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We have dreamed of this for many years and finally our dream has come true.
We are looking forward to many happy miles ahead.
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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Tour of USS Midway

10 January 2014

Today we drove the 35 miles into San Diego to tour the USS Midway which has been in San Diego since 2004 and the first Navy Ship to hosts more than a million visitors a year. It is also a fun place for kids as they feature many interactive exhibits. The tours are a self guided audio  with the exception of the Bridge. Parking is next to the ship for $10. www.midway.org
Flight Deck

The Midway was commissioned in 1945 and was the largest ship in the world for a decade. In 1965, Midway pilots shot down first MIG of the Vietnam War and the last in 1973. In 1973 it was the first aircraft carrier home ported in a foreign country..Yokosuka,Japan. In 1975 it led the evacuation of 3,073 refugees from Saigon. In 1991 it was the Flagship of the persian Gulf air operations in Desert Storm. In 1992  it was decommissioned in San Diego. I have included a photo of  the fact sheet.

Fact Sheet

We took over 100 photos and I have selected just a few.
Note Sapphire of Seas in Background

Captain's Quarters

Admiral's Quarters

Officer's Mess

Communication Room

Radar Room

Conversing with the Captain

The Bridge

John lost in Size

Boot Camp Issue

Machine Shop

Operating Room


Flight Deck

Another View

On the Bridge

Flight Deck Operations

Definitely recommend this tour for young and old. Across the bay was the USS Ronald Reagan, taller than any building in San Diego.
By the way no building can be taller than 500 ft due to approach path to airport. Also in port was the Princess Sapphire of the Seas. What a massive ship...must carry over 3,000 passengers. Not our idea of a relaxing cruise. Prefer the much smaller vessels.
Princess Sapphire of the Seas

Also learned that Naval ships that have a golden anchor are ships that have served 4 years and if over half the crew re-enlists for another 4 years, they earn the anchor.
Note the Golden Anchor

We then walked over to the Bob Hope Memorial and Famous Kiss Statue.

Bob Hope Memorial

Famous Kiss

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