Currently, I’m spending some time in the States visiting family and as luck would have it, a very cool Navy ship docked near my hometown. The USS Landing Ship Tank 325, based out of Evansville, Indiana, takes summer cruises up the Ohio River each year, and it just so happened that I was at home when it made a stop in Ashland, Kentucky this weekend. The LST-325 is a decommissioned Navy ship that was first launched in 1942 during World War II. It is the type of boat in the famous beach scenes in Saving Private Ryan (where troops storm the beaches of Normandy) and Flags of Our Fathers (about the landing at Iwo Jima). The boats can beach themselves and then tanks can exit directly from sea to land.