Aircraft Carrier Moved from Newport to Philly

NEWPORT, R.I. – The decommissioned aircraft carrier ex-USS Forrestal (AVT 59) will be relocated from Naval Station Newport's Pier One tomorrow morning, June 15, to the NAVSEA Inactive Ships On-site Maintenance Office in Philadelphia for continued safe stowage pending its final disposal.

The ex-USS Forrestal was pushed away from the Pier at 7:45 a.m.,  and is expected to pass under the Newport Bridge at 9:00 a.m., pass Ft. Adams at approximately 9:35 a.m., and pass Beavertail State Park at approximately 10:30 a.m.  THESE ARE ONLY ESTIMATES BASED ON OPTIMAL CONDITIONS.

The ex-Forrestal is expected to arrive in Philadelphia on June 18, 2010.  The Navy has not yet made a final decision on how to dispose of ex- Forrestal.  

The first of the “supercarriers,” USS Forrestal was commissioned Sept. 29, 1955 and was in service for more than 38 years.  The Navy made the ship available for donation to an eligible organization for use as a museum or memorial in 1999, but no viable applications were received and the ship was removed from donation hold in 2004.

Media will not be allowed on the pier during operations due to safety issues.  For more information about ex- Forrestal, contact the Naval Sea Systems Command Office of Corporate Communication at 202-781-3350.