A One Cent Aircraft Carrier!

Sticking out like a sore thumb among other street names is what appears at first glance to be nothing more than a reference to the city of Saratoga, NY. Oh how wrong you’d be! Being an incredible history buff I’m seizing the opportunity to pass along a bit of our nations great fighting past during trying times.

USS Saratoga, was one of four Forrestal-class supercarriers built for the United States Navy in the 1950s. Saratoga was the sixth U.S. Navy ship, and the second aircraft carrier, to be named for the Battles of Saratoga in the American Revolutionary War.

Commissioned in 1956, she spent most of her career in the Mediterranean, but also participated during the Vietnam War, receiving one battle star for her service. One of her last operational duties was to participate in Operation Desert Storm.

Saratoga was decommissioned in 1994, and had been stored at Naval Station Newport in Newport, Rhode Island. Multiple unsuccessful attempts were made to preserve her as a museum ship. The Navy is payed ESCO Marine of Brownsville, Texas, one cent to take the ship for dismantling and recycling. On September 15, 2014, she arrived in Texas to be scrapped.

How do I know this street name was meant directly for this particular Navy ship, It’s located in a neighborhood whose main road is named Ships Row! You can find the proud ‘Saratoga’ wedged in-between other better known vessels at Mile Marker 29.7 bayside Big Pine Key.

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