The USS Forrestal was the scene of a harrowing tragedy that left many dead in its wake. That was a long time ago and it has since been decommissioned. Today, USS Forrestal scrap metal has been sold for a single cent.
The USS Forrestal has had its decaying scrap metal sold to a Texas-based company for the unbelievable price of one cent. The Navy had already put the lumbering giant made of metal out of service and was looking forward to selling it off. The buyer turned out to be All Star Metals of Brownsville.
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The giant ship is currently docked at Philadelphia from where it will be towed away soon by the buyer. Over 1,067 feet in length and with 60,000 tons of weight to its credit, the USS Forrestal was the largest Navy seagoing vessel of its time. The crew on board used to amount to 5,000 in number. It was decommissioned in 1993 after nearly four decades of active service.
While the Navy did all it could to sell off the ship as a vast hulking museum or memento of sorts, it seemed no party was willing to buy it. The great calamity that struck the ship in 1967 claimed the lives of 134 men. A fire broke out way back then and spread havoc. Stray voltage activated a rocket which in turn hit other devices. This series of concatenations resulted in a fuel tank bursting into flames.
A little known fact is that an A-4 Skyhawk, that was part of the chain of objects that caught fire, had John McCain in it. He is now a senator from Arizona and was the presidential candidate who ran opposite President Obama during the 2008 campaign.