Skip to comments.USS Constellation headed for Texas scrapyard
Posted on 06/14/2014 12:13:27 PM PDT by WhiskeyX
The Navy announced Friday that a $3 million contract has been awarded to International Shipbreaking Limited for the towing, dismantling and recycling of the USS Constellation, a ship first used in the Vietnam War, and last deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The ship, nicknamed Connie by its crew, is part of the Navys five-year scrapping plan that also sent the USS Forrestal and the USS Saratoga to Brownsville for dismantling.
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The USS Enterprise can’t be far behind.
A high school buddy was a plane captain for A6s towards the tail end of the Vietnam ‘conflict’.
Bumped into him in Subic Bay..small world.
A complete shame. Obozo and the leftist want to make sure they can never be decommissioned. Bozo rushed the space shuttle scuttling for the same reason.
Well, a least we didn’t give these wonderful ships to the Chinese.
Arrgh autocomplete. I meant recommissioned.
Of course, you both were in Subic on a cultural study mission.
But the steel will almost certainly wind up over there. It will probably some day sail into NY harbor when the US devalues the currency.
I lived at Subic and was visited by tons of friends and class mates passing through ‘66-67
BTW..... The Cubi Officers Club was moved to the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola. Great nosatalgic place for lunch
Gonna get pix of her going through the channel at Port Isabel, TX....hell I might even paddle an old longboard out into the channel like the old days....
Would like to see those pictures when you get them!
Is Obongo on”The List”????????????????????
We are going to be needing her and all of the “Moth Ball Fleet” in the not to distant future.
That is an OLD ship. These things were used hard and are worn out. Hulls and frames are stressed, engines are shot, ducting wiring, plumbing go bad, seals and gaskets of all kinds, etc. Better bang for the buck to build new, as every commercial shipping company understands. Merchant ships like container vessels generally are replaced in 20 years.
He was just headed out after a few days in port on the Connie, and I was just landing there TDY from Futemna., ended up staying almost a week. never did get together for a drink.
He did drop me the name of the club his harem worked at .. for cultural study purposes only, of course. ;-]
sorta like cash for clunkers debacle?
sheesh, is it that easy to replace ships?
what happened to mothballing them til we need them?
The mothball fleet still has some years of usage left in them.
At this point, the Connie has 54 years of hard use behind her...and she's plumb worn out.
Ahem... You do realize "mothballing" is just a metaphor, right?
There is no way to stop a steel ship in a salt water environment from decaying. Putting an aircraft carrier with its many complex systems back into service after years without maintenance can be nearly as expensive as building a new ship. When the ship is a 1960's design and is worn out to begin with it just isn't worth trying to store it.
And I haven't even touched on the question of "mothballing" a ship's nuclear reactor.
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