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The U.S. is paying a Texas scrap metal company a penny to haul away the USS Forrester. (Photo: U.S. National Archives)

The U.S. is paying a Texas scrap metal company a penny to haul away the USS Forrester. (Photo: U.S. National Archives)

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas recycler is being paid 1 cent to haul away and dismantle the U.S. Navy’s first “supercarrier.”

The USS Forrestal was decommissioned in September 1993, after more than 38 years of service. It was launched in 1954 and commissioned in 1955.

It is best known for a 1967 fire on its flight deck that killed 132 crewmen and injured 62 others.

The Navy in 1999 had made the Forrestal available for donation as a museum or memorial. But it was re-designated for disposal in 2003 after no feasible applications for reuse were received.

The ship is expected to depart Philadelphia before the end of the year and be taken to a facility in Brownsville owned by All Star Metals.

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