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History of San Diego Harbor’s USS Midway

Built in 1945, the USS Midway was the 41st aircraft carrier built in America and has sailed across every ocean in the world. The Midway was decommissioned in 1992, and for the next twelve years, San Diego citizens would work with Navy officials, lawmakers, city administrators and environmentalists to transform the historic carrier into an educational experience.

After 47 years of military and humanitarian service, the USS Midway as found a permanent home at Navy Pier on the lovely San Diego Bay waterfront. The former wartime vessel is now a museum and a memorial.

The USS Midway Museum opened on D-Day (June 7) 2004, and more than a million visitors a year take the self-guided tours or attend one of the 700 special events hosted by the by the Midway. The converted warship weighs 70,000 tons, is 20 stories high and over 1,000 feet long. The longest-serving aircraft carrier in naval history, the USS Midway has been featured on history programs and even television shows like American Idol.

Surrounding the USS Midway is a bustling maritime community that has something for everyone, including parks, shops and attractions. In addition to its breathtaking views, the Bay also boasts a collection of public art.

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