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A thrill of looking at naval vessels is their uniformity. To the layperson, which I am, this poorly shot foto shows the stern of a warship of some sort.
Uniformity means anonymity; it does not mean pusillanimity. Warships exude power.
But still, imagine my surprise–if wikipedia is correct about this–when I learned that this vessel–USS Simpson (FFG-56) is one of only TWO total US naval vessels presently commissioned that can claim to have sunk an enemy vessel with its shipboard weaponry . . . aircraft are not “shipboard weaponry.” Can you guess the other? A clue is that it cost less than $4000 to build. And foolish me .. . I didn’t even get a proper foto! In the foreground is an unidentified USACE vessel. Learning the secret of FFG-56 was similar to seeing–and then immediately knowing the back story of–Turner Joy last summer.
Also in port was CG-69 USS Vicksburg, again . . . uniform but powerful would be an understatement. .
I wish I’d taken more fotos, but copious fotos or no . . . I shall remember and appreciate my visit to Mayport.
Oh . . . that other currently commissioned US Navy vessel that has sunk enemy vessel usiing shipboard weaponry . . . is USS Constitution. The vessel it sunk was HMS Guerriere, which although was battling for the British was French-built, taken by the British as a war prize in July 1806.
A few more fotos from Mayport include LCS-2 USS Independence, which reminds me of a DeLorean, somehow . . .