In Minature

The image right displays
 three types of ships
 built during the 1950's & 1970's.

It was in the Cold War years, [1945-1963], that historic Navy ships were developed for the new jet age. I like to think the Cold War extended into the 1970's.

Four new carriers had the 1st launchers to put jet planes into the air. Thirty-one Destroyers had the 1st gas turbine engines to gain great speeds. Six Oilers were designed to service a full task force wherein the 1st probes and ram-tension rigs were developed to provide better and saver underway replenishments at sea. These ships are now all out service.

Those 31 destroyers are all disposed of, except one. The oilers are all out of service with half of them disposed of. The developments gained with these ships need to be memorialized, just like the 1st space ships.

The USS Forrestal CV-59 is the class design used for the USS Saratoga CV-60, USS Ranger CV-61, USS Independence CV-62. USS Kitty Hawk CV-63.

The  USS Neosho AO-143 is the class design used for USS Mississinewa AO-144, USS Hassayampa AO-145, USS Kawishiwi AO-146, USS Truckee AO-147 and USS Ponchatoula AO-148.

The USS Spruance DD-963 is a 1970's class design used for 31 destroyers. DD-964  is the only ship of these 41 ships still in use 1983, Vern toured DD-967.

Different Associations have had their dreams crushed over and over while endeavoring to have ships turned into museums.

Wouldn't it be great if the remaining moneys from all of these groups were combined and put forward in a proposal to create a museum? With the use of models, the museum could even be animated while describing the developments gained over the last 40-50 years.

If models, of the three types of ships described above, were created in minature, like a airport in GERMANY. A scaled down launcher could display how it works. A refueling probe could do the same. Even Tomahawk missiles could be displayed from the destroyer. The ships could be large enough for persons to walk the between the ships on floors painted to look like they were walking on water. Germany creates cool exhibits, why not us.

This museum could be in INDEPENDENCE , MISSOURI.

Vern Bouwman:   Navy Ship Historian