USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), aircraft carrier was decommissioned on May 12 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Bremerton, Wash., after more than 48 years of service.
- was commissioned on April 29, 1961.
- for the last 10 years she was operating from Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan.
- throughout her lifetime she carried out
- 407,507 arrested carrier landings
- 448,235 catapult launches
- was also the U.S.Navy’s last remaining diesel-fueled aircraft carrier.
USS Kitty Hawk was replaced by USS George Washington (CVN 73) for forward deployment from Yokosuka.
Here is a photograph: USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) entering Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for her decommissioning.
Both photographs above are from U.S.Navy.
View an interesting video clip: USS Kitty Hawk Sailors bid farewell to Japan.
Read more from USS Kitty Hawk CVA/CV-63 Veterans Association.
Read more regarding decommissioning from the U.S.Navy.
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