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Thanks for the pictures, Brian.  It's been probably 10 years since I visited the Berkeley.   I think at some point a road trip is in order as it looks like a lot of models have been added.

 

For all but the first photo, the models pictured are from a temporary exhibit that will only be on display until.. January I think?   So you better make the road trip soon!

 

There are a lot of other models on permanent display in the museum, but these ones are all the current 'special' display.

 

There are normally a lot of models on display in the Star of India also, but due to the re-decking in progress, those models are quite limited at the moment, probably only a dozen or so.

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That fire on the 7th floor was started by someone smoking a cigarette. (I guess he/she couldn't wait to get outside the hotel to go for a smoke). I will follow up with some pictures of the actual ships in the museum and the aircraft carrier 'America', coming real close to the Californian'.

Marc

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It is a large deck Amphibious Assault Ship.  It is capable of carrying both helos and fixed wing aircraft of the short take off/landing variety (Harrier, Osprey and F35B).  It is used almost exclusively for amphibious operations.  Measuring out at 844 feet length, 106 feet beam and 26 feet draft.  Gas turbine engines (like most of the other non-carrier surface ships).  Unlike some of the other LHAs, it does not have a well deck to carry amphibious landing craft

 

The USS AMERICA aircraft carrier (CV 66) was 990 x 248x 38.

 

The USS Gerald Ford (CVN 78) weighs in at 1106 x 256 x 39 with a compliment of 75 fighter, attack, ASW and surveillance aircraft.

 

 

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  Unlike some of the other LHAs, it does not have a well deck to carry amphibious landing craft

 

 

Interesting, I did not know that.

 

I was on both the LHD-2 (USS Essex) and LHD-4 (USS Boxer) for family days when by brother deployed on those ships, and I just figured that the LHA's were a variation on the theme and had well decks and amphibs.  Learn something new every day!

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    Apparently the Essex class LHDs were a variation of the Tarawa class LHAs.  The America class LHA is, in turn, a modification of the last of the Essex class.  They made AMA with no well for landing craft so they could make the aircraft hanger larger. 

 

    Why is one and LHA and the other an LHD?  I dunno.  To me they look the same...gator freighters with a parking lot on the roof <sez a destroyer  sailor>

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As promised some more pictures of the conference. The other ones are from 2 weeks after the conference my wife I spent in California. We rented a car and drove up the Pacific Highway (RT 1) towards Eureka. Stayed at several Bed & Breakfast and did a lot of sight seeing (Vineyards, Monterey Aquarium). RT 1 can be hairy at times. We also visited the Montgomery State Woods Natural Reserve and saw some of the largest and tallest Redwoods known to man.

 

Relaxing in the sun.

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While on the Californian this ship was pretty close.

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The Californian Topsail Schooner

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Russian Sub.

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Star of India

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HMS Surprise

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San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park were very impressive.

Kuala Bear

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Panda eating all day

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Lemurs from Madagascar.

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Pacific Highway

Afternoon nap

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The beach was full of them.

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Monterey Aquarium. These are sea otters swimming in and around the kelp.(This was on my Bucket List).

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