Thursday, June 26, 2003

Navy sinks plan for sub display


USS Cincinnati staying under wraps

By Howard Wilkinson
The Cincinnati Enquirer

The USS Cincinnati, a nuclear submarine mothballed at the end of the Cold War, probably won't end up as a tourist attraction on the riverfront.

But maybe another kind of submarine will.

Navy officials recently decided that no Los Angeles class submarines would be donated because many of them are still in service and the Navy doesn't want any security breaches. The decommissioned USS Cincinnati is in such a class of submarines. It went out of service in 1995

Submarine Cincinnati Discovery Center, the organization trying to bring the sub to Cincinnati, hopes the Navy changes it mind, said Joseph Jaap, the former Navy officer and Cincinnati lawyer who founded the local effort.

And if the Navy won't, Jaap said, "We'll see what parts of the sub are available to bring here for an educational display."

Jaap's group is agreeable to docking it on either side of the Ohio River.

But a Northern Kentucky group formed last summer - the National Submarine Science Discovery Center - wants a submarine docked on the Kentucky side near Newport. The Northern Kentucky group doesn't care if it is the USS Cincinnati, as long as it's a modern submarine.

"Our project does not depend on any one submarine," said Walter Foster, a trustee of the Northern Kentucky group

Jaap said his organization "is not interested in any old submarine."

"What we have wanted to do from the start is preserve a piece of history that bears the name of this city," Jaap said.

E-mail hwilkinson@enquirer.com




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