- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The USS Ranger, which was featured in the hit movie “Top Gun,” will be scrapped by The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) for a single penny.

Officials were hoping that the supercarrier could be turned into a museum in the Pacific Northwest. But without any takers, they will now send the vessel to Brownsville, Texas, for dismantling.

“Under the contract, the company will be paid $0.01. The price reflects the net price proposed by International Shipbreaking, which considered the estimated proceeds from the sale of the scrap metal to be generated from dismantling,” officials for NAVSEA said in a statement released, Fox News reported Wednesday. “[One cent] is the lowest price the Navy could possibly have paid the contractor for towing and dismantling the ship.”

The USS Ranger has been docked in Bremerton, Washington, for the past eight years while officials tried to secure the funding necessary to turn the ship into a museum.

“We would have liked to have seen it become a museum, but it just wasn’t in the cards,” Navy spokesman Chris Johnson told Fox. “But unfortunately, it is a difficult proposition to raise funds. The group that was going to collect donations had a $35 million budget plan but was only able to raise $100,000.”

The USS Ranger was first commissioned in 1957 and earned battle stars during the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm. The aircraft was decommissioned in 1993, Fox reported.

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