John & Anne Wiley

2011/12/02

Shipping News

Along the coast toward L.A. past Ventura, we admired the harbor and marina and several ships at Port Hueneme just beyond.

7880 Port Hueneme

7880 Port Hueneme

It’s fun to snap something during a flight, then take the time to google it later. I wondered why this ship was the only of its kind there.

7884 USS Paul Foster

7884 USS Paul Foster

Turns out it’s the USS Paul Foster, decomissioned in 2003 after an illustrious career that began in 1976. Clearly the story didn’t end there, and according to the wiki link above she’s just been used to test a new laser weapon. Thee other ships were docked nearby.

7886 I Saw Three Ships

7886 I Saw Three Ships

The big blue one is the Japanese vehicle carrier NYK Cronus Leader. The red one is NYK Cool container ship Ditlev Lauritzen, and the closer one is container ship Hansa Visby. Before looking these up, I had no idea there are several websites that follow global shipping movements. Sort of like “train spotting” I guess, including people who post photos for everyone to enjoy. Next up was a fabulous view past the slough and Point Mugu NAS to the distant mountains.

7895 Point Mugu

7895 Point Mugu

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