Re: USS Forrestal, 1967
Not to defend, but only to explain what I experienced in my 25 years in the Navy. I too saw the film clip about the Forrestal, attended Navy firefighting school and fought my share of shipboard fires. None as big as the Forrestal Thank God.
I didn't serve on the Forrestal but did serve on another carrier for two cruises off Vietnam, working the flight deck as a catapult electrician. I got to know a lot of pilots during the time I was onboard.
Imagine you are 23-25 years old. Someone just gave you a plane with your name on it that's faster than the speed of sound and can kick almost any other planes butt. You're a better pilot than the Air Force since you can land on a pitching carrier deck, at night, in a storm. And you are a cocky smart-azz. (Think Top Gun) So the fact that McCain was a smart azz isn't surprising. Most young pilots were.
After any incident involving a death or a major $$$ accident the Navy convenes a Board of Review to determine the cause of the accident. This may take months to reach a conclusion. Until then the cause is subject to rumor and speculation.
More than likely people thought McCain hit the firing switch launching the missile. In this instance it was determined by the Board to be a power surge as mentioned above.
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