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Peril on the Sea

The Navy's control of the sea did not come cheaply even in peacetime. Throughout the Cold War, operations in the harsh maritime environment were accompanied by serious losses of Sailors, ships, and aircraft. Hull implosions destroyed submarines USS Thresher (SSN 593) and USS Scorpion (SSN 589) with all hands. Collisions at sea, aircraft accidents, and fires killed hundreds of Sailors.

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play videoDon't Give Up The Ship (2002):  This documentary, part of the U.S Navy Heritage Mini-Series, recalls the heroic damage control efforts of sailors throughout the Navy's history. It includes coverage of the kamikaze attack on USS Franklin (CV-13), the deadly fire on board USS Forrestal (CV-59), the damage to USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58) from a mine explosion, and the terrorist attack on USS Cole (DDG-67). The series was produced by Empire Media Group, in conjunction with the Naval History and Heritage Command and the Naval Historical Foundation.

play videoThe Melbourne-Evans Incident (released 1975):  In the darkness of early morning on June 3, 1969, destroyer USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754) collided with the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne (R21) in a joint exercise in the South China Sea, resulting in the loss of 74 lives. This 1975 Navy training film recreates the events surrounding the collision. Names of the officers involved in the collision have been changed. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photographic Section, UMO-40.

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