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Ex-Saipan begins journey to scrap yard

Tugs towed the amphibious assault ship formerly known as the Saipan out of its mothball berth in Philadelphia on Wednesday, beginning the ship’s final trip to sea — one that will end at the scrap yard.

The Saipan is scheduled to arrive mid-November in Brownsville, Texas, where workers at International Shipbreaking Ltd. will begin cutting the 28,000-ton ship apart.

USS Saipan (LHA 2, bottom) and USS John F Kennedy (CV 67) tied up in Philadelphia's Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility

USS Saipan (LHA 2, bottom) and USS John F Kennedy (CV 67) tied up in Philadelphia's Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility

Weapons effect testing was conducted on the Saipan after she was decommissioned.

Comments

  1. I didn’t get the last paragraph of the linked article, about how the “net cost” to the gubmint for breaking the ship up was 2 cents.

    Why wouldn’t they sell the ship? Seems they would get more than 2 cents for it.

  2. Not sure, but I think they sold her for 2 cents. The breakers are responsible to move her and get to keep anything they can sell the scrap for.

    Did the same thing with my ’85 Camaro a few years ago.

    …Well, not the weapons effect testing…

  3. Damn just about all the ships I was on were scrapped or used for target practice Adios Saipan you were definitely better than the Guam. Semper Fi ole buddy

  4. I think its a stupid idea, to scrap such a large machine. People and bureacrats have no idea, as to how much energy, time and money is spent on researching, building, and running a ship. seems a waste to scrap it. it should have been turned into a training vessel for the merchant marine, naval college, or for annapolis Naval academy, or it have been used for Marine or Ocenagraphic research.
    Now its going to been turned into raw steel, and shipped to China, so they can make more scrap for the consumer market, and end up in a Landfill. Thanks fucking genius.

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