/01/72: According to raw CIA intelligence reports, in December a Sovietnuclearpowered
submarine from the Northern Fleet suffers a nuclear radiation accident while on
patrol off the eastern coast ofNorth America. The accident involved leakage from anucleararmed
torpedo in the Mine-Torpedo Department in the forward section of the submarine.
Reportedly, 'Doors were immediately secured in accordance with regulations and some crew
memberswere trapped within the space where the nuclear radiationleakage occurred.'
Pacific 12/02/72: The USS Proteus (AS-19) experiences a blast in a boiler roomwhile in Pearl
Harbor, Hawaii, suffering only slight damage.
Pacific 12/13/72: The USS Ranger (CVA-61) suffers a fire in the main machineryroom while
the ship operates off Vietnam. The fire takes two hours to control.
Atlantic 12/31/72: According to raw CIA intelligence reports, probably in December1972 or
January 1973 an undetermined accident during Soviet naval operations cripples a Soviet
nuclear-powered submarine in theAtlantic. Reportedly, the submarine is towed 'at a speed
oftwo to three knots' for six weeks to Severomorsk on the Kola Peninsula, arriving in February
1973. Also, 'The crew members trapped in the forward space initially consumed dry rations
that were permanently stored in the compartment and later theyreceived food through a small
opening from the weather deck. Upon arrival at Severomorsk, crew members were permitted
to debarkthe submarine. Several men died shortly after the accident, others later.... The
majority of the submarine crewmembers suffered from some form of radiation sickness.'
Pacific 01/05/73: The USS Henry B. Wilson (DDG-7) while outside Saigon, SouthVietnam,
suffers an in-bore premature explosion in Mount 51 which destroys a foot of the barrel and
injures two crewmen.
Atlantic 01/21/73: The USS Cascade (AD-16) experiences flooding and small firesin port at
Sigonella, Italy. Sabotage is suspected.
Atlantic 01/22/73: The USS Batfish (SSN-681) suffers bottom damage after running hard
aground at Charleston, South Carolina, while proceeding to sea. The submarine is pulled free
by tugs and returns to thedock.
Pacific 01/27/73: The USS Jason (AR-8) suffers minor damage when struck by theJapanese
cargo ship Koro Maru while en route from Sasebo, Japan, to Keelung, Taiwan.
Pacific 02/04/73: The USS Tolovana (AO-64) is slightly damaged by a fire apparently of
electrical origin while in port at Subic Bay, Philippines.
Atlantic 02/05/73: The USS Basilone (DD-824) suffers a boiler room explosion during training
120 miles southeast of New York City, killing seven.
Pacific 02/07/73: An explosion of fuel leaking from a broken pipe sets off an engine room fire
on the USS Agerholm (DD-826) while the ship isoff San Diego, California, killing three.
Atlantic 02/10/73: The USS Fairfax County (LST-1193) is holed by an uncharted reef during
amphibious exercises off Carbonaras, Spain, but is able to continue participation.
Atlantic 02/23/73: The USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) suffers minor damagefrom a brief
fire in the hangar deck while the carrier is undergoing restricted availability in Mayport,
Atlantic 03/11/73: The USS Manitowoc (LST-1180) experiences a brief fire in a pump room
while in port at Little Creek, Virginia. There are noinjuries.
Atlantic 03/27/73: The USS Greenling (SSN-614) goes below its safe diving levelwhile training
about 250 miles northwest of Bermuda because a needle on a depth guage sticks. The true
depth is disclosed on another gauge before the submarine reaches a depth that wouldhave
crushed her hull. On 30 March the submarine arrives at itshomeport of Groton, Connecticut.
On 10 April the Greenlingdocks at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, New Hampshire, for a
Atlantic 03/27/73: The USS Hammerhead (SSN-663), operating east of the VirginiaCapes
area at about 300 feet, strikes a submerged object of unknown nature thought to be nonmetallic,
perhaps a whale. The impact was heavy enough to be heard and felt throughout
theship. There was no discernable damage.
Atlantic 04/04/73: The USS Beacon (PG-99) runs aground at Beaufort Inlet, NorthCarolina,
during 'Exotic Dancer VI' exercises and is refloatedthe next day.
Atlantic 04/05/73: While sailing in the Virginia Capes area, the USS Independence (CVA-62)
suffers a 45-minute fire in a catapult ventilation system which affects its operational
Pacific 04/10/73: The USS Guadalupe (AO-32) runs aground off Harbor Island inSan Diego
Bay, California, no reported injuries.
Pacific 04/21/73: The USS Guardfish (SSN-612) experiences a primary coolant leak while
running submerged about 370 miles south-southwest of Puget Sound. The submarine
surfaces and is ventilated and decontaminated, and repairs the casualty unassisted. Four
crewmenare transferred to the Puget Sound Naval Hospital for monitoring.
Pacific 04/23/73: The USS Force (MSO-445) catches fire and sinks about 820 miles west of
Guam in the Philippine Sea. Seventy crewmen who abandon the Force are picked up the next
day by the British merchant ship Spratnes.
Atlantic 05/21/73: The USS Sturgeon (SSN-637) strikes the bottom of the ocean suffering
minor damage while operating in deep water during a dive off the U.S. Virgin Islands. The
Navy says there were no injuries to the crew and the submarine's nuclear power plant wasnot
affected. The submarine put into the nearest U.S. port at Frederiksted, St. Croix, under its
Pacific 05/28/73: The USS Charles Berry (DE-1035) and a Japanese cargo ship suffer minor
damage in a collision in Kobe harbor, Japan.
Pacific 06/03/73: The USS Hull (DD-945) suffers a minor fire in an air conditioning unit while
in port at San Diego, California.
Pacific 06/04/73: The USS Higbee (DD-806) suffers damage to its sonar dome when it is
grounded for five hours at Subic Bay, Philippines.
Atlantic 06/06/73: The USS Skipjack (SSN-585) hits an uncharted sea mount during 'Dawn
Patrol' exercises in the Mediterranean Sea. The submarine suffers minor damage and
proceeds on the surface to Soudha Bay, Crete, for hull inspection.
Atlantic 07/14/73: The USS Robert H. McCard (DD-822) damages its sonar dome when it
runs aground on an uncharted sand bar while exiting Tampa Bay, Florida.
Atlantic 07/17/73: The U.S. Army Reserve transport ship Hickory Knoll collideswith U.S. Coast
Guard buoy tender Firebrush in Baltimore harbor, Maryland, shortly after being freed from a
sand bar. Neither ship is seriously damaged. The Army saysthe Firebrush failed to concede
the right of way.
Atlantic 08/03/73: The USS Victoria (AK-281) experiences an engine room fire while berthed
at Eire Basin, Brooklyn, New York, delaying its sailing by two weeks in order to make repairs.
Atlantic 09/05/73: The U.S. Defense Department reports that a damaged Soviet Echo II class
nuclear-powered cruise missile submarine has been sighted in the Caribbean south of Cuba
with an eight-foot gash in theport bow deck. This is apparently the result of a collisionwith
another Soviet ship, perhaps a cruiser with visible scrapeson its hull, during maneuvers of the
Soviet Caribbean task force. The Pentagon spokesman said the submarine did not appear
tobe in danger of sinking.
Pacific 09/09/73: The USS Claud Jones (DE-1033) experiences an engine room fire while en
route to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, causing substantial damage but no casualties.
Atlantic 09/22/73: The USS Saratoga (CVA-60) experiences a fire on the third deck, between
the flight deck and the hangar deck, which takes nine hours to extinguish while the ship is in
drydock at Norfolk, Virginia.
Pacific 11/01/73: A U.S. Navy 100-foot underwater demolition team's vessel rams
aminisubmarine in San Diego harbor, California, as both vessels are returning to Coronado
amphibious base from routine exerciseswith 40 other vessels, killing one.
Pacific 12/11/73: A fire, probably due to a fuel line failure, occurs in the mainengine room on
board the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) while the ship is 700 miles east of the Philippines, killing
Atlantic 12/12/73: An explosion rips through the stack of the USS Detroit's (AOE-4) after
engine room, causing much material damage while the ship is in Newport, Rhode Island, for
repairs and upkeep.
Pacific 12/29/73: An oil slick 11 miles in length results when a fuel tank of theUSS Pvt Joseph
F. Merrell (T-AK-275) is opened in a collision with the Liberian freighter Pearl Venture off the
Californian coast. The Pvt JosephF. Merrell is towed into San Luis Obispo Bay the next day
while the oil slick dissipates at sea.
Atlantic 01/08/74: The USS Kittiwake (ASR-13) receives minor hull damage in a collision with
the USS Finback (SSN-670) at the destroyer-submarine piers at the Norfolk Naval Base,
Atlantic 01/21/74: The U.S. Navy says it is investigating possible sabotage in thecutting of
electrical wires in the USS Spadefish (SSN-668),which is undergoing a one-year overhaul in
the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Virginia. Electrical wires on the submarinehad been cut several
times since the fall of 1973, prompting the Navy to investigate.
Pacific 02/13/74: The USS Gurke (DD-783) experiences an electrical fire whileoperating in the
Okinawa area, which damages a switchboard and associated equipment and injures two.
Indian 02/14/74: The USS Schofield (DEG-3) suffers a propulsion casualty andis taken in tow
by the USS Bainbridge (DLGN-25) near the entrance of the Red Sea in the Indian Ocean.
Repairs are completedthe next day.
Pacific 04/07/74: The USS Wyandot (T-AKA-92) is in collision with merchant ship Sacramento
Venture off the entrance to Keelung, Taiwan. There were no casualties.
Atlantic 04/25/74: The USS DuPont (DD-941) collides with the left swing span ofa bridge at
Yorktown, Virginia. The ship suffers damage to theforward mast while the bridge is closed to
traffic for about anhour.
Pacific 05/01/74: In May the USS Pintado (SSN-672) reportedly collides almosthead-on with a
Soviet Yankee class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine while cruising 200 feet deep
in the approaches tothe Petropavlovsk naval base on the Kamchatka Peninsula.The Soviet
submarine surfaced immediately, but the extent of damage was not known. The Pintado
departed from the area at top underwater speed and proceeded to Guam whereit entered
drydock for repairs lasting seven weeks. The collision smashed much of the Pintado's
detection sonar, a starboard side torpedo hatch was jammed shut and diving plane received
moderate damage.The Pintado was on an intelligence gathering mission in Soviet territorial
Atlantic 05/06/74: The USS Jallao (SS-368) experiences an explosion in the engine room
while providing services in the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, operating area. An electrical arc
ignited the engine room atmosphere causing a quick flash.The submarine surfaces and
returns to port needing minor repairsand soot clean-up. Sixteen crewmembers are
hospitalized with smoke inhalation effects and one with burns.
Pacific 05/23/74: An explosion in the hold of USS John R. Craig (DD-885) underoverhaul in
drydock at a civilian shipyard at Swan Island, Oregon, rocks the destroyer and buckles its
plates, injuring 18. Welding was being done in the area where the explosion occurred.
Pacific 07/27/74: The USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) suffers a fire in an electricalmaintenance
area off California, no reported injuries.
Indian 08/03/74: A wave sweeps over the forward deck of the USS Hawkins (DD-873) as it is
refueling from the USS Marias (T-AO-57) in theIndian Ocean, injuring seven. An emergency
visit toDiego Suarez, Madagascar, is made so the men can be treated at ahospital.
Pacific 08/05/74: The USS Lipan (ATF-85) collides with the tanker Atlantic Prestige between
Vancouver Island and Washington while towing another vessel.
Pacific 09/01/74: The first and only Japanese nuclear-powered merchant ship, the Mutsu,
develops a reactor leak during its first test voyage in the Pacific. The leakage apparently
results from a faulty design in the reactor's shielding system and involves the releaseof
radiation -- gamma rays and neutrons escaping through a hatchcover -- rather than an a leak
of actual radioactive materials.Emergency repairs are made reportedly with a thick layer of
sticky boiled rice. However, the ship drifts for weeks offnorthern Japan due to protests by
fishermen who are concerned about contamination of their scallop beds in the vicinity of the
ship's homeport of Mutsu and refuse to allow the the ship to dock. The fishermen end their
protest after the governmentpromises compensation and the ship docks in Mutsu on 15
October.In 1978 the ship is moved to Sasebo, Japan, and work on repairing the leak begins in
August 1980 at the Sasebo Heavy Industries Company.
Atlantic 09/03/74: Shortly after getting underway in Norfolk, Virginia, the USS Butte (AE-27)
suffers a major fire in the main switchboard, disrupting all ship support electrical supply. The
Butte is towed back to the naval base for repairs which include replacingthe switchboard.
Atlantic 09/27/74: The New York Times reports that Turkey's semi-official Anatolian News
Agency said that a Soviet Kashin class guided missile destroyer exploded and sank in the
Black Sea with no survivorsabout two weeks ago. Both Turkish Navy officials and theU.S.
Defense Department refuse to confirm reports of the sinking. The Kashin class can carry
nuclear-capable SA-N-1 Goa surface-to-air missiles, but qualified sources doubted the
destroyer was carrying any nuclear-armed versions since the ship was onits sea trials. Later
newspaper accounts based on U.S. intelligence sources report that 75 or more people may
have been rescued, but even so a minimum of 275 perished.
Pacific 10/19/74: The USS Richard S. Edwards (DD-950) experiences one-foot deep flooding
in the fire room while in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Thewater is pumped out.
Atlantic 11/03/74: The USS James Madison (SSBN-627) collides with an unknown Soviet
submarine in the North Sea according to Jack Anderson's regular newspaper column of 1
January 1975. The collision left a nine-foot scrape in the Madison. According to Anderson
thetwo submarines came within inches of sinking one another. The Madison proceeded to
Holy Loch, Scotland, to effect repairs.The U.S. Navy refused to comment on the incident.
Atlantic 12/06/74: The USS Yukon (T-AO-152) experiences a fire in the electrical control
board which renders the ship dead in the water in thewestern Mediterranean. The fire occurrs
in heavy weather and theship drifts toward the Algerian coast.
Pacific 12/12/74: The USS Edson (DD-946) experiences a fire in the after fireroom while
training with USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) off Hawaii.The fire was caused by the ignition of oil
which was spraying from a rupture in a lube oilguage line. The area was secured and fire
extinguished with nopersonnel casualties. The destroyer returned to Pearl Harbor under its
own power for repairs.
Atlantic 12/13/74: The USS Saratoga (CV-60) suffers a major aircraft accident when a jet
blast deflector is inadvertently raised into the the turning propeller of a plane while the ship is
involved in exercise 'National Week XVII' in the Tyrrhenian Sea, injuring fivecrewmen and
damaging five planes.
Atlantic 12/14/74: The USS Kamehameha (SSBN-642) strikes submerged fishing gearduring
independent exercises in the central Mediterranean. Deep hull scrapes on the port side, a
sheared underwater log sword,and a damaged screw result. The vessel returns to port
underits own power for repairs.
Pacific 12/31/74: Before 1975, a U.S. submarine engaged in a Holystone intelligence
gathering mission reportedly is temporarily grounded in Vladivostok harbor. This apparently
occurs when the vessel was running on low power to avoid detection andstrikes the harbor
bottom. It eventually frees itself. (See 5/25/75 entry. This accident is specifically reported as
separatefrom other New York Times accounts of Holystone operations.)
