During my time in the Navy, I served aboard two nuclear powered cruisers – the USS ARKANSAS (I was a Plankowner) and the USS LONG BEACH. The Arkansas was the newest cruiser in the fleet when I reported for duty. The LONG BEACH was the oldest. They were both great ships and are both now decommissioned to save the budget dollars required to refuel them- what a shortsighted shame!

Here’s some videos that bring back memories …

USS Long Beach (with other nuclear navy ships in a PR video)…

USS Long Beach going on sea trials …

Launching the USS Long Beach (Rickover footage)…

USS Long Beach giving tours in Japan…

The last voyage of the USS Arkansas (CGN-41)…