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USS FORRESTAL Final Voyage
 June 15,2010

            Information from Navy Source Online

CLASS - FORRESTAL
Displacement 56,000 Tons, Dimensions, 1039' (oa) x 129' 1" x 37' (Max)
Armament 8 x 5"/54, 100 Aircraft.
Armor, Unknown.
Machinery, 260,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Crew 3800 - 4280.

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Operational and Building Data
Ordered as a "Large Aircraft Carrier", hull number CVB-59. Contract awarded to the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, Va., 12 Jul 1951. Laid down 14 Jul 1952. Reclassified as an "Attack Aircraft Carrier" (CVA-59), 1 Oct 1952. Launched 11 Dec 1954 and commissioned 1 Oct 1955.

Reclassified as a "Multi-purpose Aircraft Carrier" (CV-59), 30 Jun 1975. Modernized at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard Jan 1983-May 1985 under SLEP (Service Life Extension Program).

Reclassified as a Training Carrier and redesignated AVT-59, Feb 1992; Forrestal arrived in Philadelphia 14 Sep 1992 to begin a 14-month complex overhaul prior to assuming the duties as training carrier. In early 1993, however, it was decided to decommission Forrestal and leave the Navy without a dedicated training carrier. Decommissioned and stricken from the Navy List, 11 Sep 1993.

Status: Stricken, to be disposed of (Maintenance Category X).
Berth: NAVSTA Newport, R.I.