She had an illustrious service career and survived a disastrous explosion and fire during the Vietnam War. Now, two eastern cities face each other in a showdown to determine which will be the best showplace for the U.S. Navy's first supercarrier.
The battle for possession of the decommissioned supercarrier Forrestal is now a two-way contest between business interests in Baltimore, Maryland, and Tampa, Florida. Four days before the November 1999 deadline, the USS Forrestal Museum, Inc., of Baltimore filed its application to acquire the carrier from the Navy's Ship Donation Program for use as a tourist attraction and education center. The ship would be moored at Port Covington, an industrial section of the city's harbor a short drive from downtown and within easy access of Interstate 95.