Brownsville: USS Constellation's final portBrownsville: USS Constellation's final porthttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=19572015-01-15T14:44:00Z2015-01-15T14:00:00Z

BROWNSVILLE - The USS Constellation, a Kitty Hawk-class aircraft carrier, is expected to complete its 16,000-mile trip on January 16 from Bremerton, Wash., to Brownsville, provided the weather cooperates.

International Shipbreaking Ltd. is being paying $3 million by the Navy to tow the Vietnam-era ship away and dismantle it.

“Right now we’re looking at Friday morning first light,” said Chris Green of International Shipbreaking Ltd. “Friday’s going to be clear. It’s going to be great weather and it’ll be a beautiful day to bring that ship and tie it up to the facility.”

Winds are forecast to start tapering off late Thursday.

Green said the Constellation’s progress once it enters the pass will be very slow, giving spectators plenty of time to view the ship before it actually enters the Brownsville Ship Channel.

Once in the channel, the “Connie” — launched in 1960 and decommissioned in 2003 — will be clearly visible from SH 48 as it makes its way toward the ship-breaking facility,

Green said it has been flooded by veterans asking to attend. Green suggests visitors watch the ship pull in from tour boats.

The company will be making commemorative coins from Constellation metal and 3-by-4-inch plates of steel. These and other items from the ship will be available for purchase at a company eBay store.

The "Connie," which left Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility in August, was too big to fit through the Panama Canal and had to be towed around South America.

Foss Maritime Company has kept a blog of the final journey of the Constellation and engaged online with veterans who served on the “Connie,” as she is affectionately called.

The USS Constellation served gallantly throughout four generations from Viet Nam to the Iraq War.

Sources: The Brownsville Herald, U.S.S. Constellation CVA/CV-64, Military.com, USS Constellation Tow Blog

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