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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Riding in a Tin Can

     Tin Can Sailors is a US Navy term used to refer to sailors serving on destroyers. Destroyers are sometimes referred to as greyhounds of the sea. 
     A destroyer is a fast, maneuverable long-endurance warship intended to escort larger vessels in a fleet, convoy or battle group and defend them against smaller powerful short-range attackers. 
     Destroyers are about 500 feet long with a 66 foot beam and a 30 foot draft although the Arleigh Burke-class are actually larger and more heavily armed than most previous destroyers. The big Arleigh Burke–class destroyers might typically burn a minimum of about 1,000 gallons of fuel per hour. At flank speed the average modern US Navy destroyer can travel at flank speed up to about 46 miles per hour for a few hours. 
     Serving on a destroyer can result in some rough rides:

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