Pacific 01/05/75: The USS Enhance (MSO-437) is disabled by an engine room firewhen a
ruptured 'O' ring in a lube oil filter causes the turbocharger to explode while operating off San
Atlantic 01/20/75: The USS Newman K. Perry (DD-883) strikes an unknown object off New
Jersey, cutting a small hole in the engine room and causing minor flooding.
Pacific 02/16/75: The USS Swordfish (SSN-579) runs aground near Lanai, Hawaii,while
conducting post-overhaul trials. The submarine surfacessafely and returns to Pearl Harbor for
inspection and repair. The Navy says the submarine damaged sensor devices mounted
onhull, but there were no breaks in the hull. The Honolulu Star-Bulletin, however, receives
reports that a torpedo room flooded. The Navy denies this.
Pacific 02/24/75: The USS Kansas City (AOR-3) is struck by the USS Henry B.Wilson (DDG-
7) while moored at Subic Bay, Philippines, and both ships receive minor damage.
Atlantic 03/03/75: The USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) and USS Nashville (LPD-13) areseverely
damaged when the Iwo Jima loses steering control and rams into the Nashville during
highline transfer about 1,000 miles southwest of the Azores.
Atlantic 03/05/75: The USS Edward McDonnell (FF-1043) is struck from astern bya Finnish
merchant ship while entering Hamburg, West Germany, inrain and fog. The collision opens an
eight-foot-square hole above the waterline of the frigate.
Atlantic 03/24/75: The USS Dace (SSN-607) collides with a fishing vessel whilesurfaced in
the Narraganset Bay area off Rhode Island. There was no reported damage to the submarine.
Pacific 03/26/75: The USS Holland (AS-32) suffers a Class Alpha fire caused byspontaneous
combustion of fiber glass materials in a sanding room while undergoing overhaul at the Puget
Sound Naval Shipyard,Washington.
Atlantic 04/08/75: The USS Meredith (DD-890) suffers an explosion and fire in afreshwater
tank in the forward fire room while undergoing overhaul in Jacksonville, Florida, killing two
Atlantic 04/08/75: The USS Koelsch (FF-1049) experiences flooding in the dieselgenerator
room when an air conditioning main ruptures while inMayport, Florida.
Pacific 04/23/75: The USS Snook (SSN-592) becomes entangled in a net of a probable
Soviet fishing trawler while submerged at a depth of 150 feet in a submarine diving area 30
miles off San Francisco, California. The Snook is pulled to periscope depth immediatelyastern
of the fishing ship, however it breaks free and clears the area. About 25 Soviet fishing vessels
are in the area when the incident occurrs.
Atlantic 04/29/75: The USS Patterson (FF-1061) experiences flooding in a machinery room
when an air compressor saltwater cooling line ruptureswhile in upkeep in Mayport, Florida.
05/25/75: A lengthy story in the New York Times details a secret U.S. Navy submarine
intelligence gathering program code-named Holystone. Using specially equipped submarines
the Navy has spied onthe Soviet Union and other countries since the early 1960s,at times
within their three-mile limit. Several accidents resulted from these missions including the
damaging of a U.S. submarine which surfaced under a Soviet ship during a Soviet fleet
exercise as well as accidents listed at 12/31/65,12/31/67, 12/31/68, 10/31/69, 11/14/69,
3/31/71, 5/1/74, and 12/31/74. Further exposes of the Holystone program are in the
Washington Post (1/4/74), New York Times (7/4 and 7/6/75), Village Voice (2/16/76), Chicago
Tribune(12/4/77) and Baltimore Sun (4/18/81). According to the reports, most of the
submarines involved in Holystone missions were Sturgeon class nuclear-powered attack
submarines, which alsowere armed with nuclear weapons.
Pacific 06/10/75: The USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) suffers major flooding in its Number 1
machinery room while 135 nautical miles northwest of WakeIsland, crossing to the western
Atlantic 06/15/75: A boiler flareback explosion damages two boilers and adjacent uptakes of
the USS Independence (CV-62) while moored at Norfolk, Virginia.
Atlantic 06/20/75: The Navy announces eight minor fires that occurred aboard the USS John
F. Kennedy (CV-67) earlier in the week may have beenset by a sailor in an effort to forestall
its departure from Norfolk, Virginia, on a seven-month deployment.
Atlantic 08/07/75: The USS Dahlgren (DDG-43) collides with the Panamanian freighter
Eurybates about three-and-one-half miles east of Port Colon in the Panama Canal Zone.
There are no injuries.
Atlantic 09/29/75: The USS Albany (CG-10) suffers a Class Bravo fire after a fuel oil strainer
explosion east of Norfolk while en route to northern Europe, killing one.On 1 October the
Albany rejoins the Second Fleet task groupheaded for northern Europe, with repairs
scheduled to take placein Europe.
Atlantic 10/24/75: The USS Farragut (DDG-37) is momentarily grounded while departing Den
Helder, Netherlands, for Brest, France. Both sonar domes are damaged and the ship
proceeds at reduced speed.
Atlantic 11/20/75: The USS Independence (CV-62) is in a minor collision with the USS
Denebola (AF-56) during night replenishment in the North Sea.
Atlantic 11/21/75: The USS Belknap (CG-26) is involved in an oil spill during refueling with the
USS Waccamaw (T-AO-109) in the Ionian Seaabout 25 nautical miles from Italy.
Atlantic 11/22/75: The USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) and the USS Belknap (CG-26) collide
in rough seas at night during air exercises about 70miles east of Sicily. The overhanging flight
deck of the carrier cuts into the superstructure of the cruiser settingoff fires on the Belknap
which are not controlled for two-and-one-half hours on account of frequent flarebacks. The
commander of Carrier Striking Forces for the U.S. Sixth fleet, reporting to higher commands
shortly after the collision, declares apossible nuclear weapons accident -- a Broken Arrow --
stating there was a 'high probability that nuclear weapons (W45 Terrier missile warheads) on
the USS Belknap were involved in fire and explosions,' but there were 'no direct
communications withthe Belknap at this time,' and 'no positive indications thatexplosions were
directly related to nuclear weapons.' He alsonotes that casualties recovered thus far show no
exposure to radiation. Nonetheless, monitoring and medical teams were'alerted to the
possibility of contamination.' He adds that thenuclear weapons on board the Kennedy were
not affected. Anhour after the Broken Arrow message was sent the USS Claude V. Ricketts
(DDG-5), alongside the Belknap fighting thefire, reported that Belknap personnel said 'no
radiation hazard exists aboard.' Six people aboard the Belknap and one aboard the Kennedy
are killed. The Belknap suffers serious damage, is put out of commission, and towed back to
theU.S. to effect repairs lasting four years. It returns to the fleet in 1980. Smaller fires and
other damage on the Kennedyare quickly contained and the carrier continues operations.
Pacific 11/24/75: An ASROC motor prematurely ignites seriously burning one man while the
USS Richard S. Edwards (DD-950) is en route to the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking
Sands, Kauai, from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. A manufacturing defect in one of the rocketmotor
components is determined to be the accident's cause.
Indian 11/25/75: A plane attempting to land on the USS Midway (CV-41) strikesthe ramp,
bolts, impacts the barricade, and strikes another plane during post- 'Midlink' exercises in the
Indian Ocean. Flyingdebris injures two crewmen.
Pacific 12/06/75: The USS Haddock (SSN-621) develops a leak and floods duringa deep dive
while on a test run near Hawaii. The U.S. Navy confirms the incident, but denies the vessel is
unsafe as crew members had charged in late October. A number of enlisted menhad
protested sending the ship to sea, claiming it had cracks inthe main cooling piping, leaks, and
malfunctions and deficiencies in other systems, including the steering mechanism. The
Navyreplied that in accordance with strict safety proceduresany problems are corrected
before the ship goes to sea.
Atlantic 12/15/75: The USS Saratoga (CV-60) and the USS Mississinewa (AO-144) are in a
minor collision during underway replenishment off the Florida coast.
Atlantic 12/16/75: The USS Inchon (LPH-12) and the USS Caloosahatchee (AO-98) are in a
minor collision during refueling in rough seas westof Italy.
Atlantic 12/20/75: The USS Santa Barbara (AE-28) suffers a Class Alpha fire while moored at
Charleston, South Carolina, without crew and ammunition in preparation for regular overhaul.
Atlantic 12/31/75: Around 1975, according to The Virginian-Pilot and The Ledger-Star, the
USS California (CGN-36) spills 15 to 20 gallonsof primary coolant while the ship is at the
Norfolk Naval Base,Virginia.
Atlantic 01/27/76: While anchored in Augusta Bay, Sicily, the USS Spiegel Grove(LSD-32) is
struck on the bow and starboard quarter by the Panamanian merchant vessel Honesty which
had dragged anchor during winds of 50 knots.
Atlantic 01/27/76: The USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7) exiting Augusta Bay, Sicily, goes aground
on a peak of coral which pushes in areas on either side of the bow, but does not crack or hole
the ship. On 30 January, with cargo, personnel, helicopters, and fuel off-loadedto assist the
effort, the ship is refloated.
Atlantic 02/13/76: The USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) experiences a boiler casualty whileparticipating
in a 'Rum Punch' exercise in the Caribbean. Thecasualty limits the ship's speed to 15 knots
and half power. Anembarked Royal NetherlandsMarine Unit was airlifted to Roosevelt Roads,
Puerto Rico, and the helicopter carrier got underway for New Orleans.
Atlantic 02/29/76: The USS Sellers (DDG-11) conducted an emergency underway
atIskenderun, Turkey, as heavy weather made its position at the NATO fuel pier untenable.
The destroyer suffered some scraping and minor damage along themain deck but was able to
clear without injuries to crew or damage below the waterline.
Pacific 02/29/76: The USS New Orleans (LPH-11), crossing from the western Pacific to San
Diego, California, suffers vibrations at speeds aboveten knots. It is discovered that one blade
is missing from thefour-bladed screw.On 2 March it alters course from California to Hawaii as
the damage impedes its progress.
Atlantic 03/30/76: The USS Elmer Montgomery (FF-1082) suffers a fire in a storeroom while
in port at Norfolk, Virginia. The ship's crew with assistance from the USS Mitscher (DDG-35)
and the base fire department extinguish the fire. No personnel are injured andthe damage is
Atlantic 04/16/76: The USS Albany (CG-10) experiences a nuclear weapons incident -- Dull
Sword -- when during handling of TALOS nuclear warhead trainers a top-side hoist fails as
the ship is finishing repairs and upkeep at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Virginia.On 4 May
1976 a TALOS safety working group convenes aboard the Albany to observe and evaluate
modifications made to the hoist as a result of the accident.
Atlantic 05/01/76: The Sixth Fleet flagship USS Little Rock (CG-4) experiencesa casualty in
the main engine lube oil system in the TyrrhenianSea.On 2 May it enters Naples for repairs.
Pacific 05/01/76: In May fuel oil leaks into the lower level of the ballistic missile magazine
aboard the USS Proteus (AS-19) while the ship is in Apra Harbor, Guam. According to the
Navy, the leak was detected by magazine personnel and stopped.
Atlantic 05/02/76: The Royal Navy nuclear-powered attack submarine HMS Warspitesuffers a
fire in a diesel generating room while berthed in Royal Seaforth Dock, Crosby on the Mersey,
U.K., injuring three. The Ministry of Defense says 'There isabsolutely no nuclear hazard.'
Originally it is anticipated that its patrol would be delayed one week. However, in January
1979 it is reported that the fire was caused by a failure of a coupling on a lubricating oil pipe,
whichallowed oil to be sprayed over a diesel generator. And, that repairs were still believed to
be continuing at a cost of 5,194,000 pounds sterling.
Atlantic 05/08/76: The USS Corry (DD-817) while sailing outbound on the Delaware River is
struck on the starboard side by the West German merchantman Mormannia. The Corry
suffers minor hull damage above the waterline with no personnel injuries.
Atlantic 05/31/76: The USS Vesole (DD-878) suffers a fire while moored alongside a pier at
Taranto, Italy. It was started by a yard worker welding on the base of the Number 1 stack.
Electrical cables wereshorted and thedestroyer's operational capability was affected. There
Pacific 06/09/76: The USS Wabash (AOR-5) and USS Flint (AE-32) collide while conducting
towing exercises about 900 nautical miles northwest of Hawaii. Both ships continue onward to
a western Pacific deployment.
Atlantic 07/02/76: A fire breaks out in the main engine room of the USS Kilauea(AE-26), while
it is drydocked for overhaul at Richmond, Virginia.
Atlantic 08/11/76: The Royal Navy patrol vessel HMS Reward collides with the freighter
Plainsman and sinks off the coast of Scotland. All40 crewmen are rescued.
Atlantic 08/25/76: The USS Conyngham (DDG-17) and USS Josephus Daniels (CG-27) are in
a minor collision during 'National Week 21' exercisesin the western Mediterranean.
Atlantic 08/28/76: A Soviet Echo II class nuclear-powered cruise missile submarinestrikes the
USS Voge (FF-1047) with its sail on the port quarter below the helicopter hangar, about 150
miles southwest of Souda Bay, Crete. The submarine departs the area under itsown power to
the Kithera Anchorage off Greece escorted by Sovietships. The Voge suffers split bulkheads,
buckled plating,and a damaged propeller and is towed to Souda Bay by the Moinster (FF-
1097) and Preserver (ARS-8). The submarinedamages its sail. In September the Voge is
towed to Toulon,France. On 7 September the U.S. State Department announces that the U.S.
and Soviet Union had exchanged notes, each blaming the other for the collision.
Atlantic 09/14/76: The USS Bordelon (DD-881) experiences steering control difficulties during
refueling and collides with the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) 75 miles northwest of Scapa
Flow, Scotland, causing topside damage to the Bordelon and injuring six.Damage to the
Kennedy is minor. The Bordelon proceeds to Plymouth, U.K., for repairs before going to the
United States.The Navy subsequently decommissions the ship because repairs would be too
Atlantic 09/14/76: The USS Raleigh (LPD-1) leaves Moorehead City, North Carolina, after a
week's delay caused by inoperative feed pumps to participate in the 'Teamwork' exercises off
Norway. While crossingthe Atlantic, the ship experiences furtherengineering problems,
causing the ship to be diverted to Plymouth, U.K. The ship arrives 24 September for two
weeks of repairsto the feed pumps before sailing on 9 October.
Atlantic 10/01/76: According to raw CIA intelligence reports, during October the launch
compartment of a Soviet nuclear submarine of unknown classcatches fire in the Atlantic.
Three officers are reported killed. The submarine is able to return to port under its ownpower.
Pacific 11/02/76: A major explosion takes place in a boiler of the USS Ponchatoula (AO-148)
in port at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The explosion blows out the side and back wall of the Number
Pacific 12/19/76: A F-14 Tomcat aircraft misses a landing on the USS Enterprise (CVN-65),
and its wingtip strikes two other aircraft on the flight deck before it veers out of control and
crashes into the South China Sea.
