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.
After the destroyer is disabled and the engines are out, repeated references are made to the Japanese sub maintaining "sound contact". However, a ship "dead in the water" would normally make insufficient noise to be heard. Active sonar would be required. Destroyers often went "dead in the water" when prosecuting a sub contact.
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.
Check out our guide to the Golden Globes, see what IMDb editors are watching, and more.