This trip by far was my worse. (Paragraph is taking from USS Bainbridge CGN-25 history log.)
On 5 September 1990, she arrived in Portsmouth, England, her first visit to the United Kingdom. Next she moved northward to Oslo, Norway and to Wilhelmshaven, Germany. From Wilhelmshaven, she escorted the SS GOPHER STATE and SS FLICKERTAIL STATE, which were carrying nerve gas canisters to be destroyed at an incinerator in the Pacific, all the way to the Galapagos Islands, where she was met by USS TRUXTUN and relieved of her escort duties. During her return to the East Coast, she made a transit through the Panama Canal. BAINBRIDGE celebrated her 28th birthday on the trip north.
What is not said is we went around the horn due to the nerve gas, ran into two storms that collided against each other. We had 20Kts rung up on the engines in order to maintain bare steerage way. Waves so high you could not see the top of them just by looking out the windows on the bridge, you had to bend down and look up, way up. Our surface and air search radar gears were stripped from the wind spinning them around as the boat rocked. (Nobody went up on the mast to put the pin in to secure them.) Nobody was allowed in their bunks for the 36 hours it took us to get around and out of the storm due to falling out and injury. All our HF fan antenna’s were wrapped around each other and we lost two pole antennas. Even after all this we only had one injury on the boat but nobody slept for those 36 hours thinking we may sink.
I HAVE NO CLUE HOW THE GOPHER TAIL AND FLICKERTAIL SURVIVED OR DIDN’T HAVE NERVE GAS ESCAPE KILLING US ALL.