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USS Kitty Hawk - line drawing
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USS KITTY HAWK   (CVA-63)
(later CV-63)


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1985 and Beyond
CVA-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026302
33k (poor Image) Overhead view. USN
CVA-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026304
48k Small, Good image underway. Doug McGriff

NS026348
250k

Alongside an AO, SOCAL Op. Area, 1985-1987.

Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)

NS026348a
196k

NS0263aq
109k

A Douglas EA-3B Skywarrior aircraft of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 2 (VQ-2) "Batmen" prepares to recover aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), 3 February 1987. Photo taken by PH3 Hanselman, USN, available from DefenseImagery.mil (# DN-SC-87-10653).

Robert Hurst

NS026338
192k

An aerial port bow view of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) underway. Pacific Ocean, 2 March 1987.

John Rutherford

NS026338a
151k

An aerial view of USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) and her battle group underway in the Pacific Ocean, 2 March 1987. The ships are, left to right, front row: frigate USS Barbey (FF-1088), guided missile cruiser USS Halsey (CG-23), frigate USS Stein (FF-1065); second row, guided missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG-48), combat stores ship USS Mars (AFS-1), Kitty Hawk, ammunition ship USS Mount Hood (AE-29) and the guided missile destroyer USS Callaghan (DDG-994).

(Photo available from the Defense Visual Information Center, id.: DN-SC-87-10339.)

Robert Hurst
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026305
75k Kitty Hawk in dry-dock #5, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard during her 1988-1989 SLEP Overhaul. © John La Sala
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026306
62k I served on board the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) from Sep 89 to Aug 93. During that time I worked, as a yellow shirt, on the flight deck and hangar deck. © ABH3 Davila
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026306a
78k Cat shot © ABH3 Davila
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026306b
55k Flight deck © ABH3 Davila
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026306c
26k

Hangar deck.

© ABH3 Davila
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026306d
34k

F-14 takeoff.

© ABH3 Davila
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026353
22k Flight deck view, first half of the 1990s. USN
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026387
140k Underway with Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15), first half of the 1990s. Wendell McLaughlin
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026340
54k Fly over, 1993. USS Kitty Hawk web site
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026341
51k Kitty Hawk Battle Group, 1993. USS Kitty Hawk web site
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026313
212k USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) alongside USS Cowpens (CG-63) in the Sea of Japan, September, 1994. © CAPT Dallas Bethea, USN (Ret) CO, USS Cowpens 1993-1995
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS04016302
106k USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) alongside USS Cowpens (CG-63) in the Sea of Japan, September, 1994. © CAPT Dallas Bethea, USN (Ret) CO, USS Cowpens 1993-1995

NS026356
40k

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, March 1997.

Glenn Towler,
World's Ship Society

NS026357
89k

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) at high speed during her transit from San Diego, CA to Pearl Harbor, HI, July 13, 1998. Official US Navy photograph (# 980713-N-0226M-002).

Bill Gonyo

NS026236
133k

Naval Station Pearl Harbor, July 17, 1998 — The aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) (left) docks alongside the aircraft carrier USS Independence (CV-62). Following a turnover with the Independence, Kitty Hawk would take her place in Yokusuka, Japan, as the nation's only forward deployed carrier. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Mahlon K. Miller (# 980717-N-0226M-005).

Bill Gonyo

NS026236b
191k

Another view, as above. USS Independence (CV-62), left; USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), right.

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026335
156k

USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199) (center) conducts an underway replenishment with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer Haruna (DD-141) (left) and the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), 8 October 1998. Kitty Hawk and her escorts were conducting joint exercises with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force. DoD photo by Chief Petty Officer Mahlon K. Miller, U.S. Navy (# 981008-N-0226M-005).

DoD
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS0263ah
110k

Starboard bow view of USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) arriving at pier 8, Port of Pusan, Republic of Korea, 12 October 1998. The aircraft carrier was participating in Fleetweek, a multi-national regatta of naval warships. 143rd Transportation Command photo by SSGT Joseph Hamm, Jr., USA (image available from DefenseImagery.mil as # DA-SD-03-08465).

Robert M. Cieri
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS091919301
106k

The Arabian Gulf, Apr. 29, 1999 — With USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO-193) in the lead, USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) and USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) prepare to make their approach for an underway replenishment (UNREP). Kitty Hawk and her battlegroup were participating in Operation Southern Watch. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate (AW/SW) Mahlon K. Miller (# 990429-N-0226M-003).

