You may have heard Patches & I talking about the USS Forrestal. It was the Navy's first supercarrier. It served for 38 years, with 3,500 men & women giving their service to our country.
Now, the Forrestal (decommishioned) will be dismantled by All-Star Metals LLC of Brownsville. The vessel has been on a long trek from Philadelphia, Pa. to Brownsville, since February 4, 2014. It will be on display & several events are being planned around the viewing of this historical supercarrier. Keep in mind, no one will be able to board the Forrestal. There will be a perimeter set up around it for safety reasons.
Until the Forrestal is completely dismantled, the vessel still belongs to the US Navy. For anyone thinking about "sneaking on"...don't even think about it. The carrier will have a moving barrier of approximately 500 yards around it. No one will be able to get too close, not even by other vessel. You should be able to see it from the Jetti's & Isla Blanca Park on South Padre Island.
This is truly a historical time, considering the extensive travel the Forrestal has had over its 38 years of service. This carrier served various NATO operations, patrol missions, strategic port visits, and overseas deployments. It was named after former secretary of defense, James Forrestal. Forrestal was the SOD during the Truman administration. One of the most notable crew members of the Forrestal was U.S. Senator John McCain, who served on it during the Vietnam War.
For all of the men & women who proudly served and are currently serving this great land we call the United States of America, THANK YOU!
If you get a chance to take a picture of it, make sure to share it with us!
Photo courtesy: U.S. Navy http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-f/cva59.htm