U.S. Navy: ‘Please save the USS Ranger from the scrap heap!’
You saw the ship in “Top Gun” and “Star Trek IV.” It would make a fine museum, like other restored carriers have already. One group tried to do this, but couldn’t meet the Navy’s difficult requirements.
I’m biased because I served on board the ship and have been a museum volunteer. The ship is in remarkably good condition. Let’s get the navy to put the scrapping process on hold one more time. Then, maybe some folks with deep pockets and a lot of influence might be able to turn the famous ship into something worth visiting as a tourist destination rather than a lot of scrap metal.
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I have been posting ideas about story settings on this and other blogs. For a novelist, this ship was a great location for a novel about a pacifist serving in the navy during the Vietnam War. However, it has a prospective educational value as well.
As a heritage tourist destination, it could serve as a setting for thousands of yearly visitors. The Ranger as a museum is win-win for everyone: tour groups, school groups, naval historians, students of changing naval technology over the years, and the community where the ship museum is established. Visitors bring in tourist dollars, a fact that should make it well worth the efforts of movers and shakers in prospective museum-site cities to save this ship.
My experiences on board the ship served as inspiration for my novel “The Sailor”