12/31/76: According to raw CIA intelligence reports, during 1976 a sailorwho had served on
board a Soviet nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine of unknown class dies of
'excessive exposure to radiation.'He was exposed to radiation on board through his own
negligenceat least a year prior to his death and was in and outof hospitals before being
permanently hospitalized in 1975.
Atlantic 12/31/76: In 1976 a barge carrying 500-lb. bombs breaks away from the USSDetroit
(AOE-4) and floats down the York River, Virginia. The barge was stopped after 30 minutes
and no damage was reported.
Indian 01/02/77: The USS Mizar (T-AGOR-11) suffers a casualty to the port main propulsion
drive shafting while en route to Karachi, Pakistan,to participate in Arabian Sea survey
Indian 01/02/77: A Pakistani midget submarine is lost off Karachi, Pakistan, killing eight.
Atlantic 01/12/77: The USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42) collides with the Liberian freighter
Oceanus as the Roosevelt proceeds south through the Strait of Messina. Both ships are able
to proceed toport under their own power.
Atlantic 01/17/77: An LCM-6 landing boat from the USS Trenton (LPD-14) carryingmore than
100 marines and sailors returning from liberty overturns in a collision with the Spanish
freighter Uriea in Barcelona harbor, Spain, killing 48.
Pacific 02/08/77: A minor boiler explosion occurs aboard the USS Fanning (FF-1076) as the
ship operates 15 miles from San Francisco, California, injuring three.
Atlantic 02/08/77: A fire breaks out in the engine room of the USS Preserver (ARS-8) near the
Bahamas. The ship is towed by the USS Bowen(FF-1079) to Mayport, Florida, for repairs.
Atlantic 02/11/77: The USS Barnstable County (LST-1197) collides with the moored Liberian
ship Pounentes while clearing berth under pilot control at Cura‡ao, Netherlands Antilles,
resulting in minor damage.
Pacific 02/20/77: The USS Ranger (CV-61) experiences a Class Alpha fire in theanchor
machinery room while drydocked at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Washington.
Pacific 03/12/77: The USS Mauna Kea (AE-22) loses propulsion because of a mechanical
failure in the Number 1 boiler while en route from Guam to Okinawa. It enters Apra harbor,
Guam, the next day under tow.
Atlantic 03/16/77: The USS Manley (DD-940) suffers a flash-back in a mount during gunnery
exercises off Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, injuring four. The mount is placed out of commission
due to fire and water damage when a second powdercasing explodes after the mount is
Pacific 03/18/77: The USS Hepburn (FF-1055) suffers a Class Alpha fire causedby
spontaneous combustion of refuse while off San Diego, California.
Atlantic 03/20/77: The USS Dyess (DD-880) suffers a wardroom fire apparently caused by
arson while in port at Mayport, Florida. There is minordamage.
Atlantic 04/07/77: All nine ships in U.S. Navy Task Group 21.2 including the USS
Independence (CV-62) suffer varying amounts of damage when they encounter a storm with
20-foot seas about 1,000 miles west ofRota, Spain. Some Independence planes land atLajes
Air Base in the Azores.
Atlantic 04/20/77: The USS Independence (CV-62) and the USS Truckee (AO-147) collide in
the Tyrrhenian Sea during underway replenishment when the Truckee loses steering control.
Indian 05/14/77: The USS Neches (T-AO-183) runs aground in the inner anchorage at Port
Suez, Eygpt, while awaiting a pilot. It is refloatedthree days later following four failed attempts.
Indian 05/19/77: The USS Mizar (T-AGOR-11) suffers an engine room explosion and fire
while west of Sumatra, Indonesia. The ship proceeds onone engine to Singapore for repairs.
Atlantic 05/29/77: The USS Sampson (DDG-10) runs aground at the entrance to SanJuan,
Puerto Rico, but is cleared within an hour by the ship'sengines and one tug. The sonar dome
is slightly damaged.
Atlantic 06/06/77: Several U.S. Navy ships, including the USS California (CGN-36) and the
USS El Paso (LKA-117), part their moorings and suffer minor damage during high winds in
the Norfolk, Virginia, area.
Indian 06/15/77: The USS Trippe (FF-1075) suffers damage to its sonar dome during a
search and rescue operation for a crashed Kuwaiti helicopter in the Persian Gulf.
Atlantic 07/12/77: The USS Rich (DD-820) and the USS Caloosahatchee (AO-98)collide north
of the U.S. Virgin Islands following underway replenishment when the Rich loses steering
control, strikes theoiler's starboard bow, and thencontinues across the bow raking the Rich's
port side. The Rich is escorted to Mayport, Florida.
Atlantic 07/20/77: The USS Direct (MSO-430) is badly damaged by a two-hour engine room
fire about 120 miles southeast of Newport, Rhode Island,and is taken under tow to Newport
where it arrives the next day.
Atlantic 08/06/77: A major Class Bravo fire occurs in the forward engine room of USS Hunley
(AS-31) while the ship is part of the Atlantic Fleet. 'The excellent response of the
DutyDamage Control Party and action of other individuals on board limited the fire to the
forward engine room and extinguished it 25minutesfrom its start. Fire, smoke, and/or
firefighting water damagedthe Number 2 main engine, Numbers 1 and 2 main propulsion
generators, Numbers 1and 2 ship service generators, Numbers 1 and 2 low pressure
aircompressors, Number 2 force draft blower, Number 2 evaporator and salinityindicating
system, plus runs of electrical cable in the vicinityof the fire. The forward switchboard, 1S,
was grounded by firefightingwater rendering the forward part of the ship without normal
Atlantic 08/23/77: While the USS Saratoga (CV-60) is en route to the Strait ofMessina, an
aerosol can explodes in the Number 2 incinerator oftheship, causing a fire which threatens
the aircraft of Hangar BayNumber 2. According to the Navy, 'The fast andprofessional
reaction of the crew and the decision to call awayGQ (General Quarters) can be directly
credited for the successful handling of the potential disaster.'
Atlantic 09/20/77: The USS Ray (SSN-653) strikes the bottom south of Sardinia,Italy,
damaging its bow area. The Ray surfaces and proceedsto La Maddalena naval base on
Sardinia escorted by the USS Grayling (SSN-646).
Atlantic 09/29/77: The USS Archerfish (SSN-678) and USS Philadelphia (SSN-690) collide
stern to stern at slow speeds at the Groton submarine base, Connecticut, with minor damage
Atlantic 10/06/77: The USS Saratoga (CV-60) collides with the Austrian container ship Ville
d'Orient in the Strait of Messina with no injuries and minor damage reported.
Atlantic 10/12/77: The USS Sealift Atlantic (T-AO-172) becomes dead in the water about 800
miles northeast of Puerto Rico after suffering a propeller casualty. On 15 October the ship is
placed under tow bythe USS Gear (T-ARS-34) headed toward Puerto Rico.
Atlantic 11/24/77: The Washington Post reports NATO sources believe that theSoviet Navy is
experiencing trouble with its Yak-36 V/STOL aircraft after an incident where the flight deck of
the Kiev assault ship was set on fire by one of the aircraft. TheKiev itself had only been at sea
for two weeks since deployment to the Northern Fleet in Fall 1976.
Atlantic 12/04/77: The USS W.S. Sims (FF-1059) loses power after a boiler casualty results in
the loss of a generator during training 70 milessouth of Bermuda. The frigate is able to get
underway for Mayport, Florida, after the USS Ainsworth (FF-1090) rigsemergency power from
Pacific 12/06/77: The USS Pintado (SSN-672) sustains damage to the top of itsrudder in a
minor collision with a South Korean Navy ship duringexercises off Korea. The Pintado
initiated emergency deepdive procedures when the surface ship turned toward thesubmarine
at close range.
Atlantic 12/31/77: According to raw CIA intelligence reports, in 1977 about 12 Soviet naval
officers serving on a nuclear-powered submarine in theAtlantic return to Leningrad via an
Aeroflot flight from Canada.The reason for the return was not announced butit was known at
the time that these officers were taken from a Soviet submarine in the Atlantic by a Soviet
fishing trawler andsubsequently transported to Canada where they boarded the plane.The
CIA sources suggest this may have been a medicalemergency connected with radiation
Indian 12/31/77: According to raw CIA intelligence reports, in 1977 a Soviet nuclear-powered
submarine suffers an internal fire while in the Indian Ocean. The submarine is forced to
surface in an attempt to fight the fire which takes several days to extinguish.A Soviet trawler
subsequently tows the submarine to a port nearVladivostok.
Atlantic 12/31/77: Around 1977, according to a report in The Virginian-Pilot andThe Ledger-
Star, 40 to 50 gallons of primary coolant spill from the USS California (CGN-36) while the ship
is in Norfolk, Virginia.
Atlantic 01/15/78: An A-7 Corsair II aircraft crashes upon landing aboard the USS Forrestal
(CV-59) while the carrier operates about 50 miles off St. Augustine, Florida, killing one and
Pacific 01/18/78: The USS Cree (ATF-84) is struck by three Mark 82 bombs neara target ship
during exercises by planes of the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) off San Diego, California. Two
explosions close tothe Cree cause flooding while a third lodges inthe starboard side and is
later defused by an explosives ordnance disposal team. The tug is taken in tow after damage
control teams control the flooding.
Atlantic 02/22/78: The USS L.Y. Spear (AS-36) and the Liberian merchant ship Zephyros
receive minor damage in a collision in the Mississippi River.
Indian 04/01/78: The USS Sealift Mediterranean (T-AO-173) runs aground off Rondo Island,
Indonesia, about 30 nautical miles off Sumatra's northwestern tip.
Atlantic 04/03/78: The USS Fort Snelling (LSD-30) and the USS Waccamaw (T-AO-109)
receive structural damage in a collision north of Corsica, France, when the Waccamaw loses
steering control during refueling. Both proceed under their own power to Naples,Italy, for
Atlantic 04/25/78: The USS Concord (AFS-5) is badly damaged by a fire in its cargo spaces
while moored at Palma de Majorca, Spain. One hundredand five people are treated for smoke
inhalation and minor burns.
Atlantic 05/03/78: The USS Dewey (DDG-45) suffers a fire which damages the missile fire
control system while in port at Naples, Italy.
Pacific 05/14/78: While surfacing in the western Pacific the USS Darter (SS-576) suffers
flooding when about 45,000 pounds of seawater enter the engine room after a snorkel head
valve fails. The USS Schofield (FFG-3) escorts the submarine toward Yokosuka, Japan.It
arrives 19 May for repairs.
Pacific 05/23/78: While workers are draining a piping system aboard the USS Puffer (SSN-
652), radioactive water spills on the drydock surfaceat the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard,
Bremerton, Washington. A Navy spokesmen says that 'less than 5 gallons' of
slightlyradioactive water spilled as the workers were draining the liquid into two five-gallon
plastic containers, a routine operation.The spill, says the Navy, was due to the inattention of
the personnel doing the draining. The water being drainedreportedly was part of the
submarine's secondary cooling system.The drydock drain was contaminated, but was closed
before anyspillage escaped into the sea. According to the Navy, no workers were
contaminated. Shipyard employees disputed the Navy'saccount, saying that the spill was
much bigger, about 100 gallons; that response to the spill was slow; and that several
workerssuffered skin contamination. These reports could not be verified. Subsequently a
contaminated 15-by 20-foot sectionof drydock is jackhammered up, sealed in drums and
shipped to anuclear waste site in Hanford, Washington.
Pacific 05/26/78: About two cups of radioactive water leak from a pipe fitting aboard the USS
Aspro (SSN-648) while the submarine is in the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Washington,
when a worker fails to shut a valve tightly. According to the Navy, nopersonnel suffered skin
exposure, but the worker detected a small spot of radioactivity on his pants, which was
removed and disposed of as radioactive waste. No radioactivity escaped to the outside
Pacific 05/31/78: The USS Midway (CV-41) suffers a fire which originates in the exhaust
ventilation system, quickly spreads through the 3A boileruptakes on the second deck, and
terminates in the main uptake space, while it is docked in Yokosuka, Japan. The cause of the
fire is later thought to be welding in a vent systemcontaining a fine oil mist which ignited and
Atlantic 06/16/78: The propeller shaft of the USS Tullibee (SSN-597) snaps justoutside the
hull causing limited engine room flooding and lossof propulsion while it is submerged in the
Mediterranean. The flooding is stopped by tightening the emergency packing on thepropeller
shaft. The submarine quickly surfaces and is assistedby other U.S. naval vessels.
Subsequently it is towed to Rota,Spain, for repairs.
Atlantic 07/25/78: The USS Opportune (ARS-41) is struck by a dummy training round fired
from a U.S. destroyer south of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, while towing a target sled during
Atlantic 08/19/78: A Soviet Echo II class nuclear-powered cruise missile submarineis sighted
dead in the water near Rockall Bank 140 miles northwest of Scotland after experiencing
problems with her nuclear power plant. On 20 August a U.S. P-3 Orion aircraftobserves the
submarine under tow to the Soviet Union south of the Faroe Islands. The exact cause of the
problem and the numberof possible personnel casualties is unknown.
Atlantic 08/21/78: While operating in the Mediterranean, the crew of the USS Forrestal (CV-
59) is called to general quarters about noon due towidespread smoke reported on the third
deck amidships. Shortlyafterwards, burning boxes are discovered in afourth deck storeroom.
The fire is put out within ten minutes of the initial alarm.
Atlantic 09/27/78: The USS Detector (MSO-429) suffers a fire in the main engineroom ten
miles south of New London, Connecticut, and is towed to Newport, Rhode Island.
Pacific 09/28/78: The USS General H.H. Arnold (T-AGM-9) is adrift for severalhours about
300 nautical miles northwest of Adak, Alaska, in theBering Sea after failure of the main
reduction gear bearing.
Atlantic 09/29/78: The USS Fairfax County (LST-1193) suffers extensive damage to its
Number 3 engine room and second division berthing compartment in a major fire while en
route to Naples, Italy. Two crewmembers are injured and the ship is placed in tow.
Pacific 11/20/78: The USS Coral Sea (CV-43) suffers a fire of unknown origin while moored at
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Washington, which causes damage to the medical and dental
Atlantic 11/21/78: The USS Saratoga (CV-60) and the USS Waccamaw (T-AO-109)collide
during refueling operations 50 miles south of Crete, with only minor damage and no injuries.
Pacific 12/06/78: The USS Ranger (CV-61) experiences an explosion and flash fire during
fleet exercises off Baja California which result in minor burns to nine crewmen.
Atlantic 01/22/79: The USS Aylwin (FF-1081) suffers a disabling casualty and istowed to
Charleston, South Carolina, by the USS Petrel (ASR-14).
Atlantic 02/01/79: In February a fire breaks out in the forward boiler room of theUSS Manley
(DD-940) during preparation to get underway fromMayport, Florida. Twelve men are injured,
one later dies and the cost is put at $75 million.
Pacific 02/09/79: The USS Davidson (FF-1045) loses power after a brief fire puts out a boiler
in the Philippine Sea. The frigate is towed toSubic Bay where it arrives five day later.
Atlantic 03/04/79: The USS Francis Marion (LPA-249) is holed above the waterline and
receives structural damage when it is struck by the Greekbulk carrier Starlight near the
entrance to Chesapeake Bay off Cape Henry, Virginia.
