CVA-59/ CV/ AVT-59 USS Forrestal, laid down in 1952 and commissioned in 1955, was the first supercarrier, and carried the torch for freedom until 1993, when she was decommissioned. She is 1039 feet long and four acres of American real-estate. In 1963 she was host to a C-130 Hercules. There was hope that USS Forrestal Museum Inc. could raise enough money, public interest, and premises to give her a permanent home as a museum ship. The USS Forrestal Museum Inc., however, switched their efforts from USS Forrestal to USS Kitty Hawk, CV-63, for various reasons. The result was that, in October 2013, the US Navy awarded a contract to All Star Metals of Brownsville, Texas, that infamous place on the gulf coast that eats old, brave navy ships, to recycle and dismantle her. The Navy paid All Stars Metals one cent. ONE CENT!!
The up-shot is, in the dawn hours of February 4th, the Ex-USS Forrestal was to begin her final journey to sea. If you live near Philadelphia, along the East Coast, the Gulf Coast, or near Brownsville, Texas, and you see a proud ship under tow, please, take a minute, watch her in her glory. Take a picture. Share the moment with a child or loved one. Say a prayer. Remember the men who served aboard her. Remember her service. For she is a proud ship.
And, if you DO get a photo, send it my way to be posted. Please!