Ranger represented our country’s interests around the world as the “Top Gun of the Pacific Fleet” from 1957 through 1993. Earning 13 battle stars in Vietnam and taking a lead role in Desert Storm in the Middle East. She also supported humanitarian missions like Operation Restore Hope off the African coast.
The supercarrier is more than three football fields long, towering 15 stories above the waterline. A floating city that held over 5,000 crew members, Ranger has a 4.5 acre flight deck, 60-bed hospital, communications center and classrooms.
With Ranger’s active service over, the USS Ranger Foundation is working with the Navy to secure her donation and preserve important Naval history. Ranger will serve her new mission as the centerpiece of a destination complex. This will include a museum, memorial to those who served, educational training facility, emergency preparedness site and civic /convention resource.
The Columbia River in Fairview, Oregon, will be Ranger’s new home. Market research confirms the potential for the new destination complex is significant, boosting local and regional economies. Support for the project has been widespread given the favorable research and the obvious impact on jobs, business growth and a significant resource to the community. Studies show 350,000 visitors a year, $46 million a year into the local economy and over 500 direct and indirect jobs.