USN
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026315
926k Arabian Gulf (May 13, 1999) — The USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and HMS Brambleleaf (A81) steam in formation during operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf. Kitty Hawk and Brambleleaf were at the time participating in Operation Southern Watch © Official US Navy Photo by PHC(AW/SW) Mahlon K. Miller
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026316
480k Northern Arabian Gulf (June 21, 1999) — Silhouetted by the late afternoon sun, the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) is seen from a pilots eye view. Kitty Hawk was at the time deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch © Official US Navy Photo by PHC(AW/SW) Mahlon K. Miller
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026314
1146k Pacific Ocean (August 8, 1999) — The USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) is seen head-on at high speed during her transit to her homeport of Yokosuka, Japan. Kitty Hawk is returning home after completing a six month deployment which took her to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch © Official US Navy Photo by PHC(AW/SW) Mahlon K. Miller
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026354
113k

USS Kitty Hawk underway, circa 1999-2001, with Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) aboard. US Navy photo.

Bill Gonyo
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026360
60k

April 18, 2000 — USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) sits pier side in Apra Harbor, Guam, en route to the Persian Gulf, while on a routine deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Mark Foughty (# 000418-N-7470F-001).

USN
CV-63 + DD-975
NS0597528
102k

May 21, 2000 — USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) resupplies the destroyer USS O'Brien (DD-975) in a replenishment at sea (RAS) in the South China Sea. The two ships were participating in Exercise Cobra Gold 2000. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class John Sullivan (# 000521-N-4697S-002).

Bill Gonyo
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026342
62k

The Pacific Ocean, Oct. 6, 2000 — USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) steams through the end of another day during ship-specific training in the western Pacific. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class John Sullivan (# 001006-N-4697S-002).

Alex Tatchin
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026345
63k

The Pacific Ocean, Mar. 13, 2001 — USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducts a Replenishment at Sea (RAS) with USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Lee McCaskill (# 010313-N-0271-013).

Alex Tatchin
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026355
100k

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departs Apra Harbor, Guam, June 8, 2001 sponsoring a Tiger cruise for relatives and family members of the crew during transit to Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by PHAN Lee McCaskil (# 010608-N-0271M-001).

Bill Gonyo
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026319
132k

December 18, 2001 — USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Sailors spell out the word FREEDOM on the ship's flight deck during their return transit to Yokosuka, Japan. Kitty Hawk departed Yokosuka Oct. 1 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

U.S. Navy photo (# 011218-N-0271M-001) by PHAN Lee McCaskill.

Scott Dyben

NS026358
67k

Command Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, December 23, 2001 — USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) returns to her forward deployed homeport, following months of sustained bombing missions into Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. US Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class David A. Levy (# 011223-N-6811L-001).

Bill Gonyo
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026327
104k

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) and USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204) steam along side each other during a replenishment at sea (RAS), 15 May 2002. Kitty Hawk was conducting work-ups in preparation for an upcoming regularly scheduled deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Lee McCaskill. [020515-N-0271M-022].

USN
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026320
154k

Command Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, Oct. 25, 2002 — Tugboats assigned to Fleet Activities Yokosuka assist the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) in getting underway for a scheduled sea period to conduct routine training. Kitty Hawk is the Navy’s only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier and operates out of Yokosuka, Japan.

U.S. Navy photo (# 021025-N-6811L-008) by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class David A. Levy.

USN
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026322
112k

Nov. 6, 2002 — Flight deck crewmembers conduct an aircraft barricade rigging exercise on the ship's flight deck. Nylon straps which are supported between two hydraulically operated stanchions form a net across the deck to stop aircraft making an emergency landing, when landing gear has failed or sustained damage. Kitty Hawk and her embarked Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) are currently underway providing a forward presence in the Asian Pacific area of operation, while conducting scheduled training and exercises with regional allies.

U.S. Navy photo (# 021106-N-1810F-005) by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Todd Frantom.

USN
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026323
106k

Nov. 15, 2002 — Aligned for a photo during Exercise Keen Sword 2003 the Kitty Hawk Battle Group includes ships from the U.S. Navy and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF).

U.S. Navy photo (# 021115-N-0271M-005) by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Lee McCaskill.

