Posts Tagged ‘uss’

San Francisco’s Connection to the North Korean Crisis: Pier 80, USS Tripoli, and THAAD Ballistic Missile Defense

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

1. Here’s the news of the day:

Anti-missile systems sent to Guam to counter North Korean threat

2. Those systems are called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD).

3. THAAD was developed using the former USS Tripoli (LPH-10), an Iwo Jima-class amphibious assault ship that’s basically a mini aircraft carrier.

4. The USS Tripoli was based at Pier 80 in Dogpatch as recently as last year and it’s still there right now, for all I know.

That’s the connection.

That’s San Francisco’s contribution to the war effort.

(And, just saying, THAAD could come in handy when dealing with NK’s big buddy China…)

All the deets:

“She was decommissioned in 1995 and as of 2004, she was on loan to the Army, but remained laid up at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. In December 2006, the ship was towed to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where it now has a high-tech role as a launch platform with the nation’s developing ballistic missile defense program. Three times the ship was towed some 100 miles off shore and used to launch small ballistic missiles, which are then intercepted by Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Missiles, test-fired from the Pacific Missile Range Facility. The last test in the series was performed 26 October, when the ship fired a “Scud-like” missile, which was successfully intercepted. The ship will be towed back to the San Francisco Bay Area for the winter. Kaua’i lacks a suitable land-based launch site, and the costs of building one would far exceed the approximately $600,000 per year it costs to use the old warship, so the vessel returned to Pearl Harbor for a second series of tests in late spring 2008.[1] As of 16 June 2012 she berthed at Pier 80 in San Francisco, CA.”

From 2008:

Well, look what just got towed in from Hawaii. Fresh from testing of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, San Francisco’s favorite former helicopter carrier, the former U.S.S. Tripoli (LPH-10), had its ups and downs in the Aloha State.

Read all about the post-retirement adventures of the USS Tripoli at Telstar Logistics.

Under the Golden Gate Bridge:

Who knows what the future will be for this old ship. Probably more missile launching.

And from 2010:

Now I could tell you all about the supr sekrt USS Tripoli (LPH-10 (Landing Platform, Helicopter)) but that would be MUY PRO HI BI DA DO (I say that in Spanish because that’s how not allowed it would be).

Suffice to say the old girl has been chilling in the Dogpatch lately, right next to ridiculously hilly Potrero Hill. See?

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Where, oh where, will it get towed to next?

What, oh what, will it next launch into the Heav’ns Above?

Courage.

The Trip as seen off of Kauai in the 808 State (or somewhere else in the wide Pacific) during the sum, sum, summertime. Whoosh:

E komo mai. Nou ka hale, USS Tripoli

Know Your Aging, SCUD-Missile Launching, Marine Aircraft Carriers of the Bay Area – The USS Tripoli Winters in Dogpatch

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Now I could tell you all about the supr sekrt USS Tripoli (LPH-10 (Landing Platform, Helicopter)) but that would be MUY PRO HI BI DA DO (I say that in Spanish because that’s how not allowed it would be).

Suffice to say the old girl has been chilling in the Dogpatch lately, right next to ridiculously hilly Potrero Hill. See?

Click to expand

Where, oh where, will it get towed to next?

What, oh what, will it next launch into the Heav’ns Above?

Courage.

The Trip as seen off of Kauai in the 808 State (or somewhere else in the wide Pacific) during the sum, sum, summertime. Whoosh:

E komo mai. Nou ka hale, USS Tripoli

A Photo Tour of the USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) Down at Piers 15-17

Friday, June 25th, 2010

As rumored, the USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) guided missile cruiser was open for tours yesterday at Piers 15-17 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Check some photos below and also some more here from Jonathan Koren.

Unlike the thousands of people at the Valrag down at Piers 30-32, the crowd at the Bunker Hill was manageable:

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Let’s start at the back, as the tours did. Countless Tomahawk missiles are down there, probs:

A five-inch gun, Harpoon missile launchers, and Old Glory - Gaia bless America:

Those petroleum mishaps clean up in a jiff with the Oil Spill Containment Kit:

When you got a Yingji-82 Eagle Strike or an Exocet Flying Fish coming your way, the Phalanx gatling gun is your last hope: 

The fix-it shop for twirlypoppers:

This giant bell sits amidships:

They turn it upside-down for baptisms, if you can read the etchings:

Now we’re at the bridge, where you can see the Financh and the Bay Bridge: 

The helm. Left and right are clearly marked – how convenient!

The view from the bridge overlooking the waterfront:

Now we’re at the bow, where you can pose with an AR-15:

This isn’t your grandfather’s cruiser. The way you can tell that is by the small bore size of this five-inch gun. Of course, this is a missile boat, primarily, not a gun boat:

And way up at the fron, the First Navy Jack: Don’t Tread On Me. It’s in vogue now, in this post-9/11 era.

All the deets, in English and Russian:

And There You Have It.

Internet Chatter Confirms Blog Rumor: USS Bunker Hill Tour Today from 1-4PM

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Word on The Streets of San Francisco is that the U.S. Navy is, as of yesterday, planning to let regular people come aboard guided missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) today, Thursday, June 24th, 2010, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at Piers 15-17.

That’s the updated rumor from the rumor from a couple days back. So, the Navy might do this. Maybe.

Keeping  a weather eye out for them terrorists 24/7 whilst docked at Pier 17:

Of course the swells, the People That Matter, have already taken the tour. See the portkey tents on the ship and at the end of the pier? That’s the route.

The Navy might make an announcement about this or they might not.

Anyway, we’ll see how it goes.

Rumour of the Day: USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) Will Offer Public Tours on June 24th at Pier 17

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Now, I might be besmirching the stellar reputation of bone-stock WordPress blogs the world over, but Word on The Streets of San Francisco is that the U.S. Navy is, as of yesterday, not 100% opposed to letting regular people come aboard guided missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) this coming Thursday, June 24th, 2010.

Keeping  a weather eye out for them terrorists 24/7 whilst docked at Pier 17:

Of course the swells, the People That Matter, have already taken the tour. See the portkey tents on the ship and at the end of the pier? That’s the route.

The Navy might make an announcement about this or they might not.

Anyway, we’ll see how it goes.

The Bay Area Resting Place of the World Famous Battleship U.S.S. Iowa, BB-61

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Here it is, in the East Bay, the famous battleship USS Iowa. She went under the Golden Gate Bridge for the last time back in 2001 and now just sits around at a cost of a quarter mil a year. There was talk of the Iowa (and also her sister ship, the USS Missouri) getting berthed in San Francisco as a floating museum, but don’t expect that to happen anytime soon.

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And here it is from above:

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Of course Telstar Logistics has been there already, as you can see here.

Any takers?

Ballistic Missile Defense Ship, the Former U.S.S. Tripoli, Comes Home

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Well, look what just got towed in from Hawaii. Fresh from testing of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, San Francisco’s favorite former helicopter carrier, the former U.S.S. Tripoli (LPH-10), had its ups and downs in the Aloha State.

Read all about the post-retirement adventures of the USS Tripoli at Telstar Logistics.

Under the Golden Gate Bridge:

Who knows what the future will be for this old ship. Probably more missile launching.