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In 2017, MAST visited USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, VA, USS Olympia in Philadelphia, PA, USS New Jersey in Camden, NJ and then...USS Constellation in Baltimore, MD

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MAST 2018 will take place late April and will visit:

USS Constitution, USS Cassin Young, USS Salem, USS Massachusetts, USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., USS Lionfish, East German Hiddennsee

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Quick run through USS Lionfish and the Hiddensee a Russian built, East German Tarantul class Corvette.

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Wow! These are some amazingly clear photos. I would love the opportunity to visit all of these amazing ships. Thanks so much for sharing them with us all!

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MAST 2019 will most likely be a return trip to USS Iowa in April for the 30th anniversary of the turret 2 explosion. By best bud Blue_Darter was a crew member and aboard when the turret exploded. so its going to be very significant for him. Possible trip down to Diego to see USS Midway as well. At some point we have to get to Oahu and Pearl to see USS Arizona and USS Missouri.

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Sounds like you've got a great trip planned, and please thank your friend for me for his service. I couldn't even imagine being aboard when that tragedy occurred. Please post pictures if you're willing, I'd love to see them. 

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That's super cool. I've actually seen quite a few of the ships you're featuring, and recently as well. I went over to DC for my HS graduation last summer. My family has never really been there, and we, at one point, casually stopped by Baltimore and checked out Constellation and the Coast Guard cutter there, then casually left. I'm not even kidding. Just in, see the stuff, out. Later that week we went to Norfolk and visited Wisconsin, and got a boat tour of the place. Saw about half a dozen Carriers docked there, including the Ford. I really enjoyed it. Beyond cool.

Something I do want to ask though, did you get to climb into the Main turrets of Wisconsin or New Jersey? I'm asking because on our way off the Wisconsin we checked out the No. 1 turret. Never really seen the inside of one before. I can say it is hot and stuffy, and a bit cramped as well. (though I am well above the average recommended height for a WWII sailor, at about 6'1")

And I would absolutely recommend a trip to San Diego for Midway. She's easily one of the best ship museums in the world, and is in the top 10 Museums in the whole Nation, and for good reason. She's in gorgeous shape. Her curators take very good care of her. I don't know if you've been to her already, but if you haven't, please take the time and visit. It's well worth your time. You will easily spend the whole day on just her, from open to close (about 10 AM - 5 or 6 PM). She's my all-time favorite. 

And I've been to Pearl, albeit for a brief period. I did see Missouri, but not Arizona. A Fletcher class destroyer is still on my bucket list, though. I'm thinking it will be the Kidd in Louisiana, though it's pretty far from Utah. Anywho, glad you're getting to visit such great pieces of history. Hope you enjoy yourself. 

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On 5/14/2018 at 1:36 AM, Halonut24 said:

That's super cool. I've actually seen quite a few of the ships you're featuring, and recently as well. I went over to DC for my HS graduation last summer. My family has never really been there, and we, at one point, casually stopped by Baltimore and checked out Constellation and the Coast Guard cutter there, then casually left. I'm not even kidding. Just in, see the stuff, out. Later that week we went to Norfolk and visited Wisconsin, and got a boat tour of the place. Saw about half a dozen Carriers docked there, including the Ford. I really enjoyed it. Beyond cool.

Something I do want to ask though, did you get to climb into the Main turrets of Wisconsin or New Jersey? I'm asking because on our way off the Wisconsin we checked out the No. 1 turret. Never really seen the inside of one before. I can say it is hot and stuffy, and a bit cramped as well. (though I am well above the average recommended height for a WWII sailor, at about 6'1")

And I would absolutely recommend a trip to San Diego for Midway. She's easily one of the best ship museums in the world, and is in the top 10 Museums in the whole Nation, and for good reason. She's in gorgeous shape. Her curators take very good care of her. I don't know if you've been to her already, but if you haven't, please take the time and visit. It's well worth your time. You will easily spend the whole day on just her, from open to close (about 10 AM - 5 or 6 PM). She's my all-time favorite. 

And I've been to Pearl, albeit for a brief period. I did see Missouri, but not Arizona. A Fletcher class destroyer is still on my bucket list, though. I'm thinking it will be the Kidd in Louisiana, though it's pretty far from Utah. Anywho, glad you're getting to visit such great pieces of history. Hope you enjoy yourself. 

All of the BBs that I have been on have had access to at least one turret. USS North Carolina has the best access to the magazine and powder flat spaces, with a new access actually cut through the barbette. USS Iowa allows access to turret one but the range finder has been removed so the turret is unhistorically spacious.

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