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Tugboat Alex McAllister pushes the USS Forrestal into the Delaware River on the aircraft carrier's final voyage from Navy Shipyard in south Philadelphia for a dismantling and recycling facility in Brownsville, Texas, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/The Philadelphia Inquirer, Alejandro A. Alvarez)

Navy supercarrier leaves Pa. on trip to scrap heap

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Work crews with Foss Marine Towing untie the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Forrestal as it prepares to make its final voyage from Navy Shipyard in south Philadelphia for a dismantling and recycling facility in Brownsville, Texas, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. T (AP Photo/The Philadelphia Inquirer, Alejandro A. Alvarez)
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Allen Polixa of Nutley, N.J., who was on the USS Forrestal from 1980 to 1982, left, and Jimmie Stewart, of northeast Philadelphia, who was on the ship from 1960 to 1962, stand near the decommissioned aircraft carrier as it prepares to make its final voyage from Navy Shipyard in south Philadelphia for a dismantling and recycling facility in Brownsville, Texas, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/The Philadelphia Inquirer, Alejandro A. Alvarez)
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Jimmie Stewart, of northeast Philadelphia, who was on the USS Forrestal from 1960 to 1962, stands near the decommissioned aircraft carrier as it prepares to make its final voyage from Navy Shipyard in south Philadelphia for a dismantling and recycling facility in Brownsville, Texas, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/The Philadelphia Inquirer, Alejandro A. Alvarez)

– The Navy's first post-World War II supercarrier has left Philadelphia on a final trip to a scrapping facility in Texas.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/1k97H2D) says the massive aircraft carrier USS Forrestal left under tow early Tuesday to begin its 17- or 18-day trip.

The 60-year-old ship is being taken to a Brownsville, Texas, recycling facility owned by All Star Metals, which was paid 1 cent to haul away and dismantle it.

The USS Forrestal was decommissioned in September 1993, after more than 38 years of service.

It's best known for a 1967 fire on its flight deck that killed 132 crewmen and injured 62 others.

The Navy made the USS Forrestal available for donation as a museum or memorial but says it received no feasible applications for reuse.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com

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