USN
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026324
111k

Nov. 18, 2002Kitty Hawk conducts flight operations at sea during Exercise Keen Sword 2003 off the coast of Southern Japan. Keen Sword 2003 is the seventh in a series of regularly scheduled joint/bilateral field training exercise since 1986 involving the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and United States military. The purpose of Keen Sword is to train and evaluate wartime functions and bilateral cooperation procedures against the backdrop of a regional contingency scenario that has direct and immediate consequences to the U.S. and Japan.

U.S. Navy photo (# 021118-N-8730P-002) by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Charles Henry Panter.

USN
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026388
123k

Dec. 9, 2002 — Sailors work around the clock to receive oncoming cargo from the Military Sealift Command supply ship USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204). Kitty Hawk was at the time the U. S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier and operated out of Yokosuka, Japan.

U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Jo Wilbourn (# 021209-N-0685W-001).

USN
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026331
94k

The Arabian Sea, Feb. 22, 2003 — An aerial view of USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) en route to the 5th Fleet area of operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Approaching 42 years of distinguished service, the Kitty Hawk was at the time America’s oldest active commissioned vessel. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Charles Henry Panter (# 030222-N-8730P-003).

USN
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026326
112k

The Arabian Gulf, Mar. 22, 2003 — Various weapons line the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) ready for use by Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) aircraft conducting combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 1st Class Dwayne S. Smith (# 030322-N-7789S-001).

USN
CV-63 Kitty Hawk, CV-64 Constellation
NS026416
60k The Arabian Gulf, Apr. 13, 2003 — Together for a last time, USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) (top) and USS Constellation (CV-64) underway in the Arabian Gulf. The Navy's oldest active warship, Kitty Hawk with Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5), and Constellation with Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2), conducted combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Adam Gomez (photo # 030413-N-9043G-002). USN
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026328
56k

The Arabian Gulf, Apr. 13, 2003 — USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) steams in the Arabian Gulf as she heads towards the Straits of Hormuz. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain (photo # 030413-N-0295M-003).

USN
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026329
59k

The Indian Ocean, Apr. 23, 2003 — Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) aircraft rest on the flight deck aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Theron J. Godbold (photo # 030423-N-5464G-004).

USN
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026330
63k

Yokosuka, Japan, May 6, 2003 — USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) returns to Yokosuka, Japan from her deployment to the Arabian Gulf. The Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Force participated in Operations Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class David A. Levy (photo # 030506-N-6811L-023).

USN
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026332
111k

Naval Base Yokosuka, Japan, Jul. 3, 2003 — USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) sits in dry dock undergoing repairs at Naval Base Yokosuka, ensuring her ability to continue to maintain a responsible defensive posture in the Western Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Jerry Woller (# 030703-N-8218W-048).

USN

NS026339
85k

Philippine Sea, January 16, 2004 — Members of the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) check USS Kitty Hawk’s (CV-63) counter-measure wash down system. The counter-measure wash down system consists of piping and a series of nozzles specially designed to spray a large amount of water and Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) on all open weather deck surfaces, in the event of a chemical, biological, or radiological attack, and major damage control and firefighting. These required inspections evaluate ship material condition and operational capability. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Jason R. Williams (# 040116-N-7575W-001).

USN

NS026369
63k

Pacific Ocean, February 28, 2004 — An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the "Diamondbacks" of Strike Fighter Squadron One Zero Two (VFA-102), launches from one of four steam powered catapults aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). The "Diamondbacks" were a new addition to Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked aboard Kitty Hawk, replacing the F-14A Tomcats of Fighter Squadron One Five Four (VF-154). At the time, the carrier was underway in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Jason T. Poplin (# 040228-N-5821P-010).

Alex Tatchin

NS026351
86k

Fremantle Harbour, Australia, April 22, 2004 — Tug boats escort USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) and embarked Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) into Fremantle Harbour, Australia where the crew would enjoy a 5-day port call. This was Kitty Hawk's fifth visit to Fremantle and the ninth for CVW-5. Photo by Neil Beach (# 040422-O-9999B-011).

Bill Gonyo

NS026343
147k

Pacific Ocean, September 6, 2004 — Squadron personnel assigned to Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) stage equipment and supplies in the hangar bay aboard the conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) in preparation of their offload and transfer back to Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan. CVW-5 made up approximately 40 percent of the 5,300 Sailors aboard Kitty Hawk while under way. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Jason D. Landon (# 040906-N-5232L-022).

