USS Saratoga Museum
USS Saratoga Museum
The Saratoga is at this time still the property of the US Navy, and is not yet open to the public.
The USS Saratoga Museum, the centerpiece of the museum consortium in the Air/Land/Sea Historic Park, will enable the public to experience first hand the contribution and sacrifice made by the sailors of all aircraft carriers from the HMS Ark Royal in 1914 to the present day. It will also provide an opportunity to view the development of aircraft, aircraft weapon systems, communication and other technical advancement made by American industry.
Externally, Saratoga will be presented as closely as possible to her operational appearance. Radars, deck markings, insignia, signal flags, and even the typical sounds will be faithfully recreated, to heighten the visitor's sense of stepping onto an operational carrier. The Museum will acquire and restore many of the aircraft typical of USS Saratoga's multigenerational air wings for static display, both on the Flight Deck and in her Hangar Bay, to enhance the vessel's sense of realism.
Internally, many of the ship's spaces will be restored to give visitors an interactive adventure in the floating city she once was. At the heart of the vessel are the Combat Direction Center and its adjacent command and control areas. Directly above, visitors will explore the towering Island structure, with its restored Flag and Navigation bridges, Captain's At-Sea Cabin and Primary Flight Control. Below the Flight Deck level, Crew's Berthing and Mess, Officers' Wardrooms, Hospital and Dental suites, Foc'sle and Squadron Ready Rooms will also be restored to operational condition.
Below the main deck there will be special presentations on a number of historical, scientific and naval topics. Artifacts, maps, illustrations and video presentations will introduce visitors to the traditions, the technologies and the modern missions of the U.S. Navy and other organizations.
The Saratoga is envisioned not only as an inspiring American icon, but as a vibrant, living structure housing and preserving the memory of men and machinery that kept America out of harm's way for nearly 40 years.
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