Farewell Connie the Documentary
USS Constellation headed for Texas scrapyard
Fox News 06/14/2014
The ship, nicknamed “Connie” by its crew, is
part of the Navy’s five-year scrapping plan that also sent the
USS Forrestal and the USS Saratoga to Brownsville for
“The Navy continues to own the ship during the dismantling
process,” the Naval Sea Systems Command Office said in a news
“The contractor takes ownership of the scrap metal as it’s
produced and sells the scrap to offset its costs of operations,”
the release said.
Officials say the Constellation’s final journey from Naval Base
Kitsap, Washington, to Brownsville will begin in the coming
The Constellation was built at New York Naval Shipyard in
Brooklyn, New York, and is the last aircraft carrier to be built
outside of Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company,
according to the Navy’s release.
The ship was commissioned in 1961, and is named for the ring of
13 stars that formed a “new constellation” on the United States
flag, according to the Navy.
In 1990 the ship underwent an $800 million overhaul that took
three years to complete, but was expected to add 15 years of
operational life. It was stricken from service in 2003.
here to check out some of our shipmates experiences
while onboard the Connie for the 10 Anniversary of her
decommissioning August 7, 2003.