What Are Some Retired U.S. Navy Ships?


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Some retired U.S. Navy ships include the U.S.S. Constitution, the U.S.S. Missouri and the U.S.S. Kidd. Having been preserved as historic landmarks, tourists can visit each of these three ships, as of 2015.

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What Are Some Retired U.S. Navy Ships?
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The U.S.S. Constitution, commonly referred to as "Old Ironsides," was commissioned by George Washington in the 1790's and remains the oldest warship afloat. The ship's sturdy oak sides deflected countless British cannonballs during the War of 1812, lending heavily to a U.S. victory in the conflict. The ship now resides in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

The U.S.S. Missouri is an Iowa-class battleship called upon by the Navy for decades. In World War II, she invaded both Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and she served as the site where Japan surrendered to General MacArthur. In Korea, she led many of the shore attacks against the North, and in Desert Storm, the Missouri launched the first 28 tomahawk missiles into Baghdad. The ship was retired in 1992 and resides in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

The U.S.S. Kidd is a Fletcher-class destroyer utilized heavily throughout the Pacific during World War II. She survived a kamikazi attack that contributed significantly to her fame. She was decomissioned in 1964 and resides as a museum on the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, LA. The Louisiana Naval War Memorial Commission has preserved the U.S.S. Kidd's World War II appearance, making her the only remaining destroyer to retain this authentic look.

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