Port of Brownsville
See the giant oil platforms of the Gulf of Mexico and the wide array of international flag ships that ply their trade through the Port of Brownsville. See how oil platforms and jack up rigs are built at the largest platform production yard in America.
The Port of Brownsville is also home to five of the nations largest Ship-breaking companies. Navy officials recently awarded the nation’s largest ship-breaking contract to a Brownsville company, commissioned to dismantle the USS Ranger that arrived July 12, 2015. This is the fourth big military ship-breaking contract to come to the port over the last few years. The USS Forrestal, the U.S. Navy’s first supercarrier, arrived in Brownsville February 18, 2014, the USS Saratoga, a Lexington-class aircraft carrier, arrived on September 12th 2014 and the USS Constellation arrived January 16, 2015.
Join us from Thanksgiving thru mid-March each year and explore one of Brownsville most famous and interesting sites.
USS Ranger (CV-61)
The current Ranger CV-61 was laid down as a Forrestal-class aircraft carrier. Her two older sisters Forrestal and Saratoga were originally designed as axial deck (straight deck) carriers. But, thanks to the successful British “angle deck” configuration, both sister carriers were changed to angle deck carriers during their construction. Ranger was the first American aircraft carrier designed as an angle deck carrier from the keel up.
Ranger was commissioned on August 10, 1957, and joined the Atlantic Fleet in October of the same year. She spent the remainder of 1957 and part of 1958 in final acceptance trials. In mid-1958, she sailed around Cape Horn for her new homeport of Alameda, California, where she provided a deck for pilot qualification training and participated in exercises with the Pacific Fleet.
USS Ranger Arriving at South Padre Island
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