USS Cassin Young DD-793

Hedgehog Anti-Submarine Weapon



USS Cassin Young (DD-793), a Fletcher-class destroyer, was a ship of the United States Navy named for Captain Cassin Young (1894-1942), who was awarded the Medal of Honor after Pearl Harbor and killed in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. Cassin Young (DD-793) was launched 12 September 1943 by Bethlehem Steel Corp., San Pedro, California; sponsored by Mrs. C. Young; and commissioned 31 December 1943, Commander E. T. Schrieber in command.

Hedgehogs were so named, because when their 24 small bombs were fired, the remaining support spines looked like the spines on a hedgehog.   Fired as a supplement to depth charges, they formed a circular pattern around the target submarine and exploded on contact.   Four crewmen could load 24 bombs and fire the weapon every three minutes.

Hedgehog Anti-Submarine Weapon

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