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The naval carrier from 'Top Gun' is headed to the scrapyard

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Ranger, the naval carrier from Top Gun, is headed to the scrapyard.

According to USA Today,the carrier was sold to International Shipbreaking last year after an effort to turn the ship into a museum failed. However, in early January, Top Gun Super Carrier of Long Beach Inc. started an online petition to save the ship to once again, try to turn it into a museum.

But according to Chris Johnson, a spokesman for Naval Sea Systems Command, it’s too late to save Ranger now. “Though we would have preferred for the ship to be converted into a museum or memorial, during the eight years it was available, no group was able to pull together the necessary funding to make that happen,” Johnson said.

As of now, the Save the Ranger campaign is asking for time, with the ship set for Texas in late January or early February for dismantling.

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