The aircraft carrier USS Constellation, deactivated as soon as she returned from duty during the Iraq campaign, arrived this past weekend in Bremerton, WA, to be mothballed. The brand-new USS Ronald Reagan replaces the “Connie” in the fleet, who’s arrival means the end of service for the USS Midway. The Midway heads to a museum in San Diego.
The Navy says the nearly $400,000 towing fee to bring the ship to Bremerton is cheaper than paying for food and fuel for a crew of 2,500 to steam it here, then fly them back.
That $400K is really how much it cost really seems incredible to me, but I guess I’ll take their word for it.
UPDATE: The Midway, launched during World War 2, had been in mothballs since 1992. The same tug that brought the Constellation to Washington is taking the Midway to San Diego. Here’s a story on the Midway’s departure from Bremerton, and here’s the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum site.