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Farewell to the USS Constellation

The USS Constellation leaves Bremerton for a Brownsville, Texas scrapyard. The ship was often lovingly called
The USS Constellation leaves Bremerton for a Brownsville, Texas scrapyard. The ship was often lovingly called 'Connie' for short.
— image credit: Seraine Page

On Friday, the USS Constellation (CV-64) slowly made its way through the Puget Sound on its final journey before heading to the scrapyard.

The Navy announced on June 13 it had awarded a $3 million contract to International Shipbreaking Limited, a Brownsville, Texas scrapping company.

"Under the contract, the company will be paid $3 million for the dismantling and recycling of the decommissioned aircraft carrier Constellation (CV 64)," according to the official U.S. Navy website. "The price reflects the net price proposed by International Shipbreaking, which considered the estimated proceeds from the sale of the scrap metal to be generated from dismantling."

The Constellation was the second Kitty Hawk-class aircraft carrier to be built and was decommissioned after 42 years in service, according to the website.

Since September 2003, the ship has been sitting in the inactive ship maintenance facility in Bremerton waiting to be scrapped.


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