NAS Pensacola Road Trip – USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park; 16 April 2015

Mobile, AL – Today, we traveled about an hour west to Mobile, AL and visited the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park. It’s been almost 40 years since we visited the USS Alabama while traveling back and forth between New Orleans and Savannah when my father was in the Navy. The park has not only the USS Alabama (BB-60), but the USS Drum (SS-228), a number of military aircraft, and other displays. The interior part of the Alabama is looking fine, but the parts of the exterior and entry ways have seen better days; no doubt the park has the same problems many other historic sites do – lack of funds resulting in lack of maintenance. That said, there are parts of the ship that are closed off and undergoing restoration work. The Alabama is still an impressive ship and one worth visiting.

The USS Alabama (BB-60) is 680 feet long and 35,000 tons and had a crew of 2,500 men. Armed with 9 16″ guns, 20 5″ guns, 48 40mm guns, and 52 20mm guns, she was commissioned in 1942 and saw service in the Pacific during World War II, earning 9 battle stars.

USS Alabama (BB-60)
USS Alabama (BB-60)
USS Alabama (BB-60)
USS Alabama (BB-60)
Bow shot of the USS Alabama (BB-60)
Bow shot of the USS Alabama (BB-60)
5" turrets
5″ turrets
Looking rearwards from the fo'c'sle at two of the 16" turrets and the superstructure
Looking rearwards from the fo’c’sle at two of the 16″ turrets and the superstructure
20mm guns in the foreground, the two forward 16" turrets, and the superstructure
20mm guns in the foreground, the two forward 16″ turrets, and the superstructure
5" turrets
5″ turrets
Inside of a 5" turret
Inside of a 5″ turret
Catapult for launching OS2U Kingfisher aircraft and the crane for recovering them
Catapult for launching OS2U Kingfisher aircraft and the crane for recovering them
Looking forward from the fantail toward the after 16" turret and the superstructure
Looking forward from the fantail toward the after 16″ turret and the superstructure

20150416_100616_resize

Spare 40mm gun barrels stored around one of the 16" gun barbettes
Spare 40mm gun barrels stored around one of the 16″ gun barbettes
20mm Gun magazine loading station
20mm Gun magazine loading station
Engineering and machinery spaces in the USS Alabama
Engineering and machinery spaces in the USS Alabama
16" Gun ammunition stored around one of the 16" Gun barbettes
16″ Gun ammunition stored around one of the 16″ Gun barbettes
Powder bags and elevators for one of the 16" Guns
Powder bags and elevators for one of the 16″ Guns
Radio Room aboard the USS Alabama
Radio Room aboard the USS Alabama
Radio Room aboard the USS Alabama
Radio Room aboard the USS Alabama
Radio Room aboard the USS Alabama
Radio Room aboard the USS Alabama

The USS Drum (SS-228) is almost 312 feet long 1,526 tons and had a crew of 72 men. She was commissioned in 1941 and 12 battle stars during World War II. Serving in the Pacific Theater, she sunk 15 ships, totaling 80,580 tons over 13 patrols, the eighth highest of US submarines in Japanese tonnage sunk. When we first visited the park 4o years ago, the Drum was in the water by the Alabama but in 2001 she was moved onto land.

USS Drum (SS-228)
USS Drum (SS-228)
USS Drum (SS-228) conning tower
USS Drum (SS-228) conning tower
P-51D Mustang in Tuskegee Airmen colors
P-51D Mustang in Tuskegee Airmen colors
F-16A Falcon in Alabama ANG markings
F-16A Falcon in Alabama ANG markings
AD-4N Skyraider
AD-4N Skyraider
F-15A Eagle
F-15A Eagle
F/A-18A Hornet
F/A-18A Hornet
YF-17 Cobra Prototype
YF-17 Cobra Prototype
A-12 Blackbird
A-12 Blackbird
A-6 Intruder
A-6 Intruder
A-4C Skyhawk
A-4C Skyhawk
RF-8A Crusader
RF-8A Crusader
F-14A Tomcat
F-14A Tomcat
SH-2F Seasprite
SH-2F Seasprite
PBR Patrol Boat
PBR Patrol Boat
SH-60B Seahawk
SH-60B Seahawk
F9F Panther
F9F Panther
USCG Boats
USCG Boats
B-52D Stratofortress
B-52D Stratofortress
C-47D Skytrain
C-47D Skytrain
HH-52A Sea Guardian
HH-52A Sea Guardian

3 thoughts on “NAS Pensacola Road Trip – USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park; 16 April 2015

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s