Storm Center: The USS Vincennes and Iran Air Flight 655

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The captain of the USS Vincennes and his wife provide a full, and personal account of the downing of Iranian Air flight 655 and the upheaval that followed.
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The captain of the USS Vincennes and his wife provide a full, and personal account of the downing of Iranian Air flight 655 and the upheaval that followed.
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The tale here is as old as the sea: a sailor at risk, his family at home, constantly worrying. But this husband/wife book then plunges into a technoemotional history of the 1988 downing of an Iranian passenger plane by an AEGIS cruiser. Making disjunctive jumps between the cruiser's metaelectronics and the sailor's all-too- human feelings of duty, remorse, and fear, the authors sail a difficult course. Captain Rogers argues his case: Harassed by gunboats and aircraft, his mindset becomes ``Don't take the first shot'' but shoot first. His wife's travails are of another world until their family van is bombed. The story exposes the frailty of the man-machine relationship, but the reader must judge the events themselves.-- John Yurechko, Georgetown Univ., Washington, D.C.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781557507273
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1992
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.05 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2003

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    Capt. Carlson of the USS Sides was a deadbeat officer in charge of a ship whose CIC team was less than average with an axe to grind against the CIC team of the Vincennes. The Sides received notoriety after redirecting a departing commercial aircraft (from Qatar) into the approach traffic resulting in a near mid-air collision of 2 airliners in the weeks leading up to the 'downing' of flight 655. The sides crew challenged this aircraft warning continuously that they were in grave danger if they were to continue on their flight path (within the departure air corridor). Other incidents such as bad or old data reported on the network resulted in banishment by the theater commander (Vincennes) for degrading the overall integrity/reliability of the aurface/air contacts. This prompted the renegade Sides crew to blurt out 'Robo Cruiser' onto radio circuits. Anyway, Carlson was an idiot with whom the press latched onto as the voice of reason and as a reliabel info source. Puh...leaze!

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