Were You Looking for Me?

Ritchie, Robert T.
February 2004
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Feb2004, Vol. 130 Issue 2, p79
Conference Proceeding
The article presents the author's narration of an incident while he was posted on a naval ship, Noa (DD-841) that was assigned to plane guard duty off Jacksonville, Florida. They were to keep station a little astern of an aircraft carrier, a short distance to her starboard, while aviators practiced carrier landings. One midwatch, a cacophony broke loose when the general quarters alarm was sounding, as was the collision alarm, and they starting lifting safeties. The ship was dead in the water. After a lot of confusion they launched in the supposed direction of the fallen plane.


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