The Ebon Atoll Incident was a horrible military accident that involved the U.S. Navy Missile Cruiser U.S.S. Ebon Atoll being sunk by the U.S. Navy Submarine U.S.S. Interference.
The Ebon Atoll Incident was probably the worst U.S. Navy disaster since World War 2. On the night of December 20th, 2066; the Ebon Atoll had been making patrols off the coasts of southern Alaska to make sure that no Chinese Warships could attack the mainland. However, the U.S. Navy Submarine U.S.S. Interference was also patrolling the area that same night.
The Captain Paul Rooks of the Interference received reports from one of his crew members that they had found a enemy vessel on the radar. The Captain said to national newspapers that he had some doubts about firing on the vessel, saying that his second-in-command thought it would be best to fire on the vessel.
At that same time, the Ebon Atoll was said to have also gotten reports of another vessel in the area, but knowing that it was already a friendly vessel from map logs of patrols in the area.. The captain of the Ebon Atoll tried to contact the Interference, but the sub's radio equipment was not working at that time. This worried the captain of the Ebon Atoll, who contacted the nearest naval base in the Northwest Commonwealth.
At the approximately at 2349 hundred hours, the Interference fired on the Ebon Atoll with a nuclear torpedo, hitting it directly in the hull and killing all four hundred crew members on board. The captain of the Interference had tried, minutes ago before the torpedo launch, to see if the vessel was a friendly or foe. Unfortunately the water had been covered with a thick fog, which blocked the captain's porthole. As many as one hundred and ten people died when the nuclear torpedo hit the hull of the Ebon Atoll.
When the Interference returned to port, the Office of Naval Intelligence began to search the crew members of the Interference for any information about the incident. ONI eventually released a report to the Admiral Moss of the Northwest Commonwealth, saying that the U.S.S. Interference had accidentally fired on the Ebon Atoll; but most likely occurred because of Captain Rooks failure to have the Interference's radio equipment fixed. Captain Rooks would be later honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy, and a new series of Naval regulations would be enacted to make sure another Ebon Atoll Incident would never occur.