WASHINGTON D.C. (FOX News, June 14, 2014)- A third U.S. Navy aircraft carrier is headed to Brownsville, Texas for dismantling.
The Navy announced Friday that a $3 million contract has been awarded to International Shipbreaking Limited for the towing, dismantling and recycling of the USS Constellation, a ship first used in the Vietnam War, and last deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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 dismantling.
“The Navy continues to own the ship during the dismantling process,” the Naval Sea Systems Command Office said in a news release .
“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.