USS Kitty Hawk Decommissioned After 48 Years

by OldSailor on May 13, 2009

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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.

Some interesting features of USS Kitty Hawk are:USS_Kitty_Hawk

  • 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.

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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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