The USS Long Beach, the first nuclear-powered surface warship, went around the world in a 1964 tour designed to showcase the possibilities of nuclear propulsion. The one-of-a-kind cruiser made stops in Pakistan, New Zealand and Brazil in two months and didn’t need a single refueling.
Now the end is near for the ship. There won’t be a ceremonial sinking; instead, the Navy is sending the ship off for scrap.
This summer, the cruiser was sold online by Government Liquidation, a Web site that allows buyers to bid for the Pentagon’s surplus and scrap assets. The winning bidder, Tacoma Metals, will now haul away millions of pounds of steel, aluminum and other raw materials.