USN

NS026346
115k

Pacific Ocean, January 11, 2005 — A Damage Controlman monitors the testing of the hangar bay sprinkler system aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) during sea trials in the western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Bo J. Flannigan (# 050111-N-5781F-087).

USN

NS-cv63-01
157k

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) is pushed away from a pier by tugboats Massapequa (YTB-807) and Muskegon (YTB-763) at Commander Fleet Activities Base (FAB) Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan, 10 February 2005. U.S. Navy photo by PH2 Crystal M. Brooks (# 050210-N-5686B-005), available from the Defense Visual Information Center, id.: DN-SD-07-00598.

Robert M. Cieri

NS026370
103k

Sea of Japan, March 19, 2005 — USS Kitty Hawk underway in the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR). The carrier participated in Reception, Staging, Onward movement, and Integration (RSO&I) and Foal Eagle exercises. RSO&I is a complex multi-phase exercise conducted annually, tailored to train, test, and demonstrate United States and Republic of Korea force projection and deployment capabilities. Foal Eagle exercise runs simultaneously and trains in all aspects of Combined Forces Command's mission. The defensive Naval Foal Eagle exercises began March 19, 2005 with eight U.S. Navy ships from the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) Carrier Strike Group. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class William H. Ramsey (# 050319-N-0120R-035).

USN

NS026352
87k

Yokosuka, Japan, March 28, 2005 — The conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) returns to her forward deployed operating base, Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, after completing a regularly scheduled underway period. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class John L. Beeman (# 050328-N-9851B-003).

Jack Treutle

NS026300
179k

Starboard bow view of USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), being escorted by commercial tug boats, while exiting Truman Bay Harbor at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, May 17, 2005 to begin her post upkeep underway period in the western Pacific Ocean. USN photo by PH2 William H. Ramsey (# 050517-N-0120R-009), available from the Defense Visual Information Center, id.: DN-SD-07-00181.

Bill Gonyo
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026361
86k

Coral Sea, June 14, 2005 — USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) prepares to receive fuel at sea from the Royal Australian Navy auxiliary oiler replenishment ship HMAS Success (AOR-304). The aircraft carrier was operating in the Coral Sea off the coast of Australia's Queensland region as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2005, an exercise jointly sponsored by the U.S. Pacific Command and Australian Defense Force Joint Operations Command, and designed to train the U.S. Seventh Fleet commander's staff and Australian Joint Operations staff as a designated Combined Task Force (CTF) headquarters. The exercise focused on crisis action planning and execution of contingency response operations. U.S. Pacific Command units and Australian forces conducted land, sea and air training throughout the training area. More than 11,000 U.S. and 6,000 Australian personnel participated. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class William H. Ramsey (# 050614-N-0120R-127).

USN
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026361a
91k

Another view, as above. The guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG-63) and the guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) trail astern. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class William H. Ramsey (# 050614-N-0120R-129).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026361b
109k

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) makes her approach to HMAS Success (AOR-304) for a morning refuel during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2005, 14 June 2005. (See also NS026361 and NS026361a.)

Royal Australian Navy photo by ABPH Paul Berry.

Bill Gonyo
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026362
86k

Coral Sea, June 24, 2005 — USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) makes a turn to port while performing an emergency break drill after the completion of a replenishment at sea (RAS) with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) underway replenishment ship USNS Guadalupe (T-AO-200). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Bo J. Flannigan (# 050624-N-5781F-129).

USN

NS026371
75k

Coral Sea, June 28, 2005 — Two Operations Specialists man Aircraft Contact Control Center inside the Combat Direction Center (CDC) aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), while operating in support of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2005. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Joshua LeGrand (# 050628-N-8604L-082).

USN

NS026359
110k

July 8, 2005 — Aircraft sit on the flight deck aboard the conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) in Sydney harbor prior to the end of a five-day port call. This was the first time Kitty Hawk had a port-of-call in Sydney since 2001. The carrier, her embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5), and the guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG-63) arrived for a port visit July 3. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Bo J. Flannigan (# 050708-N-5781F-025).

