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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

USS Iowa

USS Iowa once occupied Suisun Bay. The history of USS Iowa:
  • Fought in World War II
  • Fought in Korean War
  • President Roosevelt
  • Decommissioned in 1990
  • Occupied Suisun Bay
  • Current museum in San Pedro, California
Live in Southern California? Take a day trip to San Pedro and see USS Iowa. This city is conveniently located near Long Beach, Ca. Experience the historical World War II and Korean battleship that saw major action and survived these wartime conflicts. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Mothball Fleet

USS Iowa and Mothball fleet, Suisun Bay, CaliforniaUnited States Navy assigns the name Mothball Fleet to a Reserve Fleet of commissioned ships that served in previous wartime conflicts. Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet is also referred to as a ghost fleet. This Mothball Fleet served in four American Wars, spanning from World War II through The Vietnam War.

Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet of 80 ships will undergo dismantling in the next 5 years. Of the 80 ships in the Reserve Fleet, The Iowa is one of the most recognized battleships in American history. President Franklin D. Roosevelt sailed in The Iowa, a battleship that took part in World War II. 

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration, the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet are part of a National Defense Reserve Fleet. Furthermore, Suisun Bay has been home to 1,000 ships. In recent time, Suisun Bay holds only 80 Reserve Fleet ships. 

The Obama Administration have authorized the dismantling of the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet. Environmentalists in and around San Francisco Bay point to lead paint and rust chipping as the scapegoat to local environmental issues.

Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet will soon become a distant memory in 2017, as 25 battleships are expected to be towed in 2012 and the remaining 55 to leave Suisun Bay in 2017.

Sources:  

Nolte, C. (2010). Suisun Bay's Ghost Fleet May Finally R.I.P. The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved July 3, 2012, from http://www.sfgate.com/green/article/Suisun-Bay-s-ghost-fleet-may-finally-R-I-P-3268787.php 
Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet. (2012). U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration. Retrieved July 3, 2012 from http://www.marad.dot.gov/ships_shipping_landing_page/Ships_History/Suisun_Bay_Vessel_Histories.htm


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Suisun Bay

Suisun Bay is a popular bay located next to Benicia, California. In recent time, there has been much talk about dismantling the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet. The Obama Administration agreed to authorize the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet ships towed to Texas. Afterward, the Research Fleet ships, also known as the Ghost Fleet, would be scheduled to be broken down and scrapped.

The Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet will undergo scrapping, a plan expected to reach completion in 2017 (Nolte, 2010). Further, the San Francisco Chronicle contributor indicated the former World War II ships contain toxic paint that has contaminated San Francisco Bay for quite some time. The plan is to clean the Research ships in San Francisco Bay, and then tow the ships through the Panama Canal and to Texas.

In Texas, the former World War II ships will be dismantled and scrapped. According to Nolte (2010), "25 ships in the worst conditions" are scheduled to be removed in 2012, with the rest of the remaining Research Fleet ships out of the total 80 ships to be towed out in 2017 (par. 3). In an historical feat, the Research Fleet are identified as the Ghost Fleet due to these ships sitting like ghosts with no purpose.

The decommissioned World War II ships have created an environmental hazard in both Suisun Bay and San Francisco Bay. It is about time the federal government agreed to partake in a mission to clear out the Research Fleet. We applaud their decision to take action, which in result can help Suisun Bay to avoid further contamination.    

The most famous ship in the Reserve Fleet is The Iowa, a battleship that saw action in World War II and the Korean War, including carrying four-term President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt (Nolte, 2010). The last few traces of these World War II ships will soon meet their end. Whereas the Reserve Fleet are decommissioned ships, the projected plan is to remove all ships stored in Suisun Bay by 2017.

We salute the Reserve Fleet for serving their country.

Source: Nolte, C. (2010). Suisun Bay's Ghost Fleet May Finally R.I.P. The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved July 3, 2012, from http://www.sfgate.com/green/article/Suisun-Bay-s-ghost-fleet-may-finally-R-I-P-3268787.php