"The federal government has been slapped with a lawsuit by a series of environmental groups, including the NRDC, over decayed war ships that have long been polluting the waters at Suisin Bay in San Francisco."

"Over 70 rust-filled ships float in waters near San Francisco and many date back to World War II. The lawsuit seeks to have the ships properly disposed of and to hold accountable the state and federal governments for this ugly, unhealthy, and long overdue public hazard."

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Boat cemetery in Suisin bay, San Francisco

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  1. Ronald Pottol // Tuesday, April 21, 2009 9:24:00 PM  

    In theory, these can all be made operational fairly quickly, they are a reserve for the US military, and were carefully mothballed.

  2. Unknown // Tuesday, July 21, 2009 11:51:00 PM  

    thanks to all the tree-huggers, the amount of paperwork needed to scrap a Navy ship is approximately 80% of the volume of the original ship. The mothball fleet at Suisun should be scrapped, but the Navy can never afford the cost of scrapping them in the U.S. (which is required by federal law) or sinking them which would take years of modifications and environmental impact statements. Thus they who are suing are the reason for the mothball fleets existence.

  3. Unknown // Thursday, July 23, 2009 11:44:00 PM  

    yeah in theory, fortunately most of the ships are auxiliaries that do not need much in the way of defensive systems upgrades. Most of the refit would have to be communications and crypto gear to be able to talk to the ships they are dealing with for fuel, ammo and maintainance that they would deal with. Might be an idea to take one of the old tenders off the coast of Somalia for a mother ship for the antipirate teams there.

  4. Unknown // Thursday, August 06, 2009 12:06:00 PM  

    You should have seen the James River (about 20 miles north of Norfolk, VA) Reserve Fleet in it's heyday. They have been steadily sending ships to the scrapyards for the last 8 years. So far, they've sent 81 ships to be scrapped since the beginning of 2001. The 82nd ship was scheduled to leave the mothball fleet today, 8/6/09. According to public records, at it's peak in 1950, the US National Defense Reserve Fleet had 2277 ships in it's fleets at James River, VA, Beaumont, TX, and Suisun Bay, CA. I've only actually seen James River, and it was amazing the number of ships that were held there. JR was also the location of the Savannah, the world's only nuclear-powered commercial merchant vessel.