OT. Battleship Iowa.

http://www.latimes.com/videogallery/70760821/News/Battleship-Iowa
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There are a few battleships around the country that are open to visitors. They are amazing to see. Awesome power
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I've been through the Alabama and the North Carolina. Well worth the time.
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I toured the Missouri too. It's also interesting because it's in Pearl Harbor. So, you see where WWII began for the USA and the ship where the surrender that ended it was signed. The Arizona Memorial is easily visible just a short distance away while standing on the deck of the Missouri.
The other Iowa class battleship left is the New Jersey which is on display in Camden. Funny, even though I live in NJ, I haven't been to see it yet. Mostly because they chose to put it in Camden, rather than near NYC, Statute of Liberty, etc. which is where most of the visitors go. Which I think sadly was a mistake.
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I watched them sleeving one of the last 16" guns the navy ever refurbished. The only place they could do it was at the Naval Gun Factory in Washington DC. That facility was closed after they sleeved that batch of barrels. There will never be any more. It is quite an operation, taking several days. I just saw the insertion of the sleeve.
Missiles replaced them.
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I didn't get to see up close the USS Missouri but saw the Arizona Memorial. I told my wife that I had to see this because I didn't know if I'd get to return before I die and I felt it was almost a requirement to do so to respect those that died and those that served. It was a humbling experience. I just couldn't imagine that the tranquility I saw was a war zone about 70 years earlier. On another note, I also saw about 25 years ago the Battleship Texas parked outside of Houston, Texas. She's an old one but still was interesting to see. Last I recall when I was young going by the old navy yard in Penn. and seeing a lot of mothballed war ships that were stripped down. I saw it from the car from afar but it looked a bit morbid even as a youngster then. I wonder if it's still there (not sure where it was exactly).
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theres battleship cove south of boston, they have a battleship and even a submarine. i visited the battle ship with my brother and my best friend a electronics instructor. i entered a room and there was a bunch of electrical equiptement including a fuse box tht was open, fuse removed. the box was full of spider webs. on a whim i touched the center connector of the exposed fuse receptable and got a big shock. i hit the chain railing outside the compartment.
my buddy saw me flying out and said what happened? when i told him he reported that giving its condition he figured the box was dead, he had thought of doing it to......
oh well its a funny story that comes up when the 3 of us are together......
it was a fun trip.......
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On the other hand: http://news.yahoo.com/worlds-first-nuclear-cruiser-auction-scrap-040101476.html
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There's a lot of taxpayers money, all for nothing. A lifetime of failure and non-achievement. Still, it's construction put a lot of money in Republican pockets.
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Funny how Congress was dominated by Democrats during those years But hey, don't let the facts interfere with your ignorant bigotry
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Saw on the local news that anyone with an Iowa ID gets the tour free. Normal cost is around $15. Next time I'm down that way, I'll take some pictures.
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