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Feb 4, 2014 6:00 PM

USS Forrestal Heading to Brownsville Scrapping Facility

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Navy's first post-World War II "supercarrier" has departed Philadelphia on a final trip to a scrapping facility in Texas.

The Philadelphia Inquirer said the USS Forrestal left under tow early Tuesday to begin its 17- or 18-day trip.

The 60-year-old ship is being taken to a recycling facility in Brownsville, Texas, owned by All Star Metals, which was paid one cent to haul away and dismantle the vessel.

The USS Forrestal was decommissioned in September 1993, after more than 38 years of service.

It is best known for a 1967 fire on its flight deck that killed 132 crewmen and injured 62 others.

The Navy had made the Forrestal available for donation as a museum or memorial but said no feasible applications for reuse were received.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

More info at the Philadelphia Inquirer - http://bit.ly/1fZceiR

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