US Navy Museum Ships

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However many years of sterling service they may have given, there comes a time for any naval vessel when it has reached the end of its useful life. At this time, the question that arises is what to do with the ship. Some former US Navy vessels are placed in reserve or "mothballs" in case they may be needed again (and it is not unknown for such ships to come out of retirement and indeed be used again), some vessels are sold to foreign navies, some ships are scrapped, but particularly illustrious or famous vessels are sometimes made in museum ships.

There are quite a number of former US Navy ships that have become museums in this way. Here are a few of the best and most famous examples:

* USS Alabama - The USS Alabama (a battleship), along with a submarine (the USS Drum), and an impressive collection of aircraft together form Battle Memorial Park which is located in Mobile, Alabama.

* USS Hornet - This is a retired aircraft carrier, located in Alameda, California.

* USS Intrepid - The USS Intrepid is an aircraft carrier. Also at the site, there are many aircraft placed on the ship's deck, a submarine alongside (the USS Growler), and a Concorde supersonic airliner. Together these form the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, which is located in New York City.

* USS Lexington - A aircraft carrier that served in World War II, and then until the 1991. Today, located in Corpus Christi, Texas.

* USS Midway - This aircraft carrier was completed at the end of World War II, but saw extensive service after the war from the 1940s until 1992. The ship is today moored in San Diego, California.

* USS New Jersey - A battleship that served with the US Navy from 1943 until 1991. Today, located at the waterfront in Camden, New Jersey.

* USS Pampanito - A World War II submarine, located at Pier 45 in the Fisherman's Wharf district of San Francisco, California.

* USS Texas - A battleship that served with the US Navy in both World Wars. Today, located in La Porte, Texas.

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This article was published on 2010/04/04
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