U.S.S. Midway Undergoes Electrical Restoration

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ElectricTV highlights NECA/IBEW role in restoration and preservation of historic landmark.

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A new video highlights the electrical restoration work of the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California by engineers and electrical workers of NECA member Southern Contracting and IBEW Local 569.

ElectricTV.net, an Internet site featuring educational and informational videos about the latest advancements in electrical technology, has released a new video highlighting the electrical restoration work of the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California.

The U.S.S. Midway (CV-41), named for the battle that marked the beginning of the end of World War II in the Pacific, was laid down in 1943 in Newport News, Virginia. By the time the mammoth vessel was completed and commissioned, the Japanese Empire had surrendered – and though the U.S.S. Midway carrier was active patrolling the high seas throughout the 1950s and early 1960s, she did not see combat service until two decades after her launch, when she and her crew was deployed to Vietnam. The aging aircraft carrier was finally retired after seeing service in the Persian Gulf War of 1991 and decommissioned in 1997.

Today, the USS Midway Carrier is preserved as a living piece of U.S. history, docked at the Broadway Pier in San Diego. Engineers and electrical workers of NECA member Southern Contracting and IBEW Local 569 are currently engaged in the herculean task of electrical renovation of the great carrier. Preeminent among San Diego attractions, the U.S.S. Midway Museum's popularity among tourists has greatly exceeded all expectations. In fact, during the museum's first year of operation, the ship received more than twice the number of visitors expected.

While the popularity of the San Diego attraction is good news for the museum, the number of people coming to learn, see and pay their respects to this landmark of naval history has put a strain on the old warship's electrical systems, much of which is over two decades out of date. To meet the changing demands, the NECA/IBEW team of Southern Contracting and IBEW Local 569 are ensuring the preservation of one of the nation's great historical landmarks through their hard work, dedication to safety and world-class professionalism, as showcased in this latest edition of ElectricTV.net.

ABOUT ELECTRICTV.NET:
ElectricTV is a project supported by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The ElectricTV video web series offers accessible information on current and future electrical technologies as well as the contributions of NECA and IBEW workers.

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