USS Independence Arrival Scheduled For May
The USS Independence is en route to the Port of Brownsville for dismantling and recycling.
International Shipbreaking Ltd., part of the EMR Group, won the Navy bid to recycle the 60,000-ton vessel, the last of the Forrestal-class of “supercarriers.”
The decommissioned aircraft carrier departed March 11 from Naval Base Kitsap in Bremerton, Washington, and is expected to arrive at the Port of Brownsville in May barring delays from weather or other factors.
This will be the third carrier delivered to ISL for dismantling. The company handled the decommissioned USS Constellation in January 2015 and the retired USS Ranger in July 2015.
The USS Independence is the fifth decommissioned supercarrier coming to the Port of Brownsville for scrapping. The first one was the USS Forrestal in 2014, dismantled by All Star Metals.