NAVY: 40 More Tin Cans

By any standard—speed, range, comfort, power—the U. S. Navy's new destroyers (1,500-1,650 tons) are as much superior to the 50 "tin cans" given to Great Britain in the bases deal as a 1941 Cadillac limousine is to a 1908 Maxwell roadster. Yet the Navy was sorry to see its 50 old four-pipers go. They were pesky, hard-sledding, pitched and rolled in any kind of sea with the unpredictable ill humor of a sunfishing mustang. But they were ships. They were reasonably fast (around 35 knots) and they could still make it hot for submarines. Also they were invaluable for training....

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