June 18, 2010 |
The aircraft carrier USS Forrestal arrived in Philadelphia this morning to await its fate. The ship, which was decommissioned in 1993 in Philadelphia after 38 years in service, had been moored next to the USS Saratoga in Newport, R.I. It left under tow Tuesday and arrived today. The Navy initially had offered the carrier as a possible museum, but withdrew it from the ship donation list when no viable plan emerged. The ship, the first of the post-World War II "super carriers," will now either be scrapped or sunk to become an offshore reef.
July 26, 1998 |
President Clinton commissioned the Navy's newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier yesterday, the 97,000-ton USS Harry S. Truman, named after the nation's 33d president. Recalling President Truman's relentless optimism, Clinton told the crowd of a letter that young Harry wrote to his future wife, Bess, in 1913 after some business failures. "My ship is going to come in yet. " "We all know that Harry Truman was a man of his word," President Clinton said. "It took 85 years, but here on July 25, 1998, Harry Truman's ship has come in. " Besides the President, the first commander-in-chief in 23 years to commission a new carrier, the event drew a host of military and political leaders, including a sizable contingent of Missourians.
October 22, 2012 |
ON BOARD THE USS GEORGE WASHINGTON - A U.S. aircraft carrier group cruised through the disputed South China Sea on Saturday in a show of American power in waters that are fast becoming a focal point of Washington's strategic rivalry with Beijing. Vietnamese security and government officials were flown onto the nuclear-powered USS George Washington ship, underlining the burgeoning military relationship between the former enemies. A small number of journalists were also invited to witness the display of maritime might in the oil-rich waters, which are home to islands disputed between China and the other smaller Asian nations facing the sea. The visit will likely reassure Vietnam and the Philippines of U.S. but could annoy China, whose growing economic and naval strength is leading to a greater assertiveness in pressing its claims there.
July 30, 1992 |
Anthony S. Miller Jr. soon will be taking his nine-foot aircraft carrier out for a shakedown cruise on the cranberry bog behind his home in Indian Mills. The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower doesn't pull much of a draft. Maybe a few inches, but it looks pretty seaworthy. Miller's naval task force now will consist two ships. They represent the two biggest classes of ships in the U.S. Navy. The other is his six-foot-long battleship, the USS New Jersey, now in drydock in a case in his living room.
January 18, 2008 |
The aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy, overhauled here in the mid-1990s as the final task of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, is returning to the city for long-term storage. Generally, the public is not allowed aboard vessels at the inactive-fleet facility, part of the former Navy Base on the Delaware River. With its 4.6-acre flight deck, the Kennedy would be a visible landmark for planes landing at Philadelphia International Airport and boaters on the river. Lt. Clay Doss, a Navy spokesman, would confirm only that the Kennedy, also known as CV67, would be towed here for "safe storage" pending a decision on its future.
July 23, 1987 |
As Kuwaiti tankers and U.S. warships carefully navigate the Persian Gulf, the main element in their defense - the aircraft carrier Constellation - will be silently guarding the gulf from a station hundreds of miles to the south, in the Arabian Sea. The gulf - the international centerpiece of the Iran-Iraq war - will become the focal point for a few highly trained American sailors, who, sitting in the Constellation's air-conditioned combat center,...
December 2, 2012 |
NORFOLK, Va. - The world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier was retired from active service on Saturday, temporarily reducing the number of carriers in the U.S. fleet to 10 until 2015. The USS Enterprise ended its notable 51-year career during a ceremony at its home port at Naval Station Norfolk, where thousands of former crew members, ship builders and their families lined a pier to bid farewell to one of the most decorated ships in the Navy. "It'll be a special memory.
March 9, 2002 |
The widow of boxer Beetha-vean Scottland is suing New York City officials, contending they allowed her husband to be beaten to death during a fight aboard an aircraft carrier in the Hudson River. Denise Scottland says in her lawsuit the officials permitted the fighter to be "unreasonably and violently pummeled" during the bout on June 26, 2001. The 26-year-old light heavyweight from North Brentwood, Md., was knocked out by undefeated George Khalid Jones in the last 37 seconds of a nationally televised 10-round fight aboard the Intrepid, a floating air-sea museum.
November 6, 2012 |
ABOARD THE USS ENTERPRISE - The world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier ended its remarkable career at sea on Sunday when it pulled into its home port for the final time after participating in every major conflict since the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. The USS Enterprise began shutting down its eight nuclear reactors almost as soon as it arrived at its pier at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, where thousands of cheering family members and friends welcomed the ship home from its 25th and final deployment after nearly eight months at sea. The ship will never move on its own power again and will eventually be scrapped in Washington state.
November 8, 2012 |
COLUMBUS, Ohio - As Jim Foster grows older, his thoughts often flood back to those he has known who have passed on. Maybe that's expected for a 64-year-old who spent three years in the Army, including 18 months in Vietnam, before a lifetime as a teacher and coach. "As you age, you start to think a little bit more relative to guys who you went to school with and served with that died in the service," he said softly. That his Ohio State team opens its season Friday on an aircraft carrier, surrounded by servicemen and women, enhances his memories.