(Image: US Navy, public domain)
California’s Suisun Bay, near San Francisco, has been home to the National Defense Reserve Fleet since the 1950s. Better known as the ghost fleet, this collection of World War Two-era military and merchant vessels has included troopships, tankers and, most famously, the mighty battleship USS Iowa (BB-61) – now set to become a museum ship at the Port of Los Angeles. In this impressive series of photographs, we’ll take a look at the ghost fleet from the air.
Though technically ready for reactivation, it’s unlikely these mothballed ships will ever return to service. Due to environmental concerns, a plan is in place to remove the rusting vessels from Suisun Bay, set to be completed in stages between 2012 and 2017. Meanwhile, a submarine graveyard belonging to America’s Cold War adversary the Soviet Union continues to pollute the icy waters of the Arctic Circle.