Approved | | Adventure, Drama, War
A new World War 2 destroyer fails its sea trials so it is assigned to mail runs, but the crew ends up having to engage Japanese planes and a submarine anyway.
The USS John Paul Jones in reality was the Benson Class destoyer USS Hobby (DD610). She was primarily used for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) in both the Mediterranean and Pacific theaters. She servived the war, but would eventually be destroyed as a training target in 1972.
Sighted schooners, sank same.
When the Japanese aircraft are shown attacking the JPJ, one of them crashes into the captain's gig breaking it in half. Later, as the crew is abandoning ship, they are seen in the gig. Destroyers carry only one gig.
Opening credits prologue:
Destroyers --"Tin Cans" as they are affectionately called by those who man them -- are the busybodies of the Fleet.
Always looking for trouble -- generally finding it.
Proud little ships because they bear the names of great heroes of the Service and keep alive the fighting traditions of our Navy.