Atlantic 03/07/79: The USS Alexander Hamilton (SSBN-617) becomes tangled in thenets of a
Scottish fishing trawler in the sound of Jura off thewest coast of Scotland. The Hamilton tows
the trawler backward for about 45 minutes until the nets are cut.No injuries or serious damage
Atlantic 03/14/79: The USS Wainwright (CG-28) runs aground for six hours in Charleston
harbor, South Carolina, near the Mount Pleasant Range.
Atlantic 03/28/79: The USS Independence (CV-62) experiences a brief control room fire in the
Roosevelt Roads area off Puerto Rico. Thirty people suffer from minor smoke inhalation.
Pacific 03/29/79: The USS Ranger (CV-61) suffers a main engine turbine casualty requiring
extensive repair while training in the Subic Bay operations area off the Philippines.
Pacific 04/04/79: The USS Ranger (CV-61) sustains substantial damage in a collision with the
Liberian tanker Fortune near the eastern approaches to the Strait of Malacca. There are no
injuries and theRanger heads toward Subic Bay while thetanker, holed in the port side from
the main deck to the waterline, is towed to Singapore.On 20 April the Ranger voyages to
Yokosuka, Japan, after completing interim repairs to her bow.
Atlantic 04/09/79: Five fires set by an arsonist aboard the USS John F. Kennedy(CV-67) kill
one shipyard worker and injure 34 other people while the carrier undergoes overhaul at
Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Virginia.
Atlantic 04/27/79: The USS Pargo (SSN-650) is briefly grounded while entering New London,
Connecticut, harbor in heavy fog.
Atlantic 05/09/79: The USS Savannah (AOR-4) collides with the USS Forrestal(CV-59) after
suffering a gyro casualty while servicing the Forrestal inthe Caribbean. Both ships suffer
minor damage with no personnelcasualties.
Atlantic 05/11/79: Primary coolant water leaks from one of the two nuclear reactorsaboard the
USS Nimitz (CVN-68). A Navy spokesman says there was no release of radioactivity, no
danger to the core, and nodanger to the ship's crew. The ship was operating off theVirginia
Pacific 05/14/79: The USS Cook (FF-1083) and the USS Mars (AFS-1) collideoff Point Loma
near San Diego, California, injuring seven.
Atlantic 05/24/79: The USS Andrew Jackson (SSBN-619) incurs slight damage to its rudder
when it runs aground briefly while entering the New London, Connecticut, harbor in reduced
Pacific 05/26/79: The USS Gray's (FF-1054) living barge receives structural damage of over
$1,000,000 in a fire caused by arson while the shipis berthed at Todd Pacific Shipyard,
Atlantic 06/04/79: The USS Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) runs aground in heavy fogat Race
Rock while en route to New London, Connecticut. The submarine backs off and proceeds to
port for inspection and damageassessment.
Atlantic 06/04/79: The USS George Washington Carver (SSBN-656) snags the nets of a
Spanish fishing vessel and drags the boat through the wateroff Rota, Spain.
Atlantic 06/05/79: Two fires break out aboard the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) at the
Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Virginia, but cause no injuries orsignificant damage.
Atlantic 06/12/79: A Mk 48 conventional torpedo jams between loading equipment anda
bulkhead when a chain breaks on the loading mechanism allowingthe torpedo to drop several
feet aboard the USS Memphis (SSN-691) docked at the Norfolk Naval Station, Virginia.The
torpedo is removed two days later. It did not have a triggering device, but Navy sources say
had it exploded it easily could have sunk the submarine.
Pacific 06/20/79: The USS Hawkbill (SSN-666) reactor's primary coolant systemdevelops a
leak while the submarine is on maneuvers in Hawaiianwaters which lasts for four days.
Originally the leak is abouttwo gallons an hour, but by the time the submarine docks atPearl
Harbor, Hawaii, on 23 June, the leak has been reduced to three-quarts an hour. On 24 June it
is stopped. The Navy says none of the water escaped, as it was captured and stored in
tanksdesigned for such contingencies and that none ofthe crew was in danger. Supplemental
coolant water was pumped in to prevent overheating. According to the Navy, 'The leakage
was caused by normal wear of inside parts of valves. Such leakshappen occasionally.'
Pacific 06/21/79: The USS Enterprise (CVN-65), under overhaul at the Puget Sound Naval
Shipyard, sustains a two-hour Class Alpha fire in a catapult room, machine shop, and
Atlantic 06/26/79: The USS Forrestal (CV-59) suffers three minor fires while inMayport,
Florida. Arson is suspected.
Atlantic 07/03/79: While at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, a fire sweeps through two berthing spaces
aboard the USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2), injuring five. A sailor is arrested on arson charges on 6
Atlantic 07/06/79: The USS Lexington (AVT-16) suffers a Class Alpha fire off Pensacola,
Florida, and is dead in the water for over an hour whenall boilers are shut down as a result.
Pacific 07/12/79: The USS Sealift China Sea (T-AO-170) loses power over 150 nautical miles
off Subic Bay, Philippines, as a result of an engine casualty. The USS Beaufort (ATS-2) is
directed to rendezvous and render assistance.
07/13/79: The USS Conyngham (DDG-17) suffers two minor fires on consecutive days in the
First Division Berthing Compartment and the Anchor Windlass Room. An investigation leads
to the arrest of anarsonist on 14 July, the day of the second fire.
Atlantic 08/02/79: The USS Comte de Grasse (DD-974) incurs extensive smoke damage in a
three-hour engine room fire while berthed at Norfolk, Virginia.
Pacific 08/09/79: A fire, caused by a broken acetylene line, breaks out aboard theUSS
Midway (CV-41) while berthed at Yokosuka, Japan, killing one worker and injuring 17 sailors.
Pacific 09/02/79: The USS Truxtun (CGN-35) spills some 13 gallons of radioactive 'high-purity
water' into San Diego Bay, California. A U.S. Navy spokesman says the spill contained a
small amount of radioactivity which was too small to have an impact on theenvironment. Initial
reports had said the ship spilled as muchas 80 to 100 gallons of radioactive water.
Atlantic 09/19/79: The Dutch diesel submarine Tonijn experiences a fire in theport engine
room and loses power while en route for Naples, Italy. The USS Harlan County (LST-1196)
leaves Cartagena, Spain, to provide towing assistance to Gibraltar.
Atlantic 01/03/80: The Malaysian oil tanker Santo Prestige loses power and collides with the
USS Milwaukee (AOR-2) moored at portside in Norfolk, Virginia. The collision results in a 40-
by 15-foot gashin the hull of the Milwaukee.
Pacific 01/04/80: The USS Pecos (AO-65) collides with the moored USS Bradley (FF-1041) at
Terminal Island, Los Angeles, California, injuring one, and causing minor damage to the
Bradley and a two-foot hole in the Pecos.
Pacific 01/16/80: The USS Okinawa (LPH-3) is placed in tow when it suffers anengineering
casualty. The casualty is corrected on 18 January.
Atlantic 02/05/80: The USS Inchon (LPH-12) collides with the USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32)
while refueling in the Atlantic while en route to the Mediterranean Sea, with reportedly no
injuries and only minordamage.
Indian 03/03/80: The USS William H. Standley (CG-32) sustains a ruptured tubecasualty to
the Number 1B boiler during exercises off the Strait ofHormuz and proceeds to the U.S. Navy
Facility at Diego Garcia.
Indian 06/26/80: The USS Constellation (CV-64) collides with a Bangladesh merchant ship in
the Arabian Sea. The U.S. Navy says there was minor damage to both ships.
Atlantic 07/08/80: The small Danish Home Guard cutter MHV 94 is rammed by the East
German minesweeper Komet nine miles south of Gedser, Denmark, in the Baltic Sea. The
collision causes severe damage tothe front of the cutter. Denmark protests to East
Pacific 07/20/80: The USS Gurnard (SSN-662) spills 30 gallons of water containing
radioactive material into San Diego Bay, California. A Navyspokesman says the leak occurred
when a crewman of the Gurnard accidentally opened a valve allowing the water to
escape.The spokesman said a water sample was taken and there was no increase in the
general background radioactive level in the area where the spill happened.
Atlantic 07/26/80: The Royal Navy patrol boat HMS Sabre crashes at Alderney, Channel
Islands, in the English Channel.
Pacific 07/29/80: The USS Midway (CV-41) collides with the Panamanian merchantship
Cactus while transiting the passage between Palawan Island of the Philippines and the
coastof Northern Borneo 450 nautical miles southwest of Subic Bay enroute to Singapore.
The Midway, the U.S. Navy says, sustained no serious damage although twoU.S. sailors
were killed, three were injured, and three F-4 Phantom aircraft parked on the flight deck were
Pacific 08/21/80: A Soviet Echo class nuclear-powered submarine suffers a seriouscasualty
and loses power about 85 miles off the east coast of Okinawa. At least nine crewmembers
are believed to have died froma probable fire in the propulsion spaces. A Soviet
freighterarrives to evacuate the crew and a tugboat is readied to tow thesubmarine to
Vladivostok escorted by several warships. The next day Japan advises ships to avoid the
area, citing possible radiation leaks and refuses to allow the submarine to pass
throughJapanese territorial waters unless Moscow guarantees there are no nuclear weapons
aboard and no danger of radiation leaks. TheSoviets initially refuse to guarantee the safety of
the reactorand enter Japanese waters despite Japan's warnings.But on 24 August, Moscow
acquiesces to Japan's demands concerning safety, and informs Japan there was no
radioactive leakage ornuclear weapons on board. Subsequently, Japanese examination ofair
and water in the area reportedly finds evidence ofradioactive contamination.
Atlantic 08/31/80: In late August some cracks in the USS Vulcan's (AR-5) outerhull which
allow oil seepage are discovered. These are repairedwhile the ship is in Norfolk, Virginia, and
afterward the shipsails for Norway.
Atlantic 09/09/80: The USS Valdez (FF-1096) suffers a material failure to the ship's sole gyro
compass following a departure from Antwerp, Belgium. The ship operates on magnetic
compass only for the next six weeks, throughout exercise 'Teamwork 80.'This degrades the
performance of weapons systems and satellite navigation, and makes refueling at sea more
Atlantic 10/20/80: The USS Saratoga (CV-60) suffers five minor fires from 20 to26 October
while undergoing a major overhaul at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Pennsylvania. The
Navy investigates the possibility of arson.
Atlantic 12/01/80: In December the Royal Navy frigate HMS Amazon strikes a coral reef off
Belize in the Caribbean.
Pacific 12/03/80: During a test, about 150 gallons of low-level radioactive waterleak from a
faulty valve on the USS Hawkbill (SSN-666) undergoing overhaul at the Puget Sound Naval
Shipyard, Washington. Five workers receive low-level radioactive contamination.A Navy
spokesman says they received a dose of radiation 'less than that typically received by a chest
Atlantic 12/03/80: The USS America (CV-66) and USS Caloosahatchee (AO-98) collide
during an underway replenishment maneuver 250 miles eastof Charleston, South Carolina,
when the oiler loses rudder control. Despite an emergency breakaway, the America
suffersminor damage to a catwalk, a storage compartment, and a flight deck safety net rail.
But there are no injuries and both ships continue operations.
Atlantic 01/10/81: The USS Biddle (CG-34) and USS Raleigh (LPD-1) are slightly damaged
when the Biddle strikes the moored Raleigh while approaching a pier in Norfolk, Virginia.
Atlantic 01/23/81: The USS Birmingham (SSN-695) suffers a failed sonar dome while
operating in the Mediterranean and is ordered into Gibraltarfor damage assessment. On 30
January the ship is in Gibraltar for repairs.
Atlantic 01/27/81: The USS Guam (LPH-9) suffers a minor fire of suspicious origin in an
unoccupied compartment while in Norfolk, Virginia.
Atlantic 01/28/81: The USS Sylvania (AFS-2) and USS Kalamazoo (AOR-6) collide amidships
during underway replenishment in the Virginia Capesarea with no serious damage.
Indian 02/20/81: The USS Downes (FF-1070) is under tow by the USS Narragansett (T-ATF-
167) from Diego Garcia to Subic Bay, Philippines, for repairs following casualties to both
boilers. On 22 Februarythe Downes is able to bring one boiler back intooperation and
continues to Subic Bay on its own power in companywith the Narragansett.
Pacific 02/21/81: The USS Okinawa (LPH-3) experiences a brief fire during training off San
Clemente Island, California, but the ship continuesits scheduled operations.
Atlantic 03/14/81: The naval reserve destroyer USS Cone (DD-866) is temporarilygrounded
while departing Charleston, South Carolina. After being freed by a tug the Cone returns to
Charleston for hull damage assessment.
Atlantic 03/19/81: The USS Yellowstone (AD-41) and the USS Robert A. Owens(DD-827)
collide off Florida, causing extensive damage but no casualties.
Pacific 03/26/81: The USS Guardfish (SSN-612) touches ground while in the SanPedro
Channel on the way to San Diego, California. There were no personnel injuries and an onboard
inspection revealed no hullor equipment damage.
Pacific 04/03/81: A fire breaks out in the engine room of the USS Taluga (T-AO-62) while the
ship is operating 80 miles west of San Diego, California. Two injured crew members are
airlifted to San Diego byhelicopter. The fire is extinguished andthe Taluga proceeds to port.
Atlantic 04/04/81: Workers at Coastal Drydock in New York (formerly Brooklyn Navy Yard)
inadvertently cause a fire on the USS Aylwin (FF-1081)while welding. The frigate's Combat
Information Center is damaged.
Pacific 04/09/81: The USS George Washington (SSBN-598) collides with the 2,350-ton
Japanese freighter Nissho Maru in the East China Sea about 110 miles south-southwest of
Sasebo, Japan. As it is surfacing, it runs into the underside of the freighter, damages itsit hull
and causes it to sink in approximately 15 minutes, killing two Japanese crewmen (13 others
are rescued). The submarinesuffers minor damage to a small section of its sail. The accident
sparks a political furor in Japan, straining U.S.-Japaneserelations a month before a meeting
between Prime Minister ZenkoSuzuki and President Ronald Reagan. The United States is
criticized because: it took over 24 hours to notify Japanese authorities; the submarine and a
U.S. P-3 Orion aircraft overhead didnot make a rescue attempt; and the submarine was
operating so close to Japan, less than 20 miles outside the 12-mile limit. TheU.S. Navy
initially says the submarine surfaced but could not see any ship in distress due to fog and
rain. On 11 AprilPresident Reagan and other U.S. officials express regret over the accident,
make offers of compensation and reassure the Japanese there is no cause for worry about
radioactive contamination, but refuse to say what the submarine was doing so close toJapan
or whether it was armed with nuclear missiles. Over the next several months as the
controversy continues, the U.S. Navy:accepts responsibility to preclude lengthy litigation; is
criticized for its preliminary report which says the submarine andOrion claimed not to have
realized the freighter was sinking; and relieves and reprimands the commanding officer and
officer ofthe deck of the submarine. On 31 August the Navy releases a final report which
concludes the accident resulted from a highlycoincidental set of circumstances, compounded
by errors on the part of some members of the submarine crew.
Pacific 04/13/81: The USS William H. Bates (SSN-680) is reported to run into gillnets near the
Hood Canal in Washington state.
