1967 USS Forrestal fire
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, after an unusual electrical anomaly discharged a Zuni rocket
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on the flight deck
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. Forrestal was engaged in combat operations in the Gulf of Tonkin
Gulf of Tonkin
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during the Vietnam War
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at the time, and the damage exceeded US$
United States dollar
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72 million (equivalent to $ million today) not including damage to aircraft.
Forrestal had departed Norfolk
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in early June.