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Location DB > United States > California > Benicia > National Defense Reserve "Mothball" Fleet
National Defense Reserve "Mothball" Fleet
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created by YouOnlyLiveOnce on 7/13/2009 10:36 PM
last modified by YouOnlyLiveOnce on 7/13/2009 11:49 PM
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The "Mothball" fleet contains over 100 decommissioned ships, most of which are waiting to be scrapped. However, a few are still Reserve Ready and can be ready in 20-120 days.
 Basic Information
Type: Ship
Status: Semi-Active
 Physical Information

Benicia, California
United States
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • water
  • air quality
  •  Interesting Features
    Machine shop, the bridge, ammunition storage, weapons, paperwork, old keys laying around most of the ships.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • 24 hour guard
  • locked gates
  • cameras
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1946
    Closed: 0
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • gloves
  • head protection
  • lifejacket
  •  Recommended Equipment

    The NDRF was established in 1946 to serve as a reserve of ships for national defense and national emergencies.

    NDRF vessels are now located at the James River, Beaumont and Suisun Bay anchorages and at designated port facility berths. The program primarily consists of dry cargo ships with some tankers and military auxiliaries. As of April 1, 2009, there were 180 vessels in the NDRF.
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     Future Plans
    Just recently, there were 7 ships slated for scrapping. They will be removed from the fleet in the very near future.

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    First Visit - 2.2.09

    posted by YouOnlyLiveOnce
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 7/14/2009 2:14 PM.

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  • on Jul 14 09 at 14:14, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jul 13 09 at 23:49, YouOnlyLiveOnce changed the following: Year Closed
  • on Jul 13 09 at 23:49, YouOnlyLiveOnce updated gallery First Visit - 2.2.09
  • on Jul 13 09 at 23:49, YouOnlyLiveOnce updated gallery First Visit - 2.2.09
  • on Jul 13 09 at 23:47, YouOnlyLiveOnce changed the following: City
  • on Jul 13 09 at 23:46, YouOnlyLiveOnce made this location available
  • on Jul 13 09 at 23:46, YouOnlyLiveOnce changed the following: Year Closed, Status, Accessibility, Required Equipment
  • on Jul 13 09 at 23:45, YouOnlyLiveOnce changed the following: Type, Recommendation
  • on Jul 13 09 at 23:42, YouOnlyLiveOnce changed the following: Interesting Features, Recommendation, Recommended Equipment
  • on Jul 13 09 at 23:41, YouOnlyLiveOnce changed the following: Description
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