FROGMEN

high-speed pickup

High-Speed Pickup

The Frogmen must all learn how to be picked up as well as how to handle explosives. They line up along the pickup route and await their turn at the loop, or snare as it is often called. They all face the oncoming boat, frequently speeding past them at the rate of ten to twelve knots an hour (or roughly twelve to fourteen miles an hour). When the loop approaches, they raise an arm in a crook so that it snares the loop in passing. When the Frogmen first went into service, it was necessary to stop the boat and pick up each individual swimmer one at a time. This exposed the men in the water and aboard the pickup boat to too much enemy fire while stopped, so the loop-and-rubber-boat system was devised to speed up the operation and give the enemy a fast-moving target. It works well even in rough water, although the trick is far more difficult under such circumstances.

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