In June 1945, a second typhoon (Connie/Viper) struck Halsey's task force during the invasion of Okinawa. A number of Navy patrol aircraft units flew this storm, including VPB-53 flying PBY-5A and PBY-6A Catalinas from Samar. With sustained maximum winds between 80 and 140 mph, this typhoon caused further considerable damage to the Halsey's fleet. Both USS Hornet (CV 12) and USS Bennington (CV 20) lost 25 feet of their forward flight decks. A number of other ships sustained damage, but only six lives were lost.The two storms highlighted the limited ability of contemporary technology to deal with strong storms, but they also spurred the Navy to improve its typhoon/hurricane detection capabilities and invest in cyclone research.
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|Publication:||Naval Aviation News|
|Date:||Sep 22, 2011|
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