It’s here! YEAY! The day has arrived!!
After a fortuitous week-long delay due to inclement weather off the California coast, the Last Battleship USS Iowa (BB-61) will (finally) be departing her berth in Richmond under tow and making her way out the golden gate around 2:30pm, enroute to her new home in Los [...]
USS Iowa, BB-61 in distance dwarfs nearby railroad tankers
Last weekend Super-Spouse and I visited the USS Iowa Battleship as she sat in the docks of Richmond, California, being prepared to be towed south towards her new home in the Port of Los Angeles as a floating museum. I say the “last battleship”, because of all the battleships to have ever been built (that are not resting at the bottom of the sea), the Iowa is the last functional “Big Stick”, and is just now emerging from the Naval Reserve Fleet to be donated as a museum. Her sister ships USS Wisconsin (BB64), USS Missouri (BB63), and USS New Jersey (BB62) have already opened to the public as attractions in Norfolk VA, Pearl Harbor HI and Camden NJ respectively. This isn’t really the end of her official career however, as congress has ordered that the Iowa be maintained in such a way that if needed in a national emergency, the ship can be returned to active duty. Continue reading USS Iowa BB61, a visit to the Last Battleship
In celebration of this weekend’s Fleet-week in San Francisco, we bring you this awesome old photo.
50 years ago, 1961, the aircraft carriers USS Intrepid (CV-11), USS Saratoga (CV-60) and USS Independence (CV62) gathered to celebrate Naval Aviation’s 50th birthday.
A neat look back 50 [...]
We already found out about NASA’s railroad, but NASA is a multi-faceted transportation powerhouse. That extends to the seas with their two SRB recovery ships, MV Liberty Star and MV Freedom Star.
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