U.S. NAVY SELLS FORRESTAL
After 38-years of service,
the U.S.S. Forrestal
(the first "super carrier" ever built)
has been sold for 1-cent
and is currently being towed to a
scrap yard in Brownsville, Texas.
The massive aircraft carrier was once
the largest ship ever built,
and saw service in several campaigns,
including the Vietnam war.
In 1967, a tragic fire broke out on deck,
killing 134 seamen, injuring 300 and
destroying 21 aircraft.
(After a year of repairs, the Forrestal
returned to duty as one of the Navy's
most reliable carriers.)
The U.S.S. Forrestal was named after
a distant relative, James Forrestal,
Secretary of the Navy,
and our first Secretary of Defense.
It's sad to think that it will be dismantled
for scrap metal.