USS Virginia in Retirement


USS Virginia (or rather, what was left after decommissioning) spent her last years with other decommissioned nuclear powered vessels in Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, at Bremerton, WA. The picture below shows Virginia moored alongside the USS Texas (CGN-39). The submarine moored outboard Virginia is the USS Triton (SSN-586), which was the USN's only two reactor submarine, and the first sub to circumnavigate the globe submerged.
 


On 21 April 2000, CGN-38's status on the Naval Vessel Register was changed to "Disposed of by Recycling". This means the process of removing the reactor compartments and disposing of the rest of the ship has been completed. The reactor compartments were shipped to Hanford for long term storage; the disposition of the rest of the ship is unknown.


 

Here's a wide shot of a portion of the Bremerton waterfront, taken on August 31st, 1996. The Lincoln, of course, is still active. She was in PSNSY for a DDSRA. Virginia's and Texas' superstructures were removed as part of the decommissioning process. The aluminium from the superstructures was sold for scrap, about $0.16/lb, if I remember correctly. Removal of the superstructure facilitated Reactor Compartment removal, which occured sometime early 2000.
 

This is an overhead shot taken 5/17/97 by Don Shelton (thanks, Don). His website is here. At the top of the photo is Virginia, then Texas and Long Beach. Notice Texas is a bit shorter; she had part of her fantail removed in deactivation so she'd fit in drydock with another ship when recyling time came.
 

This Google maps link shows you what is left of CGN-38: https://www.google.com/maps/place/46%C2%B033'57.6%22N+119%C2%B031'09.9%22W/@46.5660034,-119.5208514,477m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0

And this document tells you how to identify Virginia's reactor compartments:  http://cgn38.org/today/Trench94.pdf


This is a picture of four subs in PSNSY drydock #4 at once, undergoing RC removal.

USS Missouri before being towed to Pearl Harbor.


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