Battleship U.S.S. Alabama, Mobile AL, Jan 2009
Work sent me to Pascagoula MS for a meeting. While there I took the opportunity with a co-worker to go and visit the Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile Alabama. I now work for BAE and we build the guns that are placed on board today's ships, so this was a field trip to see one use for the guns we produce. These were probably made by the company that became BAE, and they are similar to the 5 inch guns that we currently make. We got there around 2pm and they close at 5pm. This limited how much we could see and do. We walked around the decks and looked at just a couple of the display areas in the conning tower, we had no time to go below decks and view the entire ship.
In addition to the battleship, the U.S.S. Drum (a submarine), several aircraft and some Army vehicles are on display here. We walked through the display building. There were some photos of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The building had survived but it was flooded and had damaged some of the displays on the floor.
The U.S.S. Drum is up on blocks out of the water. We climbed a flight of stairs to get to the deck. This boat is open and on display, but like any submarine it is very tight quarters. We only climbed into the forward torpedo room and decided that was enough. From the deck of the Drum we could see the outside aircraft display and across the park.
This was my second visit to this site. Both times now I have only had a short time to explore the exhibits, one of these days, I'll have to plan a longer visit.
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