Greyhounds of the Sea – History of the U.S. Navy Destroyer (1956)


This is the history of the US Navy’s destroyers from DD-1 USS Bainbridge of 1898 to the DD-931 USS Forest Sherman of 1952 as depicted through historical naval archival film. Past generations of destroyers that have served the navy in peace and war are shown.


Greyhounds of the Sea is a documentary outlining the history of the U.S. Navy Destroyers, stealthy ships used in battle. Host Jack Webb (of “Dragnet” fame) explains that the ships were first created in 1902, and later in World War II, the sleek US Navy Destroyers, often referred to as greyhounds of the sea, played an instrumental part in achieving America’s victory. Today, nuclear-powered Destroyers prowl the water, working quickly, quietly, following in a proud Navy tradition.

Production & Filming Details

  • Presenter(s): Jack Webb.
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  • Production: US Naval Photographic Centre.
  • Distributor(s): US Naval Photographic Centre (1956), Periscope Film (2014), and YouTube (2014).
  • Release Date: 1956.
  • Running Time: 28 minutes.
  • Rating: PG.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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