The Wackiest Ship in the Army
is a 1960 comedy film
starring Jack Lemmon
and Ricky Nelson
Lieutenant Rip Crandall (Jack Lemmon
) is hoodwinked into taking command of the "Wackiest Ship in the Navy" (or the Army?) - a real garbage scow with a crew of misfits who don't know a jib from a jigger. What none of them knows, including Crandall, is that this ship has a very important top-secret mission to complete in waters patrolled by the Japanese fleet. Their mission will save hundreds of allied lives - if only they can get there in one piece. Crandell's Ensign (junior officer) is Tommy Hanson (Ricky Nelson
The story was also used for the 1965 TV series The Wackiest Ship in the Army (TV series)
- The USS Echo was based on the real-life USS Echo, a 40 year old schooner or scow that was transferred from the New Zealand government to the US Navy in 1942, and returned to the New Zealand government in 1944.