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14 January 1969, in Hawaiian waters — The massive fire started when
a Zuni rocket accidentally exploded under the wing of an F-4.
The heat from truck next to plane, had heated up the rocket. Some of
the subsequent 18 explosions were 500-lb. bombs cooking of in
multiples, leaving 20-foot holes in the armored flight deck. Losses
totalled 28 dead, 343 wounded, and 15 aircraft destroyed.
(Thanks to Stan Osterbauer)
USS Rogers was awarded the
Meritorious Unit Commendation....................................Richard
| CORTES BANK ENCOUNTER
On 2 November 1985 the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise struck the Cortes Bank reef about one mile east of Bishop Rock during exercises, putting a 40-foot (12 m) gash in her outer hull on the port (left) side, and damaged 3 of 4 propellers. She continued operations then went into dry dock at Hunter's Point Shipyard in San Francisco for repairs.
On 2 November, while operating south southwest of San diego, ENTERPRISE struck a portion of “Bishop Rock.” After evaluation of the damages caused to the hull, ENTERPRISE continued scheduled training, returning to alameda on 23 November. http://www.history.navy.mil/shiphist/e/cvn-65/1985.pdf
Dept: provided safety boat service for divers inspecting
damage followinf ENTERPRISE’S grounding on 2 November.
#1 screw received extensive damage as a result of the 2 November
28 NOV 85 – 31 DEC 85 DRYDOCK Hunter’s Point Shipyard.
STRIKE OPERATION CENTER:On 2 November, while operating off San diego, ENTERPRISE was involved in a grounding incident in the vicinity of “Bishop Rock.” Following a one day stand down to assess the damage to the ship, ENTERPRISE continued with ORE.
To former carrier USS Enterprise CV-6