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so i ran into a guy who served on the

USS Peleliu  last night ad made me wonder about the other ones, and ask the question ,

if the tarawa was the oldest , then why save her?

lha 1 -ready reserve status

lha2-used for weapons effect testing (sold for scrap)

lha3- sink ex (artificial reef)

lha4- National Defense Reserve Fleet ship

lha 5 - still active sandiego.

what was wrong with 2 and 3 . they were newer?  wouldnt you keep the newest?


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It's not a matter of keeping the newest for a museum, but the first. It is where the history began with this class of amphibious warships.
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wasnt refering to keeping her as a museum, i guess i was wondering why 2&3 were scrapped before 1...  poor maintanance , hull cracks ???  
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That is unfortunately above my pay-grade.
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so i ran into a guy who served on the

USS Peleliu  last night ad made me wonder about the other ones, and ask the question ,

if the tarawa was the oldest , then why save her?

lha 1 -ready reserve status

lha2-used for weapons effect testing (sold for scrap)

lha3- sink ex (artificial reef)

lha4- National Defense Reserve Fleet ship

lha 5 - still active sandiego.

what was wrong with 2 and 3 . they were newer?  wouldnt you keep the newest?




Correct me if I'm wrong, but i believe #4 & #5 are the newest. I thought the hull number was in chronological order of ship building and commissioning. 
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john, you are correct,  let me see if i can clear this up,

 i love the tarawa,  took great care of me for years,  but why sink and scrap 2 &3 before #1..  logic would say , sink, scrap 1,2,3  keep 4 and 5,   i was just wondering why the oldest ship was saved.  very glad it was, just wondering as to the states of 2 and 3 that caused there demise before the tarawa.     i was wondering if those ships had failed do to poor maintanance or hull cracks, etc......    maybe they took realy bad care of it.....  diddnt know if there were rumors out there or not.

the next question would have been,  as with time , come changes and modifications,    as newer ships get built,  changes are made, as in the lhd, lha-r , class ships,    I was n charge of the cargo monoral system  and was able to get onto lha 3 one time , to inspect and compare there system to ours, they had a few mods we diddnt have,  I was wondering what cool upgrades if any , or  cool toys they had that we diddnt have..

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john, you are correct,  let me see if i can clear this up,

 i love the tarawa,  took great care of me for years,  but why sink and scrap 2 &3 before #1..  logic would say , sink, scrap 1,2,3  keep 4 and 5,   i was just wondering why the oldest ship was saved.  very glad it was, just wondering as to the states of 2 and 3 that caused there demise before the tarawa.     i was wondering if those ships had failed do to poor maintanance or hull cracks, etc......    maybe they took realy bad care of it.....  diddnt know if there were rumors out there or not.

the next question would have been,  as with time , come changes and modifications,    as newer ships get built,  changes are made, as in the lhd, lha-r , class ships,    I was n charge of the cargo monoral system  and was able to get onto lha 3 one time , to inspect and compare there system to ours, they had a few mods we diddnt have,  I was wondering what cool upgrades if any , or  cool toys they had that we diddnt have..



The reasons I always thought that she still sits out there is that she's in waiting for something. What that something is, I have no idea. The fact that the USS Tarawa LHA-1 has been spared so far may have to with:

1) She's the lead ship of her class
2) A very significant battle at the Tarawa Atoll
3) USS Tarawa LHA-1 is the second ship carry that name..................? I don't know, I'm just guessing. All my reasons may not even have ANY considering factors on why. We may never know.

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