Atlantic 04/27/81: The USS Manitowoc (LST-1180) and the USS Trenton (LPD-14) begin a
five-day visit to Alexandria, Egypt. The USS Jack(SSN-605) also is in port. The Trenton and
Jack sufferminor damage when the Jack, moored alongside, surgesagainst the Trenton in a
Arctic 05/01/81: In May the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Glasgow collides with the Soviet
cruiser Admiral Isakov in the Barents Sea. The Glasgow's captain reports the Soviet ship was
Atlantic 05/15/81: A hairline crack is discovered in the main cooling system of theRoyal Navy
nuclear-powered attack submarine HMS Valiant asit returns to Devonport, U.K., after
developing a fault in its cooling system while operating off the Cornish coast.The crack does
not affect the operation of the reactor and the vessel returns to Devonport under its own
power. The Royal Navydenies claims that contaminated water was discharged into Plymouth
Sound, saying 'A very small quantity of water leaked outand this was drained off into a lead
tank in a barge for treatment.' The reactor is cooled down before the leak is plugged.
Atlantic 05/26/81: A Marine EA-6B Prowler aircraft crashes while landing on the USSNimitz
(CVN-68) operating 70 miles off Jacksonville, Florida, killing 14 and injuring 48. The aircraft
reportedly appliedpower as it was landingand then suddenly drifted to the right, running into
parked aircraft, causing ammunition to explode, and starting numerous firesthat took at least
one hour to put out. Three F-14 Tomcats aredestroyed and 16 other aircraft are damaged,
and, overall,approximately $100 million in damage results. The Nimitz returns to Norfolk,
Virginia, for several days of repairs. The crash sparks a five-month debate between
Representative Joseph P.Addabo (D-NY) Chairman of the HouseDefense Appropriations
Subcommittee and the Navy over whether drug use on board the carrier may have
contributed to the crash.
Atlantic 06/01/81: The USS Nitro (AE-23) is badly damaged by a fire in the mainmachinery
room while en route to Athens, Greece, 60 miles northeast of Souda Bay, Crete. It is taken
under tow the next day bythe USS Neosho (T-AO-143) for Souda Bay.
Atlantic 06/10/81: The USS Detroit (AOE-4) runs aground on a sandbar near Old Point
Comfort, Hampton Roads, Virginia, as the ship is preparingto enter port at Norfolk. There are
no injuries or apparent damage. The ship is refloated the next day afteroff-loading its fuel.
Atlantic 06/29/81: The USS Dahlgren (DDG-43) suffers a two-hour fire in the radiomen's
storeroom while in the Caribbean. The damage is light and the ship proceeds to Guadeloupe.
Atlantic 07/14/81: The USS Coontz (DDG-40) accidentally fires a Harpoon anti-ship missile
with a high-explosive warhead during a maintenance test about 70 miles from St. Croix, U.S.
Virgin Islands. The missile impacts and is lost at sea.
Atlantic 07/19/81: A U.S. Marine Corps Reserve CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter crashes and
burns while landing aboard the USS Guam (LPH-9) duringtraining operations in the Atlantic
35 miles southeast of Moorehead City, North Carolina, killing four and injuring 11other Marine
and Navy personnel.
Pacific 08/06/81: Wardroom 1 of the USS Ranger (CV-61) catches fire, causing extensive
damage while the ship is moored at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, California.
Reportedly 'reconstruction was monumental' and 'communication's problems extended
Atlantic 08/15/81: A fire on board the USS Independence (CV-62) while in overhaul at the
Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Virginia, damages the air operations and carrier control approach
spaces. There are no injuries.
Atlantic 08/27/81: The USS Dallas (SSN-700) damages the lower portion of its rudder when it
runs aground while approaching the Atlantic Underwater Test and Evaluation Center site at
Andros Island, Bahamas. The submarine works itself free after severalhours and returns to
New London, Connecticut, on the surface forrepairs.
Atlantic 09/01/81: According to raw CIA intelligence reports, in September a Sovietnuclear
submarine operating in the Baltic 'underwent a series of strong and sudden physical shocks.
An emergency was declaredand ... crew members were sealed into the compartment in
whichthey were standing duty. The submarine was no longer navigablefollowing the shocks
and was taken under tow. It was towed fora total of 36 hours but was actually only moved
during darkness.' The submarine was towed to Kaliningrad and 'the sailorsthat had been
sealed in the compartment were then flown to Rigaand hospitalized.' The CIA source reports
all the sailors exhibited signs of terminal radiation sickness.
Indian 09/06/81: A landing A-7 II Corsair aircraft collides with a taxiing F-14 Tomcat fighter on
the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) killing one crewman and injuring two others while the carrier is
operating in the Indian Ocean. The A-7 is recovered and the F-14 crewejects safely, but the
F-14 rolls overboard.
Atlantic 09/17/81: A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53C Sea Stallion helicopter crashes
whileattempting to land on the USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7) during Sixth Fleet training exercises
in the Mediterranean near Sardinia,Italy, killing all five crewmen.
Indian 09/20/81: The USS Conyngham (DDG-17) runs aground momentarily while making a
slow approach to the Mauritian coast causing minor damageto the sonar.
Atlantic 09/24/81: The USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7) and the USS Waccamaw (T-AO-109)
collide during underway replenishment south of Sardinia, Italy, causing minor damage but no
Atlantic 09/30/81: The USS Pegasus (PHM-1) collides with the USS Newport (LST-1179)
while making an approach to connect for towing north ofCuba, causing minor damage.
Atlantic 10/07/81: The USS Inchon (LPH-12) suffers a boiler explosion while preparing to get
underway from Norfolk, Virginia.
Atlantic 10/13/81: The USS Waccamaw (T-AO-109) collides with the USS Raleigh (LPD-1)
while the USS Detroit (AOE-4) is alongside. The ships are underway in the Mediterranean.
Atlantic 10/17/81: The USS Waccamaw (T-AO-109) is struck by an Italian tug in Cagliari,
Sardinia, Italy, when the tug loses control while making an approach to aid in maneuvering.
The oiler is holed but nopollution results.
Indian 10/21/81: The USS Cook (FF-1083) observes a Soviet Foxtrot class diesel-powered
attack submarine under tow while conducting intelligence operations off Socotra Island in the
Atlantic 10/27/81: A Soviet Whiskey class diesel-powered attack submarine runs aground 10
kilometers from the Swedish naval base of Karlskrona, 300miles south of Stockholm. The
Swedish government alleges the submarine was engaged in illegal reconnaissance or minelayingwork
and there was good reason to believe the vessel is carryingnuclear weapons. The
Swedes demand an apology and an explanation. When the submarine captain is questioned
he contends bad weather and a faultycompass led to the inadvertent intrusion into Swedish
waters. But the Swedish authorities maintain that good navigation was necessary for the
vessel to come this far into their waters. On 29October a Soviet tug is turned back bySwedish
warships and another unidentified submarine is spotted within Swedish waters and is pursued
by Swedish antisubmarine warfare helicopters until it disappears. On 2 November the
submarine is refloated by Swedish tugs to preventheavy seas from battering the ship. On 5
November the Swedish government announces that the submarine probably has nuclear
weapons aboard. Foreign Minister Ullsten says 'it must be very embarrassing' to have this
information releasedwhen the Soviets 'have created the impression that they are morein favor
than the United States' of arms control. On 6 November the submarine is returned to the
Soviets. The same day the Swedish government expresses the view thatprevious Soviet
proposals in regard to the Baltic as a 'sea of peace' were no longer credible. Officials said the
incident would affect Swedish attitudes toward Nordic nuclear-free-zone proposals from the
Soviet Union. It is laterreported on 6 May 1982 that the Soviet government had agreed topay
Swedish costs of $212,000 arising from the incident.
Atlantic 11/02/81: At the Holy Loch naval base in Scotland a Poseidon submarine-launched
ballistic missile is dropped 13 to 15 feet as it is movedaboard the submarine tender USS
Holland (AS-32) after an error by the crane operator. The fall is arrestedby a safety device,
but critics suggest there was a serious chance that a conventional explosion could have taken
place, dispersing radioactive material. This explosion could have occurred because the
Poseidon warhead usesan unstable conventional high explosive called LX-09. Moreover,the
Navy is upbraided for not immediately reporting the incident or notifying surrounding
communities of possible danger. TheU.S. Navy refuses to confirm or deny whetherthere were
nuclear weapons on the missile and states 'there wasno damage done, no injuries occurred;
there was no danger to personnel.'
Atlantic 12/03/81: An arresting wire breaks during the landing of an A-7 Corsair aircraft on the
USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) while operating inthe Caribbean Sea, killing two men and
injuring three. Four aircraft including the A-7 are damaged.
Atlantic 01/04/82: A U.S. Navy ship collides with an Italian tanker in the Straitsof Messina.
Indian 01/10/82: The USS Mispillion (T-AO-105) and the civilian tanker Texas Trader, under
Navy contract, collide during a routine fuel transfer in the Indian Ocean. There are no
personnel injuries and no serious damage to either ship.
Pacific 01/16/82: Five U.S. Navy personnel die in a diving accident aboard the USSGrayback
(SS-574) off the coast of Subic Bay, Philippines.
Atlantic 02/01/82: In early February, the USS Seattle (AOE-3) is hit by a tugboat while getting
underway from Craney Island, Norfolk, Virginia,causing extensive damage to equipment on
the ship's aft end.
Atlantic 02/02/82: The USS Ponce (LPD-15) collides with the USS Fort Snelling (LSD-30)
during a towing exercise which causes minor damage to the Ponce's port side, mainly to the
accommodation ladderand flight deck catwalk.The two ships were en route to Portsmouth,
Atlantic 03/01/82: In March both of the USS Inchon's (LPH-12) emergency dieselgenerators
become inoperable during training in the Caribbean. The ship is unable to finish training. A
portable emergency diesel generator is attached to the flight deckand the ship is escorted
back to Norfolk, Virginia, by the USS Pensacola (LSD-38).
Atlantic 03/13/82: Fourteen aircraft from the carrier USS Forrestal (CV-59) arediverted to
Homestead Air Force Base, Florida, after a boiler failure causes a 'partial electrical failure' on
the carrier. The ship was on exercises off Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Indian 03/18/82: The USS Newport (LST-1179) suffers a Bravo Class fire in a main
engineering space while anchored at Berbera, Somalia.
Atlantic 03/22/82: The USS Jacksonville (SSN-699) collides with the Turkish cargo ship the
General Z. Dogan while running on the surface 25miles east of Cape Charles, Virginia.
Damage to the Jacksonville is reported as minor and characterized as 'bumpsand scrapes,'
while bow damage is reported on the General Z.Dogan.
Pacific 04/20/82: The USS Brewton (FF-1086) suffers a casualty to its servicediesel
generator, curtailing the ship's participation in 'Rimpac82' exercises.
Atlantic 04/20/82: Seven people are injured in an explosion aboard the USS Garcia (FF-1040)
which is being overhauled at General Shipyard in Boston, Massachusetts.
Pacific 05/08/82: The USS Chauvenet (T-AGS-29) runs hard aground on Dauisan Reef in the
Cagayan Islands in the Sulu Sea while underway from Subic Bay, Philippines, to survey
grounds in Indonesian waters. After two-and-one-half weeks of salvage efforts, the ship
isrefloated by U.S. Navy salvage teams and towed to the Ship Repair Facility in Subic Bay.
Atlantic 05/15/82: Swedish coastal authorities report a Soviet destroyer or large frigate is on
fire in the Baltic Sea, 22 miles off Latvia.
Pacific 05/22/82: The USS Fletcher (DD-992) strikes the USS Towers (DDG-9)and the USS
Francis Hammond (FF-1067) causing minor damagewhile attempting to moor alongside the
two ships in Subic Bay, Philippines.
Atlantic 06/11/82: The USS Seattle (AOE-3) and the USS Aylwin (FF-1081) collide when the
Seattle loses steering control while refuelingthe frigate during transit across the Atlantic to the
Pacific 06/12/82: The USS Bonefish (SS-582) suffers main engine casualties when all three
main engine spaces are flooded while operating on the surface in the Pacific. No material
damage on personnel injuries occur.
Pacific 06/12/82: The USS Cleveland (LPD-7) and the USS Ashtabula (AO-51)collide in the
Gulf of Thailand during underway replenishment. Damage is minor and there are no injuries.
Atlantic 06/17/82: Ten persons are injured when a 1,200-lb. steam valve ruptures aboard the
USS Saratoga (CV-60), which is undergoing a ServiceLife Extension Program overhaul in
Philadelphia Naval Shipyard,Pennsylvania.
Atlantic 07/12/82: The USS Seattle (AOE-3) suffers a 'freak explosion' in the after portion of
the ship while moored alongside a fuel pier at Porto Torres, Sardinia, Italy. A chemical
reaction between fuelvapors and a chemical stored in one of the blast-tornspaces causes the
explosion which damages the after steering compartment and Enlisted Dining Facility. The
Seattle is ableto get underway for Naples less than 12 hours after the generalquarters alarm
was first sounded.
Pacific 09/28/82: The USS Sam Houston (SSN-609) spills less than 50 gallons oflow-level
radioactive water during a test while it is in the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton,
Washington, undergoing routine maintenance, according to the Navy. The spill was
stopped,the water was contained within the ship, and no radioactivity was released to the
environment. The submarine's reactor was notoperating. Two individuals were in the area
during the spill and one of these individuals received low-level radioactivecontamination.
Pacific 11/29/82: The USS Thomas A. Edison (SSN-610) collides with the USS Leftwich (DD-
984) in the South China Sea 40 miles east of SubicBay, Philippines. The Edison was at
periscope depth preparing to surface; it damaged its sail and sail planes,but there was no
flooding. Both ships remain operational afterthe accident.
Pacific 12/31/82: In late 1982 the USS Permit (SSN-594), cruising on the surface, collides
with the USS La Jolla (SSN-701), at periscope depth, while they are on sea trials about 30
miles off San Francisco.The Permit recieves a ten-foot-long, three-foot-wide 'scrape' in the
paint on the keel, while the La Jolla suffers minorrudder damage.
Atlantic 01/03/83: The USS Arkansas (CGN-41) collides with the Italian merchantman Megara
Ilea in the Strait of Messina, and is 'slightly damaged on the port side.'
Pacific 01/19/83: The USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) has a minor collision with the Canadian
Maritime Forces Ship Yukon off the coast of Washington state. There are no personnel
injuries or serious damage.
Atlantic 02/10/83: In the Atlantic the USS Antrim (FFG-20) suffers a fire in the wardroom and
Computer/Radar Electronics spaces after it is struck by a drone during live firing of the
Phalanx self-defense close-in-weapon-system Gatling gun. A civilian instructor diesfrom
burns caused by the ignition of residual fuel in the targetdrone.
Atlantic 03/16/83: The USS Antrim (FFG-20) collides with the USS Flatley (FFG-21) 160 miles
north of Puerto Rico during training exercises.Both received only superficial damage.
Indian 04/01/83: In April during an Indian Ocean deployment the USS Dale (CG-19) collides
with the Royal Navy frigate HMS Ambascade. TheAmbascade is laid up in Bombay during
May while work on 'new bow material' is carried out.
