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    San Diego lashed togther ...

    Unknown personnel, several Fletcher class DD's are in background, in the middle is USS Hailey DD-556, late 1945 in San Diego.
    Photo courtesy of Linda Ayotte-Messner

    I like this photo... gives a good visual for three Square Bridged Fletchers lashed together in San Diego harbor.
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    Duty assignments ..... Main Gage board

    Then and now photos of the Main Gage board.

    Engine Room – Each Engine Room required at least four or five watch standers.

    The watch supervisor in the Forward Engine Room (Main Control) was normally a Chief or First Class Petty Officer of the Machinist’s Mate (MM) rating who served as the Engineering Officer of the Watch (EOOW).

    The EOOW was responsible for overall coordination of the engineering plant, including all communications with the bridge.

    ◾ Watch Supervisor (MMOW)* – In charge of the watch.

    ◾Throttleman * – Operated the main engine throttles in response to orders received from the bridge on the EOT. Each engine room controlled its own throttles. But the After Engine Room was subordinate to Main Control in the Forward Engine Room.

    ◾Lower Level Oiler – Attended auxiliary machinery on the lower level of the engine room

    ◾Messenger – Made rounds, took log readings, made coffee, etc.

    ◾Switchboard Electrician* – One required for each operating generator

    ◾Evaporator Operator* (Forward Engine Room only) – Operated the ship’s distilling plant.
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    Disposing of a Fletcher Class DD .....

    Disposing of U.S. Navy ships

    Many Fletcher-class destroyers were commissioned more than once, usually as a result of the Cold War. Once stricken from the Naval Vessel Register, a ship was never again commissioned by the United States Navy. Here is what the U.S. Navy says about the fate of unwanted warships:


    Navy assets must first be stricken from the Naval Vessel Register before they can be disposed.
    Once stricken their disposition can be by several methods:

    •Scrapping
    •Transfer to U.S. Maritime Administration
    •Foreign transfer
    •Experimental/target
    •Donation
    •Historic memorial
    •Transfer to other government/non-government agencies
    •Navy sale

    The high cost of upkeep plus the copious use of asbestos and other toxic materials meant that most Fletchers were scrapped or intentionally sunk; four remain as floating museums (in Boston; Buffalo, New York; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and near Athens, Greece). Bits and pieces of others are scattered worldwide; for example, one of Hailey’s 5-inch gun turrets is a naval gunnery monument in Brazil, and a 5-inch gun turret from a Chilean Fletcher is displayed in Viña del Mar.
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    Sabotage >>>> ?????

    Doing more reading about DD & DDE Fletchers tonight escorting CV's during the 1950's.
    Discovered this passage about the USS Ranger in Wiki and started to wonder if USN ships are often exposed to "Sabotage"?

    Any feedback?



    "On 27 May 1972, she returned to West Coast operation until 16 November, when she embarked upon her seventh WestPac deployment, which had been delayed four months after Navy fireman E-3 Patrick Chenoweth dropped a heavy paint scraper into a main reduction gear, disabling one of the engines. Chenoweth was charged with "sabotage in time of war", and faced 30 years imprisonment, but was acquitted by a general court-martial. Ranger suffered around two dozen acts of sabotage between 7 June 1972 and 16 October 1972, including the damage to the main reduction gear which caused $800,000 ($4.58 million in 2017) in damage and delayed the ship's return to duty off Vietnam."

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    From Sabotage to Lobster Wars .....

    More discovery of Arleigh Burke's loan of Fletcher DD's to Brazil ...

    Four Brazilian Navy Fletcher - class destroyers and the light cruiser Tamandare (C 12, ex-USS St Louis, CL-49) underway heading northwards in formation, during the so-called Lobster war with France in 1961. The four destroyers are from bottom to top: Paraiba (D 28, ex-USS Bennett (DD-473); Para (D 27, ex-USS Guest, DD-472); Parana (D29, ex-USS Cushing (DD-797) and Pernambuco (D 30,ex-USS Hailey (DD-556). Brazilian Navy photo
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    USS Hailey - refueling ???

    The caption states "Undated, Hailey refueling from the USS ESSex (CV-9) with the USS Enterprise and USS Hornet in the distance."
    This is interpreted as the USS Essex was taking fuel at the same time from an unknown oiler, possibly the USS Platte AO-24... ??
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    How a 600 psi system works ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6MnuIHWAWw

    A 101 lesson on a 600 psi steam system.
    I wish the Good Captain ( Desertwo) was alive to critique this video...
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