FRAM Conversion for USS Brinkley Bass (DD-887) and Arnold J. Isbell (DD-869), 1961

The USS Brinkley Bass (DD-887) and the Arnold J. Isbell (DD-869), the fifth and sixth ships to undergo FRAM conversion (note superstructure), 1961.

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One Response to “FRAM Conversion for USS Brinkley Bass (DD-887) and Arnold J. Isbell (DD-869), 1961”

  1. Nick Brizzi Says:

    I was fresh off of the decommissioned USS Brown DD-546 when I reported aboard the USS Brinkley Bass DD-887. She was in FRAM and on supports in dry-dock at Bremmerton WA. We stood 4 hour watches just as you would if you were afloat. They cut, welded, torched, riveted, installed miles of cables, painted, and sometimes worked day and night. About six months after I boarded her we set out for sea trials. I’ll never forget the beauty of the shoreline on either side as we sailed the Straights of Juan de Fuca to take on ammo. This was one of the few times we were allowed to open the hatch that led from CIC to the deck. Looked much better in vivid color than in all green on a Radar scope.

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