Former Navy carrier on final voyageBy Brad Lendon, CNNUpdated 1:35 PM ET, Fri August 22, 2014U.S. aircraft carrier classes 19 photosA rainbow forms over the bow of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis as the ship steams in the Pacific Ocean on February 3, 2015. Click through the gallery to see other U.S. Navy aircraft carriers throughout history.Hide Caption 1 of 19U.S. aircraft carrier classes 19 photosThe USS Ranger (CV-61) arrives at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 1993. The Forrestal-class carrier, which featured in the movie "Top Gun," is to be scrapped this year.Hide Caption 2 of 19U.S. aircraft carrier classes 19 photosThe USS Abraham Lincoln, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, is seen near the coast of Indonesia in 2005. The carrier recently received a new anchor from the decommissioned USS Enterprise. Hide Caption 3 of 19U.S. aircraft carrier classes 19 photosIn this photo released by the U.S. Navy, a tugboat works alongside the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga on Thursday, August 21, in Newport, Rhode Island. The Navy has paid a Texas recycling company a penny to dispose of the Saratoga, part of the Forrestal-class of "supercarrier" vessels built for the Atomic Age. The carrier was decommissioned 20 years ago.Hide Caption 4 of 19U.S. aircraft carrier classes 19 photosBen Hansen, a U.S. Navy boatswain's mate, and his wife, Jessica, join in the festivities as the Navy's newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, gets christened in November in Newport News, Virginia. The Gerald R. Ford is the first ship in the Navy's newest class of aircraft carriers under the same name. Hide Caption 5 of 19U.S. aircraft carrier classes 19 photosLightning strikes over the flight deck of the USS John C. Stennis, another Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, as the ship moves through the Persian Gulf in 2007. All of the Navy's 10 active aircraft carriers are from the Nimitz class, which started in 1975 with the commission of the USS Nimitz.Hide Caption 6 of 19U.S. aircraft carrier classes 19 photosAircrew members are lifted from the flight deck of the USS John F. Kennedy during an exercise in 2002. The ship, which was decommissioned in 2007, was the only member of its class.Hide Caption 7 of 19U.S. aircraft carrier classes 19 photosAn F/A-18 Hornet launches from the USS Enterprise in 2007. The Enterprise, the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was decommissioned in 2012. Like the John F. Kennedy, it was the only ship built in its class.Hide Caption 8 of 19U.S. aircraft carrier classes 19 photosThe Kitty Hawk class was named for the USS Kitty Hawk, seen here departing Yokosuka, Japan, in 2008. At that time, the Kitty Hawk was the oldest carrier in the U.S. Navy and the only conventional-power aircraft carrier still in commission. It was decommissioned in 2009.Hide Caption 9 of 19U.S. aircraft carrier classes 19 photosThe USS Independence, a member of the Forrestal class that preceded the Kitty Hawk class, heads up the East River in New York in 1959.Hide Caption 10 of 19U.S. aircraft carrier classes 19 photosHelicopters sit on the flight deck of the USS Saipan during the mid-1950s. The ship was one of two members of the Saipan class.Hide Caption 11 of 19U.S. aircraft carrier classes 19 photosThe USS Midway, namesake of the Midway class of aircraft carriers, floats off the coast of North Vietnam in 1972. It was named after the Battle of Midway, when U.S. forces held back a Japanese attempt to take the Pacific atoll in 1942.Hide Caption 12 of 19U.S. aircraft carrier classes 19 photosThe USS Princeton, part of the Independence class, moves off the coast of Seattle in 1944.Hide Caption 13 of 19U.S. aircraft carrier classes 19 photosThe Essex-class USS Franklin burns after being hit by a Japanese dive bomber in 1945. The ship was named after Benjamin Franklin and nicknamed "Big Ben."Hide Caption 14 of 19U.S. aircraft carrier classes 19 photosThe USS Wasp burns in the Coral Sea after being struck by three torpedoes from a Japanese submarine in 1942. The ship, the only one of its class, would ultimately sink because of the damage.Hide Caption 15 of 19U.S. aircraft carrier classes 19 photosB-25 bombers sit on the deck of the USS Hornet in the Pacific Ocean in 1942. The Hornet, one of three carriers in the Yorktown class, was the ship that launched the bombers flown by Air Force Lt. Col. James Doolittle and his pilots during an air raid in Tokyo four months after the attack on Pearl Harbor. It also was involved in the Battle of Midway.Hide Caption 16 of 19U.S. aircraft carrier classes 19 photosNavy personnel work on board the USS Ranger circa 1942. The Ranger was the first ship to be designed and built specifically as an aircraft carrier. It was the only ship in its class.Hide Caption 17 of 19U.S. aircraft carrier classes 19 photosThere have actually been two aircraft carriers named after the Revolutionary War's Battle of Saratoga. The first USS Saratoga, seen here moving toward San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge in 1945, was one of two members of the Lexington class of aircraft carriers.Hide Caption 18 of 19U.S. aircraft carrier classes 19 photosThe USS Langley, the Navy's first aircraft carrier and sole member of its class, steams off the coast of Baltimore in 1924.Hide Caption 19 of 19Story highlightsFormer USS Saratoga heads to scrapyardVoyage from Rhode Island to Texas expected to take 16 daysNavy paid one cent to dispose of shipA storied former U.S. Navy aircraft carrier is on its final voyage Friday, a slow journey from Rhode Island to a scrapyard in Texas.The former USS Saratoga (CV-60), a part of the Navy's carrier fleet from 1956 to 1994, is being towed down the Atlantic Seaboard by tugboat at about 7 mph, according to a report from the Maritime Executive. The voyage is expected to take about 16 days, the Navy says.The Navy in May announced it was paying ESCO Marine of Brownsville, Texas, one cent to take the carrier off its hands for dismantling and recycling. The company makes money by selling the metal it salvages from the ship.Saratoga veterans were among the crowds of people who gathered on Narragansett Bay on Thursday as the ship left Naval Station Newport on its final journey."A ship like this shouldn't be taken apart piece by piece," Mitchell Abood, who served aboard the Saratoga from 1985 to 1987, said in an article from the U.S. Naval War College."It's sad that she could not be turned into a museum," former crewman Darryl Fern was quoted as saying. He served aboard the ship from 1982 to 1984.During its more than 38 years in the Navy, the Saratoga went on 22 deployments, including serving off North Vietnam in 1972 and 1973.In 1985, fighters from the Saratoga helped capture terrorists who hijacked the cruise ship Achille Lauro in the Mediterranean, forcing a jetliner carrying them to land at an air base in Sicily.The carrier was also part of Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and air operations over the Balkans in 1992, 1993 and 1994, according to Navy records.The ship carried all kinds of aircraft during its 38 years, but its final voyage had to wait for the departure of some other "fliers," according to the War College report: While it was docked in Rhode Island, a pair of peregrine falcons had chicks in a nest aboard the carrier. "After consultation with the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, any movement plans were put on hold until after Aug. 15 to be certain that any fledglings would have ample time to learn to fly and move elsewhere," according to the report.The Saratoga follows the former USS Forrestal to dismantling in Texas. That ship was towed to All Star Metals of Brownsville earlier this year, with the Navy paying a penny to the ship recycler under a contract awarded last October.U.S. militaryArmy to launch 'blimp' that detects cruise missilesThe U.S. Army plans to launch two stationary "blimps" at 10,000-feet in the air next week to better protect the Washington D.C. area from cruise missiles and other possible air attacks. 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