Shipmates! Join us in the USS Forrestal CVA/CV/AVT-59 private chat room this Wednesday, we will be on-line between 7:45pm and 10:45pm EDT (you must be an America On-line Subscriber to join us). If you've never chatted before, here is how to join us: Just click People Connection icon, click Find a Chat, then click Enter a Private Chat and then type CVA59, click Go and you're in. We had a surprise guest Wednesday 6/10/98 . CAPT. Robert L. "Bunky" Johnson, Jr. USN, Ret. Skipper of USS Forrestal AVT-59 1992-93 joined in. So come by pull up a chair (and a keyboard), pop the cap on a cold one, and talk with some shipmates.
September 14, 1998, The Decommissioned USS Forrestal left the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, which was her home for last 5 years since her decommissioning there in September 1993. Forrestal was taken in tow down the Delaware River, for its new temporary home of Newport, Rhode Island where she took her place alongside the Battleship Iowa her sister ship the USS Saratoga. The Forrestal is in Historical Donation Status, before leaving Philadelphia she was painted down to the waterline and will remain in that condition until their fate is finally determined. Currently USS Forrestal Museum in Baltimore is leading the pack to get the Mighty FID.
USS FORRESTAL Museum News Release For Immediate Publication!
October 16, 2004
USS Forrestal Museum, Inc. Board of Directors received a letter from Maryland Secretary of Transportation Robert L. Flanagan:
Mr. William H. Natter, Jr.PresidentUSS Forrestal Museum, Inc.P.O. Box 59
West River, Maryland 20778
Dear Mr. Natter:
Thank you for your letter to Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. concerning pier space for the USS FORRESTAL. The Governor has asked me to respond on his behalf and I must tell that the Governor is very interested in this project. I do apologize for the time it has taken to respond but I have directed staff at both the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) as well as the Maryland Port Administration (MPA) to examine your requests and as such I am pleased to report that we can report that we can offer a framework to allow this worthwhile project and your efforts to proceed.
In your letter to Governor Ehrlich, you asked the State of Maryland to provide pier space so that the USS FORRESTAL can be used as a Museum. The area that we are considering for the pier reserve for the USS FORRESTAL is North Locust Point (as you have mentioned in previous correspondence). The MPA . . . in Maryland’s Port of Baltimore.
The Governor appreciates hearing from you, and on his behalf, I also thank you for your interest in this very important issue. We look forward to our mutual progress.
Robert L. Flanagan
Robert L. Flanagan
FORRESTAL Museum Board members will be meeting with MDOT and MPA officials in the coming weeks to draft a Memorandum of Understanding defining the pier and associated details. Bottom line, we are getting a pier to bring our ship home!
While this is a giant step forward on a monumental task, much more work lies ahead before we can bring our ship home to a home she so richly deserves next to another National Treasure and Monument, Fort McHenry, Home of Our Star Spangled Banner and Birthplace Of Our National Anthem.
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
Jack Lawler, Jr.
are all former Forrestal shipmates and includes 4 members who were on board during the fire.
Honorary and advisory board of the USS Forrestal Museum, Inc.
Shipmates checkout The Forrestal Association Website. The Forrestal Association is a non-profit veterans organization established in 1990, with over 1400 members. The FID Assn is committed to preserving the memory and spirit of the Forrestal.
Click here visit site, checkout crew register for old shipmates, visit Ship's Store, find out about reunions, view photos, read Forrestal Flyer and pickup an application and tell them Paul Friedman sent you.
To look at the coins or to make an order
please visit the USS Forrestal Museum, Inc. website.
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