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25 de Septiembre 2005

Mothballed Ship Fleets

Have you ever wondered what happens to all the ships that get decommissioned? Well, I know some are sent to scrap yards and torn apart to resmelter the steel, etc. But, not all of them go there. The US Maritime Administration maintains several fleets of ships in readiness for use in what is called the "National Defense Reserve Fleet". One location in Suisun Bay, California has over 70 ships. Another fleet is located in the James River, Virginia.

These ships are not all destined for scrap. The Maritime Administration says a large number of their fleet were recalled to duty during the 1991 Gulf War to transport nearly one fourth of the equipment needed during that action. They continue to maintain these ships by oiling the engines, checking for leaks, keeping the interiors clean and watertight, etc.

You can see these mothballed fleets here and here in Google Earth. The picture above is just a small sample of the ships to be found.

Enviado por FrankTaylor at 25 de Septiembre 2005 a las 10:15 AM

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    I've driven by the ships in Suisun Bay many times and wondered what fate would befall them. Thanks for answering that question. :-)

    BTW, it's "Suisun", not "Susian": http://www.suisun.com/intropage.htm

    Enviado por: Bill Day at 25 de Septiembre 2005 a las 06:36 PM

    Your welcome, and thanks, the mis-spelling is fixed.

    Enviado por: Frank Taylor at 25 de Septiembre 2005 a las 11:17 PM

    One of the world's most historic and charismatic ships, U.S.S. Iowa, sitting in the Mothball Fleet is now available for donation as a museum and memorial from the U.S. Navy to a California community. We invite your support to place this battleship at our nation's first Pacific naval installation, Mare Island, Vallejo, California. Go to www.battleshipiowa.org for infomation. Please send letters of endorsement to Historic Ships Memorial at Pacific Square, P. O. Box 361, Vallejo, CA 94590

    Enviado por: Lore at 14 de Septiembre 2006 a las 09:12 PM

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