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Tomorrow morning I will be heading up north to see some family and friends, and to shoot in Monterey and San Francisco. Getting excited!
Having spent a long two and a half years working in Norfolk, Virginia, serving on the USS BULKELEY from 2005-2007, I have many fond memories of the downtown area, including visits to the mighty WISCONSIN.
So, for a little history lesson, the USS WISCONSIN (BB-64), callsign “Wisky”, is an Iowa Class Battleship, the second ship of the US Navy to be named in honor of the State of Wisconsin. She was built at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and launched on 7 December 1943 (the second anniversary of the Pearl Harbor Raid).
During her career, WISCONSIN served in the Pacific Theater through World War II, where she shelled Japanese fortifications and screened US aircraft carriers as they conducted air raids against enemy positions. During the Korean War, she shelled North Korean targets in support of UN and South Korean ground operations, after which she was decommissioned. She was reactivated 1 August 1986, modernised and participated in Operation Desert Storm in January and February 1991.
She now sits quietly in downtown Norfolk and is maintained by the city of Norfolk as a museum. Enjoy!
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