USCGC STORIS Life and Death of a Queen


From 2007 retired and stripped of her numbers, STORIS sat in storage with the National Defense Reserve Fleet (aka 'Mothball Fleet') in Suisun Bay, California north of San Francisco until October 25, 2013 when she sailed her last voyage to Ensenada, Mexico for scrapping.

This site, which is maintained by the United States Maritime Administration (MARAD) is one of three facilities in the country which is a holding place for decommissioned ships that are waiting final disposition.

The Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet (SBRF) hosts non-retention, retention, and reimbursable custody vessels.  Non-retention vessels are those that the MARAD has deemed to no longer be militarily useful.  Retention vessels are maintained for logistics support, training use, or long term activation.  Reimbursable custody vessels are non-NDRF government vessels (such as those owned by the U.S. Amy, Navy, Coast Guard, or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) that are stored for a maintenance fee.

The reserve fleet program was begun in 1946 at the end of World War II. Suisun Bay has been home to as many as 350 ships. Each year there are fewer and fewer. Environmental issues and upkeep (primarily rust and paint containing lead and possibly PSB's) have plaqued the fleet for many years. In 2010 the federal government and environmental groups reached an agreement ending the ghost fleet of retired ships in Suisun Bay. All ships should be gone by 2015.