USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)

The last US Navy fossil fuel aircraft carrier to be decommissioned, Kitty Hawk will soon be leaving Bremerton for the ship-breaking yards. 

The former USS Kitty Hawk, CV-63, was built at New York Shipbuilding Corporation, launched on May 21, 1960, commissioned on April 29 1961, and decommissioned on May 12 2009. 

She displaced over 62,000 tons, and was about 1,070′ long with an overall beam of 282′. Kitty Hawk was powered by Westinghouse geared steam turbines fed by eight Foster Wheeler steam boilers, giving the huge ship a top speed of over 33 knots. 

The carrier’s personnel aboard numbered over 5,600 when her air group was aboard, and beside over 80 aircraft, her last armament consisted of RIM-7 Sea Sparrow missiles, the RIM-116 RAM system, and a pair of Phalanx 20mm Close In Weapons Systems (CIWS). 

“The vast majority of material removed from the ship’s hull will consist of kelp and barnacles,” the Navy wrote in a press release.

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) anchored off Cannes, France, on 6 June 1987. The guided missile cruiser USS Josephus Daniels (CG-27) is in the background.

Swim call for the crew

[06.08.2007] USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) arrives at Naval Forces Marianas Support Activity, Guam, for a scheduled port visit.

2003 Yokosuka, Japan — The USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) hull inspection team, assembled by the ship’s chief engineer, walks toward the screws of the Kitty Hawk.

Ex-USS Independence (CV-62), Kitty Hawk (CV-63), Constellation (CV-64), and Ranger (CV-61) mothballed in Bremerton, WA. 

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Sadly efforst to make her into a museum have failed and now she will be brought to the scrap yard!