US Navy Scraps Historic Aircraft Carrier

first_imgzoom The U.S. Navy on December 22 awarded a contract for the towing and dismantling of the decommissioned aircraft carrier Ranger (CV 61) to International Shipbreaking, Ltd.Under the contract, the company will be paid USD 0.01, a price that reflects the net price proposed by International Shipbreaking, Inc., which considered the estimated proceeds from the sale of the scrap metal to be generated from dismantling.The ship will be towed from the Navy’s inactive ships maintenance facility in Bremerton, Washington, to International Shipbreaking, Ltd.’s ship dismantling facility in Brownsville, Texas, for complete dismantling and recycling.The ship is expected to depart Bremerton via tow in January or February, and arrive in Brownsville after four to five months. The ship is too large for passage through the Panama Canal and must be towed around South America.Ranger was the third Forrestal-class aircraft carrier to be built. The ship was laid down August 2, 1954, by Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Newport News, Virginia, and commissioned at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, August 10, 1957. Ranger was the only ship of the Forrestal class to spend its entire career in the Pacific. The ship made a total of 22 Western Pacific deployments, was an active participant in the Vietnam War, and was the only West Coast-based carrier to deploy in support of Operation Desert Storm.Ranger was decommissioned July 10, 1993, after more than 35 years of service. It served as a retention asset for potential future reactivation until stricken from the Naval Vessel Register, March 8, 2004, and redesigned for donation. After eight years on donation hold, the USS Ranger Foundation was unable to raise the necessary funds to convert the ship into a museum or to overcome the physical obstacles of transporting her up the Columbia River to Fairview, Oregon. As a result, Ranger was removed from the list of ships available for dismantling and designated for dismantling.The Navy said that while there are many veterans with strong desires that the Navy not scrap the ship they served on, there were no states, municipalities or nonprofit organizations with a viable plan seeking to save the ship. The Navy cannot donate a vessel unless the application fully meets the Navy’s minimum requirements for donation, and cannot retain inactive ships indefinitely.Image: US Navylast_img read more

Tickets remain for Souper Star Lunch

There are still a few tickets remaining for Tuesday’s Souper Star Lunch.The annual kick-off event for Brock’s United Way campaign will take place Tuesday, Oct. 2 in Market Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.A $10 ticket allows you to sample and judge six soups prepared by Sodexo chefs and served by Faculty deans. President Gervan Fearon will speak at the event and Brock’s 2018 campaign goal will be announced.The remaining tickets will be available for sale at the Campus Store and Thistle Complex Welcome Desk until 11 a.m. Tuesday, and then the rest will be available at the Souper Star event itself (cash only).In 2017, 15 per cent of faculty and staff participated in the United Way campaign, and an all-time high of $160,317 was raised. Over the past 15 years, more than $1.5 million has been raised by the Brock community for United Way.To learn more about Brock University’s United Way campaign and events, visit brocku.ca/united-way read more