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Thursday, May 12, 2005

USS Drum to Vallejo as Museum Boat?

This article from the Vallejo Times Herald says that a local group is working to raise funds to get the decommissioned submarine USS Drum (SSN-677) transferred back to Mare Island, where it was the last submarine built there, as a museum piece. One item caught my attention:

"With the Drum, Vallejo would be unique since no other city would be able to boast possession of a nuclear-powered submarine, Stephens said. Interest among military buffs, school children, former Mare Island workers, and others would be high."

This will probably surprise the city of Newport, Kentucky, which is much closer to having the ex-USS Narwhal (SSN-671) on display.

As a side note, I think Drum had the best submarine motto of all time: "Unbeatable".


Blogger ninme said...

Except it was. It succumbed to old age and the lure of retirement.

5/12/2005 11:57 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This will probably surprise the city of Newport, Kentucky, which is much closer to having the ex-USS Narwhal (SSN-671) on display."

It will also surprise the guys at Groton, since NAUTILUS (SSN-571), has been on display there for a while...

5/12/2005 12:38 PM

Blogger lawhawk said...

What about the USS Nautilus that is tied up in Groton, CT? Doesn't that count as a nuclear submarine turned museum too?

5/12/2005 12:39 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awwww, Gunner and lawhawk beat me to it. Although the Nautilus might not be considered on display by the city, as it is still under military possesion - even has a small detachment just to maintain it (one of my old ELT's scored it as shore duty).

5/12/2005 1:33 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ditto, gunner, lawhawk and pigboatsailor. The ferry ride from Orient Point to New London is great.

5/12/2005 9:04 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

Can't believe I forgot Nautilus; I only was stationed there three times. (Although it doesn't really belong to the state or city, but to the base.) Actually, with Subase possibly closing, I wonder what they'll do with the Nautilus...

5/13/2005 9:09 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought USS NAUTILUS was listed as "in commission" just like USS CONSTITUTION. It would certainly be possible to maintain it's present location even if they actually close the Sub Base. But what a blow it would be to visit her without the historical presence of SUB BASE NLON and all the many memories of the training time spent there. If they close the base then it might be naustalgically better if they move NAUTILUS to some other location highly respected by Submariners, such as, Ft. Lauderedale.

5/13/2005 10:28 PM


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