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Old 30-01-2017, 02:14
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That could very well be the case considering the price they got these ships. The time to dismantle these ships once they complete to removal of hazardous materials does go fairly quickly. They seem to have adopted a modular cutting process.

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Independence is getting ready to head for Brownsville.

http://m.brownsvilleherald.com/news/....html?mode=jqm
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Old 10-03-2017, 23:55
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CV-62 Independence is on her way to the breakers.

https://news.usni.org/2017/03/10/nav...pyard-saturday
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Old 11-03-2017, 21:10
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Video: life aboard Independence.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ebn8N4YKxCo
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Old 11-03-2017, 22:57
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And that leaves the Kitty Hawk and Enterprise to be disposed of. The Cold War fleet is rapidly disappearing.

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Old 12-03-2017, 00:13
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And the original John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier.
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Old 16-03-2017, 00:09
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Surfgun: The Kennedy is still on the East Coast, I believe. There was talk of making her a museum but I have heard little about that effort.
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Old 16-03-2017, 00:51
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Yes, she has been at the old Philadelphia Naval Yard in mothballs. I guess she may sit for up to a decade, waiting to see if enough funds can be raised to attempt to justify keeping her as a museum piece? If not off to Brownsville to be cut up.

Here is photo of CV-67 while under tow (from Mayport to Norfolk) with LHD 3 rendering honors (July 2007).
http://www.navy.mil/management/photo...-6216H-006.jpg

And another of her heading up the Delaware to Philadelphia (March 2008).

http://www.navy.mil/management/photo...-7444G-006.jpg
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Old 16-03-2017, 21:52
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Surfgun: It seems to me that the older a ship gets in extended reserve, the less likely it can be recovered in a cost effective manner for use as a museum ship. The Kennedy is a very large ship. Perhaps salvaging of the island structure would be a better idea. It could be mounted ashore or on a barge for that matter.
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Old 16-03-2017, 23:18
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Brian, a similar suggestion has been made by many in regards to the island of Enterprise . It appears that idea has not gained much traction. The passage ways in the island are not very large and the ladders are steep, but anything is possible?
I personally believe they (JFK and Kitty Hawk) will remain in the reserve fleet for another 5-10 years then they will be off to the torches.
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Old 17-03-2017, 22:41
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Surfgun: I think you may be right about the Ranger and Kennedy, provided the latter has been maintained in a reasonable state. The Enterprise seems to be a very different problem with respect to storage and disposal.

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Old 17-03-2017, 22:57
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Brian, Ranger has already been disposed of.
If I would hazard a guess, eventually Enterprise may eventually be hauled to Brownsville to be cut down to her hanger deck, then she will become the first (what's left of a) CVN to transit the Panama Canal (through the new locks), then onto Puget Sound for final disposal.
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Old 18-03-2017, 18:31
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Surfgun: I should have said Kitty Hawk. My apologies.

As an aside, I received a plastic model kit of USS Enterprise some years ago. It was a rather poor quality kit and was too large for display.

So I decided that it could only survive in my fleet as a storage vessel. Thus I removed the island and central portion of the flight deck, added an internal deck over the reactor compartments, added bulkheads fore and aft under the remaining portions of flight deck. The storage area now holds model paint and oversize paper clips, etc. The after flight deck provides space for a large coffee mug while the forward flight deck is used to place model parts that are being worked on in other projects. The ship goes by the designation YSF 65.

Perhaps the USN should consider an enterprising role for the elderly lady!

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Old 18-03-2017, 18:47
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Surfgun: I should have said Kitty Hawk. My apologies.

As an aside, I received a plastic model kit of USS Enterprise some years ago. It was a rather poor quality kit and was too large for display.

So I decided that it could only survive in my fleet as a storage vessel. Thus I removed the island and central portion of the flight deck, added an internal deck over the reactor compartments, added bulkheads fore and aft under the remaining portions of flight deck. The storage area now holds model paint and oversize paper clips, etc. The after flight deck provides space for a large coffee mug while the forward flight deck is used to place model parts that are being worked on in other projects. The ship goes by the designation YSF 65.

Perhaps the USN should consider an enterprising role for the elderly lady!

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LOL, I'm glad you found a use for her hulk! Or is it a brig as your paper clips and coffee mug are doing time!
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Old 19-03-2017, 17:28
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Here is a short video of Indy departing for Brownsville.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RIy_0ftvsDc

Now how about a news clip of her heading out for trials when she was fresh out of the box?
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kE12zpj2pLQ
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Surfgun: Thanks for the departure video of the Independence. At the moment the paper clips are indeed in the brig! Coffee cup is in full operation!!
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Old 21-03-2017, 00:47
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Some photos of the ocean going tug and Indy.

http://www.rbogash.com/Ships/Independence.html

Tug tracking:

https://www.vesselfinder.com/vessels...MMSI-368400000

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Old 21-03-2017, 01:30
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Thanks for that link. Every time I see these tow line shots it leaves me with a hollow feeling. Sad to see a these great ships go away forever.

I followed the Connie's tow around South America a few years back and it was a slow death!
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