National Interest: Why Every Sailor On An Aircraft Carrier Fears Fire More Than Missiles
History reveals why.
Key point: Lots of jet fuel.
A series of collisions involving U.S. Navy destroyers in 2016 and 2017—including two incidents recent tragedies that left sixteen sailors dead—have raised questions as to why the maritime fighting branch appears to be suffering the same accident again and again.
However, it can take time for organizations to learn from mistakes and implement solutions to deal with them. This fact was illustrated when it took no less than three catastrophic fires on U.S. aircraft carriers between 1966 and 1969 that killed more than 200 sailors before major reforms decisively improved safety onboard the giant flat tops. This final article in a three-part series looks at the last incident which occurred on the USS Enterprise.
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WNU Editor: How the USS Enterprise survived eighteen bombs exploding on its deck is an amazing story in itself.