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Hello Friend,

Today is a holiday here and so I thought I would share the following short report with you. I hope you don't mind, since it is not about wireless.

Monday, November 11, 2002 is Veteran's Day in the United States. Having served in the US Navy, I observed the holiday today by visiting the USS Wisconsin, the biggest battleship ever built. It is located at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum in Norfolk, Virginia. I had read about this, and other battleships, since I was a little boy, and always wanted to visit one. Today I did. Following are two photos that I took and a brief summary of the ship's history.

I am fascinated by by big ships like this one, but not by war. Let's pray for peace, and hope that weapons like this don't have to be used anymore.

Best regards,

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Brad Dye
Wireless Data Consultant
3523 McKinney Ave. # 536
Dallas, TX 75204-1474 USA
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USS Wisconsin

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The Battleship Wisconsin (BB-64), one of the famous Iowa-class ships, was launched on December 7, 1943 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard and commissioned on April 16, 1944. The warship reported for duty in the Pacific with the 3rd Fleet when the liberation of the Philippine Islands was underway.

Wisconsin helped neutralize Japanese sea, air and ground forces occupying the islands. BB-64 was reassigned to the 5th Fleet in February 1945 and supported the landings on Iwo Jima and Okinawa. The battleship's World War II career concluded with the transport of war-weary GI's back to the US.

Wisconsin entered the Atlantic Reserve Fleet in 1948, only to be recommissioned in March 1951 for the Korean War. She steamed to the Pacific and assumed her station as flagship for the U.S. 7th Fleet. The battleship provided gun-fire support for American, Korean and other United Nations troops on the Korean Peninsula until relieved in April 1952.

Wisconsin embarked on a series of training missions in the ensuing years. She once again entered the inactive fleet in 1958, where she remained until 1988, when she was reactivated. The ship carried new Tomahawk and Harpoon missiles in addition to her 16-inch guns when she steamed to the Persian Gulf in 1990 for Operation Desert Storm. After effective use of missiles and high explosives in the desert conflict, the battleship returned home to be decommissioned for the third time in September 1991.

Wisconsin remains in the Inactive Fleet, reserved for national emergencies. The Hampton Roads Naval Museum, in cooperation with Nauticus, interprets the ship's history.

sixteen inch guns
Length: 887 feet, 3 inches
Beam: 108 feet, 2 inches
Draft: (1988 Full Load) 37 feet, 9 inches
Displacement: (1988 Full Load) 57,500 tons
Armament: (1988) Nine 16-inch/50 caliber guns, twelve 5-inch/38 caliber guns, 32 armored Tomahawk missile launchers, 16 Harpoon missile launchers, and four Phalanx CIWS (Close In Weapons System)
Source: The Hampton Roads Naval Museum Visitor's Guide

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