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.
August 29, 1991 |
Scientists may never be able to prove whether the 1989 explosion aboard the battleship Iowa was accidental or an act of sabotage, congressional investigators said Wednesday. The investigators for the first time gave the statistical probability that the explosion was an accident: perhaps one chance in 16. In its initial investigation, the Navy concluded that the explosion "most probably" was set off intentionally by Gunner's Mate Clayton M.
October 17, 1991 |
The Navy is prepared to apologize for saying that a lone sailor could have caused the April, 1989, blast that claimed 47 lives aboard the battleship Iowa, Pentagon sources said Wednesday. Adm. Frank B. Kelso, the chief of naval operations, is expected to make the announcement at a Pentagon briefing today, based on a new report on the huge explosion that ripped through a gun turret aboard the vessel.
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.
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.
September 6, 1989
The Navy's long-awaited report into the battleship Iowa explosion that claimed 47 lives will point to the "probability" that human intervention may have touched off the explosion, but will not cite a specific reason for the blast, defense officials said. Top Navy officials plan to formally release their report Thursday. It culminates a more than four-month investigation into the April 19 tragedy, when powder exploded in the battleship's No.