USS Hassayampa (AO-145) USNS Hassayampa (T-AO 145)

USS Hassayampa (AO-145)
United States Navy
15 April 1955 - 17 November 1978

Home Port Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

USNS Hassayampa (T-AO 145)
Military Sealift Command
17 November 1978 - 2 October 1991

*************                                                                                                        "Cashmere Delta"
*************                                                                                                           "Humpin' Hass"
*************                                                                                          "Finest Oiler in the Fleet, she was."

Operation Dominic Ship Placement Maps
depicting "shots" Chama, Housatonic, Checkmate, Bluegill Triple Prime and Kingfish.
(last updated December 5, 2007)

(Click on images to enlarge to original sizes and identify USS Hassayampa position during blasts)



Checkmate Bluegill Triple Prime


Operation Dominic 1962     Operation Dominic
Atomic Veterans History Project


Where to Go For Information and Help

Veterans concerned about their exposure to radiation and its possible long-term health consequences

  -- nearly every VA medical center offers the VA’s Ionizing Radiation Registry health examination. Veterans who were exposed to radiation during their military service are encouraged to participate in this voluntary program. Call the nearest VA medical center for an appointment. The telephone number should be included in your local telephone directory under the "U.S. Government" listings. VA medical centers have designated an Environmental Health Clinician and an Environmental Health Coordinator. The Clinician performs (or supervises) the registry examination; the Coordinator is responsible for handling the administrative aspects of the program. For general information about VA health benefits and enrollment in the VA health care system, call 1-877-222-8387. Veterans are not required to enroll in the system in order to receive the registry examination. To find out who the Environmental Health Coordinator and Clinician are, a veteran can contact the nearest VA medical center.

Veterans who need prompt medical treatment for conditions that may be related to their exposure to radiation during military service

  – contact the nearest VA medical center for eligibility information and possible medical treatment. Atomic veterans seeking care solely for health problems associated with exposure to radiation have been assigned to category six in the enrollment priorities system. Call the number above for information on this subject.

Veterans with illnesses incurred in or aggravated by exposure to radiation or some other aspect of military service

  – contact a VA veterans services representative (VSR) at the nearest VA regional office or health care facility and apply for disability compensation. The national toll-free telephone number for information regarding VA benefits is 1-800-827-1000. Also, VA applications are available on the Internet at

Veterans who encounter difficulties at a VA medical center

  – contact the Patient Advocate or Patient Representative at that facility for assistance in resolving the problem.


Representatives of various Veteran Service Organizations, including The American Legion (1-800-433-3318,, Paralyzed Veterans of America (1-800-424-8200, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (1-800-VFW-1899,, Disabled American Veterans (1-877-426-2838,, National Association of Atomic Veterans (, and others have been very helpful to veterans exposed to radiation who are seeking disability compensation. The email address for the National Association of Atomic Veterans (NAAV) is NAAV Commander William A. Harper’s is His telephone number is 480-895-0676. NAAV Vice Commander Robert M. Campbell Jr. is Mr. Campbell’s telephone number is 610-596-2234. (These organizations are cited as examples. There are many other very helpful organizations. VA does not endorse or recommend any specific group over another.)

Country and State Veteran Service Officers also have been of great help to many military veterans.




Veteran Health Registries

Certain veterans can participate in a VA health registry and receive free medical examinations, including laboratory and other diagnostic tests deemed necessary by an examining clinician. VA maintains health registries to provide special health examinations and health-related information. To participate, contact the nearest VA health care facility or visit



Bronchio-alveolar carcinoma (a rare lung cancer)

Cancer of the bile ducts

Cancer of the bone

Cancer of the brain

Cancer of the breast

Cancer of the colon

Cancer of the esophagus

Cancer of the gall bladder

Cancer of the small intestine

All forms of leukemia except chronic lymphocytic leukemia

Primary liver cancer

Cancer of the lung

Lymphomas (except Hodgkin’s disease)

Multiple myeloma

Cancer of the ovary

Cancer of the pancreas

Cancer of the pharynx

Cancer of the salivary gland

Cancer of the stomach

Cancer of the thyroid

Cancer of the urinary tract (kidneys, renal pelvis, ureter, urinary bladder and urethra)





All cancers

Posterior subcapsular cataracts

Non-malignant thyroid nodular disease

Parathyroid adenoma

Tumors of the brain and central nervous system


Additional Reading and References: (you will find much more within these links)



Posted on: Sunday, July 2, 2006

Nuclear tests

By Mike Gordon
Honolulu Star Advertiser Staff Writer

The detonation of a 3.8 megaton warhead over Johnston Island in 1958 produced a fireball that lit up Honolulu. The tests at Johnston Island continued until late 1962.

Advertiser library photo

Hawai'i residents were shoved into the nuclear age without warning when the United States detonated a hydrogen bomb over Johnston Island that was visible in Honolulu, some 800 miles away. It was the first of a dozen similar tests in the 1950s and 1960s.

The blast on Aug. 1, 1958 — code-named Teak Redstone — was accomplished by sending a 3.8 megaton warhead to an altitude of 48.3 miles and detonating it at 12:50 a.m. But the flash awakened and terrified so many people — "many were emotionally disturbed by the phenomenon," Gov. William Quinn told military commanders — that advance notice was given for the next blast 11 days later.

The second blast, on Aug. 12, 1958, was greeted by anything but panic.

Thousands of residents found good locations along O'ahu's coast to view the explosion. They packed snacks and held "atomic parties" with the blast as the highlight.

Months later, the power of the two stratospheric nuclear explosions was detailed for the first time.

They were blamed for disrupting radio communications so severely that airplanes were grounded throughout the Pacific. Planes flying to Honolulu were told to stay in touch through plane-to-plane relays over channels that were not affected. Animals 300 miles away were blinded.

The blasts also left a toxic legacy on Johnston Island, which had been a national wildlife refuge since 1926.

On June 20, 1962, Starfish, a Thor missile with a nuclear warhead, was blown up over Johnston when it failed one minute after launch. Metal parts and debris fell back onto the island, injuring personnel on the ground. A month later, on July 25, a launch dubbed Bluegill Prime was destroyed on the launch pad, scattering radioactive material.

The tests continued until November 1962.

One of the last explosions was seen by a Hawaiian Airlines pilot flying over Diamond Head on Nov. 2, 1962. The night sky lit up like dawn, he said.

"An unbelievable rising sunset ... ," said pilot Richard Barcheski, "... a churning orange center crusted with fire ... the rainbow etched in a frightening arc ... then a lavender-white end to everything."



Photograph taken from Honolulu, Hawaii during the evening of July 9, 1962 when the U.S. Starfish Event took place.[8] This event consisted of a 1.4 megaton device detonated at an altitude of 400 km at a distance of 800 nautical miles from Honolulu

If anybody would care to add any information to this page
please contact the webmaster at
Thank You!


free hit counter