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USS Nassau (LHA-4) Decommed

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  • USS Nassau (LHA-4) Decommed

    The USS Nassau, aka "The Big Nasty," aka "The Death Star," was recently decommissioned in Norfolk. I served aboard her from 1999-2003. The ship was great and I have some good and bad memories of my service. She was the only ship I served on during my stint in the Navy.

    I wasn't able to make it down to the ceremony, but some of my former friends from those days did and had a good time.

    http://www.wvec.com/news/local/USS-N...118942484.html.

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    Well talk about a small world. I too served aboard the Nassau V-3 div. 87-90. I was there for the decom ceremony and I was also fortunate enough to snap some pictures as she was towed out of Norfolk on her final journey to sea. If you are on facebook look her page up. There are tons of pix and some video from the decom.
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    • #3
      It is a small world. My mom worked with a guy that had served on Nassau in the early 80s. I unfortunately couldn't make it down to the ceremony, but I did see the pics and videos. Very strange to see her without all the radar gear up on the 08 level.

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      • #4
        It is good to see they will lay her up at Beaumont, TX. The US Navy needs to keep some de-commissioned ships in storage.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Pyle's Heroes View Post
          The USS Nassau, aka "The Big Nasty," aka "The Death Star," was recently decommissioned in Norfolk. I served aboard her from 1999-2003. The ship was great and I have some good and bad memories of my service. She was the only ship I served on during my stint in the Navy.

          I wasn't able to make it down to the ceremony, but some of my former friends from those days did and had a good time.

          http://www.wvec.com/news/local/USS-N...118942484.html.
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          • #6
            I was on Peleliu from '83-'85.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by OpanaPointer View Post
              I was on Peleliu from '83-'85.
              I was on it for the WestPac in 85, April to September.
              This class seems to have been retired before it's time. Aside from the exploding toilets, were there any major defects?
              "Why is the Rum gone?"

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Exorcist View Post
                I was on it for the WestPac in 85, April to September.
                This class seems to have been retired before it's time. Aside from the exploding toilets, were there any major defects?
                Besides having been built by Lytton Industries?
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by OpanaPointer View Post
                  Besides having been built by Lytton Industries?
                  Remember the night they did some shore-bombardment practice?
                  I heard that it was cancelled in one hell of a hurry when they realized the rounds were falling on the wrong island.
                  Was in the Spring of 85, March maybe, any truth to that story?
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                  • #10
                    hard to believe..
                    I was on in 1990,[ seems like yesterday ] and it seemed brand new--compared to the USS Inchon-launched 1969
                    oohh --this is 2017--

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by The Exorcist View Post
                      Remember the night they did some shore-bombardment practice?
                      I heard that it was cancelled in one hell of a hurry when they realized the rounds were falling on the wrong island.
                      Was in the Spring of 85, March maybe, any truth to that story?
                      Didn't happen while I was on board. I went to shore duty in '86. (Had to dig into my records to get the right dates.)
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by The Exorcist View Post
                        I was on it for the WestPac in 85, April to September.
                        This class seems to have been retired before it's time. Aside from the exploding toilets, were there any major defects?
                        yes, what are the requirements for decommissioning? anyone know?

                        The cruisers were designed to last another 10 to 15 years, but citing the cost of upgrades for the cruisers and two amphibious ships, the Navy submitted a proposal in early 2012 to prematurely decommission nine ships -- seven cruisers and two dock landing ships.
                        http://www.military.com/daily-news/2...em-either.html

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                        • #13
                          If the ship is to be mothballed they have to first make sure all the equipment will be ready to go if it is pulled back to active duty. Sort of like being "fit enough to die". The equipment that is sensitive to moisture has to be cocooned. Sensors have to be placed wherever a leak might happen, and so on. Imagine taking an office building and saying "we probably won't need this again, but make it ready for occupancy, with everything working, just in case we do."
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by OpanaPointer View Post
                            If the ship is to be mothballed they have to first make sure all the equipment will be ready to go if it is pulled back to active duty. Sort of like being "fit enough to die". The equipment that is sensitive to moisture has to be cocooned. Sensors have to be placed wherever a leak might happen, and so on. Imagine taking an office building and saying "we probably won't need this again, but make it ready for occupancy, with everything working, just in case we do."
                            so usually, the basic structure/hull/etc is good to go for many years more than the time they actually scrap them?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Moulin View Post
                              so usually, the basic structure/hull/etc is good to go for many years more than the time they actually scrap them?
                              Yeah, the plain metal is the most durable. Updating the fancy stuff is the usual issue for replacing a ship. The key to keeping a ship ... shipshape in mothballs is to prevent or reduce corrosion. Sacrificial anodes, like zinc, have to be maintained, water has to be kept out, and humidity controlled. The cocooning of interior equipment, like turogenerators and degaussing equipment, adds a layer to the protection.

                              We've come a long way since the 1930s, but even back then most of our WWI destroyers came out of mothballs and into use without too much trauma. Knowing what didn't work back then was probably more important than knowing what did.
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