U.S. Navy warships engaged in exercises and maneuvers to maintain readiness in 1940.
United States USA Date:1940 Duration:4 min 14 sec Sound:Yes
Film opens showing two U.S. Navy Colorado-class battleships leading two others in a line of U.S. Navy battleships underway in a harbor area. Glimpse of officers on bridge of a battleship. Prow of ship creating wake. Variety of U.S. warships engaged in tactical exercise maneuvers. Several views of Mahon-class destroyers leading the fleet seaward in battle order. At TC: 1:54, USS California (BB-44) is seen from port side while underway. Next, Curtiss SOC Seagull observation planes are launched from warships and fly over the fleet in flights of three each. New Mexico class battleship underway at TC: 02:20. The USS Tennessee (BB-43) is seen at TC: 2:25. Closeups of observation aircraft in flight with pilots visible. The USS Aylwin (DD-355) seen around 2:45, then the USS Farragut (DD-348), the USS Case (DD-370), and the USS Monaghan (DD-354). Sailors astern on a destroyer launch depth charges. Wickes-class
4-stack destroyers on the horizon dropping depth charges. Closeup of ashcan depth charges rolling off stern of destroyer. New Mexico class battleships maneuvering.
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