Tuesday, February 04, 2014

38 years of Naval history leaves Philadelphia for the last time

Remove your hats, folks. ex-CV-59 Forrestal is passing by.


PHILADELPHIA Weather permitting, the USS Forrestal will leave the Navy Yard on Tuesday on its last voyage - to a scrap facility in Texas.

The Navy has paid one cent under a contract to have the 60-year-old vessel dismantled by All Star Metals in the Gulf port of Brownsville.

The Forrestal, the first of the post-World War II supercarriers, already has been stripped to the steel and will make its way to Texas under tow instead of its own power.

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6 comments:

  1. Always sad to see a ship you served on scrapped. I was aboard 1969-1972. She was the first of her class, Saratoga was the next "Forrestal" class ship.

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    1. Thanks for your service, sir.

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  2. Mark Knopfler wrote a fine tribute to ships that end up in the breaker's yard:

    So Far From the Clyde.

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    1. That's good indeed, Bob. Thanks. I'll probably be playing that a few times today.

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  3. It is a shame to she her end up as scrap

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