All the stars are aligning, all the politics are smoothing out, the foundation is in place and the town of Fairview is as excited as an expectant parent. Except the “new arrival” weighs 81,000 TONS fully loaded. It’s the long mothballed USS Ranger, CVA 61, which was retired from active military duty in 1993 after over 35 years in service. Navy records show the USS Ranger is one of four Forrestal-class supercarriers built for the US Navy during the 1950’s. The Ranger commissioned in 1957, the last of the four.
The flat top served extensively during the Vietnam War, for which she earned 13 battle stars. The ship also served in the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf. She was decommissioned in 1993, and is being stored at Bremerton, Washington.
The Ranger also had several roles to play on the big silver screen, appearing on TV in The Six Million Dollar Man and Baa Baa Black Sheep and in the films Top Gun, Star Trek IV, The Final Countdown, and Flight of the Intruder.
All these factors and more are expected to make the ship a big tourist draw for the little town east of Portland. All that remains to be fulfilled is a demonstration of financial where with all to keep the vessel maintained which the Fairview Foundation says they can definitely handle.
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