February 8th Photos Page

Made 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. 

 

February 8th Photo #1
Looking good with a light dusting of snow as I arrived!
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Tough duty here guys!
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Shot from O8 looking down at the snow on Turrets #1 & #2 and Bow.
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Photos of the Combat Engagement Center (CEC) on O2 start here.
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Photos of the Bridge on O4 start here.
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Quick stop inside Radio Central on the Main Deck.
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Photos of the Combat Information Center (CIC) on Deck 4 start here.
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A few shots of Main Battery Plot, also down on Deck 4 start here.
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The sun was setting and it was time to head back to Virginia.
 

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