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July 6, 2006

The Intrepid To Go “On Leave”

The Intrepid Will Be Temporarily Moved and Pier 86 Will be Reconstructed Under an Historic $55 Million-Plus Capital Expansion Plan

FROM: THE INTREPID SEA, AIR, & SPACE MUSEUM
West 46th Street and 12th Avenue at Hudson River Park

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The Intrepid To Go “On Leave”



The Intrepid Will Be Temporarily Moved and Pier 86 Will be Reconstructed Under an Historic $55 Million-Plus Capital Expansion Plan

(New York, NY, July 6, 2006) - The landing of a military helicopter on the flight deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum kicked off a press conference today at which the formerly commissioned aircraft carrier received its papers allowing it to go “on leave” for 18 months beginning around Veteran’s Day 2006 weekend. Deplaning off the helicopter were New York State Governor George Pataki and Major General Joseph J. Taluto of the New York Army National Guard who were greeted by Arnold Fisher, Chairman of the Board of the Intrepid Foundation. The men then received from the Intrepid Foundation Board of Trustees papers that give permission for the ship to be moved to another location while it undergoes repairs once the ship receives all necessary permits. The Museum will remain fully operational for visitors until October 1, 2006, replete with comprehensive summer programming and promotions. At the press conference, Governor Pataki announced $5 Million in New York State money, which will help fund the capital plan. New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced $17 Million in funding from both Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council that will go towards the renovation of the Intrepid. Representing the Mayor at the press conference was NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin. The Intrepid also received $31 Million in federal funding that will go towards the refurbishment of the pier. U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-New York), in whose congressional district the Intrepid is docked, also attended today’s event.

According to Mr. Fisher, the Intrepid will initially be in dry dock in Bayonne, New Jersey for the first part of its leave. It will then be moved to another location in New York for renovations and improvements. Concurrently, Pier 86, which has been home to the Intrepid for 23 years, and is also home to the Growler submarine, and a British Airways Concorde, will be closed and completely rebuilt.

“The future of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, which serves more than 750,000 visitors each year, is dependent upon a strong public private partnership among the City, State, corporate donations and our devoted board members and friends,” said Fisher. “Without their help, this project would not have been possible and the outlook for the Intrepid would have been in doubt. We are grateful to have such true shipmates.”

According to Bill White, President of the Intrepid Museum, The Board of Trustees of the Intrepid considered several options before determining that the museum would need to be temporarily closed for up to two years. “Based on cost constraints, length of repair time, the requirements for dry docking for hull repairs, and the fact that the pier needed to be fixed at the same time, we chose the only viable option,” said White. “This is a truly historic and exciting time for the Intrepid.”

Also at the press conference, the ship’s bell weighing more than 700 lbs., which reads “USS Intrepid 1943” was presented on loan to Ms. Louise Mirrer, President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society to keep until the ship’s return as a reminder that the Intrepid will be back.

In addition, two 16-year-old NYC public school students, Stacy Johnson and Shalyn Perez, read an essay on what the Intrepid has meant to them. Both girls just finished their junior year at the High School for Law Enforcement in Queens and have completed the Intrepid’s year-long leadership program (LIFTT--Leadership Institute for Today and Tomorrow).

Established in 1982, the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum complex is comprised of the 900-foot-long aircraft carrier Intrepid with two full decks and four theme halls; the guided missile submarine, Growler; and an extensive aircraft collection including the A-12 Blackbird, the fastest spy plane in the world, and now the British Airways Concorde, the fastest commercial aircraft in the world. The Museum, which attracts more than 750,000 visitors each year, offers a wide variety of programs and events for children and adults to continue the Museum’s mission to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire our youth about the price of freedom.