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World's first nuclear cruiser up for auction as scrap.
Yahoo News ^ | Wed, Jul 11, 2012 | Laura L. Myers

Posted on 07/12/2012 10:32:08 AM PDT by atomic_dog

SEATTLE (Reuters) - The world's first nuclear-powered surface warship, the USS Long Beach, was put up for auction as scrap metal on Tuesday to be dismantled and recycled, after spending the past 17 years mothballed in a naval shipyard in Washington state.

The 720-foot (219-metre) vessel, the first American cruiser since the end of World War Two to be built new from the keel up, boasted the world's highest bridge and was the last such U.S. vessel with teakwood decks, according to Navy history.

Long Beach, commissioned in 1961, is not the first warship to be recycled. But the defense contractor that exclusively handles such auctions, Government Liquidation, said it would be the first time in its 11-year history that a nuclear powered guided missile cruiser has been sold for scrap.

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TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: navy; ships; usslongbeach
Another one bites the dust. I remember when she pulled into Pearl she was always given the best spot to tie up, the long stretch in front of MidPac (and the O Club). She was unique and always impressive.
1 posted on 07/12/2012 10:32:17 AM PDT by atomic_dog
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To: atomic_dog

Whatever happened to the nuke-powered Savannah? Guess I could look it up....


2 posted on 07/12/2012 10:36:01 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (Instead of running for another term, 0bama should be begging for forgiveness.)
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To: atomic_dog

How many organizations would I tick off parking it by my boat dock?


3 posted on 07/12/2012 10:36:07 AM PDT by bgill
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To: atomic_dog

4 posted on 07/12/2012 10:36:15 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1268 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: atomic_dog

Are batteries included?


5 posted on 07/12/2012 10:36:36 AM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: atomic_dog

Teak Wood Decks?? So will there be a raid like they did Gibson Guitar?


6 posted on 07/12/2012 10:39:47 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: atomic_dog
misty. the long beach was named after the city of my birth.


7 posted on 07/12/2012 10:47:28 AM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: USMCPOP
Are batteries included?

Probably not. But who cares.

"The auction is set to close on Thursday at 5 p.m. Minimum bids are $150."

Too bad we missed it, because I would have bid $200.

8 posted on 07/12/2012 10:50:17 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: atomic_dog
The ex-USS LONG BEACH (CGN-9) has been tied up at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. The ship is a hulk (every bit of superstructure above the main deck is removed). There remains a floating hull and that's about it. Scrapping the reactors ought to be interesting — big time HazMat.
9 posted on 07/12/2012 10:50:53 AM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

NS Savannah was a nuclear powered passenger ship, not a cruiser.


10 posted on 07/12/2012 10:51:06 AM PDT by moonshot925
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

Celebrated nuclear ship rests in Baltimore
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-savannah-nuclear-20110731,0,3234260.story


11 posted on 07/12/2012 10:55:44 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: atomic_dog

Would look good alongside the USS Iowa in San Pedro and close to its namesake city.


12 posted on 07/12/2012 11:05:56 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: MasterGunner01

The bow of the nuclear powered cruiser USS South Carolina (CGN 37) was turned into a memorial at Bremerton Marine Park.


13 posted on 07/12/2012 11:09:36 AM PDT by moonshot925
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To: Last Dakotan; All
No saving the Long Beach now....



Topside has been virtually stripped clean. She's dead Jim...
14 posted on 07/12/2012 11:18:22 AM PDT by rottndog (Be Prepared.....for what's coming AFTER America.)
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To: rottndog

She looks like my friend’s car after he parked it in the wrong part of Chicago....


15 posted on 07/12/2012 12:03:24 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Last Dakotan
wrong part of Chicago....

I wasnt aware there was a right part of Chicago. :)
16 posted on 07/12/2012 12:39:48 PM PDT by Daus
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To: rottndog

What a sad looking mess.
It’s almost as if it needs to be put out of its misery...


17 posted on 07/12/2012 1:13:52 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks atomic_dog.


18 posted on 07/12/2012 4:33:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: moonshot925

A good use. Perhaps a similar fate for LONG BEACH? I’m sad to see the ship go because she was a pioneer in so many ways.


19 posted on 07/12/2012 11:48:09 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: atomic_dog

I was decommed both the California (CGN 36) and the Arkansas (CGN 41) cant imagine better ships. I blame Clinton for pulling the plug on nuclear cruisers. You only have to pull into a gas station once every 20 years or so, but you had better load up on snacks when you do!


20 posted on 07/16/2012 7:55:54 AM PDT by Docbarleypop
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To: rottndog

That’s a sad photo. I went aboard her once, in ‘83. A buddy from “A” school gave me the tour. What a ship. The bridge was something like the 0-13 level.


21 posted on 07/21/2012 2:04:47 AM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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