This 2/3 scale model of a destroyer escort (TDE-1) helped instruct as many as 50,000 naval recruits annually in basic naval procedure. Commissioned July 27, 1949, the Recruit was the Navy's only commissioned ship never to reach water. It is the sole survivor of three such ships built by the Navy following World War II. In 1982, the Recruit was reconditioned to serve as a training guided missile frigate. Naval recruits gave the structure its affectionate nickname, USS Neversail.
Registration Date: 11/5/2004
City: San Diego
County: San Diego
Liberty Station (formerly Naval Training Center), Point Loma, San Diego
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