January 28, 2013: RCN News Magazine is pleased to announce their latest e-Book
is now available for free download. Nanoose Bay Target Ships is about two
retired US Navy vessels employed as targets during the 1970s and 1980s - USS Tolman
and USS Menhaden. Nanoose Bay is the home of the joint Canadian/US torpedo test
range located near Parksville, BC.
Tolman was a destroyer minelayer commissioned in 1944 after construction by Bath
Iron Works in Maine. Decommissioned and mothballed in 1947, Tolman was eventually
sunk as a target off California in 1997 after her Nanoose Bay service.
Menhaden was a submarine commissioned in 1945 after construction by Manitowoc Marine
in Wisconsin. After a period in reserved from 1946-1951, Menhaden was extensively
modernized and served on active duty until 1971. In 1973, Menhaden as designated
for target duty as a target ship and painted in distinctive yellow, becoming one
of the Island Highway's most well known sights during the her time spent at Nanoose.
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