Pacific 04/28/83: The USS Enterprise (CVN-65) runs aground within sight of theport of San
Francisco, California, after eight months at sea; it is stranded for five hours until the tide and
tugs pull it free.
Pacific 06/01/83: In June a Soviet Charlie class nuclear-powered cruise missile submarine
sinks somewhere east of the Soviet naval base of Petropavlosk, near the southern tip of the
Kamchatka peninsula in the Pacific. U.S. intelligence reports most orall of the 90-person crew
are lost. The cause of the accident is not known, but the lack of radioactive contamination is
said to indicate that the accident was probably due to mechanical failure, not a nuclear power
plantaccident. The submarine is salvaged by the Soviet Navy in earlyAugust 1983.
Pacific 07/01/83: In July a gunnery computer malfunction causes the USS George Philip
(FFG-12) to fire a 3-inch shell toward a Mexican merchant vessel during a drill about 40 miles
off San Francisco, California. According to the Navy the round landednine miles behind the
merchant ship, but some George Philipcrewmen say it actually landed just one mile behind
Pacific 07/18/83: The USS Ranger (CV-61) collides with the USS Wichita (AOR-1) during
refueling 100 miles off San Diego, California. TheRanger's flight deck elevator is damaged,
but no injuries are reported. The Wichita damages its refuelingcapability. The port fueling
riggings are put out of commission, including the loss of all fuel hoses. Also part of the
Wichita's aft superstructure is crushed on the starboard side.
Pacific 07/19/83: The USS Texas (CGN-39) is holed above the waterline after hitting a quay
while leaving the port of Brisbane, Australia.
Pacific 08/01/83: In August the USS Davidson (FF-1045) suffers a Class Alpha fire while in
Atlantic 10/31/83: The USS McCloy (FF-1038) is towing a sonar array west of Bermuda when
suddenly the cable goes slack. The next day a SovietVictor III class nuclear-powered attack
submarine is sighted motionless on the surface 282 miles west ofBermuda and 470 miles
east of Charleston, South Carolina, by a U.S. P-3 Orion patrol aircraft. U.S. Navy officials
believe thatwhile the submarine was following the McCloy, the sonar array caught in the
submarine's propeller. There is noindication of leaking radiation, according to a Navy
spokesman.On 5 November the submarine is taken under tow by a Soviet salvage ship in the
direction of the Cuban port of Cienfuegos. Further observation while the submarine is
undertow leads the Navy to believe the damage is relatively minor andrelates to the
Indian 11/01/83: A fire breaks out aboard the USS Ranger (CV-61) while deployed in the
North Arabian Sea, killing six and injuring 35. The fire is in one of the four main machinery
spaces and reportedly is extinguished within an houralthough there is one reflash which is
extinguished. The vesselcontinues operations in the North Arabian Sea.
Indian 11/17/83: The Soviet Krivak I class frigate Razyaschy collides with the USS Fife (DD-
991) in the North Arabian Sea, causing minordamage to the Fife but no casualties. Reportedly
the Razyaschy attempted to approach the USS Ranger (CV-61).When the Fife attempted to
head off the Soviet ship, the two ships grazed hulls, leaving two 15-foot scrapes in the Fife's
paint. Reports say the Soviet ship earlier narrowly had missed a collision with another U.S.
Pacific 11/22/83: The USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) and the USS Wabash (AOR-5) have a minor
collision during refueling in Oakland, California.
Atlantic 12/19/83: The Trident submarine USS Florida (SSBN-728) is slightly damaged when
it hits an unidentified object while submerged duringsea trials in Long Island Sound. No one is
injured and a Navy spokesman says he has no cost estimate on the damage.
Pacific 12/31/83: In 1983 hull collision damage was repaired and the sonar dome rubber
window was changed on the USS Leftwich (DD-984).
Pacific 12/31/83: In 1983 extensive temporary sail repairs are accomplished on theUSS
Thomas A. Edison (SSN-610).
Atlantic 01/09/84: The USS Detroit (AOE-4) suffers a Class Bravo fire in the 1A1 Forced Draft
Blower while moored at Souda Bay, Crete. Severalcrew members are treated for smoke
Atlantic 02/14/84: During attempts to move an assault craft to Radio Island, near Moorehead
City, North Carolina, the USS Ponce (LPD-15) suffers a major casualty when her sterngate is
damaged and eventuallylost. The Ponce goes to Philadelphia NavalShipyard for repairs.
Atlantic 02/15/84: The U.S. Navy's Nuclear Weapons Training Group Atlantic submitsan
'OPREP-3 Navy Blue Bent Spear (nuclear weapons incident) as aresult of a material failure in
a W80 trainer (warhead for the)(Tomahawk) (sea-launched cruise missile).'
Atlantic 03/01/84: A Soviet Kresta II class cruiser suffers a two-hour fire while it is monitoring
a NATO exercise in the Mediterranean.
Pacific 03/21/84: The USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) is struck during night operationsby a surfacing
Soviet Victor I nuclear-powered attack submarinein the southern Sea of Japan, approximately
100 miles from mainland Japan, while en route to the Yellow Sea. The KittyHawk sustains a
minor hole below the waterline in an aircraftfuel tank on the starboard side and continues
normal operations.The Soviet vessel is observed dead in the water for a while with a dent
across its aft deck. It is assistedby the Soviet Kara class cruiser Petropavlovsk and later
istowed by a Soviet salvage vessel to the Vladivostok naval base.U.S. Navy officers say there
was no evidence of nuclear leakagefrom the submarine. The Kitty Hawk had beentaking part
in joint U.S.-Korea 'Team Spirit 84' exercises. Thesubmarine had been following the Kitty
Hawk carrier group with other surface ships for several days. Navy officials claimthe carrier's
escort ships deliberately brokecontact with the submarine after simulating its destruction 15
times to begin a new phase in the exercise where the Kitty Hawk would use deception
techniques to lose the trailing Soviet surface ships. The Soviet submarine apparentlylost track
of the Kitty Hawk and was surfacing to find it when the collision occurred.
Pacific 04/01/84: In April the USS Barbour County (LST-1195) runs aground on the Coronado
strand in San Diego, California, but the ship is successfully extracted in less than 24 hours.
Atlantic 04/02/84: The Glasgow Herald reports the U.S. Navy at Holy Loch, Scotland admits
that the paint on the USS Sam Rayburn (SSBN-635) was mildly radioactive when it returned
from patrol in February 1984. The Navy says this is very low-level radioactivity,so low that it
could not be detected by a geiger counter. Reports about the radiation had been circulating
for a month, leadingto claims that the Sam Rayburn had been in a collision sometime in the
fall of 1983 which had caused the ship to leakor become contaminated with radiation. The
Navy's statements serve to add to the controversy.
Pacific 04/02/84: At midday in the South China Sea the Soviet carrier Minsk fires eight signal
flares at the USS Harold E. Holt (FF-1074)when the latter passes the Minsk's starboard side
at a distance of 300 meters after disregarding a request from theMinsk to stand clear. Three
flares strike the Holt butno one is injured. A U.S. Navy official acknowledges equal U.S.blame
for the incident.
Atlantic 04/23/84: While getting underway from Norfolk, Virginia, the USS Kittiwake (ASR-13)
backs down on the USS Bergall (SSN-667), causing damage to the Bergall's sonar dome and
the Kittiwake's propeller.
Pacific 05/17/84: A fire breaks out aboard the USS Guitarro (SSN-665) during atraining
exercise 65 miles northwest of San Diego, California,near San Clemente Island. Officials said
that the fire originated in the submarine's battery well due to highheat from electrical
discharge on one of the cells. A sailor making rounds discovered heat, steam, and a glow
emitting from thebattery well when he opened a well hatch. The submarine headedfor port
and the crew had the fire undercontrol but still burning when the submarine arrived.
Atlantic 06/06/84: The USS Sumter (LST-1181) undergoes repairs to the starboardpropeller
shaft until 18 June at the Little Creek Amphibious Base, Virginia. Sections of the pitch control
rod and hydraulic control components within the starboard shaftand propeller assembly are
Indian 06/15/84: While operating in the Indian Ocean, a F-14 Tomcat aircraft fromFighter
Squadron 33 crashes on the flight deck of the USS America (CV-66) in a Class Alpha
accident causing more than $500,000 in damage but no injuries.
Atlantic 08/11/84: The USS Nathanael Greene (SSBN-636) reportedly loses her propeller in
the Irish Sea. The submarine proceeds back to Holy Loch, Scotland, using its secondary
propulsion system. Facilitiesat the U.S. base are unavailable, so thesubmarine is towed to the
nearby British submarine base at Faslane, Scotland.
Atlantic 08/11/84: The Royal Navy large fleet tanker HMS Olwen is hit by a storm 700 miles
northeast of the Falkland Islands, killing two.
Atlantic 08/18/84: A fire reportedly breaks out on board a drydock at the Faslane Royal Navy
nuclear submarine base in Scotland while the USS Nathanael Greene (SSBN-636) is in the
dock for repairs. A U.K. Ministry of Defense official says the firewas caused by an electrical
fault in a capstan motor which ignited a small quantity of canvas atop the motor. He denies
the fire threatened the submarine, since it broke out in a sealed compartment some distance
from the boat. Aspokesman for the U.S. Navy confirms the submarine was not damaged,
though he refuses to say whether the ship had nuclear weapons on board.
Atlantic 09/10/84: Fire in the exhaust vent of the USS Ticonderoga (CG-47) injures 13 crew
members and forces the vessel to return to its homebase of Norfolk, Virginia, for repairs. The
cause of the fire is unknown.
Pacific 09/18/84: The Japanese shrimping boat Sumiyoshi Maru catches a submarine in its
net in the Sea of Japan. The vessel is pulled backward until the 3-centimeter steel wire
holding the net is cut. On20 September a Soviet Golf II class diesel-poweredballistic missile
submarine is sighted on the surface with whitesmoke coming out of its conning tower in the
Sea of Japan, 380miles west of Tokyo. Reports speculate the smoke comes from a fire
started by an electricaloverload caused by the snagging of the fishing boat's net. Overthe next
two days the submarine is attended by several Soviet ships, before proceeding toward
Vladivostok under its own power on the 23 September.
Atlantic 09/18/84: A Soviet Victor I class nuclear-powered attack submarine is badly damaged
in a collision with a Soviet tanker in the Strait of Gibraltar. The submarine reportedly was
travelling in the 'noiseshadow' of the tanker while exiting theMediterranean Sea. Jane's
Defense Weekly notes that the alternating layers of cold and warm water in the narrows of the
Strait make it likely for a submarine 'to encounter sudden thermal gradients which make her
porpoise upwards,'and this is thought to be the cause of the accident. The collision rips off the
twin-hulled submarine's bow section, exposing the sonar and torpedo tube compartments.
The submarine proceedsto the Soviet anchorage at Hammament,Tunisia, for emergency
repairs, before returning to its homeporton the Kola peninsula in early October.
Atlantic 09/21/84: The USS Jacksonville (SSN-699) collides with a Navy barge off Norfolk,
Virginia, while travelling on the surface. The Jacksonville strikes the barge amidships and is
reported to havecaused minor damage to her bow.
Pacific 09/26/84: The USS Shasta (AE-33) collides with the USS Cleveland (LPD-7) during a
practice replenishment at sea 30 miles west of Long Beach, California. Both ships sustain
minor damage. The Shasta is able to continue normal operations.
Pacific 10/26/84: The USS John A. Moore (FFG-19) collides with the USS Ouellet (FF-1077)
near Hawaii during 'FleetEx 85-1' exercises in the Pacific, causing minor damage.
Pacific 10/29/84: The USS Roanoke (AOR-7) is grounded just outside the entrance to Pearl
Harbor, Hawaii, after suffering a steering casualty,but rides free eight hours later and returns
Atlantic 12/17/84: The USS Coral Sea (CV-43) suffers a minor engine room fire during
overhaul at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Virginia. The fire isextinguished in an hour with three men
injured and $6,000 damage to the vessel.
Pacific 12/31/84: In 1984 the USS Thomaston (LSD-28) has an emergency drydocking to
accomplish underwater hull repairs sustained as a result of a grounding.
Pacific 12/31/84: In 1984 ship repair contractors in Sasebo, Japan, accomplish $288,965 of
repair work on the USS Darter (SS-576) during an emergency 45-day drydocking to repair
damages following a collision.
Pacific 12/31/84: In 1984 the USS Sterett (CG-31) has an emergency drydockingto repair the
sonar dome rubber window, replace the inflatable shaft boots, repack the rudder posts, and
do other various underwater hull work.
12/31/84: In 1984 the USS Tattnall (DDG-19) suffers a major fire.
Pacific 12/31/84: In 1984 the USS Beaufort (ATS-2) receives underwater hull, shafting, and
controllable pitch propeller repairs for damage sustained as a result of a grounding.
12/31/84: In 1984 the USS Ranger (CV-61) suffers two major fires.
Indian 02/05/85: The USS Ingersoll (DD-990) suffers a casualty to the port oil distribution box,
requiring the ship to leave its battle groupin the Indian Ocean.
Atlantic 04/11/85: The USS Coral Sea (CV-43) collides with the Ecuadorean tanker Napo
during air operations 45 miles southwest of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. A 30-foot hole in the
carrier's bow is punched in,and some radar and communications equipment isdamaged. The
Coral Sea returns to drydock in Norfolk NavalShipyard, Virginia. Eleven aircraft airborne at
the time of theaccident are diverted to Guantanamo Bay. The Napo is holedabove the
waterline and spills 7,600 barrels of oilbefore reaching Guantanamo for repairs. A formal
investigationlater blames the Commanding Officer of the Coral Sea for theincident, saying he
'used poor judgment in electing to be absent from the bridge during the entire launch
andrecovery cycle ... with a Soviet vessel within 1,500 yards and with other vessels well
within' the closest point of approach limits the captain had established.
Atlantic 06/10/85: The Royal Navy nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine HMS
Resolution is struck by the U.S. yacht Proud Mary off Cape Canaveral, Florida, in the early
morning. The submarine suffers minor damage, but the yacht has to be towed back to
port.The Resolution on its way to test-fire one of her Polaris missiles on the U.S. Navy's
Atlantic Test Range after undergoing amajor refit in Rosyth naval shipyard, Scotland.
Atlantic 07/22/85: A dive team embarks on board the USS Powhatan (T-ATF-166) todebeach
the USS Boulder (LST-1190) in Chesapeake Bay.
Pacific 09/01/85: In the Pacific, an H-46 helicopter crashes on board the USS Fife (DD-991)
and slips off the deck, but is somehow held to theside by the Fife's crew. Nearby vessels
provide assistanceand no injuries occur.
Pacific 09/01/85: In September the USS Darter (SS-576) collides with a Bahamanian
merchant ship about 10 kilometers off Pusan, South Korea. The U.S. Navy says there were
Atlantic 10/15/85: The USS Estocin (FFG-15) runs aground near Key West, Florida.
Pacific 10/24/85: The USS Swordfish (SSN-579) suffers a propulsion casualty while operating
as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Atlantic 10/31/85: A Soviet minesweeper collides with a Swedish spy ship in the Baltic Sea.
