The Navy has announced that it will send an aircraft carrier that has been moored in Newport to Texas to be recycled into scrap metal. The USS Saratoga was decommissioned in 1994 after serving the Navy for thirty-eight years. Because a lack of local funding is preventing the ship from being turned into a museum, Chris Johnson of the Naval Sea Systems Command says that scrapping is a necessary course of action.
"Obviously, the ship is quite old, and it's not as technologically capable as modern aircraft carriers. It also costs a lot of money to keep it in a decommissioned status, so we weren't able to find an organization that was able to keep it as a museum. The only other option is scrapping."
The Saratoga was commissioned in 1956. It saw action in a number of conflicts, including the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Shield.
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