After 48 years of historic service underway, the Navy aircraft carrier, USS Kitty Hawk(CV-63) completed her last voyage on Tuesday, arriving in a scrapyard in Brownsville, Texas. The “Battle Cat” was the last conventionally powered carrier of the Navy.

The carrier began its 16,000-mile journey to the scrapyard this January from the Naval Base Kitsap in Bremerton, Washington. The vessel, which was too large to fit through the Panama Canal, was towed around South America, then passed the Strait of Magellan before it docked in Texas.

Hundreds of spectators endured torching heat and delays for a chance to see the supercarrier afloat one last time. The new Cameron County Amphitheater proved to be the perfect venue for the veterans to bid their last farewell to the Kitty Hawk.

“The county has done a heck of a job,” International Shipbreaking Ltd. (ISL) Vice President Robert Berry said, referring to the new facility.