On 20 June 1990 while conducting routine flight operations approximately 125 nautical miles (232 km; 144 mi) northeast of Japan,
USS Midway (CV-41)
was badly damaged by two onboard explosions. These explosions led to a fire that raged more than ten hours. In addition to damage to the ship's hull, two crew members were killed and 9 others were wounded; one of the injured later died of his injuries. All 11 crewmen belonged to an elite fire-fighting team known as the Flying Squad.