Former Carrier, USS America, CV-66, leaves port for the last time
The conventional powered aircraft carrier, USS America
, of the Kitty Hawk
class, previously docked at the former Naval Base in Philadelphia (photo
), has left for her date with Davy Jones.
The Navy intends to "attack" the America
with a variety of tactics and munitions, in order to measure the hardiness of US carriers, especially against unconventional terror attacks. Personally named by President John F. Kennedy and having seen active duty
through much of the Cold War, from 1961 until 1996
, it's suprising that the Navy decided to dispose of the country's namesake in this way.
Veterans who served aboard the America are sad to see her go
, and mounted an effort
to save her from the bottom. Their efforts have been unsuccessfull - she left port for the last time today.
posted by rzklkng
on Apr 19, 2005 -