Special ceremonies were held Tuesday to unveil a 30-foot-long replica of the USS Long Beach at its new home in a military museum.
As the model ship's missiles hissed and its tiny gun turrets turned in the background, Mayor Beverly O'Neill and other speakers paid tribute to the real USS Long Beach, the world's first nuclear-powered cruiser.
The replica was recently moved from the naval shipyard to the Darkhorse Military Aviation Museum next to the Long Beach Airport.
"Since we lost the Navy shipyard, the naval station and the naval hospital, it's the only thing we have left of the Navy," Councilman Jerry Shultz said. "And the fact that it has our name on it makes it doubly special."