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The USS Eldridge (DE-173) is a Cannon-class destroyer escort that served in the United States Navy. It was laid down by the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newark, New Jersey, her hull was launched on 25 July 1943, and commissioned on 27 August 1943. It weighed 1,240 tons upon its creation.

From then on the Eldridge participated in numerous operations until after World War II where it was put commission in reserve on June 17, 1946. On January 15, 1951, it was transferred under the Mutual Defense Assistance Act to the Greek Navy where it served as HS Leon (D-54). Leon and was used mainly for patrols in the Easter Aegean Sea and for cadet officer training.

The Leon was decommissioned on November 15, 1992 and was later sold for scrap to the Piraeus-based V&J Scrapmetal Trading Ltd in November 1999.

Battlefield Heroes

The USS Eldridge is mentioned in the Battlefield Heroes Gets Bad Company update of Battlefield Heroes, used as part of the Project Rainbow experiment.

The Project Rainbow experiment is a naval military experiment at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that occurred on March 16th, 2010 at 9:00 am. The experiment involved the testing of a scalar super weapon in which the USS Eldridge was to be rendered invisible to human observers via a cloaking device for a brief period. On board the ship were a small number of crew members as test subjects, including George Gordon Haggard Jr. and Arkady Kirilenko.

The USS Eldridge was rendered invisible with a green glow. Once the ship returned, the remaining crew members suffered severe nausea, or were fused with the ship's hull. Haggard and Kirilenko however, had been temporarily transported to 1943, amidst the war between the Royal Army and National Army.

Trivia

  • The Project Rainbow experiment is inspired by the infamous Philadelphia Experiment hoax, in which the USS Eldridge was believed to have been a part of an experiment that would render the ship invisible.
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