As the saying goes, “when in Rome…”, so this morning the Adventurers left their great hotel (The Pendry) after breakfast and walked to USS Midway, a ship they thought had been in World War II. Not!
It was actually commissioned a week after the end of World War II. It does have some claims to fame: the largest ship in the world until 1955 as well as the first U.S. aircraft carrier too big to transit the Panama Canal. The Midway operated for 47 years and saw action in the Vietnam War and also served as the Persian Gulf flagship in 1991’s Operation Desert Storm.
It’s such a big ship that now, as a museum, it has dozens and dozens of aircraft on display on its deck. Not surprising there were a lot of military-themed tour groups on the scene.
As they headed back via Seaport Village they spotted what seemed like some huge steel monster headed their way. It turned out to be USS Zumwalt (top photo) whose homeport is San Diego.
Quick research revealed that USS Zumwalt is a guided missile destroyer named for Admiral Elmo Zumwalt that cost a whopping $4.4 billion. The destroyer has stealth capabilities, having a radar cross-section akin to a fishing boat despite her large size. It looks like something you don’t want to mess with…