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Pearl Harbor - Who Needs the Battleships, We Have Aegis
During the attack scene, the camera cuts to 3 ships parked side by side in the harbor. They have the large bridge section that resembles a two story house. They are Ticonderoga Class AEGIS cruisers. The first cruiser, The Ticonderoga CG-47 wasn't commissioned until 1983. The first time I saw this mistake was watching one of those "The Making of Pearl Harbor" shows.
Too bad they weren't there on that "Day of Infamy." The movie could have been renamed "The Final Count Down II."
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CPF-NAVIG8R writes:
Just as the Japanese destroyers are approaching the carrier battle group carrying Dolittle's Raiders, the movie quickly pans the task group's ships. There you will see a US Arleigh Burke class destroyer and a Canadian HALIFAX class frigate. Both are "out of date" by about 50 years. The Canadian ship is a rarity because they are the only non-USN ships to have ever integrated with a USN CVBG (to my knowledge). While I didn't catch the side number, I believe it was either HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN or WINNIPEG
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Tempest writes:
Wrong, Those modern destroyers that blew up in the movie were defenately NOT Ticos. They were not even Aegis ships for that matter. They are however modern, and, I believe, Spruance class destroyers. If you don't believe me, heres some pictures. A spruance (which bridge looks totally different from Tico) And here's a Ticonderoga:
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Critical_Critic writes:
You're absolutely correct Tempest. After seeing the video, I realized my mistake. I was a Navy brat, not a sailor so some things escaped my view. There is a site called that has a naval history tab. I got some of the information on the Ticonderoga from it. The rest came from a search for Ticonderoga. Thanks for agreeing that they were modern. The producer and director addresses this problem on the DVD. And thank you for your service to our nation, (I assume you are a Navy man.)
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Captain Kirk writes:
Also, in the end of this flick, Jimmy Doolittle's B-25 bombers are shown flying in a large formation towards Japan. Sorry, Jerry Bruckheimer, but you must have failed Historical Accuracy 101 in college. The Doolittle Raid planes took off one at a time, and flew towards separate targets.
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