Pacific 11/02/85: The USS Enterprise (CVN-65) is grounded on Bishop's Rock shoal about
100 miles west of San Diego, California. Reports say the Enterprise sustains a 60-foot gash in
the outer hull anddamages one propeller. The aircraft carriercontinues planned operations,
taking part in the 'ReadiEx 86-1'exercise before going into drydock on 27 November.
Atlantic 11/04/85: The USS Caloosahatchee (AO-98) grounds on the Elizabeth River near
Norfolk, Virginia, taking two days to refloat.
11/17/85: The CH-46 vertical replenishment helicopter of the USS San Diego (AFS-6)
crashes into a parked Marine Corps helicopter on board the USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) during a
night replenishment, killing one and injuring four personnel.
Atlantic 11/25/85: The USS W.S. Sims (FF-1059) and USS Moosbrugger (DD-980)collide at
sea in the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, operating area.
Pacific 12/10/85: The USS Lockwood (FF-1064) collides with the Philippine merchant ship
Santo Nino while crossing the Uraga Suido outboundof traffic lanes at the entrance to Tokyo
Bay, Japan. Damage includes a hole 15-feet wide and 12-feet deeprunning 25 feet down the
starboard side, with three crew injuries. The Santo Nino suffers damage above the waterline.
Atlantic 12/31/85: In 1985 the USS Forrestal (CV-59) is discovered to have a reduction gear
problem unrelated to its Service Life Extension Program overhaul work (which finished 20
May). The defect forced the ship to return to her homeport of Mayport,Florida, with one
propeller trailing to undergo repairs later inthe year.
Atlantic 12/31/85: The USS Narwhal (SSN-671) drifts for several hours in PalmaBay, Palma
Majorca, Spain, after its mooring cable breaks on NewYear's Eve.
Pacific 01/13/86: A Japanese maritime patrol aircraft spots a Soviet Echo II classnuclearpowered
cruise missile submarine under tow by a Sovietsalvage ship about 280 miles
northwest of Okinawa in the East China Sea, heading northward. The submarineevidently
suffered a propulsion casualty.
Pacific 01/29/86: The USS Ingersoll (DD-990) makes a heavy landing against theCanadian
tug Provider at Esquimalt, British Columbia. Responsibility is charged to an inexperienced tug
operator and to brisk winds. Damage to both vessels isminimal.
Pacific 02/10/86: The USS Willamette (AO-180) collides with the USS Jason(AR-8) 75 miles
southwest of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, during a formation steaming exercise, killing one and
injuring eight. The collision smashes the Willamette'sstarboard bow from the rail to below the
waterline. A large vertical rupture from deck to waterline on the port side of the Jason forces
the ship to be towed back to port.
Atlantic 03/13/86: The USS Nathanael Greene (SSBN-636) runs aground in the Irish Sea,
suffering external damage to its ballast tanks and rudder. A spokesman for the U.S. Navy
says 'There was no effect on the propulsion, no injuries and no damage to thePoseidon
nuclear missiles.' The submarine initially sails to Holy Loch, Scotland, under its own power for
emergency repairs. It then leaves Scotland on 25 April and travels submerged to Charleston,
South Carolina. The extent of thedamage subsequently leads to a decision to decommission
the vessel, partly in order to satisfy SALT II limitations.
Pacific 03/22/86: The USS Secota (YTM-415) loses power and collides with the stern planes
of the Trident submarine USS Georgia (SSBN-729)off Midway Island in the Pacific and sinks,
just after completing a personnel transfer. Ten crew are rescued, but two drown.The Georgia
Pacific 03/23/86: The USS Midway (CV-41) collides with a South Korean fishingboat in the
Yellow Sea, damaging the boat but leaving the carrier unscathed.
Pacific 04/04/86: The USS William H. Standley (CG-32) suffers a main space fire in its
Number 1 engine room during 'Readiex 86-3' exercises, causing minor damage and no
injuries. The Standley continuesoperations.
Atlantic 04/29/86: The USS Atlanta (SSN-712) runs aground in the Strait of Gibraltar,
damaging sonar gear and puncturing a ballast tank in thebow section. Navy officials stress
that no radiation leaked from the nuclear reactor and no crewmembers were injured. The
vessel limps to Gibraltar for repairs, with water entering through holes in the ballast tank.
Atlantic 05/14/86: The Soviet Navy logistic support ship Berezina collides withthe Soviet ship
Capitan Soroka while proceeding into the Mediterranean near Istanbul, Turkey. The Berezina
receives abreached hull to the waterline on the port side.
Pacific 07/02/86: The USS Roanoke (AOR-7) collides with the Liberian oil tanker Mint
Prosperity while steaming into Long Beach, California, in low visibility. The Roanoke sustains
only minor damageto its bow and enters Naval Station Long Beach underits own power.
Atlantic 07/30/86: A U.S. Navy Sidewinder air-to-air missile hits the 30,000-ton tanker
Western Sun carrying 26,000 barrels of oil 60 miles east of Norfolk, Virginia, leaving a
reported two-to-three foot gash in the ship's superstructure. Onereport says the impact
started several small fires. The Navy states that it was an inert missile used by an F-14
Tomcat fighterin an exercise within a designated warning area, and that a notice to ships of
the exercise had been senton 24 July.
Pacific 07/31/86: In late July the USS Guitarro (SSN-665) reportedly suffers aminor mishap
involving a shipboard valve while at sea. In response to inquiries the Navy says no serious
equipment or safety problems occurred aboard the Guitarro.
Atlantic 08/13/86: The USS Inchon (LPH-12) suffers a casualty to the ship's evaporators while
underway for Moorehead City, North Carolina, causing the ship to return to Norfolk, Virginia,
for two days of repairs.
Pacific 08/16/86: A freak wave crashes over the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) injuring one man
and sweeping seven others into the Pacific Ocean. They were quickly rescued.
Atlantic 09/09/86: A CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter crashes into a CH-53 Sea Stallionhelicopter
on the flight deck of the USS Saipan (LHA-2) while operating off northern Norway during
'Northern Wedding' exercises. The Sea Knight flips into the water,killing nine.
Atlantic 09/22/86: The USS Yellowstone (AD-41) collides with the USS Truckee (T-AO-147)
during underway replenishment off Virginia. The Truckee has minor superstructure damage,
while the Yellowstone sustains a two-foot gash in the hull on the portside.
Atlantic 10/03/86: A Soviet Yankee I class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine suffers
an explosion and fire in one of its missile tubes 480 miles east of Bermuda, killing at least
three. General Secretary Gorbachev sends President Reagan a privatecommunication
regarding the accident in advance of the public announcement on 4 October, assuring him
that there was no danger of nuclear explosion, radioactive contamination, or accidental
launching of nuclear missiles. U.S. forcessample the air and water around the submarine and
detect no radioactivity. The submarine sinks under tow on 6 October in 18,000feet of water
about 600 miles northeast of Bermuda. U.S. sources said that theexplosion probably
originated in the liquid fuel of one of the missiles.
Atlantic 10/31/86: In late October the USS Augusta (SSN-710) is damaged in an undersea
collision while on a routine training patrol in the Atlantic. No crew members are injured and
the submarine returns toGroton, Connecticut, for $2.7 million worth of repairs byyear's end.
Reportedly, according to unnamed U.S. Defense Department sources, it is unclear whether
the submarine struck the ocean floor or an underwater object, but there was no risk of
thesubmarine sinking or danger to the nuclear reactor. ADefense Department spokesman
refuses to comment on a CBS news report that the submarine 'very possibly' collided with a
Pacific 11/03/86: The USS Towers (DDG-9) hits the wharf in the Port of Cairnsin northern
Queensland, Australia, damaging the wharf.
Atlantic 12/31/86: During Fiscal Year 1986 the USS William V. Pratt (DDG-44) runs aground
while going from Naval Station Charleston, South Carolina, to Naval Weapons Station
Charleston, South Carolina, causing $1.3 million damage to her sonar domes.
Arctic 01/01/87: Sometime in the first half of January the Royal Navy nuclear-powered attack
submarine HMS Splendid loses its towed array sonar system during a close encounter with a
Soviet submarine in the Barents Sea off Murmansk. Reportedly thesubmarine was a Soviet
Typhoon class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine. It is unclear whether the Soviet
submarine severed the Splendid's tow-line accidentally or deliberately in an effort to obtain
the sensitivetechnology. The submarine returns to Devonport, U.K., on 31 January.
Pacific 01/13/87: The USS Berkeley (DDG-15) suffers a casualty to the forwardsonar dome
pressurization system, forcing the ship to reduce speed to 10 knots in heavy seas, and
necessitating an unexpected stop in Guam to ascertain the level of damageand make
Pacific 01/14/87: The USS William H. Standley (CG-32) sustains minor damage when several
ammunition barges which had been secured alongside begin to break loose and pound the
sides of the ship in heavy winds and high seas while the ship is anchored inSan Francisco
Bay, California. The barges are promptly secured,preventing significant damage or their
becoming adrift in a crowded waterway.
01/22/87: The USS Ogden (LPD-5) suffers a Class Charlie fire.
Atlantic 02/18/87: The Irish trawler Summer Morn is dragged backward for 10 to20 miles for
two and one half hours by a U.S. nuclear-powered submarine before it cuts its nets to free the
submarine about 14 miles northwest of the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea. Thetrawler hauls in a
submarine communications buoy stuck in its nets. The U.S. Defense Department confirms the
submarine was American, but declines to say which submarine it was.
03/17/87 Persian Gulf USS Stark (FFG-31) Was attacked by an Iraqi Mirage F-1 which fired
two Exocet missiles. The missiles were undetected by the Stark until spotted by a lookout
moments before impact. The first missile did not explode but spread burning fuel. The
second missile did explode in the crews quarters. thirty-seven were killed and twenty-one
injured. The Stark did not use any of its anti-missile equipment to defend itself. Repairs cost
$142 million. Captain Glenn Brindell was releived of command, he and Tactical Action officer
Lieutenant Basil Moncrief received non-judical punishment and letters of repremand. Both
opted for early retirement.
Atlantic 04/07/87: Two sailors are swept from the deck of the USS Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-
631) in rough seas three miles outside of the Portsmouth, New Hampshire, harbor; one is
rescued but is pronounced deadand the other is lost at sea.
Atlantic 04/21/87: The USS Richard L. Page (FFG-5) collides with and sinks thedisabled
fishing vessel Chickadee, which was under tow by another fishing boat, during a high-speed
run in heavy fog off Virginia. The incident leads to calls for more drug testing ofsailors, though
no use on the Richard L. Page is ever uncovered.
Atlantic 04/25/87: The USS Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) goes aground in the St. James River
at Newport News, Virginia, during sea trials following a$115 million dollar overhaul. The
grounding delays the ship'sreturn to service.
Atlantic 04/29/87: The USS LaMoure County (LST-1194) collides with the USS Hermitage
(LSD-34) about 300 miles off the Georgia coast while the ships are practicing a resupply
exercise. The Hermitagesustains a five-foot hole in its bow stem above thewaterline while the
LaMoure County sustains superficial damage to its left side. The commanding officer of the
LaMoure County is relieved pending an investigation of the accident.
05/27/87: The USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) suffers casualties to both boilers' super heater
Atlantic 06/03/87: The USS Patterson (FF-1061) returns to sea after suffering several small
fires from efforts to restart a faulty generator while the ship is conducting drills in the
Caribbean. The ship was towed to the Roosevelt Roadsnaval station, Puerto Rico, for one
day of repairs. There wereno injuries and no damage to the ship.
Pacific 06/30/87: In late June or early July, the Trident submarine USS Nevada(SSBN-733)
suffers a breakdown while conducting routine operations following the improper installation of
a power transmissiongear during a recent February to April maintenance stop at theNewport
News shipyard, Virginia. The damage is estimated at several million dollars, and causes the
Nevada to cancel a special call at its new home port of Bangor, Washington. In response to
queries the Navy says 'The safety of theship and crew was never an issue and the ship is
Pacific 07/27/87: U.S. Navy planes conducting bombing practice at night near Okinawa hit the
Malaysain freighter Pomex Saga, injuring one.
Atlantic 08/26/87: The Royal Navy nuclear-powered attack submarine HMS Conqueror suffers
a fire while at Devonport, U.K., for a four-month overhaul, damaging its engine room. The
British Navy stresses thatthe fire was far from the submarine's nuclearreactors.
Atlantic 10/01/87: The Royal Navy nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine HMS Renown
suffers a leak of reactor coolant during tests in thereactor compartment while at the Rosyth
naval base, Scotland, for a refit. The Navy says it was a minor incident, 'withoutany radiation
Atlantic 01/26/88: The Royal Navy nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine HMS
Resolution suffers an electrical malfunction while docked inFaslane, Scotland. The Observer
newspaper claims that themalfunction shuts down the primarycoolant pumps, almost leading
to a core meltdown. And, that a crew member who was exposed to radiation had to be
scrubbed downfor 24 hours. The Ministry of Defense denies these stories, saying the
submarine suffered a 'minorelectrical malfunction;' those that said the submarine's
reactorcould have melted down didn't know what they 'are talking about;' and there had been
'absolutely no danger to the crew or the general public.'
Atlantic 02/12/88: The USS Yorktown (CG-48) and USS Caron (DD-970) are bumped by a
Soviet destroyer and frigate, respectively, nine miles off the coast of the Crimean Peninsula in
the Black Sea. The action came after the two U.S. ships entered the Soviet's 12-mileterritorial
04/14/88 Persian Gulf USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58) strikes an Iranian mine blowing
a 15 foot hole, flooding the engine compartment and knocking two gas turbines from their
mounts. The crew fought fires and flooding for five hours. Ten were injured. The Roberts was
loaded onto a semi=submirsable heavy duty lift ship and taken to the U.S. for $1.3 million
repairs, which included cutting out the entire engine compartment and attaching a 315 ton
Atlantic 04/24/88: The USS Bonefish (SS-582) suffers explosions and fire in itsbattery
compartment during operations with the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) and the USS Carr
(FFG-52) in the Caribbean,killing three. Submarine experts say that the mostlikely cause was
the accumulation of hydrogen gas while the batteries were being recharged, which probably
was ignited by a spark.
Pacific 04/29/88: The USS Sam Houston (SSN-609) runs aground in Carr Inlet offthe
southeast tip of Fox Island in Puget Sound, Washington, while operating in shallow water to
determine how quiet the vesselis in water. The submarine is freed the nextday by four tugs
and the USS Florikan (ASR-9) while the submarine's 142-man crew remains aboard. The
submarine suffers minor damage to exterior hull equipment.
Atlantic 05/17/88: The Royal Navy nuclear-powered attack submarine HMS Conqueror suffers
a fire while docked in Gibraltar. The flames are quickly put out and do not affect the nuclear
Atlantic 06/01/88: In the first week of June the Royal Navy nuclear-powered attacksubmarine
HMS Conqueror is accidentally hit by an unarmed training torpedo dropped by an
antisubmarine warfare helicopter during exercises off the west coast ofScotland. The deck
plating of the submarine is bent on impact and the submarine proceeds to the Faslane
submarine base, Scotland, for repairs.
