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Navy: Decommissioned Carrier Independence Leaves for Texas Scrapyard Saturday

USS Independence (CV-62) in 1979. US Navy Photo

The decommissioned aircraft carrier Independence (CV-62) will depart from Naval Station Kitsap, Wash. for Brownsville, Texas on Saturday, Naval Sea Systems Command announced on Thursday.

Independence – the fourth of the Forrestal-class super carriers – will be towed from Washington to the Texas coast around South America through the Strait of Magellan to be scrapped. The operation will start a day later than anticipated due to weather concerns.

“The ship will be visible along the waterfronts of Bremerton, Port Orchard and Bainbridge Island as it makes the trip through Rich Passage. Spectators may view the ship pulling out from the south end of the Navy parking lot running alongside Hwy 304, near Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton Pass & ID,” the statement said.

USS Independence (CV-62) in mothballs.

The carrier was commissioned in 1959 and, “during its lifecycle, the ship made one tour off the coast of Vietnam in 1965, carried out airstrikes against Syrian forces during the Lebanese Civil War and enforced the no-fly zone over southern Iraq as part of Operation Southern Watch,” NAVSEA said in a statement.

Decommissioned in 1998, Independence has been mothballed in reserve in the Navy’s Inactive Ships Maintenance Facility in Bremerton, Washington.

In August, International Shipbreaking, Ltd. announced it was selected to dismantle the 60,000-ton ship as part of a $6 million contract reported the Kitsap Sun newspaper.

  • Rocco

    God speed old war horse!! You served our country with dignity!! Former Crew member CV-59🙋👍🍻⚓

    • publius_maximus_III

      Thank you and the USS Independence for your service to our country, Rocco.

      • Rocco


    • Leslie Rowe

      Am I the only one totally upset?
      They need to keep the Indy, museum would be nice. I served as a blue shirt then a flight deck director from 1981 to 1985. I love that ship, and still consider her mine. I wish I could be on her for this last ride around South America. Ill bet there are some on her now doing just that. Lucky dogs!
      By killing my ship they kill me a little bit too. Terrible feeling guys. I’m not liking this at all. I wonder if any of my ol shipmates are aware of this. I remember they sank my dad’s ship the Bushnell back when I was on the Indy. Ill bet my dad felt like Im feeling now?
      I agree with the IHO007 when he says it’s better to sink her than send her to the scrapyard. I’ve seen pictures the scrapping of my uncle’s ship the Roosevelt and it was Sad Sad Sad

  • mdubur

    Hopefully the $6 mil contract is the scrapper paying the US Gov, not the other way around??
    By the time all the copper and other stuff is recycled, some good money will be made…..

  • Andrew George Whitaker

    The last of the Forrestall class.
    Te only conventional powered carriers left are the Kitty Hawk and John F. Kennedy.

    • Rocco

      Just the Kennedy

    • Rocco

      One L in Forrestal dude!!!

  • IHO007

    Hate the idea of scrapping, when it comes to warships. Sinking is the only honorable way for them to go.

    • Rocco

      We have enough junk in the ocean.did you ever see the documentary on the USS Oriskany?? What an undertaking she was just to sink her !! & A ship half the size of the Indy!!

      • IHO007

        Yeah, well the “contamination” by ships sunk hardly bothers me. All the garbage that gets dumped into the oceans otherwise is what bothers me.

        • Rocco

          What’s the difference!!!?? Stupid comments!! Garbage from ship’s get eaten by sharks!! Oil contamination kills them & wildlife & everything else!!!😡

          • IHO007

            Luckily, wildlife ain’t as fucking stupid as you are, Rocco, so they don’t actually eat all crap they come accross.

          • Rocco

            Let me reidioterate as yet you just proved my previous !!GPS!!!😤

  • 1coolguy

    Given the size and type of France’s and England’s aircraft carriers, why don’t they line up to buy or take over America’s Nimitz class, nuclear carriers? Sure they are what, 40 years old, but spending say $1-$5 billion on retrofitting them gives them a MUCH better platform than anything they have. They have very little sea time on their hulls, as over 40 years they are in port approx 1/3 of the time, either between deployments or for overhauls. It would therefore also extend the West’s deterrence capability.

    • Pat Patterson

      France has a much newer nuke. The Brits will have two new carriers but can only man one at a time. Both don’t have enough money to have much of a navy.

    • Rocco

      Good point but as a nuke ship letting the British or French learn our technology isn’t what we do.then when it’s done how do they dispose of it? Nevermind the ship getting into the wrong hands.

      • El_Sid

        Do you have any concept of how closely the UK works with the US on naval reactors? Going back to the days when a Skipjack reactor was sold to the RN for their first SSN, it’s arguably one of the best demonstrations of what makes that relationship a special one.

        The issue with Europeans not wanting old USN CVNs is all to do with cost and manning.

    • El_Sid

      The UK is not just England…

      It’s all to do with manning – Nimitzes require three times the crew of any other carrier design. Plus two QNLZ’s will give the UK close to the sortie generation capability of a Nimitz, at a cheaper cost.

      And you can’t just dismiss the age thing – it does matter.

  • Hugh

    I’m always sad to see ships decommissioned and scrapped. However, typically a hull is 15% of the overall cost of a ship. Refitting on board is several times more cost than in modules ashore, including upgrades. Electric wiring etc ages and needs replacement. And the overall layout is not optimal for modernisation. Therefore 50 years is a good life, then get a new replacement which works out cheaper and better overall than keeping the old one going. (That’s if the government approves a new ship construction.) PS: Strange how the B52s are being given such long lives……..

    • Rocco

      Lol good point

    • RDF

      Not on our carriers. They just ran new homeruns every time. Some of those bundles in main passageway had to have been 2 feet in diameter.

  • John B. Morgen

    She might go aground and sink in order to escape from the scrapyard. After all it is a very long trip…..anything can happen along the way.

  • Rocco

    Why was it a stupid comment ??? Troll!!

  • Jesse Johnson

    She was a wonderful ship. I have many good memories of her. I will be sad to see her go.

  • John Zielinski

    Sad to see the Indy go, as a former crew member from the original
    Commission detail hurts to see her scrapped
    Served from 58 to 60 in supply and loved every minute on board
    Sure every one of S-1 division fells the same
    Go Proudly
    The Ski

  • Cindy

    I’m on my way to watch this magnificent ship enter the Brownsville ship channel. My heart weeps when i see them go by and know where they are going. RIP ☹

  • Bryan Lee Holmes

    I served on her from 85 to 88 red shirt flight deck ordnance breaks my heart to see her destroyed