Freedom Park is closed due to flood cleanup.
Freedom Park serves as a United States Naval Museum on the Missouri River and is home of the USS Marlin SST-2 Submarine and the USS Hazard AM-240 Minesweeper, Anchor & Propeller Garden, Shipboard Rocket Launchers and a Douglas A-4D Skyhawk Jet Fighter and other aircraft.
Admission is free. .
Hours: 8 am to 8 pm. (closed until further notice)
Open Seven Days a Week,
Guided tours are available Friday-Sunday from 10 am - 3 pm, April thru November.
Private Tours are Available by Appointment Only
Hazard: To run, or take the risk of; to venture upon; dangerous, risky.
(AM-240: dp. 530; I. 184'6"; b 33'; dr. 9'9"; s. 15 k.; cpl. 104; a. 1 3", 2 40mm. 6 20mm, 2 dct., 3 dep. (hh.); cl. Admirable)
Hazard (AM-240) was launched 1 October 1944 by the Winslow Marine Railway & Shipbuilding Corporation of Windslow, WA. The Hazard was fitted for both wire and acoustic sweeping and could double as anti-submarine warfare platform. The Admirable class of minesweepers were also used for patrol and escort duties.
Hazard first served as an escort from San Francisco to Pearl Harbor, then running convoys to Eniwetok and Ulithi. In March, 1945, the sweeper was sent to Okinawa to perform anti-submarine patrols before sweeping the waters off Kerama Retto. The ship's slogan was "No Sweep, No Invasion."
The USS Hazard was decommissioned in 1946 and struck from Navy records in 1971. Hazard was then purchased by a group of Omaha businessmen and placed on display in Freedom Park, the only Admirable class minesweeper left in the United States.
Hazard received three battle stars for World War II service.
Marlin: large deep sea game fish
(SST-2: dp. 303 (surf), 347 (sub); l. 131'3"; b. 13'7"; dr.12'2" (mean); s. 10k. (surf), 10.5k (sub); cpl. 14; a. 2 tt; cl. T-1)
Marlin was laid down on May 1, 1952 by the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation and launched on October 14, 1953. One of the smallest operational submarines ever built for the Navy, Marlin performed as a target and training ship for fifteen years.
On May 15, 1956, the submarine deployed to Guantanamo Bay for services to the Fleet Training Group and in 1963, Marlin participated in the NSIA demonstration. After 1963, she performed mainly target duty for both surface and air antisubmarine using at the Fleet Sonar School in Key West. In 1965, she joined a fleet of subs along with a task force in participating in mine warfare maneuvers.
Marlin was decommissioned on January 31, 1973 in a ceremony at the Naval Station, Key West, Florida.