Philadelphia’s ‘mothball fleet’: uncertain future awaits ships docked at Navy Yard

November 27, 2018

By Staff

It used to be called the “Mothball Fleet,” a collection of U.S. Navy warships and other vessels that were no longer in use but could be reactivated if needed.

One of the former Mothball Fleet’s best known ships was the USS New Jersey. After the battleship was decommissioned at the end of World War II, it was recommissioned and decommissioned three more times in the decades that followed — for the Korean War, the Vietnam War and in the 1980s as part of President Ronald Reagan’s initiative for a 600-ship Navy. It is now a museum and memorial on the Camden waterfront.

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