A Scuttled Aircraft Carrier?

A post at Wired today about anarchist Elliott Madison’s legal troubles stemming from the Pittsburgh G20 protests includes a link to a book Madison and some accomplices – the “Curious George Collective” – wrote a few years ago called Anarchy in the Age of Dinosaurs. I remember hearing about this book when it came out a couple years ago, but I hadn’t ever actually read it, until today.

It’s… how shall I put this? Pretty typical anarchist fare, really. It’s pretty clearly meant for an anarchist audience; it’s more of a motivational tool than a recruiting one. Most of the contents aren’t particularly revolutionary, though it’s better edited than most anarchist publications.

There are a lot of things I could say about the contents of the book, but nobody really cared what a fat, pseudonymous blogger has to say about an old tome of anarchist scribblings.

However, there was one bit that caught my eye…

In amid a bit about how the “fragging” of officers during the Viet Nam war did more to end the conflict than a hundred antiwar marches ever did, there’s this tantalizing little bit (on page 88, or thereabouts) about how sailors supposedly sabotaged an aircraft carrier to such an extent that it had to be scuttled in San Francisco harbor.

Now, I can think of a couple of incidents of sabotage aboard aircraft carriers – and I can even think of one which halted the deployment of an aircraft carrier (the destruction of the main propeller drive gear by insertion of foreign matter), but I can’t recall any that involved the scuttling of an aircraft carrier – let alone destroying computers with saltwater or “flooding the ballast holds”.

A bunch of Google searches and some trawling through Wikipedia later, I still don’t know anything about any aircraft carriers that were scuttled as a result of sabotage, at San Francisco or elsewhere.

Now, I’m not going to be all capitalist-oppressor-military-industrial-complex-supporter and just automatically assume that Madison and the Curious George Collective, you know, have no respect for truth and honesty whatsoever, because that would be mean and hurtful and things of that sort.

But, the way I look at it, either:

1, an aircraft carrier with over a thousand people on board really was scuttled because of sabotage, but it proved so embarrassing to the government that it’s been successfully covered up to this day; or

2, an aircraft carrier with over a thousand people on board really was scuttled because of sabotage, and it proved so embarrassing that people know about it but never talk or write about it; or

3, it never actually happened and Elliott Madison and friends are just making shit up.

So, to resolve this entertaining little conundrum, I’d love to hear from anyone who can provide details and preferably sources for the sabotage and subsequent scuttling of an American aircraft carrier during the war in Viet Nam.

Anyone?

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