USS Belknap (CG 26)

USS Belknap (CG 26) (HMNDD)

Location: Norfolk, VA 23510
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 50.919', W 76° 17.664'

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On 22 November 1975, the cruiser USS Belknap (CG 26) collided with the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) during night maneuvers in the Ionian Sea. As the carrier's overhanging flight deck sheared off Belknap's superstructure, Kennedy's refueling lines were ruptured. Thousands of gallons of aviation fuel poured onto Belknap, erupting into a raging inferno.
Belknap's crew, aided by the USS Claude V. Ricketts (DDG 5) and USS Bordelon (DD 881) battled fires and exploding munitions for over six hours to save Belknap.
Seven Belknap sailors and one Kennedy sailor lost their lives.
Placed ByThis memorial is dedicated by their Belknap shipmates
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Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 1:12pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 384598 N 4078864
Decimal Degrees36.84865000, -76.29440000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 50.919', W 76° 17.664'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 50' 55.14" N, 76° 17' 39.84" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 401-499 Elizabeth River Trail, Norfolk VA 23510, US
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