Ex-USS Saratoga Leaves Newport Naval Station

Aug 21, 2014

The ex-USS Saratoga was pulled out of the Newport Naval Station Thursday morning. It's headed to Texas.
Credit Newport Naval Station

The decommissioned USS Saratoga has left the Newport Naval Station. The weather finally cleared for the ship’s departure for 8:45am Thursday.

The Saratoga is heading down the eastern seaboard and around the tip of Florida to Brownsville, Texas where it will be pulled apart for scrap.

The 1950’s aircraft carrier was decommissioned 20 years ago. An effort failed to turn it into a museum and it sat in Newport for sixteen years.

Naval Station spokeswoman Lisa Rama said the Saratoga’s departure has left a hole in the landscape.

“Not to make any comments about productivity on board Naval Station Newport this morning, but there were quite a few folks standing outside their offices to watch her go,” said Rama. “It’s sad. It definitely is sad. There’s a hole down there in Pier 1.”

The ex-USS Saratoga glides under the Newport Pell Bridge as it starts its journey to Brownsville, Texas.

Rama said it will take the decommissioned USS Saratoga about a month to reach Texas.

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