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I. , and her first deployment to the western Pacific. She arrived in Subic Bay on 8 May and departed for Vietnam the following week, arriving at "Yankee Station" on 18 May for her first period on the line. Before year's end, she was on station in the Tonkin Gulf a total of seven times: 18 May to 21 June; 1 to 16 July; 28 July to 22 August; 2 to 19 September, 29 September to 21 October; 5 November to 8 December; and 18 to 31 December. During the first period, SARATOGA lost four aircraft.
The USS Saratoga — the aircraft carrier that saw duty during the Vietnam War and the Cuban Missile Crisis — is destined for dismantling after the Navy paid one penny to a Texas scrapyard to recycle the 81,101-ton behemoth.
She operated in the vicinity of Noumea for the next twelve months, providing air cover for minor operations and protecting American forces in the eastern Solomons. Between 17 May and 31 July 1943, she was reinforced by the British carrier, HMS Victorious, and, on 20 October, she was joined by USS Princeton (CVL 23). As troops stormed ashore on Bougainville on 1 November, Saratoga's aircraft.
Brad Senter, USS Saratoga Association president, who served as a machinist's mate from 1961-1964 on the carrier, said he and other veterans plan to greet the USS Saratoga when it arrives at Brownsville on Sept. 9. Former crew members, as well as USS Saratoga Association members, founded the USS Saratoga Museum Foundation in an effort to raise funds and have the Navy donate the ship as a floating museum, but they lost to aircraft carrier the USS Kennedy. The USS Kennedy was decommissioned in 2007 giving it an edge in the competition. "Since her retirement, the (USS) Kennedy has been maintained in a fully functional reserve status and could quickly be made ready for her new roles," said Frank Lennon, president of the USS Saratoga Museum Foundation. "(It is ) emotional in that those who served aboard Sara feel that our surrogate mother is passing from our lives," Sammy King, USS Saratoga Association secretary told Fox News in an email. The USS Saratoga (CV-60) had a crew of 5,500 officers, enlisted sailors, flight crew and Marines who supported between 70 and 90 combat aircraft. In 1985, seven F-14s flew from the USS Saratoga to successfully intercept the Egyptian airliner flying Palestinian terrorists who had hijacked the Achille Lauro liner and killed an American tourist.