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USS MARKAB AR23 AT MARE ISLAND NAVAL BASE

I was an HT (hull maintenance technician ... formerly shipfitter) assigned there for shore duty from 1970 to 1972. Shortly after I got out of the navy from this assignment the Moth Ball facility was closed and the USS Markab AR-23 was scrapped.

Both of the pictures below are of the USS Markab AR-23 sitting on mud and coffee grounds in the Napa River at Mare Island Naval Base serving as the offices, shops, berthing, and messing facility for the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (otherwise referred to as the Moth Ball Facility). This was after decommissioning but before scrapping. All the ships, subs, and boats around her are part of the moth ball fleet. The USS Markab AR23 was not servicing them as stated on the website. Those of us assigned to this shore duty assignment were involved in working on some of these vessels but the USS Markab AR23 had no part in servicing them. She sat pier side with electricity, steam, and air service from the pier but it was only for her own use.

At this point in time the Markab AR23 herself was partially sealed up and none could enter portions of her. I find it interesting that it is difficult to find much information about NISMF Mare Island or anything about the USS Markab AR23 during this time frame. In fact, I am the only one who has mentioned it as far as I can tell.

Mothball 3

Mothball 1

This picture is same as the one above but taken from a different location.  Both pictures were taken off of the bridge on the highway (State Hwy. 37) going over the Napa River.
Email Steve at:  Steve Newbauer

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