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US Carrier Sold For One Cent

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Just came across this.

 

 

A scrap metal company got one red cent from the Navy to take its first supercarrier, the decommissioned Forrestal, off its hands.

 

 

Navy officials announced. It's an inauspicious fate for a ship with a colorful — and tragic — history. It's perhaps best known for a 1967 incident in which stray voltage triggered an accidental explosion that struck a plane on the flight deck whose cockpit was occupied by a young John McCain.

 

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I wonder if I could get a battlship for a dollar ... don't know what I'd do with it but I'll figure somehting out.

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Outrageous...  One cent?? What the hell... a present from the taxpayers to the metal industry??  IF it was sold for one cent to someone who preserves it. But to give it out for shit to someone who makes profit out of its destruction... for free??  If they sell for scrap, ask for price...  this is a treason.

 

At least soviets sold theirs for money...

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I will take 3 at that price - will open a chain of seabourne hotels and nightclubs

 

:blink:  I was thinking about that myself.

 

I see great minds think alike.

 

nightclubs, hotels, casinos ...

 

For the mega rich they can charger small private aircraft that land on the carrier and provide secured storage and when the boat gets near a country either launch the jet or chopper them in.

 

And pirates would't want to screw with something that looks military.

 

$25,000 rooms/ night

 

$9,000 to land

 

Plus $4,000 for the aircraft to be secured.

 

Prices may vary.

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The red cent bought the ship.  The price of ownership is to remove the nuclear propulsion system.  More expensive that it sounds like.

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I will take 3 at that price - will open a chain of seabourne hotels and nightclubs

Then plan 3 full trains to evacuate all of the asbestos from aboard these big old blocks...

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The red cent bought the ship.  The price of ownership is to remove the nuclear propulsion system.  More expensive that it sounds like.

 

To my best knowledge, the Forrestal class had no nuclear propulsion

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To my best knowledge, the Forrestal class had no nuclear propulsion

 

correct. 

 

But to do all of the other mitigation of asbestos and other hazerdous stuff - a lot of $$$.  So that one cent is probably barely giving the scraping companies any profit. 

 

better, in my opinion, to tow them out and use them for target practice. 

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Damn forgot about the asbestos ... there goes the night club plan.

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We should have bought it and renamed it the USS Combatace. We could have liberated some carrier jets from the Boneyard and set ourselves up as mercenaries for hire and live the Strike Fighters dream for real!

Just think of the possibilities.....

Unlimited flight time and air combat

Getting orders from shady CIA case officers, self-destructing tapes or damsels in distress who's aged father is being strong armed by the local hoods

A girl in every port

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A new adventure every week!

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Look up the USS Coral Sea decommissioning fiasco in Baltimore and you will see all sorts of issues. The company that was actually doing the scrapping actually went under with OSHA violations, EPA violations and a slew of other issues. So for the Navy to finally sell the Forestall class of ships after 20 years of them being out of service (all four are actual up for plans to be scrapped) it only makes sense that the US Navy would try and maintain positive control via a cheap sales price so if it goes south, they can regain the ship prior to the news media making a Pulitzer prize winning story about it becoming another fiasco (the Baltimore Sun did so in the 1990s, google it).

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