U.S. FLEET IN PACIFIC Mountainous Seas Hammer 21 Warships N.Z. Press Association—Copyright Rec. 11 a.m. GUAM, July 13. A severe typhoon struck the United States Third Fleet serving in the Pacific on June 5, and damaged at least 21 warships, according to an announcement by Admiral Nimitz. The ships damaged included two Essex class aircraft-carriers and the new battleships Massachusetts, Indiana and Alabama. The storm tore 100 feet off the bow of the cruiser Pittsburgh, but nobody aboard her was lost or seriously injured. Winds, which reached a velocity of 120 knots, hammered the fleet with mountainous seas, but no vessels were lost. The ships whieh were damaged and returned to action include the carriers Hornet and Bennington, the battleships Massachusetts, Indiana and Alabama, the cruisers San Jacinto and Belleau Wood, the destroyers John Rodgers and Blu, the escort-carrier Bougainville, three other cruisers and seven other destroyers. The Associated Press correspondent'says the Pittsburg returned to Guam for temporary repairs and is at present being refitted at another port. The announcement by Admiral Nimitz does not specify where the typhoon struck the fleet. Presumably it was in the "typhoon cradle," between Okinawa and the Philippines, where unpredictable storms zigzag, generally northward and north-eastward. There is no report of loss of life on any ship. At least four of the damaged ships, the Massachusetts, the Indiana, the San Jacinto and the John Rodgers participated in the carrier-plane strike on Tokyo on Tuesday last.
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TYPHOON DAMAGE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 165, 14 July 1945
TYPHOON DAMAGE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 165, 14 July 1945
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