US Navy supercarrier sold for just a penny

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 24 October, 2013, 10:15pm
UPDATED : Friday, 25 October, 2013, 3:59am


The USS Forrestal, considered the first of the US Navy's supercarriers and now docked in Philadelphia, has been sold for US$0.01 to a Texas company that specialises in scrap metal.

The navy has awarded the 1-cent delivery contract to All Star Metals of Brownsville, Texas.

In its prime, the behemoth with the 1.6-hectare flight deck held more food, fuel, and stores than any other naval vessel. With its air wing embarked, the Forrestal operated with an average of 5,000 crew.

The Forrestal was decommissioned in 1993 after more than 38 years of service. The navy offered it for use as a museum or memorial, but no viable applications were received.

The Forrestal was seriously damaged in a fire that claimed the lives of 134 men on July 29, 1967, off the coast of Vietnam. The fire broke out after a rocket was accidentally launched from an F-4 Phantom on deck.

The rocket struck an armed A-4 Skyhawk, rupturing the fuel tanks and sparking fires and explosions. The A-4 was piloted by John McCain, now a senator who months after the fire was shot down and taken prisoner of war in Hanoi.