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The Hull

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Photo courtesy Tom LaBeau circa 1957-1960

USS Strong (DD-758)

Sumner Class Destroyer

dp. 2,200; l 376'6"; b. 40'10"; dr. 14'5"; s. 34.2 k.; cpl. 345; a. 4'5",
12 40mm., 20 20mm., 2 dep., 5 21" tt.; cl. Allen M. Sumner)

The second Strong (DD-758) was laid down on 25 July 1943 by Bethlehem
Steel Corp. of San Francisco, Calif.; launched on 23 April 1944;
sponsored by Mrs. Hobart Olson; and commissioned on 8 March 1945,
Commander C.M. Howe in command.

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Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization (FRAM) II
(Ref: Janes Fighting Ships)

Builder : Bethlehem Steel works in San Fransisco

Displacement: 2,200 tons (3,320 tons Full Load)

Length: 376.5 feet
Beam: 40.9 feet
Draft: 19.0 feet

Machinery: 4 Babcock & Wilcox boilers, two-shaft G.E.C. geared turbines
Performance: 60,000 shp for 34 knots
Range: 3,300 nautical miles at 20 knots
Bunkerage: 504 tons

Guns: Six 5 inch 38 caliber dual purpose

ASW Weapons: Two triple torpedo launchers (Mk 32) mounted between the stacks, Two ahead-firing hedgehogs, Two drone Anti-submarine helicopters (DASH)

Complement: 274 (14 officers, 260 enlisted men)

Electronics: SQS-29 Hull-mounted Sonar, SPS-40 Search Radar, SPS-10 Search Radar

There were 32 ships which were extensively modernized under the FRAM II program. These were all Sumner class destroyers. Nw ASW torpedo launchers were installed as were facilities for operating ASW helicopters and variable depth sonar (VDS).

The machinery was overhauled, new electronic equipment installed, and living and working areas were rehabilitated.

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