I disagree with you because when the Lexington decommissioned and became a museum back in 1992
the Forrestal replaced her as a training carrier.
A year later the Forrestal was sent to the old Philadelphia Navy Yard for a major overhaul and it announced in the media .
So alot of people lined the NJ side of the Delaware River to watch arrival. I was curious to see it as well. Took some photos.Interestly
the Forrestal had been dearmed as a training ship.
No 20mm phalanx or sea sparrow launchers.
I forget the name of the town in Gloucester County, across from the navy yard is a parking lot and a ferry boat landing for the employees who lived in NJ and they used the ferry boat to take them to work and back.
Sometime after that the decisions to decommission the Forrestal came and the decision to close the navy yard as well.
: Forrestal was designated as a replacement
: for Lexington as a training carrier (thus
: the AVT designation). However, I don't think
: was ever done and the ship was
: decommissioned before serving in this role.
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: I met a Forrestal sailor this past weekend
: the Bloomsburg PA County Fair. He had a USS
: Forrestal cap on but instead of CV-59 it had
: AVT-59. He confessed that he did not know
: what AVT stood for. I tried to google it but
: while it shows that designation in the
: overview it does not include any explanation
: of it. Does anyone know what the AVT is
: about? In the original design the Forrestal
: was supposed to have a telescoping bridge
: that would retract flush with the flight
: deck during flight ops. Perhaps that is part
: of the AVT. Thanks.