Drone films the USS Ranger on her final journey to the scrapyard

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The aircraft carrier USS Ranger, which saw action in the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm and appeared in the movies “Top Gun” and “Star Trek IV” is on its final journey.

The once-mighty carrier is on a five-month cruise at the end of a tow cable from Bremerton, Washington, around the top of South America to a scrapyard in Texas.

LiveLeak user captainslog used a drone to capture this footage of the ship as it stopped in the Bay of Panama.

The 56,300-ton warship, which was launched in 1956, was decommissioned in 1993 but kept in storage for possible reactivation until March 2004 when it was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register and made available for donation to a group that could preserve it and turn it into a museum.

But attempts by groups in Long Beach, California, and Fairview, Oregon, to do so came up short of meeting U.S. government requirements for donation.

CNN Wire contributed to this report.

2 comments

  • Mark Flan

    It is a shame it could not be kept for people to see and use. But we are talking about a scap value potentially of millions and it has been kept in storage at some cost for a long enough period for someone to help donate some of the costs. The money from this will help fund the new era of ships.

    • Mark Flan

      It is a shame it could not be kept for people to see and use. But we are talking about a scap value potentially of millions and it has been kept in storage at some cost for a long enough period for someone to help donate some of the costs. The money from this will help fund the new era of ships.

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