The 45,000 ton U.S. Naval battleship, Wisconsin, was decommissioned at Bayonne, New Jersey, today, as?
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Background: The 45,000 ton U.S. Naval battleship, Wisconsin, was decommissioned at Bayonne, New Jersey, today, as part of the trend which, say their naval experts, will reduce the size of the fighting force by half within a year, unless new and modern ships were commissioned to replace the obsolete ones. Admiral Burke, Chief of Naval Operations, has said before the American House of Representatives that the reserve fleet at present consisted of 1,303 ships which cost the navy some GBP32 million to maintain. He said that the fleet of the future must contain highly mobile submarine and anti-submarine forces using long-range missiles, rockets and powerful torpedoes. The Wisconsin was America's last active battleship. She has joined the 'mothball' reserve fleet.