(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Report introduced.
(DC: John McWethy) Explosion inside gun turret aboard battleship USS Iowa during training exercises in Atlantic Ocean near Puerto Rico reported; details given of events during reloading operations; scenes shown from ship; animation shown. [President BUSH - calls it a terrible tragedy.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings ) History of USS Iowa and its class of ships featured; armor plating of gun turrets on this kind of ship explained; historical films shown. Modernization of battleships discussed; use of USS New Jersey in 1983 in support of United States Marines in Lebanon recalled. Minor collision of two other ships taking part in training exercises mentioned.