First put into service in 1945, it was the largest warship for a decade after its launch. It has been deployed around the world and decommissioned several times for upgrades. Two of her final missions included participating in Operation Desert Storm to liberate Kuwait and evacuating military personnel and families in the Philippines after the eruption of the Mt. Pinatubo volcano, both in 1991.
In June 2004, she was opened as a museum.
In this picture is its flight deck with the tall tower as the carrier's bridge.
Not to be missed if you are a aircraft-enthusiast.
Senior officers have their own mess hall in another area.
The mannequins look so real that you think they are really performing surgery as you pass by.
I can't imagine the incoming or outgoing mail moving around too quickly due to the remote locations the carrier have been deployed to.