August 1, 1991
Amazing. Pee-wee Herman gets arrested for doing the same thing people pay to see Madonna do in concert. Neat. RICK DUNKERLY Whittier
June 29, 1991 |
If the United States decides to use military force against suspected Iraqi nuclear operations, it has 50,000 troops, 15 warships and a secret number of planes in the region. Stealth F-117 bombers remain in the Persian Gulf along with F-15, F-16 and F-4 fighter planes, A-10 "tank killers," EF-111 electronic warfare planes and E-3 radar planes, the Defense Department said Friday.
February 22, 1991
The amphibious assault helicopter carrier Tripoli was damaged by mines this week while on a minesweeping operation. The San Diego-based vessel is the flagship of the U.S.-led mine countermeasures group in the Gulf. Can accommodate 20 Sea Knight or 11 Sea Stallion helicopters and up to 4 Harrier jets. Class: Iwo Jima Crew: 686 Length: 600 feet Commissioned: Aug. 6, 1966 Displacement: 18,000 tons, full load.
February 5, 1991
Under the proposed federal budget, the San Diego-based aircraft carrier Ranger is slated to be decommissioned in 1993--a move that will mean a $100-million loss to the city in Navy contracts, services and payroll, Navy officials said. In San Diego, which has traditionally been home port to three carriers, the new budget signaled that the community may have to become accustomed to less. For the ship repair industry, which has suffered tremendous losses in the past decade, the news was sobering.
February 21, 1991
The Silkworm and Exocet missiles in Iraq's arsenal are thought to be particularly deadly to allied warships. With Iraq's air force essentially out of commission, that threat has subsided, but danger remains from land-launched missiles. An even bigger threat is mines. Just this week, two U.S. warships were damaged in the Persian Gulf, including the Princeton, a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser (right). Here is how a ship defends itself. U.
March 2, 1991 |
The wives of the U.S. Navy cruiser Princeton, which encountered an "influence mine" in the northern Persian Gulf and became the only U.S. ship put out of action in the war, are fashioning a huge purple heart to send to the crew of 420. They also are beginning to think about a huge homecoming celebration.