- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: A&E Home Video
- DVD Release Date: December 3, 1993
In the late 1980s, the U.S. Navy was in disarray dogged by scandal and plagued by poor training and low morale. Yet during the Gulf War, it was a model of efficiency and effectiveness.
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTS traces the remarkable transformation that saw the Navy dominate the waves during the Gulf War, and revisits some of the troubling incidents of the late '80s that serve as a warning of what might happen again. High-ranking officials including former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger recall the tragic Stark incident, when a Navy frigate patrolling the Gulf before the war was literally caught with its weapons down by an Iraqi fighter.
37 seamen were killed, and the subsequent investigation led to the resignation of most of the Stark's officers. And revisit the death of 5 Turkish officers at the hand of an American crew during NATO exercises.