Posted: July 21, 2014 10:40 AM
Ex-Constellation to Depart Bremerton on July 31
BREMERTON, Wash. — The decommissioned aircraft carrier Constellation (CV 64) will be towed from the Navy’s inactive ships maintenance facility in Bremerton July 31 to International Shipbreaking Ltd.’s ship dismantling facility in Brownsville, Texas, for complete dismantling and recycling, Naval Sea Systems Command said in a July 21 release.
The ex-Constellation is expected to arrive in Brownsville in January.
Because the shipyard is an industrial environment, there will not be an opportunity to enter the facility in advance of the departure.
Constellation was the second Kitty Hawk-class aircraft carrier to be built. It was laid down on Sept. 14, 1957, at New York Naval Shipyard in Brooklyn, N.Y., and was the last U. S. aircraft carrier to be built at a yard outside of Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. The ship was commissioned on Oct. 27, 1961.
After nearly 42 years of commissioned service, Constellation was decommissioned at the Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego on Aug. 6, 2003, and was towed to the inactive ship maintenance facility in Bremerton in September of that year.
Constellation had 21 deployments to the Western Pacific including tours in the Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf. The ship received numerous awards during its service, including Navy Unit Commendations, Navy Battle Efficiency Awards, Navy Expeditionary Service Medals, National Defense Service Medals, Vietnam Service Medals, Humanitarian Service Medals and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Meritorious Unit Citation Medals. Constellation is credited with a Presidential Unit Citation, and two of the officers flying from the ship earned Navy Crosses and became the first aces of the Vietnam War.