Pearl Harbor Hawaii |US Navy Bone Yard of Decommissioned Vessels

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While riding past the U.S. Navy ship "graveyard" located at Middle Loch in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (the Waipahu side of Pearl Harbor) I wondered how many ships were in this "graveyard". While researching I found out that this Middle Loch U.S. Navy ship "graveyard" is also known as a bone yard.

This Navy "Inactive" ship facility is just one of the three remaining bone yards for decommissioned vessels. This facility has been renamed about four times and is now known as the "Inactive Ships On-Site Maintenance Office".

The following information is of the remaining decommissioned ships in Middle Loch, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in the bone yard, their type, dates of commission and decommission. You can click on the links to learn more about the ships. 

Ship

Type

Commissioned

Decommissioned

USS Anchorage (LSD-36)

Dock Landing Ship

March 15, 1969

October 01, 2003

USS Acadia (AD-42)

Destroyer Tender

June 6, 1981

December 16, 1994

USS Coronado (AGF-11)

Misc.  Command Ship

May 23, 1970

Feb. 25, 2005

USS Duluth (LPD-6)

Amphibious Transport Dock

Dec. 18, 1965

Sept. 28, 2005

USS Durham (LKA-114)

Amphibious Cargo Ship

May 24, 1969

Feb. 25, 2005

USS Fresno (LST-1182)

Tank Landing Ship

Nov. 22, 1969

April 8, 1993

USS Juneau (LPD-10)

Amphibious Transport Dock

July 12, 1969

 Oct. 31, 2008

USS Kilauea (AE-26)

Ammunition Ship

Aug. 10, 1968

Oct. 1, 1980

USS New Orleans (LPH-11)

Amphibious Assault Ship (Helicopter)

Nov. 16, 1968

Oct. 01, 1997

USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3)

Combat store ship

April 29, 1967

Sept. 23, 1994

USS Ogden (LPD-5)

Amphibious Transport Dock

June 19, 1965

Feb. 21, 2007

USS Racine (LST-1191)

Tank Landing Ship

July 9, 1971

Oct. 2, 1993

USS St. Louis (LKA-116)

Amphibious Cargo Ship

Nov. 22, 1969

Nov. 2, 1992

USS Tarawa (LHA-1)

Amphibious Assault Ship

May 29, 1976

March 31, 2009

USS Tuscaloosa (LST-1187)

Tank Landing Ship

Oct. 24, 1970

Feb. 18, 1994

My son was stationed on the USS Kitty Hawk  and it was homeported in Yokosuka, Japan. The day the war broke out in Iraq he was aboard the USS Kitty Hawk in the Persian Gulf. It was March 19th and it was his birthday. He has since come home in 2006 and the USS Kitty Hawk sailed it's last voyage and participated in the RIMPAC 2008, The GEORGE WASHINGTON replaced the KITTY HAWK in Japan.  The USS Kitty Hawk continued on to Bremerton, Washington where it was decommissioned since January 31, 2009.

Picture below was taken on July 4th, 2008 while docked in between the RIMPAC 2008 excercises.

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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman is a Realtor-Associate with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves all Hawaii Home Buyers and Sellers on the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) including all Hawaii Military Relocating to Hawaii, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents.

Website: www.hawaiihomesmarket.com

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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.

 

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Chris Pendleton
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Very cool post!  Thanks for sharing that - didn't know it was there.

Aug 18, 2010 08:13 PM #1
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Very interesting information!  Thanks for sharing!

Aug 18, 2010 08:14 PM #2
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Wow !!    Lot of History ..........

Aug 18, 2010 08:26 PM #3
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Your blog has demonstrated a wealth of American history about the Pearl Harbor graveyard.  I'm sure that not many people knew of its importance the our country.

Aug 18, 2010 09:02 PM #4
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William J. Archambault, Jr.
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Thanks Sally!

We all need a dose of history and National pride.

Bill

Aug 18, 2010 09:14 PM #5
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Makes me feel old when I see fleet names from when I was in for my 20! Thanks for the memories!

Aug 18, 2010 09:43 PM #6
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Sally, this is very cool, I am a history buff and also my Dad served in the Navy in WWII and passed through Pearl Harbor on the way to the battlefront and thankfully when he returned home. Nice hyperlocal post!

Aug 18, 2010 09:59 PM #7
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My dad retired from the Navy in 1969 and was on the Consellation, Hancock and Enterprise...my son on the Kitty Hawk....My ex husband retired from the Air Force and my daughter married to Army. Talk about a variety of military lol.

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Sally I found this really interesting.  I served for four years in the Navy, and had never heard of ship "graveyards" or "bone yards".

Aug 18, 2010 10:47 PM #9
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Thank him for his service. My brother is in Afghanistan as i type.

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Sally - I had heard of this but now know so much more, thanks to you. My Dad was in teh Navy anbd WWI and spent time in Pearl Harbor.

You have to wonder if something could be done with these vessels that played such an important role. But maybe that's too costly.

Jeff

Aug 19, 2010 12:17 AM #11
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George: I knew about graveyards in the deep ocean but nothing like a bone yard :)

Thanks Robert!  A safe return to your brother!

Jeff:  I do believe they use/sell scrap...and use it for something.....  I always see people around there.

Aug 19, 2010 03:05 PM #12
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Hi, Sally.  My husband's first ship is on your list, the USS Duluth LPD-6.  I'll have to tell him.  Larry was aboard that ship when our two sons were born - in fact, he was deployed to Vietnam until the older one was six months old.

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Sally - thanks for that bit of American history! Great photos also! thanks!

Aug 20, 2010 10:09 AM #14
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Sally what great information, I have never been to Hawaii, so please forgive the question: Can tourist visit these "boneyards" and the ships in them?

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Sally--thanks for this post.  I will pass it to my husband and my brother who are both retired navy.

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