How to get an aircraft carrier for a penny
The US Navy sells the now-decommissioned USS Forrestal for 1 cent to a scrap metal company.
The Navy awarded the contract to the Texas company on Oct. 22. The net price proposed by the company "considered the estimated proceeds from the sale of the scrap metal to be generated from dismantling," according to an official statement.
Now, All Star Metals will develop a plan to tow the aging carrier -- first launched in 1954 and decommissioned in 1993 -- from Philadelphia to Brownsville, Texas.
Despite its long service life, the ship is perhaps best known for a tragic electrical accident that triggered an explosion onboard in 1967, resulting in 134 killed and more than 300 injured, according to Fox News.
"It’s something that the Navy is caught between a rock and a hard place," Ken Killmeyer, historian for the USS Forrestal Association and a survivor of the 1967 incident, told Fox. “They have to have these vessels no matter how big or small they are, and they use them as you would your car until they’re no longer financially viable. So, they decommission them.”
The Navy attempted to make the ship into a museum or memorial, but didn't get any viable offers, according to NPR.
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Didn't get any viable offers ?!!! For a museum, Hell, I'd have gave them a dollar and they'd have made 100 times the money on the sale, maybe even $10 and they'd up their profit 1000%.
That's why the government can't run anything efficiently, they can't even sell something for scrap without losing money. I can't believe they didn't get any viable offers, anything over a penny would have been a viable offer as far as I'm concerned.
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