During a test of a new version of a missile, a carrier-based F/A-18 Hornet accidentally fires a missile and destroys an aircraft first described as a North Korean commercial liner in international airspace above the Sea of Japan. Harm, Mac, and Bud investigate aboard the carrier; they discover not only the cause of the unintended firing but also a spy message and the spy. During a confrontation with North Korea, a salvage vessel of the US Navy finds the wreckage of the downed aircraft, which proves to be not a commercial liner. Harm takes another ride in a Tomcat, with an atypical passenger under unusual circumstances. Bud and Harriet continue to build a history together. Written by
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This episode supposedly takes place aboard USS Reprisal (CV-35) - Construction of Reprisal was canceled on August 12, 1945 when 52.3% complete. Launched in 1945 without ceremony to clear the slipway, her hull was utilized in experimental work in the Chesapeake Bay from 1946-48 (mostly to do with bomb damage in magazines). Although inspected during January 1949 with a view to completing her as an attack carrier, the plan was dropped and her hulk was sold on August 2, 1949 to Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, Md. She was scrapped starting in November 1949. See more
The order was given to proceed to the salvage area at flank speed. That speed was then given as 25 knots. USS Reprisal (CV-35), had she been completed, would have been an Essex class carrier with an officially given speed of 33+ knots. See more