San Diego in San Diego County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
—[NTC Historic District] —
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 27 July 1949, the Recruit was the Navy’s only commissioned ship never to reach water. The Recruit was the first of three similar structures built by the Navy following World War II. It is the sole survivor of the three. Decommissioned 7 March 1967 when it could not be classified in a computerized Naval inventory, the USS Recruit nevertheless continued to train recruits, and was decommissioned in 1982 as a training guided missile frigate. Recruits gave the structure its affectionate nickname: USS Neversail.
Erected 2005 by California Department of Parks and Recreation, Cork McMillin Companies, The Redevelopment Agency of San Diego, and the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus, Squibob Chapter. (Marker Number 1042.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 32° 43.708′ N, 117° 12.979′ Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of "Liberty Station", the mixed-use community development project on the site formerly occupied by the San Diego Naval Training Center (NTC) which is west of the San Diego International Airport (Lindbergh Field) and accessible from North Harbor Drive via Laning Road. Marker is in this post office area: San Diego CA 92106, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. El Desembarcadero (approx. half a mile away); Spanish Landing (approx. half a mile away); Gun Platform No. 1 - 1945 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ingram Plaza (approx. 0.6 miles away); Gun Platform No. 2 - 1945 (approx. 0.6 miles away); North Chapel, Building 208 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Command Center, Building 200 (approx. 0.7 miles away); Chinese Fishing and Shipbuilding Site (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Diego.
Also see . . .
1. USS Recruit (TDE-1). (Submitted on December 22, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. YouTube: "Naval Training Center, San Diego". (Submitted on January 28, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Categories. • Education • Military • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 22, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 542 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 22, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.