ARMY & NAVY: Fanning Fiasco

ARMY & NAVY

Principal requirements for the ancient ceremony of launching a naval vessel are a bunting-draped platform, a bottle of champagne, an attractive female somehow connected with the ship and a crowd of several hundred to cheer as the craft slips into the water.

None of these items had been forgotten last week by officials of United Shipyards, Inc. as they prepared to launch the 1,500-ton destroyer Fanning they were building at their Staten Island yard for the U. S. Navy at a cost of $4,000,000. When the morning chosen for the launching...

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