At 10 o'clock this morning the United States Navy was without a battleship for the first time in sixty-three years.
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Background: At 10 o'clock this morning the United States Navy was without a battleship for the first time in sixty-three years. The Wisconsin, which has three sister ships in the mothball fleet, was herself decommissioned and stored away.
The captain of the Wisconsin, Captain John Miner made his last inspection today of the ship and crew. The pennant on the mast was lowered and duly handed to Captain Miner, and that was the end of the Wisconsin.
She was launched on Pearl Harbour Day in 1943, destined for the Pacific Fleet. In the Third Fleet, under Admiral Halsey, she won stars for battle work at Leyte, Luzon, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Japan,--a fine and honourable war service.
After the second World War the Wisconsin was inactive from 1948 to 1951, when she steamed to Korea, where she received her first direct hit from an enemy shore battery. After this episode she become a training ship, but now, only 15 years old she is out of date for the navy of the future of fast submarines and speedy anti-submarine forces.
In the House of Representatives, Admiral Burke, chief of Naval Operations, stated that the reserve fleet (the mothball fleet), was costing GBP32 million as, it contains 1,303 ships of various shapes and categories.
The retreat sounded by the ship's bugler, not only marks the passing of a great and valiant ship, but the end of the Dreadnought class of battle ships.