USS Kitty Hawk

Thanks to Myrgv for this:

Back in October 2021, the United States Navy arranged a contract to recycle two decommissioned aircraft carriers via a scrap dealer for just one cent each.

The deal was made with International Shipbreaking Limited (ISL) to recycle the USS Kitty Hawk and the USS John F. Kennedy, both of which have been out of service for years.

The Navy has previously paid ISL for its towing and ship-breaking services, which oftentimes can be costly.

The price cut for this sale reflects the fact the Brownsville, Texas-based company will make a profit from the scrap iron, steel, and non-ferrous metal ore collected from the aircraft carriers.

The Naval Sea Systems Command, a US Navy sub-organization, agreed to the deal. In the past, ISL has recycled the USS Ranger, the USS Constellation, and the USS Independence.

USS John F. Kennedy

International Shipbreaking Limited, LLC (ISL) did NOT purchase the USS Kitty Hawk and USS John F Kennedy as has been inaccurately reported. ISL is providing a recycling service to the US Navy at the lowest cost possible to the US taxpayer (1cent). The US Navy still owns both vessels and the  will never have title. ISL contract requires complete recycling of the ships and does not allow for any visitors onboard or inside the facility during recycling operations.

ISL is planning to have challenge coins minted from Brass removed from these ships and cut 3″x5″ ship sections so veterans could have one last piece. These items are estimated to be available by April 2023.


USS Kitty Hawk

Ex-Kitty Hawk has departed PSNS and is currently in route to the ISL facility at the Port of Brownsville, Texas ETA May 2022.

There is currently no ETD or ETA for the Ex-John F Kennedy.

ISL will be hosting a public arrival ceremony for both ships and additional details will be posted on this Facebook page when ceremony arrangements have been made.

International Shipbreaking Limited

Mayport, Fla. (Nov. 11, 2003) — USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) departs Naval Station Mayport under her own power following a ten month Extended Service Repair Availability (ESRA). During a short at sea period the ship will test numerous systems installed or upgraded while in port. The $300 million maintenance period included renovation of berthing compartments, and new navigational radar system. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Greg Curry. (RELEASED)

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