NiteStryker What are battleships named after then?
Battleships had state names, like the Arizona for example. But there no more battleship in active service, mainly cuz they are useless.
We stopped making battleships.
The USS America was a post WW2 Kittyhawk class and built somewhere around 1966.
It was not a significant historical relic and it never went through the service life extension program (SLEP) so it was pretty ragged and worn out. Uusally if they are sunk like that all toxic materials are removed and the ship is used for a target or sunk with scuttling charges to make a artifical reef.
If this had been a WW2 era carrier like the Lexington then yes that would have been a shame but the USS America being sunk does not stir any emotions in me.
Honestly Im suprised it wasnt sold for steel scrap.
When I was in Gettysburg a few years back, I noticed that there was a Hardy's fast food restaurant about 10 yards from Cemetary Hill. IE, they built a burger place on the same ground where around 4,000 people were killed at that area of the Battle of Gettysburg.
I don't recall seeing that Hamburger joint from this last December. The Ford Dealership is being forced to move as well.
Major battlegrounds (i.e. over five thousand battle participants) in the U.S. ought to be preserved. God knows we have room.
I dont know the details but I know there have been some heated discussions and debates about Gettysburg encroaching on the Gettysburg battleground and some developers say hte battleground ought to go in favour of progress and building room.
Sounds antyhting including their soul to make a dollar.
[color=black]Commercial centers (fast food joints, tourist traps, etc.), should never encroach upon the grounds of a historical site like Gettysburg, where thousands died. The movement to keep commercialism out seems to be winning, I recall reading about a 300ft observation tower built at Gettysburg being torn down a couple years ago.[/color]