ARMED FORCES: Red Lights at the Yardarm

Spruce from a new overhaul, the mighty U.S.S. Missouri—the only active battleship in the U.S. Navy—steamed out of Norfolk last week headed for Caribbean maneuvers. For lean, strong-jawed Captain W. D. Brown, it was the first trip since he took command last December. Just past Old Point Comfort, the Mighty Mo swung to the north of the familiar channel to run a new acoustic range. The Mighty Mo never swung back. With the sickening sensation that only a sailor can know, Captain Brown felt his ship touch bottom. Slowly, majestically, the 57,600 tons of the Mighty Mo slid on...

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