the trip up from Virginia again, the day after a fairly decent snowstorm went up the East coast
dropping about 7 inches in Camden. I arrived about 0915 and worked
until almost 1700, spending almost all of my time down on Broadway again.
Most of the photos taken today are in response
to a request from a former crewman who recently sent me an e-mail.
He was a member of the Ops Team in CEC Plot on
February 8, 1984 when the ship fired 288 rounds into the hills
east of Beirut supporting U.S. Marines in the Multi-National Defense
Force in Beirut, Lebanon. Today, 19 years later the big guns are
silent, and I ate my lunch on the floor of the CIC. I couldn't
help but wonder what it must have been like in there on that day, if
those old bulkheads could only talk. Hope these pictures bring
back some fond memories of the days when Battleships roamed the seas and
the power of their guns was feared by all who would oppose this
nation. February 8th is also noteworthy in the History of Big J as
the date of her final decommissioning in 1991, paving the way for her
ultimate donation as a museum.