Navy supercarrier leaves Pa. on trip to scrap heap

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Associated Press

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 4 at 11:03 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Navy's first post-World War II supercarrier has left Philadelphia on a final trip to a scrapping facility in Texas.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/1k97H2D) says the massive aircraft carrier USS Forrestal left under tow early Tuesday to begin its 17- or 18-day trip.

The 60-year-old ship is being taken to a Brownsville, Texas, recycling facility owned by All Star Metals, which was paid 1 cent to haul away and dismantle it.

The USS Forrestal was decommissioned in September 1993, after more than 38 years of service.

It's best known for a 1967 fire on its flight deck that killed 132 crewmen and injured 62 others.

The Navy made the USS Forrestal available for donation as a museum or memorial but says it received no feasible applications for reuse.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com

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