Accession Number:

AD0367467

Title:

OPERATION CROSSROADS. U.S.S. SKIPJACK (SS 184). TEST BAKER. VOLUME 1

Descriptive Note:

Technical inspection rept.

Corporate Author:

JOINT TASK FORCE ONE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1947-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

151.0

Abstract:

It is apparent that the SHIPJACK was subjected to a pressure wave of great severity. It is believed that reflections caused local peaks of even higher pressure. The circular hull is more resistant to such an attack than non-circular hull. The non-circular parts of the ships were damaged to such an extent that a complete collapse must have been imminent. Despite these severe distortions, the structural welding was almost 100 intact and only the forward torpedo room would have flooded had there been no failure of fittings. From damage to the SHIPJACK and also to the APOGON, it is concluded that the lethal range of an underwater explosion of an atom bomb of the type used in test B is in the order of 950 yards. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Submarine Engineering
  • Nuclear Weapons

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE