Get a First-Hand Look at Military Might
The USS Hornet, on the shores of Alameda Point, CA, held the most distinguished aircraft carrier combat record during World War II. She was later decommissioned in 1970, then opened to the public as a museum in 1998.
Take a stroll along San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, where the USS Pampanito awaits. This US Navy ship completed 6 war patrols during World War II.
Moored at Battleship Park in Mobile, AL, the USS Alabama fought during World War II in the Pacific as a member of the fast carrier task forces. In 1964, it was donated to Alabama as a museum ship.
The Battleship North Carolina was considered the world's greatest sea weapon in 1941. By 1958, she was headed for the scrapyard -- until a statewide campaign by North Carolina citizens saved her.
During World War II, Japanese forces nicknamed the USS Lexington "the Blue Ghost" because of her dark blue paint color. Today, self-guided tours cover 100,000 square feet and 11 decks.
This World War II aircraft carrier in NYC was saved from the scrap heap in 1978. Now a museum, the USS Intrepid serves as a hub for the annual Fleet Week events.
'Air Raid, Pearl Harbor.' The USCGC Taney heeded the call that fateful day, and became the last ship floating that fought in the attacks. Today, she is located in the Baltimore Inner Harbor.
A dreadnought, the USS Texas is the oldest remaining battleship of its kind. Today, it's moored at San Jacinto Battleground, near Houston.
The USS Nautilus was the world's first operational nuclear submarine -- and inspiration for Jules Verne's <i>20 Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.</i>
Located at the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum, the USS Midway -- better known as the longest-serving Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century -- includes 60 exhibits, including a jail, engine room and pilots' ready rooms.
This beast of a submarine was aptly named after a predatory fish. Since 1981, it's been open to publc tours as a museum in Pearl Harbor, HI.
The USS Blueback is the US Navy's last non-nuclear, fast-attack submarine. For 3 decades, it was in official operation throughout the Pacific Ocean.
The USS Kidd won 8 battle stars for World War II service and 4 for Korean War service. It is now located in Baton Rouge, LA. And -- how's this for fun -- now offers overnight camping aboard the ship.
The USS Massachusetts -- or 'Big Mamie,' as her crew called her -- received 11 battle stars for World War II service.
The USS Batfish sank 3 enemy submarines and 11 other enemy vessels during its active years. Today, the submarine rests at Port of Muskogee, OK, and is open to the public from late March to November.