Navy Probes Ammunition Storage At Yorktown
The investigation was ordered by the c Ray Ban Wayfarer hief of naval operations, Adm. Trost, following the Navy’s probe into the April 19 fatal explosions aboard the USS Iowa. The explosions involved powder bag ammunition stored improperly at Yorktown last summer.Navy officials have said the storage of the powder bag charges on uncooled barges on the York River during the heat of summer did not affect the stability of the explosives or contribute to the blasts that killed 47 sailors in the Iowa’s 16 inch gun turret No. 2.High temperatures can speed decomposition of the explosives and significantly decrease their “shelf life,” or time the explosives can be used safely.Capt. George G. Black, weapons station spokesman.Seven civilian employees from various naval weapons Ray Ban Wayfarer activities also are aiding in the audit at the station to make sure methods and procedures used comply with Navy policy and regulations.Since the Iowa explosions, the station has changed the way it stores 16 inch gun ammunition by moving it to on shore magazines.More than 2,000 bags of nitrocellulose based propellant were removed from the Iowa for testing in May.Last summer, the charges had been stored for five months on barges, which were not air conditioned, while the Iowa underwent routine repairs at Norfolk Naval Shipyard.Temperatures that summer reached into the 90s, with temperatures inside the barges most likely reaching 125 degrees, the Navy has said.Under Navy safety regulations, the propellant charges for the 16 inch guns should ideally be kept at 70 degrees to minimize decomposition of the nitrocellulose.The powder bags taken from the Iowa should have had a shelf life of 12 years left, but due to storage on the uncooled barges, that time was cut to 10 years, Navy officials have said.A Navy report on the Iowa explosions relea Ray Ban Wayfarer sed in September said th Ray Ban Wayfarer e 47 sailors were killed when, during the loading of the turret’s center gun, five 94 pound bags of the propellant prematurely ignited.Although the Navy’s report said the cause of the explosions would never be conclusively known, the explosions were “most probably” the result of a deliberate detonation by an Iowa gunner’s mate, Petty Officer 1st Class Clayton Hartwig, the report said.