December 12, 1989 |
The skipper of the battleship Iowa on Monday refused to endorse the Navy's official conclusion that Petty Officer Mate Clayton M. Hartwig probably caused the April 19 gun turret blast that killed Hartwig and 46 other sailors. Capt. Fred P. Moosally, in his first public testimony since the devastating blast, said he believed the explosion was a deliberate act of sabotage, but he said that he was not qualified to support the Navy's belief that Hartwig was responsible.
December 6, 1989 |
The U.S. battleship Iowa, damaged earlier this year by an explosion that killed 47 sailors, will return to the Norfolk Naval Station on Thursday, the Navy announced. The ship, returning from a six-month deployment in the Mediterranean Sea, is to arrive only days before scheduled congressional hearings into the April 19 explosion. A Senate Armed Services subcommittee will take testimony from Capt. Fred P. Moosally, the commanding officer. A House panel also will conduct hearings.
January 5, 1990 |
Medals were presented to 13 crewmen of the battleship Iowa for their bravery in rescue work last April after a gun turret exploded, killing 47 sailors. Capt. Fred P. Moosally, who presented the medals aboard the vessel at Norfolk, Va., said the men "saved their ship and allowed us to recover our shipmates in the turret." He praised his crew for quickly extinguishing a raging fire in the turret that could have set off more explosives. Altogether, 43 Iowa personnel have or will receive awards.
October 5, 1989 |
The Navy took punitive disciplinary action Wednesday against two officers of the battleship Iowa for deficiencies found after an explosion that killed 47 men. It also admonished the captain and operations officer. All four, charged with dereliction of duty, went before an admiral's mast, a non-judicial form of inquiry, for lax procedures found during the Navy's investigation into the ship's gun blast April 19.
May 25, 1990 |
Congressional investigators said today that their tests did not support the Navy's finding that sabotage caused the explosion that killed 47 sailors aboard the battleship Iowa. The congressional report, which came a day after the Navy reopened its investigation into the disaster, said the explosion could have resulted from gunpowder bags in the ship's guns being rammed at "higher than normal speeds."
December 8, 1989 |
The battleship Iowa sailed into its home port Thursday, greeted by cheers from friends and relatives of the sailors after the battleship's first major deployment since an April explosion killed 47 crew members. "The big stick is back," said Capt. Fred P. Moosally, the Iowa's commanding officer, referring to the World War II-era dreadnought. The ship and its crew of 1,500, completing an accident-free six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea, slid into its berth at the Norfolk Naval Station.