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WWII sub back in U.S. to become a museum

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The USS Razorback, a World War II submarine that is the world's longest-serving sub, is back in U.S. water, starting a voyage up the Mississippi River to become an inland museum in Arkansas.

The Navy decommissioned the 312-foot vessel on Nov. 30, 1970, and handed it over to the Turkish navy, which recently agreed after 2 1/2 years of negotiations to sell it to North Little Rock, Ark., for $1.

"This has never been done before — bringing a submarine back to the U.S.," said John Adams, a retired U.S. Navy officer and the project manager of the operation.

The rusty, barnacled Razorback entered the Mississippi on Saturday, towed by the same oceangoing tugboat that has been with it since its departure from Istanbul on May 5, and docked in New Orleans.

In about two and a half weeks, it is scheduled to get under way again, pushed up the Mississippi and Arkansas rivers by tugboat to North Little Rock, where it will become the centerpiece of a planned maritime museum.