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    DD or EDDE ....

    No matter the USN classification.... she's still a Fletcher!
    With a 175 built there had to be some experimentation with the design.
    War surplus or otherwise it's a great ship to test stuff on.

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    BP wrote -
    or otherwise it's a great ship to test stuff on
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    Yes - they did quite the yeoman's job for the naval development thru the years. In fact, STODDARD (DD-566) was the LAST of the FLETCHER class to see service in any capacity serving as a PHALANX test bed in the mid-70s and again in the early '80s before being sunk in a SEAL op in 1997 off Hawaii. She helped prove the viability of that CWIS system.

    Hank

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    Blidge, I was recently given a collection of original photos from a family member that were done by PMC Paul Madden on board the Essex during the war. Amongst the collection is one from "the typhoon" that looks like the previous posting and one of Cassin Young. I am sure there are a number of other Fletchers in there and I will search them out for you.

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    Love those photos.....

    Quote Originally Posted by SlaterDoc View Post
    Blidge, I was recently given a collection of original photos from a family member that were done by PMC Paul Madden on board the Essex during the war. Amongst the collection is one from "the typhoon" that looks like the previous posting and one of Cassin Young. I am sure there are a number of other Fletchers in there and I will search them out for you.

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    Doc,

    Those photos are great!
    Especially the large format imagines of the DD running close to the CV.
    Sounds as if you have stumbled into a nice gold mine of history!!

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    Record holder......

    On this date October 19th 1944 at 01:33 the USS Ross DD-563 struck an underwater mine and at 01:55 struck a second one. Casualties 23 killed.

    The Ross is the only ship in U.S. Naval history to survive two underwater mine explosions.
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    This guy .......

    Its the end of October 1944.....
    This fellow has a plan.....
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    October 21..... 73 years ago ....

    Quote Originally Posted by blidgepump View Post
    Its the end of October 1944.....
    This fellow has a plan.....
    The IJN is on the move 71 years ago ... Centre Force Sorties from Brunei ( Lower Right photo.

    The formidable First Strike Force "A" and "B," was comprised of thirty-two front-line warships. From their training location near Singapore, these two groups transited together to the Philippine Sea via the Sibuyan Sea and San Bernardino Strait.

    Admiral Toyoda, Commander of the Combined Fleet, placed his trust in seasoned warrior VADM Takeo Kurita to command First Strike Force. Under his experienced guidance, First Strike Force was to lead the Japanese Navy back on the road to victory during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. He had under his command five battleships in two divisions:

    "Opponent at Samar"
    October 25, 1944
    Vice Admiral Takeo Kurita, Imperial Japanese Navy
    First Strike Force "A" and "B" later designated as Centre Force

    "BY HEAVEN-SENT OPPORTUNITY WE ARE DASHING TO ATTACK THE ENEMY CARRIERS"

    Radio communiqué between VADM Takeo Kurita, IJN and the Imperial GHQ upon issuing the order "General Attack" against Taffy III
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    Bull Halsey took the bait.....

    The battle of Samar (25 October 1944) was the nearest the Japanese came to success during the battle of Leyte Gulf and saw a powerful Japanese battleship force come close to destroying a force of American escort carriers.

    The Japanese realised that an American invasion of the Philippines or of Formosa would cut their Empire in half and prevent vital supplies reaching the Home Islands from the south part of the empire. They decided to try and fight the 'decisive battle' of the war wherever the Americans attacked next. If the Americans attacked the Philippines then the Japanese hoped to use the scattered elements of their fleet in a coordinated attack that might allow them to get at the vulnerable invasion fleet. In the final version of the plan Admiral Ozawa's carriers, coming from Japan, were to drag the US 3rd Fleet away from the invasion beaches in Leyte Gulf, allowing three other Japanese fleets to advance through the central Philippines to attack the invasion fleets.

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