I just finished watching a special on PBS about the USS Wisconsin.Â As many of you know I have a great appreciation for military history, and I’m also a sucker for battleships.
- The ship was commissioned in 1944 to fight in WWII, which ended on 1945.
- The ship was decommissioned in 1948, but recommissioned in 1951 for the Korean Conflict.
- It was mothballed in 1958, but later recommissioned again in 1986 after 28 years of being inactive.Â That’s 28 years of doing nothing but sitting there and I find it amazing that it was never scrapped.
- In 1991 the Wisconsin fired Tomahawk missiles and it’s 16-inch guns during Operation Desert Storm.Â And this is the part I found most amazing about the special which showed documentation to prove the following.Â The ammunition used for those 16-inch guns were made in 1937.Â What was made to fight the forces of Japan was being used on the Iraqi Republican Guard.Â Â Keep in mind that ammunition weighed about 2700 lbs and could travel about 24 miles.
- She was decommissioned again right after Desert Storm in 1991 and is currently a museum ship operated by the Hampton Roads Naval Museum.