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    Over the 2005 Labor Day weekend in the US we drove from Idaho to Bremerton, WA to visit my daughter and son-in-law (active duty US Navy) and our two grandsons. A secondary reason was to take a look at the US Navy reserve fleet there in Bremerton and to see any current US Navy vessels in the yards.

    The trip over was very beautiful and pleasant. There is a lot of very beuatiful scenary between Idaho and Washington. Here are some pictures of some of that scenary.








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    Once we arrived in Bremerton, we greated and spent time with our daughter and her family, including the birthday celebration of our four year-old grandson.








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    We were able to spend a good deal of time down by the water, which is somethiong I always enjoy. Here are some good views across the Sound to Seattle...which is just about close enough for yours truly.







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    Now, for the principle reason and point of this post. There in Bremerton, to the west of the Naval Shipyards, is the anchorage for the component of the reserve fleet harbored there. The ships are older, but still very modern and capable by the rest of the world standards. Here are some pictures I got of those naval ships...awaiting faithful service if ever required.





    A picture of the entire reserve fleet, and a close-up of the USS David R. Paul, DD-971





    The guided missile frigates, USS George Phillips and Sides, FFG 12 and FFG 14, and the guided missile AEGIS cruiser USS Vincennes, CG 49

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    US Aircraft Carrier in storage. Compare to the building/refurbishing VAryag





    The aircraft carrier USS Ranger, CV-61.





    The aircraft carrier USS Independence, CV-62

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    The aircraft carrier USS Constellation, CV-64. Notice the F-14 on deck.

    The US Naval reserve fleet there in Bremerton represents several frigates and destroyers, an AEGIS cruiser, three full deck aircraft carriers, and several amphibious and support ships. Those ships alone, if in service, would be more powerful by themselves than the naval capabilities of over 90% of the other nations in the world. The United States maintains a significant number of such anchorages for reserve fleets around the United States. Many of those ships are in mobilizaton category B status, meaning they are mothballed for reactivation in times of crisis. Others are awaiting disposal and categorization, either for sale to foreign allies, foru use in naval exercises, or awaiting scrapping.

    On this trip, as an added bonus, we were able to observe two US Navy front line vessels, the USS John Stennis and USS Ohio, in port undergoing maintenance and significant upgrades and refit at the Bremerton Naval shiptards. I got several pictures of them and here are a couple.



    The nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS John Stennis, CVN 74.



    The guided missile submarine, the USS Ohio, SSGN 726, just completing the significant refit from a SSBN, and preparing to put to sea.

    Thanks for taking the time to share this family trip with us, and the pride we have in the UNited States military and the loyal men and woman who works so hard to defend our liberty and the fundamental moral values that define our way of life, and all of those who give so much of themselves to maintain and serve that cause.

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    Re: My trip to the US Navy Reserve Fleet in Bremerton, WA

    nice pics, did they let you inside the naval base?
    i assuming thats you in the cowboy hat?

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    Re: My trip to the US Navy Reserve Fleet in Bremerton, WA

    I was able to get on base, accompanied by my son-in-law.

    The entire area is great...but I could spend two weeks scurrying around those ships.

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    Re: My trip to the US Navy Reserve Fleet in Bremerton, WA

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    I was able to get on base, accompanied by my son-in-law.

    The entire area is great...but I couls spend two weeks scurrying around those ships.
    WOW, nice looking family. I think one of the carrier almost hit the shore dont you think ??

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    Re: My trip to the US Navy Reserve Fleet in Bremerton, WA

    Quote Originally Posted by swimmerXC
    nice pics, did they let you inside the naval base?
    i assuming thats you in the cowboy hat?
    LOL I love that hat. YEEEHHAAA

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    Re: My trip to the US Navy Reserve Fleet in Bremerton, WA

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    WOW, nice looking family. I think one of the carrier almost hit the shore dont you think ??
    Thanks. Our families, where ever we live, are one of those things in life that tie all people every where together.

    The USS Independence is berthed just like that, right up against the shore.

    Just looking at what the US Navy holds in reserve, in mothballs, is pretty impressive...and that's just in that one anchorage.

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    Re: My trip to the US Navy Reserve Fleet in Bremerton, WA

    where is Bremerton, big city?Is it one of US Navy reserve port, or all navy reserves are ported there? you got a nice family and your grandson is lovely

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    Re: My trip to the US Navy Reserve Fleet in Bremerton, WA

    Bremerton Washington is a medium size city in Puget Sound area located in the most northwestern part of the USA. It is accross Puget Sound fron Seattle WA. There are some active ships there. One being the USS John C. Stennis CVN-74. Not all of the USN reserves are there. They are spread out along the coast of the US.

    The carriers held in reserve there, Indpendence,Ranger and Constellation are not in the best of shape. I know that the Constellations catapults were removed before it was placed in reserve. All of those ships have had various major componets removed such as anchors,screws and propellers and most electronics. For the USN to re-activate one of these ships it would cost billions of dollars. They are not for sale.
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    Re: My trip to the US Navy Reserve Fleet in Bremerton, WA

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    where is Bremerton, big city?Is it one of US Navy reserve port, or all navy reserves are ported there? you got a nice family and your grandson is lovely
    Thank you for the kind words about the family.

    Bremerton is not too big a city, less than 100,000 easily I believe, and is across the sound from Settle (which is a lmuch larger city). Bremerton has a Naval Shipyard and some active ships ported there. There is a Naval Air Station nearby and a large sub base at Bangor/Kitsap not far from there. The reserve fleet there is just one of several anchorages along the west coast, others along the guld coast, and still others on the east coast.

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    Re: My trip to the US Navy Reserve Fleet in Bremerton, WA

    As always popeye, thanks for the first hand knowledge.

    The Constellation (CV 64) was decomissioned in 2003 and looked in the best shape. The Independence (CV 62) was decommissioned
    in 1998. The Ranger (CV61) was decommissioned in 1993 and has been there the longest.

    Kitty Hawk CV 63 (one of the last two remaining conventionally powered US carrier in active service) is still out there and going, I guess to be
    replaced by CVN 77 George Bush in 2008. Hard to believe that is only a little more than 2 years away. She'll be what? 47 years of active
    service at that time. What a tribute to her builders and the naval personnel operating and and maintaining her!

    Here she is this year, pulling into Sydney:


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