Casualties Of Peace

The Navy checks its safety and finds some faulty gear

After the Navy suffered a string of peacetime casualties in recent weeks from shipboard fires, collisions and plane crashes that left ten dead and 71 injured, it was ready for an unprecedented step. For two days last week, the Navy conducted a service-wide "stand-down." Though essential functions such as drug interdiction and Persian Gulf ship movements continued, the service halted all routine operations for two days while every officer and sailor reviewed safety procedures.

The Navy's problems with safety may not all be a matter of preparedness among its crews. TIME has learned that the Naval Investigative Service is looking into...

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