Jack Treutle

NS026372
99k

Pacific Ocean, August 9, 2005 — Air Department personnel secure an F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the "Golden Dragons" of Strike Fighter Squadron One Nine Two (VFA-192), left, next to an F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the "Diamondbacks" of VFA-102, on a deck-edge elevator aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). The Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group was participating in the third annual Joint Air and Sea Exercise (JASEX) with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps in the Western Pacific. JASEX focused on integrated joint training proficiency in detecting, locating, tracking and engaging units at sea, in the air, and on land, in response to a range of mission areas. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Jonathan Chandler (# 050809-N-3488C-096).

USN
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026363
84k

Yokosuka, Japan, August 20, 2005 — USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) pulls into her forward deployed operating base, Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY), at the conclusion of a regularly scheduled deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class John L. Beeman (# 050820-N-9851B-001).

Chester Morris
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026367
102k

Pacific Ocean, November 15, 2005 — The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) destroyer JDS Onhami (DD-111) and other ships of the JMSDF steam in formation with the USS Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group while conducting the bilateral Annual Exercise 2005 (ANNUALEX). The purpose of ANNUALEX is to improve the military-to-military relationship between the U.S. and Japan, bilateral interoperability, defend Japan against maritime threats and to improve capability for surface warfare, air defense and undersea warfare. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Todd Cichonowicz (photo # 051115-N-8492C-141).

Chester Morris
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
NS026367a
124k

Pacific Ocean, November 15, 2005 — Flying the First Navy Jack, USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) prepares to conduct flight operations following a formation sail with ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Todd Cichonowicz (photo # 051115-N-8492C-376).

Chester Morris

NS026373
80k

Yokosuka, Japan, December 12, 2005 — USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), moors along the pier of her forward deployed operating base, Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, after completing a regularly scheduled underway period. U.S. Navy Photo By Photographer's Mate 1st Class Crystal Brooks (# 051212-N-5686B-003).

Chester Morris

NS-cv63-02
99k

An Aviation Boatswain's Mate Equipment prepares to launch an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the "Diamondbacks" of Strike Fighter Squadron One Zero Two (VFA-102) during carrier qualifications in the Pacific Ocean, 30 May 2006. Carrier qualifications prepare pilots and flight deck crew for the landing and launching of aircraft on the flight deck aboard an aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Joshua Wayne LeGrand (# 060530-N-8604L-020).

USN

NS026389
93k

Philippine Sea, June 18, 2006 — (Left to right) The Abraham Lincoln, Kitty Hawk and Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Groups sail in formation, while Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps aircraft (led by an Air Force B-2 Spirit bomber) fly overhead during the photo portion of Valiant Shield 2006, an Exercise that focused on integrated joint training among U.S. military forces, enabling real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces and in detecting, locating, tracking and engaging units at sea, in the air, on land and cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas.

NS026389: U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Jarod Hodge (# 060618-N-8591H-383).

(See also Valiant Shield 2006.)

Chester Morris

NS026389a
253k George Harrs

NS026389b
259k

NS026389c
127k

Air Department Sailors re-spot aircraft on the flight deck aboard the conventionally-powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) following night flight operations during Exercise Valiant Shield 2006, Philippine Sea, 22 June 2006. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Thomas J. Holt (#060622-N-1960H-044).

USN

NS026389d
148k

A B-2 Spirit and 16 other aircraft from the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps fly over (left to right) USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) carrier strike groups in the western Pacific Ocean on Sunday, June 18, 2006, to kick off Exercise Valiant Shield 2006. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Todd P. Cichonowicz (# 060618-N-8492C-212).

Charles Erlandsen
Chester Morris
Robert Hurst
Stanley Svec

NS026349
111k

An F/A-18 Hornet takes off from the flight deck of USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) during flight operations in the Pacific Ocean, 26 June 2006. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Jarod Hodge (# 060626-N-8591H-197).

USN

NS026350
120k

Pacific Ocean, July 23, 2006 — The Military Sealift Command (MSC) Combat Stores ship USNS Niagara Falls (T–AFS-3) delivers cargo to the hangar bay of USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) during a replenishment at sea (RAS). RAS is the on and off-loading of stores and equipment while ships are underway. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Patrick L. Heil (# 060723-N-3946H-028).

Chester Morris

NS0263bl
136k

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) encounters heavy seas in the Indian Ocean, 8 August 2006. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jared Benner (# 060808-N-3438B-032).

