Turret 2 Damage

The photos in this gallery may be disturbing to some but they are essential in telling the complete story of our shipmates killed in this tragic event. The photo to the right shows Turret 2 in action during the 1972 campaign.

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USS Newport News

Picture by Scott Mason

The News ties up at Nabasan Wharf, Subic Bay. This shot is from the main deck of the
USS Piedmont (AD-17)

T-2

Picture by Scott Mason

A floating crane has been tied up outboard of the News. The 8" barrel has already been removed from turret II and set on the pier. The rifling is now being rigged for removal.

T-2

Picture by Scott Mason

Turret II with her center barrel removed and placed on pier for inspection.

T-2 barrel

Picture by Scott Mason

The rifling from the center gun in Turret II. The inbore detonation happened in this area, notice the extensive damage.

End view of the rifling

Picture by Scott Mason

End view of the rifling from the center gun in Turret II. The inbore projectile detonation happened in this area.

Close-up of the rifling from the center gun

Picture by Scott Mason

Close-up of the rifling from the center gun in Turret II. There appears to be something wedged inside the rifling. When the rifling split it caused the breech of the barrel to break in half. The barrel slid about two or three feet forward on the rifling. From the pier it looked like the barrel had extruded out of the turret like toothpaste.

Looking down the barrel.

Picture by Scott Mason

The 8" barrel from Turret II on the pier next to the Newport News. The premature explosion in the barrel snapped the breech in half. 

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Picture by Scott Mason

Looking down the barrel. Note that the rifling has already been removed. That means the bore is about 10" in diameter, and the broken breech is about
8" thick

Video About the T-2 Tragedy

Shipmate Chuck Zendner presents a video featuring news clips and first hand accounts of the Oct. 1, 1972 tragedy


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