Online bidding site helps rid military of surplus

Need a nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser? How about 1,758 pairs of knee and elbow pads, a Coast Guard cutter or a mule? Ten thousand items that once might have gone on the block at live auctions on military bases all over the world now are being listed each week at an online bidding site — — that has done for military surplus what eBay did for stuff that people hoarded in their closets.

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