C a r r i e r F o r r e s t a l ( C V 5 9 ) B e g i ns SLEP A t P h i l a d e l p h i a N a v y Y a rd

The Aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CV 59) recently began an extensive, 28-month Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard at an estimated cost of $698.5 million. The Forrestal was selected for the program by its commissioning date and scheduling availability.

The ship was commissioned October 1, 1955.

The Forrestal's propulsion machinery will be completely reworked and improved, and hull, tank, and piping systems will receive substantial repairs. Among the many modifications and alterations to the ship will be additional radar, communications equipment, anti-missile defense systems, and improved aircraft launch, recovery, and support systems.

The first carrier to undergo SLEP, the USS Saratoga (CV 60), left the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in early February, following successful completion of the overhaul program. The $549.1-million program, which was completed on schedule, extended Saratoga's service life from 30 to 45 years.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 53,  Mar 15, 1983 New Jersey

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