Explosion Aboard the USS Iowa

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ISBN: 1557508100

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A scientific detective story about the cause of a gun turret explosion that occurred on board the battleship USS Iowa during a training exercise on 19 April 1989. Forty-seven seamen died when one of the 16-inch turret guns exploded after misfiring. This the report of a congressionally-ordered independent investigation. Schwoebel, More »

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ISBN: 1557508100

A scientific detective story about the cause of a gun turret explosion that occurred on board the battleship USS Iowa during a training exercise on 19 April 1989. Forty-seven seamen died when one of the 16-inch turret guns exploded after misfiring. This the report of a congressionally-ordered independent investigation. Schwoebel, a noted physicist with the Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico (one of the USDOE labs in the US nuclear complex) assembled a team that painstakingly, carefully, and with the highest scientific standards ferreted out crucial clues and bits of data. Schwoebel not only debunks the Navy's assertion that the explosion was the work of a suicidal sailor, he also presents compelling evidence of safety irregularities that should produce change. He also provides a strong case against self-assessments in any branch of the military, expresses concerns about the indiscriminate release of unsubstantiated information from unidentified sources, and wonders about the need for changes in military law that relate to due process for deceased service personnel. Fascinating reading.

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