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USS Forrestal - Last Voyage
California, United States
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Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 09:38 AM UTC
BROWNSVILLE, Texas -- The U.S. Navy's first post-World War II supercarrier has arrived at its last port of call.

The massive aircraft carrier USS Forrestal completed its final sail Tuesday when it arrived at a South Texas scrapyard from Philadelphia.

All Star Metals President Nikhil Shah says the vessel arrived at the Brownsville yard Tuesday afternoon.

The carrier left Philadelphia under tow Feb. 4. The 60-year-old ship was sold to All Star Metals for 1 cent.

The USS Forrestal was decommissioned in September 1993, after more than 38 years of service. Its flight deck was the site of a 1967 fire that killed 132 crewmen and injured 62 others. One of those involved in this incident was a fellow by the name of John McCain. McCain was sitting in his A-4 when all hell broke loose. He was lucky to escape with minor injuries only later to be shot down over North Vietnam and spend years as a POW.

The Navy made the USS Forrestal available for donation as a museum or memorial but says it received no feasible applications for reuse.
Washington, United States
Joined: November 05, 2005
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Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 12:51 PM UTC
There is video of McCain running down the nose of his plane and jumping off of the burning plane.

Sadly it takes buckets of cash to keep an old warship afloat. Folks are being asked to put up $10-20 million to repair and maintain the USS Olympia. I have no clue what a carrier costs...