BENICIA, Calif. – The aging rustbuckets, proud veterans of America’s past wars, come into view as the early morning fog begins to fade. Lashed together and sitting in rows, the U.S. Navy and Maritime Administration’s floating cadavers moored here in the middle of Suisun Bay are drenched in history. At least three alumni of this “ghost” or “mothball” fleet east of San Francisco had Nevada-related names: The ocean-going tugboat USS Winnemucca, the Las Vegas Victory and the oiler USS Truckee. Other ships have included the battleship USS Iowa, the Glomar Explorer spy ship built by Howard Hughes and hundreds of …
Navy’s ‘ghost’ fleet headed to scrapyard
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