Pacific 08/02/88: The USS Constellation (CV-64) suffers an engine room fire which forces the
carrier to cancel scheduled operations and returnto port in San Diego, California. The fire,
believed caused bya fuel oil leak, begins with an explosion inone of the ship's four engine
rooms around noon and is finally extinguished about nine hours later after several subsequent
explosions caused by heat from the initial fire. Twenty sailors suffer burns, bruises, and
Pacific 08/28/88: A Japanese freighter collides with a Peruvian navy diesel submarine off
Peru, sinking the submarine and killing seven.
Atlantic 08/29/88: The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) collides with an anchored coal
ship in Hampton Roads, Virginia, while entering the harbor to dock at Norfolk Naval Station,
when wind and current pushthe carrier off course. Damage is minor toboth ships.
Pacific 09/03/88: The USS Berkeley (DDG-15) strikes the civilian tour boat Coralita while
trying to dock in Cairns Harbor, northern Queensland, Australia, causing considerable internal
damage to the Coralita.
Atlantic 09/12/88: The USS Boulder (LST-1190) runs aground off Norway during the NATO
'Teamwork 88' exercise due to bad weather or uncharted underwater obstructions, causing
some major scrapes and tears in the bottom of the hull.
Atlantic 10/23/88: The USS Hayler (DD-997) collides with the West German Navy
replenishment tanker Rhon while exercising in the North Sea.Both vessels take on water. The
Hayler receives a gash onher starboard side and proceeds to Rosyth,Scotland, for
Arctic 11/01/88: In November, according to a Soviet press account, the Soviet nuclearpowered
icebreaker Rossia almost suffers a nuclear reactor meltdown when cooling fluid is
accidentally released while the ship is in Murmansk. Emergency proceduresprevent the core
from overheating, averting a possible major accident.
Pacific 11/09/88: The USS Towers (DDG-9) narrowly misses a Japanese helicopterpatrol
boat with a volley of exercise shells, while exercisingoff the Boso Peninsula southeast of
Tokyo Bay, resulting in a political incident with theJapanese.
Indian 11/30/88: A 20 mm cannon on an A-7 Corsair aircraft accidentally fires during
maintenance setting six other aircraft ablaze aboard the USSNimitz (CVN-68), operating in
the Arabian Sea, killing one.The Nimitz continuesoperations.
Pacific 12/11/88: A U.S. F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from the USS Constellation (CV-64)
accidentally strikes an Indian merchant ship with a unarmedHarpoon missile during training
operations about 200 miles northwest of Honolulu, Hawaii, killing one. Themissile confused a
target hulk with the merchant ship which wasin the exercise area.
Atlantic 01/03/89: The USS Will Rogers (SSBN-659) surfaces under the U.K. fishing vessel
New Dawn in the Firth of Clyde off the coast of Scotland. The New Dawn sustains major
damage to her hull. Noinjuries are reported.
Atlantic 01/17/89: The USS Norfolk (SSN-714) collides with the USS San Diego (AFS-6) on
the surface near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel near Norfolk, Virginia, as both ships are
heading out to sea, causing minor damage and no injuries.
Pacific 01/18/89: Accidental discharge of a fire fighting foam system during routine
maintenance aboard the USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) injures six crew members while the ship
is operating in the mid-Pacific Ocean during a six month deployment.
Atlantic 01/25/89: The USS Spruance (DD-963) runs aground near Andros Island inthe
Bahamas while fighting heavy winds. No injuries are reported but the ship requires $1.4
million in repairs.
Atlantic 01/30/89: A sailor aboard the USS Detroit (AOE-4) is scalded to deathwhen steam is
accidentally sent into a boiler he was sent to clean. The ship is docked at the Norfolk Naval
Atlantic 04/04/89: The Danish fishing boat Christin-Michelle is nearly overturned by a
submarine ensnared in its trawl. The submarine, which does not offer assistance, is
presumed to be a Soviet Whiskey class diesel-powered attack submarine seen opperating
south-southeast of Bornholm off the coast of Denmark.
Arctic 04/07/89: A Soviet Mike class nuclear-powered attack submarine sinks in 8,400 feet of
water 270 miles north of the Norwegian coast after afire onboard could not be contained.
Forty-two crewmembers arekilled. Also lost are the submarine's single nuclear reactor and
two nuclear-armed torpedoes.
Atlantic 04/17/89: The British fishing vessel Laurel is forced to cut her fishing nets after being
towed by an unidentified U.S. nuclear-powered submarine for 15 minutes in the Irish Sea off
the coast of theIsle of Man.
Atlantic 04/19/89: An explosion in the number two gun turret kills 47 sailors aboard the USS
Iowa (BB-61) during gunnery practice off the coastof Puerto Rico.
Atlantic 04/19/89: The USS Trippe (FF-1075) and the USS Platte (AO-186) collide during fleet
exercises in the Atlantic, 500 miles east of Jacksonville, Florida. One minor injury is reported
and the Platte sustains minor damages.
Pacific 05/01/89: A wave washes three sailors from the deck of the USS Barbel(SS-580) as it
conducts surface operations off the coast of theJapanese island of Kyushu. Two of the sailors
drown and the third is rescued.
Pacific 05/01/89: In May, a broken valve causes the USS Houston (SSN-713) to plunge nose
Pacific 05/09/89: Fire in the engine room of the USS White Plains (AFS-4) kills six sailors and
injures five others while the ship is opperating about 100 miles east of Hong Kong in the
South China Sea. The ship is towed to Subic Bay, Philippines, for repairs.
Atlantic 05/13/89: A fire in the pump room of the USS America (CV-66) kills twosailors and
causes minor damage while the ship is in the mid-Atlantic en route to the Mediterranean for a
Pacific 05/17/89: The USS Helena (SSN-725) is towed nearly 1,000 miles from Midway Island
to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, after its reduction gear fails, rendering its propeller inoperable.
Pacific 05/19/89: Helicopters from the USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) and the USS Duluth (LPD-
6) are used to rescue fifty-two personnel thrown into the water when bad weather conditions
cause their boats to overturn during the amphibious exercise 'Valiant Usher '89' near
Shoalwater Bay, Queensland, Australia. One U.S. Marine is drowned and two others are
Pacific 05/23/89: The USS Gurnard (SSN-662) runs aground off the California coast near San
Diego while submerged during a routine training mission. No injuries or damages are
Pacific 05/25/89: Fire aboard the USS Blueback (SS-581) forces it to surface during training
exercises off the coast of southern California. No injuries are reported and damage appears
Pacific 06/14/89: The USS Houston (SSN-713) accidentally snags a tow cable andsinks the
tugboat Barcona southwest of Long Beach, California. One tugboat crewmember is drowned.
The Houston is in the area for the filming of the movie 'The Hunt for RedOctober.'
Pacific 06/15/89: In mid-June a fire aboard the USS Pelileu (LHA-5) at Long Beach, California
injures 14 and causes minor damage.
Pacific 06/16/89: The USS Houston (SSN-713), en route to San Diego, Californiaafter
participating in the filming of the 'Hunt for Red October', becomes entangled in the net of the
fishing boat Fortuna.No injuries are reported and damage to the net is estimated at $2,000.
Arctic 06/26/89: A Soviet Echo II class nuclear-powered submarine surfaces in theNorwegian
Sea billowing smoke after a leak in the pipes leadingto its reactor's secondary cooling system
forces the reactor tobe shut down. It is later revealed that some crewmembers weretreated for
radiation exposure and that measurable amounts of radiation were released.
Atlantic 06/28/89: The USS Bainbridge (CGN-25) runs aground off the Dutch coastafter
calling at the port of Den Helder.
Pacific 07/01/89: In July, a flooding incident aboard the USS Houston (SSN-713) results in
eight crewmembers being reassigned for psychological reasons.
Arctic 07/16/89: A Soviet Alpha class nuclear-powered attack submarine is spottedon the
surface billowing smoke from its observation tower off the coast of Norway in the Barents
Sea. According to the Sovietsthe smoke was exhaust from the ship's diesel engines. The
shipwas on a combat training mission and was shifting its power load to a battery when 'one
of the cells was short-circuited...'
Indian 07/26/89: A sailor on the USS Conolly (DD-979) is lost after falling overboard as the
ship patrols in the Persian Gulf.
Atlantic 07/27/89: About 330 gallons of coolant water from the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-
72) spills into the James River while the ship is docked at Newport News, Virginia. A shipyard
spokesperson terms theamount of radioactivity released as 'minuscule'.
Pacific 08/01/89: In August, a small fire is reported aboard the USS Houston (SSN-713).
Atlantic 08/05/89: A fire breaks out in an electric motor aboard the Royal Navy nuclearpowered
submarine Valiant while in port at the Faslanesubmarine base on the River Clyde in
southwest Scotland. Thereare no reported injuries and a Defense Ministry spokesperson says
the fire posed no danger to the submarine's nuclear reactor.
Atlantic 08/18/89: Five sailors are tossed overboard while being lowered from the USS
Saratoga (CV-60) during a man-overboard drill 70 miles off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida.
No injuries are reported.
Atlantic 08/22/89: A huge aircraft elevator carrying dozens of visitors touring theUSS John F.
Kennedy (CV-67) fails, injuring as many as 20 people, while the ship is holding an open
house while docked at Port Everglades, Florida. A hydraulic line on the elevatorbroke,
spraying fluid and causing the elevator to drop slightlyand come to a sudden stop.
Pacific 09/01/89: In September, an incident with a torpedo is reported aboard theUSS
Atlantic 09/12/89: A Royal Navy Resolution class nuclear-powered ballistic missilesubmarine
loses a very low frequency (VLF) communications buoy,when the buoy snags the nets of the
fishing vessel Contesterin the Irish Sea 25 nautical miles north east of Dublin,Ireland. The
submarine, which had been trailing the buoy whilesubmerged,came to periscope depth after
the incident to check for damage. According to a U.K. Ministry of Defense spokesperson,the
buoy's towing wire parted almost immediately and thesubmarine sustained no damage. Irish
reports, however, say theContester was dragged backwards for about a mile at a speedof two
knots before it broke free. It pulled in the buoy when it winched in its nets.
Atlantic 09/12/89: Two sailors from the USS Kalamazoo (AOR-6) are lost in the Atlantic when
they are washed overboard while working on the maindeck.
Atlantic 09/22/89: The USS Narwhal (SSN-671) sustains minor damage during Hurricane
Hugo while submerged at the Charleston Naval Base, South Carolina. The ship was moored
with nine double wires and two three-inch ship's lines, all but one of which were ripped
looseduring the first half of the storm. During the eye of the storm, the captain discovered the
submarine had drifted to the centerof the Cooper River. Tugboats and the Narwhal crew
unsuccessfully tried to move the submarine back to the pier.As the storm began again, the
captain submerged the submarine inthe river and the Narwhal rode out the remainder of the
hurricane with only part of its conning tower exposed.
Atlantic 09/22/89: A Soviet guided missile destroyer conducting gunnery exercises in the
Mediterranean south of Crete accidentally fires a shell which passes in front of a U.S. P-3
Orion surveillance plane and explodes, creating a turbulence which jolts the aircraft.No
injuries are reported, and the Soviets issue an apology.
Atlantic 09/29/89: The newly-commissioned USS Pennsylvania (SSBN-735) runs aground as
it enters the channel during its first visit to Port Canaveral, Florida. Tugboats free the
submarine in about two hours,and a Navy spokesperson says, 'As far as we know, it's
fine.'Port Canaveral is a public dock facility adjacent to the Navy complex where submarines
are loaded with missiles for test firingsoff Cape Canaveral.
Atlantic 10/06/89: A Navy F-14 Tomcat jet crashes into a fire wall aboard the USS John F.
Kennedy (CV-67), catching fire and plunging into thesea. The two crewmembers are able to
eject safely. The ship ison training exercises in the Atlantic off the coast of Norfolk, Virginia.
Atlantic 10/09/89: An electrical fire in the forward elevator machinery room on theUSS
Forrestal (CV-59) injures nine sailors while the ship is in dock at the Mayport Naval Station,
Atlantic 10/11/89: The USS EL Paso (LKA-177) accidentally hits the USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2)
with rounds from its Phalanx close-in weapons system during gunnery practice 80 miles
southeast of Norfolk, Virginia. One man onboard the Iwo Jima is killed and another isinjured.
Damage is slight.
Pacific 10/17/89: A sailor is lost off the USS Downes (FF-1070) after fallingoverboard while
the ship is on exercises off Japan.
Atlantic 10/29/89: A pilot making his first touch-and-go attempt aboard the USS Lexington
(AVT-16) crashes onto the flight deck, killing five and injuring 19 crewmembers, while the ship
is on training maneuvers in the Gulf of Mexico.
Indian 10/30/89: A F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from the USS Midway (CV-41) mistakenly drops a
500-pound bomb on the deck of the USS Reeves (CG-24), during training exercises in the
Indian Ocean 32 miles south of Diego Garcia, creating a five-foot hole in thebow, sparking a
small fire, and injuring five sailors.
Atlantic 10/31/89: A wave sweeps three sailors and 38 non-nuclear missiles from theUSS
Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) during night-time cargo loading about 90 miles southeast of
Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. One sailor is drowned and two are rescued.
Pacific 10/31/89: A sailor is lost in the Pacific about 620 miles north of Wake Island after
being washed overboard from the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70).
Atlantic 11/01/89: Fire in the engine room of the USS Monongahela (AO-178) offthe coast of
Spain injures nine.
Pacific 11/01/89: In November, a navigation error aboard the USS Houston (SSN-713) results
in the loss of a sonar device.
Atlantic 11/08/89: A sailor aboard the USS Forrestal (CV-59) is fatally injuredwhen a hatch
falls on him.
Pacific 11/11/89: The USS Kinkaid (DD-965) collides with the Singapore merchant ship Kota
Petani in the Straight of Malacca, killing one U.S. sailor and injuring four crewmembers. Fires
breaks out aboard both ships and the Kota Petani sustains major damage.
Atlantic 11/13/89: A fire on the USS Finback (SSN-670) forces the vessel to cutshort sea trials
and return to port in Norfolk, Virginia. There are no reported injuries and damage is minor.
Atlantic 11/14/89: A fire in the hanger deck of the USS Inchon (LPH-12) injures31 people
while the ship is docked for maintenance in Norfolk,Virginia.
2/18/91 Persian Gulf USS Tripoli (LPH-10) Hit by Iraq mine on starboard bow resulting in 15x20 foot hole in hull
injuring 4 sailors.
2/18/91 Persian Gulf USS Princeton (CG-59) struck 2 Mantra bottom mounted influence mines. Cracked the
hull, jammed the port rudder and damaged starboard shaft. 3 sailors injured.
00/00/00: Undated but after 1964 when it was commissioned -- The USS Von Steuben
(SSBN-632) suffers a reactor scram while the dieselengine is disassembled for maintenance.
Large amounts of electricity are needed for areactor restart, and the battery is exhausted
without restartingthe reactor. The submarine wallows on the surface for at leastseveral hours
as the diesel motor is reassembled by flashlight.
00/00/00: Undated but seemingly in the 1950s or early 1960s -- The USS Nautilus (SSN-571)
suffers an involuntary reactor shutdown which took 24 hours to overcome, during which she
only had steerageway on the surface with her diesel engines.
"And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades."
-- Robert M. Gates, 1996