Navy’s 1st Super Carrier Will Be at the South Padre Jetties in the Morning!

PET - BLOG PIC SHIPThe U.S. Navy’s first super carrier — the long-decommissioned Forrestal — has begun its final voyage to a Texas scrapyard at the Port of Brownsville, after the Pentagon tried to sell it, found no takers and had to pay a penny to get rid of it.

They are expected to arrive tonight and anchor offshore so they can enter the jetties on Tuesday morning, the 18th. Check in for more details on arrival date and time.

The 1,067-foot ship, which was shut down in 1993 after more than 38 years of service, began its journey last week down the Delaware River and along the Eastern Seaboard before crossing the Gulf of Mexico to reach All Star Metals located at the Port of Brownsville. U.S. Navy officials signed a 1-cent contract with the Texas company in October to dismantle the ship perhaps best known for a 1967 incident that killed 134 and injured more than 300 others, including a young Navy aviator named John McCain.

All Star Metals President Nikhil Shah stated the trip should take roughly 17 days.  This is the largest ship that All Star Metals has ever dismantled, and the largest ship the U.S. government has ever awarded to be dismantled.

The USS Forrestal is scheduled to arrive between February 18th and can be seen on the southern end of the Island as it comes through the jetties area and makes its way to the Port.  Representatives from All Star Metals have indicated they will host a reception sometime in March for veterans that served on the USS Forrestal.

The USS Forestall is making its way across the Gulf of Mexico headed to the Port of Brownsville Ship Yard. The link below is to the tug Lauren Foss who is transporting the carrier to its final destination. Track the Progress at:



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