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Trial by Fire: The Disaster on USS Forrestal at 50  

Trial by Fire: The Disaster on USS Forrestal at 50  

On July 29, 1967, a Zuni rocket aboard USS Forrestal (CV-59) fired unexpectedly and ignited a series of explosions that sparked a fire that burned for the better part of a day. The fire killed 134 sailors and injured 161. The following is a 1973 U.S. Navy documentary Trial by Fire that recounts the actions of the crew that saved the ship 50 years ago. Read More

Sunk, Scrapped or Saved: The Fate of America’s Aircraft Carriers

Sunk, Scrapped or Saved: The Fate of America’s Aircraft Carriers

USS Constellation (CV-64). US Navy Photo

USS Constellation (CV-64). US Navy Photo

American aircraft carriers at their peak are the queens of the high seas, outclassing even America’s nearest peer competitors. They’re the anchors of U.S. seapower, and have a commensurate price tag, costing billions of dollars to build and thousands of sailors to man.

But even the proudest ships outlive their military usefulness — and sometimes they’re barely worth the trouble to tear them down. Read More