In February I was asked by Proceedings to review the Navy’s report of investigation into the USS Iowa (BB-61) disaster of April 1989. The objective was to gain an experienced naval officer’s professional opinion of the investigation report. The objective was not to conduct a second investigation, nor was I to conduct extensive interviews, examine evidence, or in any other way attempt to duplicate the investigation.
Editor’s Note: Report consists of: Rear Admiral Richard D. Milligan, U.S. Navy, Investigation to inquire into the explosion in Number Two turret on board USS IOWA (BB-61) which occurred in the vicinity of the Puerto Rico operating areas on or about 19 April 1989; report of, 15 July 1989, with endorsements as follows: Commander Naval Surface Forces, Atlantic, 28 July 1989; Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, 11 August 1989; Chief Of Naval Operations, 31 August 1989, and supplemented by Rear Admiral Richard D. Milligan, U.S. Navy Supplemental Report, 9 November 1989. The basic investigation report was supplemented by the Technical Report of Captain Joseph D. Miceli, U.S. Navy, Director Technical Support Team, Naval Sea Systems Command (NavSea-06X), 12 May 1989, with addenda of 19 May, 25 May, 9 June, 22 June 1989, and Final Technical Report, 27 October 1989.