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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:03 am 
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When I was at Pearl Harbor the last 2 weeks there was talk about the administration removing 2 cruisers from pearl harbor and either reassigning them or decommissioning them....dont know if these were in addition to the ones already listed or 2 more added to the list. Did get to snap a photo or two of the USS Lake Erie and USS Pinckney in port
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:05 am 
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Not sure which ship is docked to the left of the Erie in the first photo...pretty sure its another Ticonderoga class. It possibly may be from the Stennis battlegroup as the Stennis was there also.....


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:27 am 
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I see your Ticos and raise you one Port Royal, shot February 22. Were you that one guy with that camera? :cool_2:


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 8:16 am 
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Nice shot of the Port Royal......I'll raise you one ship more USNS Sioux (T-ATF-171), a Powhatan-class fleet ocean tug ....Probably was me........thought I might have you on one of 1000 photos but since I've never met you cant identify you...maybe you were the one on the Stennis talking on his cell phone?

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 8:26 pm 
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I'd post more but they're not CGs... I've got some similar photos of Stennis. I was at Pearl on Tuesday and Wednesday (21st and 22nd) visiting the Memorial, Bowfin, Air Museum, and Missouri. Enjoyable days.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:24 pm 
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When I was there in April of last year Port Royal pulled in while we were on the Arizona Memorial. Got some nice shots with the telephoto. I sent them into NavSource but they never got posted for some reason. They're on my other hard drive so I'll post them up here tomorrow. Also got some nice ones of the Navajo, some assorted DDGs, FFGs, SSNs, and an old decommed AE mixed in. Did either of you guys make it around to the backside of the harbor and see the ghost fleet? Mainly a bunch of old amphibs but still very cool.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 12:52 am 
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No, I was lucky enough to get the two days that I did, and if I'd have asked for special access it would have been to pay respects to Utah.

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Once you are on Ford Island I thought you were free to roam as I didn't see any gates except for the one at the causeway. Dad and I were driving around and exploring the Island when I suddenly saw a big honking LHA superstructure with a big white "1" on it. We pulled into a parking lot outside of some nondescript small buildings and there was the ghost fleet. It was late in the afternoon on a weekday but no on was around. We were very close by to the Utah when we found them and I want to say you could see some of them sticking up over buildings if you were on the memorial deck at the Utah. I'll post the shots in another thread if anyone is interested.

As promised, here's Port Royal passing astern of the Missouri on her way to the piers. They were shot from inside the Arizona Memorial on April 5, 2011. PM me an e-mail for the high-res versions (20 megs worth).

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Passing the USS Crommelin (FFG-37).
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Passing the USS O'Kane (DDG-77).
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Lake Erie had pulled in later in the day after we had left but I got this shot of her (and some SSNs) the next day from the main deck of the Missouri.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:34 pm 
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Yeah post em if you got em....I spent almost 2 weeks on Oahu (Feb 7-21)with my daughter and her husband touring Pearl, Hickam, Schofield, Wheeler, MCBH Kaneohe and Ft Shafter. He was called back to the mainland so I lost out on any special access or tours after the first week. My daughter has limited access to areas and we were stopped on the bridge to Ford Island for not having the "right" sticker on her windshield. Never did find out what that "right" sticker was. She has 3 of em and a military ID. We were allowed on but with a stern warning. I dont think Ford Island is as free to "roam around" as you might have thought. We did get to see a little bit the ghost fleet but I failed to get any pictures. If you have them I'd really like to see them. Posted some pictures of the Stennis when she arrived on the 17th, took a boatload of pictures just havent gone thru all them yet.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:37 pm 
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Ford Island is certainly not free-access for civilians; you're not even allowed to use your camera on the shuttle bus :huh:

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:48 pm 
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I know they would not let me on Ford Island without my daughter or son in law being with me....and yep NO pictures from the shuttle bus............but take all you want from the Missouri or Arizona or Utah. When we were there we were told that the Utah had limited access, so we didnt attempt to go see that as there isn't any parking there that I was aware of.


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We drove the rental car straight onto the island and Dad's ID and the rental paperwork was enough for the gate guards all week. Guess if you have the ID they don't care what you do while you're on the island. Didn't realize they kept on such a short leash if you didn't have one. I figured you told them you were going to the Missouri or the Air Museum and they gave you a visitor's pass and sent you on your way with stern warning of what not to do. Live and learn, thanks for the clarification guys.

I'll post the Ghost Fleet shots in a new thread in a few minutes.

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Dam Cliffy B you almost made me shed a tear looking at those pics. Just a flood of memories came back to me looking at them. I was station on USS Ben Stoddert, USS Chosin (on the list to be Decom), and USS Paul Hamilton. I loved being station at Pearl, just a great base to be at compared to some others in my opinion. Really enjoyed my time Pearl Harbor.


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I think someone was asking for this:

USS Bunker Hill after modernization, note the new square looking SPQ-9B radar on the foremast and the removal of the AN/SPS-49 radar from the mainmast:

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Oh and here's a youtube video of the ship:

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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 7:41 am 
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Sad day. USS Vincenness is in the middle of being scrapped.

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It looks like the US Navy does not know how to mothball ships any more. Afterall, we have LCSs to buy.

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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 12:09 pm 
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I found this of the drawings for the CSGN designs. Just looking at the drawings the ships would have been very good looking ship if they had been build. Interesting designs that were put fore.

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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 12:29 pm 
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The question that immediately pops into my mind is whether these were actual designs under considerationby the Navy or were "what if" creations of someone with the screen name of Shipbucket.
Scrolling down to the bottom of the page, there is a description of what Photobucket is. Given that, the, I'm considering these as imagination rather than official Navy considerations.


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The bottom two drawings I have seen before many many years before in different books (pre-internet). The top drawings are the first time I have seen those designs.


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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 6:23 am 
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The USS Lake Erie visited here in sunny Adelaide way back in about 1997. A friend and I waited in line for an hour for a tour of her. It was a great tour too!! Here are some of my old skool 35mm pic's scanned

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I'm actually building a USS Yorktown CG48 from the Dragon Kit. Are there any good pictures of the mainmast's rigging somewhere? Neither Warship Pictorial nor Ray Beans collections show really useful pictures.

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