USS Forrestal (CV-59)

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US Navy Ship Wood
Embedded object Blanks

5" long wood blanks

27/64" blanks are for Sierra Clones
Sierra blanks are label cast images of USS Forrestal with bands of wood from the ship on the ends of the blank.

12.5mm & 10.5mm blanks are for JR series pen kits
JR Set blanks are label cast images of USS Forrestal with bands of wood from the ship on the ends of the blanks for the Cap and Post blanks. The Jr Post blank also has coper wire from the ship embedded in the blank.

All blanks will come with one COA per blank or blank set. COAs are 4" x 6" card stock with gold foil embossed COA seal.


USS Forrestal (CV-59) (later CVA-59, then AVT-59), was a supercarrier named after the first Secretary of Defense James Forrestal. Commissioned in 1955, she was the first completed supercarrier, and was the lead ship of her class. Unlike the successor Nimitz class, Forrestal and her class were conventionally powered. The other carriers of her class were USS Saratoga, USS Ranger and USS Independence. She surpassed the World War II Japanese carrier Shinano as the largest carrier yet built, and was the first designed to support jet aircraft.

The ship was affectionately called "The FID", because her namesake was the first Secretary of Defense, FID standing for "First In Defense". This is also the slogan on the ship's insignia and patch. She was also informally known in the fleet as the "USS Zippo" and "Forest Fire" or "Firestal" because of a number of highly publicized fires on board, most notably a 1967 fire in which 134 sailors died and 161 more were injured.

Forrestal served for nearly four decades in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Pacific. She was decommissioned in 1993, and made available as a museum. Attempts to save her were unsuccessful, and in February 2014 she was towed to Brownsville, Texas, to be scrapped. Scrapping was completed in December 2015.

Name: USS Forrestal
Namesake: James Forrestal, first United States Secretary of Defense
Ordered: 12 July 1951
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding
Cost: US$217 million
Laid down: 14 July 1952
Launched: 11 December 1954
Acquired: 29 September 1955
Commissioned: 1 October 1955
Decommissioned: 11 September 1993
Reclassified: CVA to CV-59 on 30 June 1975
Struck: 11 September 1993

    • Radio Call Sign:

    • November-Juliet-Victor-Foxtrot

Motto: First in Defense

    • Forest Fire

    • Firestal

    • Zippo

    • The FID / FID (most common)

    • (First IDefense or

    • Fidelity Integrity Dignity)

Fate: Scrapped in 2015
Class and type: Forrestal-class aircraft carrier

    • 59,650 long tons (60,610 t) standard

    • 81,101 long tons (82,402 t) full load


    • 990 ft (300 m) at waterline

    • 1,067 ft (325 m) overall


    • 129 ft 4 in (39.42 m) at waterline

    • 238 ft (73 m) extreme width

Draft: 37 ft (11 m)

    • Steam turbines, 4 shafts;

    • 260,000 shp (190 MW)

Speed: 33 knots (61 km/h; 38 mph)
Complement: 552 officers, 4,988 enlisted

    • 8 × 5"/54 Mk 42 guns (removed)

    • Mk 29 NATO Sea Sparrow,

    • Mk 15 Phalanx CIWS

Aircraft carried: approx. 85 aircraft (F-14, F-4, A-4, A-7, A-6, E-2, S-3B, EA-6B, C-2, SH-3, A-3B, KC-130 (test flight))

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