Gun Turret #2 Explosion Investigation

Turret Two Explosion Investigation

Following the terrible explosion in the center gun of Turret Two aboard Newport News, an extensive investigation was began almost immediately.  The Report of that investigation is attached below.  This information was found in the USS Newport News’ Ship’s history file at the Naval History Center the Navy Yard in Washington, DC.  These documents have been declassified.  The various reference documents listed in the report were not available.  Also, any follow recommendations or procedural changes can not be confirmed.

Editors Note:   I have made every effort to transcribe the report in exact detail.  If anyone has additional information or discovers any errors please let me know.

Mike Lanier