USS Wisconsin, 1990
Rob Jagodzinski ©Stars and StripesPersian Gulf, October, 1990: A fireball erupts from a 16-inch gun on the USS Wisconsin during an exercise in the Persian Gulf. The Wisconsin, which had been decommissioned in 1958 after seeing action in World War II and the Korean conflict, was returned to service with capabilities for launching Tomahawk missiles in 1988. Following the Gulf War, it was again decommissioned on September 30, 1991, and is now berthed at the Nauticus maritime museum in its old home port of Norfolk, Va., where it is open for tours.
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