The Navy’s first supercarrier sold Tuesday for the bargain price of 1 cent.
Texas shipbreakers paid a penny to dismantle and recycle the remaining hulk that was formerly the aircraft carrier Forrestal, a ship that sailed to wars and crises over 38 years and which suffered one of the Navy’s worst tragedies: a 1967 fire that killed 134 sailors.
Actually, the Navy normally has to pay shipbreakers to scrap warships, as the onerous EPA regulations make dismantaling a former warship extraordinarily expensive.
Dad did a cruise on the “FID”* back in the early ’60s, and we’ve got a very nice pic of her signed by the then ship’s Captain.
*FID- First In Defense- The ship’s motto, as she was named after the first Secretary of Defense, James Forrestal.