Shakedown cruise of Destroyer Escort, USS Frament (DE-677) during World War II
Quincy Massachusetts USA Date:1943 15 Duration:2 min 55 sec Sound:Yes
Destroyer Escort,USS Frament (DE 677) is commissioned during World War 2. Lieutenant Commander S. T. McAdam, Jr., in command, reads his orders to crew assembled on deck. Tug boats move the ship away from the pier. DE-677 underway in shakedown cruise.Officers review daily plans for shakedown cruise. General Quarters alarm is sounded and crew mans battle stations. Gun crews at 1.1 inch, 40mm, and 3 inch guns. Crew members positioned to launch depth charges ("ash cans") , torpedoes, and to fire "hedge hogs" (clusters of bombs). Navy aircraft tows a canvas sleeve target for crew to practice fire against. Antiaircraft gun crews shoot down target.
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