Military

US Navy's First Supercarrier Sold For 1 Cent

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The USS Forrestal, the U.S. Navy's first supercarrier, has been sold in a 1 cent deal to a scrap metal company after the Navy's attempt to the have the ship donated as a museum or memorial failed.

The ship, which was launched in late 1954, is estimated to have cost almost $2 billion in today's dollars to build.

From Fox News:

Here's a penny for your thoughts: One red cent could've landed you the Navy's first supercarrier, the decommissioned Forrestal.

The U.S. Navy sold the 1,067-foot behemoth to a Texas company, All Star Metals, to be dismantled, scrapped and recycled, Navy officials announced. It's an inauspicious fate for a ship with a colorful — and tragic — history. It's perhaps best known for a 1967 incident in which stray voltage triggered an accidental explosion that struck a plane on the flight deck whose cockpit was occupied by a young John McCain. A chain reaction of blasts and fires ultimately killed 134 men and injured more than 300.

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