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The USCGC Sherman (WHEC) 720 and the USCGC Midgett (WHEC) 726 engaging in their "Full Power Trials" testing the capabilities of their Pratt and Whitney Gas Turbine Engines. A true sea going "Drag Race"

This race took place in the early 1980's near San Diego California. The video was shot from the Midgetts helo with over heard comments from the photographers. The video was sent to me by John Holden ENC.

Chief Holden was on the Throttles in Main Control aboard the Sherman at the time.  John said "I remember it like it was yesterday, Pete (Pete Mason was the Shermans EO at the time) put me on the throttles, it was my engine room!, I had to pull back a little because the exhaust pressure was too high and when I did, it was a little too much, (this is when the Midgett pulled ahead at the beginning of the race) then a minute later I slammed the throttles down once again, and all 18,000 hp came alive." John also related to me that the race or "full power trial" was the first  time the Sherman was at 100% full power in13 years. The "Race" was agreed upon by both ships and the ship that lost would pay for a party for both ships to celebrate.

John believes that one of the deciding factors was the excellent maintenance being performed on Shermans jet engines particularly a new practice he initiated, cleaning the fuel filters with a military surplus ultrasonic cleaner a practice which just may have given the Sherman the winning edge.

John Holden ENC and Pete Mason LCDR are both members of this website. Thanks for the great story!

Posted by Richard Ames on December 30, 2011 at 3:15 PM 3228 Views

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Reply Will Johnson
12:53 AM on April 13, 2012 
I left Sherman in May of 1980 and missed this unique event. I do remember LCDR Pete Mason as we made the first ALPAT together. I also worked in main prop for my two year tour on board. Was part of the crew to replace #2 MDE while in the yards in Curtis Bay MD. We in main prop always talked about wanting to see the day that this full power trial could happen. Thanks to those who got the video together to share.
Reply Peter Mason
12:28 PM on January 16, 2012 
This was a great day for the Engineering Crew. We had lots of excitment getting to full power and maintaining it for proper documentation. Admiral Larkin recognised that , for the first time in 13 years we achieved sucessful full power trials in both diesels as well as gas turbines and the Pacific Area "E" in Damage Control and Engineering. We all can take pride in our tour aboard the SHERMAN. Those were the days. Thanks Chief for getting the video to Rich and thanks Rich for getting the video on the site.