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Just read this article and, because I'm a native New York City boy, thought it was interesting. It seems rather amusing/strange in this day and age.
supposedly based on the nevada but looks to me the wyoming class from the front starboard view in the picture.
There was also a full sized mockup once built called the Illinois built for an expositionin Chicago.
Yes, some assembly required
Yes, some assembly required
Completed - USS ESSEX 1/700 Hasegawa Dec 1942, USS Yorktown 1/700 Trumpeter 1943. In The Yards - USS ESSEX 1/700 Hasegawa 1945, USS ESSEX 1/700 Dragon 1944, USS ESSEX 1/700 Trumpeter 1945, USS ESSEX 1/540 Revell (vintage) 1962, USS ESSEX 1/350 Trumpeter 1942, USS ESSEX LHD-2 as commissioned, converted from USS Wasp kit Gallery Models. Plus 35 other plastic and wood ship kits.
That's fine but what about the 36 piece band?
Ray MarottaThere is still an USS Recruit, the TDE-1. It's in San Diego at the former Navy Recruit Training base...
Thanks for tht info. It wasn't till I looked up the "ship" you mentioned that I found out that the USN actually used to have a couple additional land locked training ships called the USS Commodore and the USS Bluejacket (in addition to the USS Recruit).
Would make for cool dioramas.
Interesting. Looks like the USS Recruit TDE-1 was the only commissioned USN ship to have never touched water.
But more importantly, did it have a band?
I seem to remember those . When I went to Naval Fire-Fighting school there was a landlocked ship we fought fires on ! Damage Control strikers had to know that , as well as a whole lot more .
We were taught how to stem the flow of water inside the hull as well as how to deal with various flammable fluids and other bad to a ship things .
Good training there . T.B.
If I recall the fire fighting aspect was accomplished on Mare Island on a mock-up there.
The *Never Sail* was down by the wooden bridge crossing over into the *A* school annex and large parade ground field. (*The Grinder*).
I recall going on the Recruit in 1981 when she was still of the older class.....then again in 1983 after her refit. Those were Some times.
There were mockups of hull sections of I think DEs at both the Destroyer and OCS facility at Newport and at the damage control school at the Philadelphia Naval yard. These were floating in water tanks and valves could be opened to sink them. Naturally you were directed to use various damage control measures to "save" them before they sank. As I remember the one a Newport was designated as the USS Buttercup and probably the same name was used for the one in Philadelphia. No doubt there were similar ones at all the major east and west coast facilities.
I seem to remember one where we got three foot of water in it and were supposed to pump it out and save the ship ! Geez , that brings back some memories of some funny times . T.B.
amphibem before they sank. As I remember the one a Newport was designated as the USS Buttercup
I remember an instructor, on notincing a bunch of skylarking shirkers waiting their turn in the barrel, that "Smart Offcier candidates might be caluclating if the tank can actually drown the students." Which did rather cause some furious calcuating (of what actually was an n variable equation). Did eliminate the skylarking, though.
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