In the early 1960s, our electronics research and development destroyer, Richard E. Krause (EDD-849), was assigned to Task Group Bravo for exercises. Normally at the dock or anchored in the Chesapeake Bay, we were plagued with minor breakdowns that made us unable to keep up with the fleet. Messages from the admiral on the carrier went from terse to sarcastic.
After three days, as frantic repairs took place in the engine room, some deck hands spent the evening hours with cloth and thread working near our aft five-inch gun mount. In the morning, the admiral signaled, "And how fast can you go today?"
As we pulled away at 30 knots, the guns slowly elevated revealing our movie screen with five-foot high red letters reading, "FOLLOW ME!"