Navy Sells USS Saratoga, Berthed in Newport, for One Cent

The legendary aircraft carrier will be scrapped by a Texas company.

Photo Courtesy: Department of Defense
Photo Courtesy: Department of Defense
The USS Saratoga, berthed at Naval Station Newport, has been sold to a a Texas company for a penny.

The decommissioned aircraft carrier will be dismantled and recycled with ESCO Marine, the buyer, using proceeds from the sale of scrap metal to offset the cost of operations, the Navy said in a release.

The USS Saratoga is an important ship with a storied history that includes a role in the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam and Gulf wars and other events.

The ship will depart for Texas this summer, ending any dim hopes that she could be preserved or turned into a museum. 

Navy officials said the ship was available for donation for public display or memorial but in 12 years, no viable applications came in.

“The Navy continues to own the ship during the dismantling process,” Naval Sea Systems Command officials said in a news release. “The contractor takes ownership of the scrap metal as it is produced and sells the scrap to offset its costs of operations.”

The USS Saratoga was commissioned in 1956. She was decommissioned in 1994 after more than 38 years of service.

Also known as "Super Sara," the vessel was also involved in an 1986 airstrike against Lybia.

“[It is] emotional in that we who served on ‘Sara’ feel that our ‘surrogate mother’ is passing from our lives,” Sammy King, secretary of the USS Saratoga Association, told FoxNews.com in an email. “We owe her a lot. We went aboard as ‘snot-nosed kids’ and left as ‘men.’ Some of us are very sad and some are very angry at the decision to scrap her.”
dphs18 May 10, 2014 at 08:31 AM
Last time I checked, she was in Middletown unless she drifted south.
Bill the 1st May 10, 2014 at 07:09 PM
Naval Station and NUWC are officially in Newport therefore, the ship is in Newport.
dphs18 May 10, 2014 at 09:36 PM
Sort of like Toyota of Newport in Middletown, I think I got it.
George Costanza May 11, 2014 at 02:46 PM
This would have been a great opportunity for Newport, we could have parked this baby in Lee's Warf and turned it into a 5 story bar with an amazing roof-top. Views of the whole state. Or we could have beached it on Rose Island and turned it into Condos.
Dean Barboza May 11, 2014 at 09:09 PM
Another Government waste of our tax money. Keep the waste rolling it will catch up sooner of later. We are good at wasting money and resources in the us. What did this cost to build brand new ? Sold for one sent . We are so screwed.


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