Photos: Decommissioned USS Independence Begins its Journey to Brownsville, Texas for Dismantling

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PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (March 11, 2017) The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Independence is towed through Sinclair Inlet en route to Brownsville, Texas, for dismantling by International Shipbreaking LTD. The ship will go around South America through the Straits of Magellan to the Atlantic Ocean and is planned to arrive this summer. The Independence, commissioned Jan. 10, 1959, was the fourth and final of the Forrestal-class carriers. The ship made one tour off Vietnam in 1965, carried out airstrikes against Syrian forces during the Lebanese Civil War and enforced the no-fly zone over southern Iraq as part of Operation Southern Watch. (U.S. Navy Photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Vaughan Dill/Released)

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