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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian18 Apr 2022 5:55 a.m. PST

But the damage to the hull is not a surprise. All of the vessels at the Naval Park have leaks, Branning said. A certified diver, he worked in the water plugging about 20 holes on The Sullivans each year, he said. They ranged from about one-quarter inch wide to 3 inches across.

"The hull is just paper thin," he said.

World War II destroyers like The Sullivans did not have thick hulls to repel shelling.

"Their protection was their speed and maneuverability," Branning said. "There's very few of them left, because they weren't designed to last 80 years by any stretch."

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79thPA Supporting Member of TMP18 Apr 2022 6:27 a.m. PST

Thanks for the follow-up.

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