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Carrier sells for a penny

Updated 1656 GMT (0056 HKT) October 23, 2013
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The U.S. Navy announced Tuesday that the former aircraft carrier USS Forrestal had been sold for scrap for one penny. The ship will be towed from its berth in Philadelphia to Brownsville, Texas, for dismantling. The Forrestal, named after former Secretary of Defense James Forrestal, was decommissioned in 1993. Here, it is is guided into Coddington Cove in Middletown, Rhode Island, in September 1998. Matt York/AP
Displacing 56,000 tons and with a length of 1,039 feet, the USS Forrestal was regarded as the U.S. Navy's first "supercarrier" when it was launched in 1954. Circa 1957, a plane prepares to take off from the Forrestal's flight deck. Howard Sochurek//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images
A Marine Corps KC-130 plane sits on the flight deck of the USS Forrestal after landing, in November 1963. The event marked the largest and heaviest plane to land on a carrier. U.S. Navy/AP
Planes burn aboard the USS Forrestal after a Zuni missile accidentally fired from another aircraft in July 1967. The incident involved then-Lt. Cmdr. John McCain, who ran for his life through the flames, according to Navy accounts. The accident left 134 people dead. AP
Crew members look through a hole in the deck of the USS Forrestal in search of survivors after the explosion in July 1967. Dick Swanson/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Then-President Gerald Ford stands aboard the USS Forrestal during the United States Bicentennial Celebration on July 4, 1976. Ron Galella/WireImage/Getty Images
Then-President George H. W. Bush looks over the USS Forrestal during the United States/Soviet Union summit in December 1989. Take a look at the ship graveyards of Bangladesh. Dirck Halstead//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images