Phantom Fleet of Philadelphia
NISMF is a division of the US Navy that deals with the decommissioning and storage of naval vessels until their fate is determined. And there are not so many options: a ship withdrawn from the Navy can get into the reserve (the majority gets there), can turn into a museum ship (an initiative group and a lot of money are needed), can be transferred / sold to another state (as a rule to an ally of the United States), it can become a sea reef (they will remove everything superfluous and flood it beautifully in some bay), or perhaps the saddest thing is to be put on needles (it will be cut for scrap). On the base there are ships from all categories. Someone dragged quite recently, and someone rusts at the mooring wall for more than 10 years. In any case, this is a unique place where you can freely study and photograph all the ships standing there.
The photo shows a trinity of missile cruisers of the Ticonderoga type. To the left is USS Thomas S. Gates (CG-51). In the center, the USS Ticonderoga (CG-47) series lead ship is the world's first missile cruiser with the Aegis multifunctional combat information and control system. Launched in 1981. Discontinued fleet in 2004 year.
Right famous for the USS Yorktown Black Sea Incident (CG-48). In 1988, he was flexing his muscles and entered the territorial waters of the USSR, but received an unexpected rebuff from the Soviet patrol ship "Selfless" (he began to push his body far outnumbered by an American) and was forced to retire. You can read about this episode of the Cold War here and here.
"Thomas S. Gates" and "Yorktown" will be disposed of, and "Ticonderoga" are going to make a museum. The truth is going now for 10 years like.
View of the waters of the naval shipyard.
Now there is a ship 24. It is more than a fleet of many states.
Former oceanographic catamaran vessel USNS Hayes (T-AGOR-16). Launched in 1971 year. In 1992, it was converted into a hydroacoustic vessel engaged in the study of noise from submarines.
Now his status is incomprehensible. According to some data, it is awaiting disposal, while others are under conservation.
Amphibious transport dock-type "Austin" USS Nashville (LPD-13). Launched in 1967 year. In 2009 removed from the fleet, mothballed and is now in reserve.
And his brother USS Shreveport (LPD-12) is awaiting disposal.
Landing cargo ships of the type "Charleston" USS El Paso (LKA-117), USS Charleston (LKA-113) and USS Mobile (LKA-115).
Vessels are withdrawn from the fleet, mothballed and in reserve.
Tank ship of the type "Newport" USS Boulder (LST-1190). Tank-borne ships of the type "Newport" are designed to transport landings with non-floating (tracked and wheeled) equipment and unload them on an unequipped coast without the use of landing craft. A distinctive feature of these ships is the presence of a retractable nasal ramp (34,1 m), which provides unloading of military equipment with a mass up to 75 t and cargo directly from the upper deck to the shore. Launched in 1970 year. Withdrawn from the fleet in 1994. Waiting for disposal.
Ocean tug USNS Mohawk (T-ATF-170). Launched in 1980. Now mothballed and in reserve. Behind him are two frigates of the type "Oliver Hazard Perry".
In total, they are based on 9 units. Part of it is mothballed and in reserve, part is ready for transfer / sale, and several frigates await disposal. Some of them have painted side numbers, so they are quite difficult to identify.
The artillery boat type "Asheville" USS Canon (PG-90). Launched in 1967. Withdrawn from the fleet in 1977. For years, 20 has been waiting to be taken away and turned into a museum.
USS Forrest Sherman (DD-931) and USS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2) destroyers. Both head ships of their types. Both were supposed to be museums. And with "Charles F. Adams" everything was determined from the very beginning, but with "Forrest Sherman" everything went wrong.
After his withdrawal from the fleet, he was in reserve for several years, and then he was sold for scrap to a company from Massachusetts. But the company that bought it soon went bankrupt and the ship miraculously escaped disposal. After that, the government decided to save it and entered into the list of ships ready for conversion into a ship-museum. It remains only to find someone who will take the destroyer and take over the financing of the project. Having stood in Philadelphia for years 11, "Forrest Sherman", unfortunately, was not our new owners and was again transferred to the category of scrap metal. In 2011, it was given to “plunder” by volunteers who are engaged in restoring and maintaining other museum ships. Everything valuable was removed from it and now it is awaiting disposal.
This passenger ferry is actually USNS Puerto Rico (HST-2).
Behind him stands oddly painted the same type USNS Guam (HST-1). These are civilian versions of high-speed amphibious assault ships, such as the “Spearhed” project. They are intended for the transfer of equipment and personnel at a distance of 1 200 nautical miles. Maximum speed 43 knot (80 km / h).
The ferries were built in 2007 for Hawaii Superferry, which transported passengers and cars between the islands of the archipelago. At 2009, the company's business was suspended by a court decision. At 2011, the ferries bought a government agency and transferred the US Navy.
Well, the nail of the program, which barely got into the frame.
It is the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), nicknamed the "Big John" and the "67 Building". Launched in 1967 year, removed from the fleet in 2007. This is the last non-nuclear aircraft carrier built for the US Navy.
Before there were two giants. Next to "John F. Kennedy" was the USS Forrestal (CV-59). I even have their joint photos. But in the 2013 year, after waiting for its museum future 10 years and without waiting, "Forrestal" was sold for 1 cent and towed to Texas for further recycling. Now only “Big John” is left in Philadelphia.
I have a few more photos on my flickr and Badikov.
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