Matt Howe, QM2,
via Robert Hall

NS026390
94k

Indian Ocean, August 10, 2006 — USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) sails into Perth, Australia for a scheduled port visit. Kitty Hawk and embarked Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) were underway in the 7th Fleet Area Of Responsibility (AOR), demonstrating power projection and sea control. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jarod Hodge (# 060810-N-8591H-043).

Chester Morris

NS-cv63-07
87k

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) tests her flight deck counter measure wash-down sprinkler systems (CMWDS). The CMWDS provides a blanket of water protection to the exterior of a ship during a chemical, biological or radiological (CBR) attack. Photo taken in the Pacific Ocean, 13 September 2006. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jarod Hodge (#060913-N-8591H-269).

USN

NS0263aa
134k

Sailors man the rails of USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) as the ship pulls into Truman Bay, Yokosuka, Japan, following a 56-day winter underway period which included port calls to Sasebo and Hong Kong. The Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group also participated in ANNUALEX 2006, which included more than 8,500 U.S. personnel, 85 Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and 13 U.S. ships and submarines. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Todd P. Cichonowicz (#061210-N-8492C-023).

USN

NS0263aaa
111k

As above. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jarod Hodge (#061210-N-8591H-107).

USN

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Quartermaster Seaman Daniel Sullivan and Quartermaster Seaman Shawn Canfield fold an American flag after flying it from USS Kitty Hawk's (CV-63) mast in honor of CAPT Guy David Johnson, December 20, 2006. The flag, which covered Johnson's casket during his funeral at Arlington National Cemetery in 1977, was sent to the ship by the family to be flown on the 41st anniversary of his death. Then LCDR Johnson and his Reconnaissance Attack Navigator (RAN), then LT(JG) Lee Edward Nordahl took off from Kitty Hawk on a bomb damage assessment (BDA) mission, December 20, 1965 in RA-5C Vigilante BuNo 151624, modex NH-604, assigned to RVAH-13 "Bats." The reconnaissance aircraft was shot down by the North Vietnamese and the two aviators were listed as missing in action after search and rescue aircraft were forced to turn back because of heavy anti-aircraft fire. Johnson's remains were returned to the United States in 1976; post-war evidence indicates that Nordahl (promoted to Lieutenant Commander) was captured but probably died of wounds soon afterwards. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Stephen W. Rowe (# 061220-N-6106R-057).

Chester Morris

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LT Arnold Roper briefs the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders on the daily routine inside USS Kitty Hawk's (CV-63) Combat Direction Center (CDC). As part of the 2007 Military Appreciation Tour, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders were touring various military installations throughout Asia. Yokosuka, Japan, 9 February 2007. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kyle D. Gahlau (#070209-N-7883G-011).

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Kittanning (YTB-787) and Opelika (YTB-798) at the bow of USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) while assisting the aircraft carrier in getting underway to conduct sea trials after completing her Selective Restricted Availability (SRA), Yokosuka, Japan, 4 May 2007. US Navy photo by MCSN Kari R. Bergman (#070504-N-0483B-001).

Chester Morris

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Manistee (YTB-782) at the bow of USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) while assisting the aircraft carrier into her berth at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (CFAY), 7 May 2007. U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Nardelito Gervacio (#070507-N-9520G-001).

Chester Morris

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Manistee (YTB-782) and Kittanning (YTB-787) at the bow of Kitty Hawk (CV-63) at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (CFAY) while assisting the carrier as she gets underway to conduct sea trials, 15 May 2007. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kari R. Bergman (# 070515-N-0483B-001).

Chester Morris

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USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) refueling from USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200) in the Western Pacific, June 2007. Photo taken by Adam Pacetti, ET-2 (SW) from USS Lake Erie (CG-70).

Jim Pacetti (RD-2)

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USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) leaves Sydney, Australia for the last time, July 10, 2007 after a five-day port visit.

Photo © by Scott Mitchell, "The Inspector"

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Aboard USS Kitty Hawk Senior Chief Air Traffic Controller Ken Kimple, Carrier Air Traffic Control Center (CATCC) supervisor, watches as a flight cycle begins on August 7, 2007 in the Pacific Ocean. Kimple supervises ten Sailors that direct Kitty Hawk aircraft and watch the skies and sea around the ship. The Kitty Hawk, John C. Stennis and Nimitz Carrier Strike Groups were participating in Valiant Shield 2007, a large joint exercise in the Pacific, near Guam. U.S Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph R Schmitt (# 070807-N-9864S-003).

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Fuel lines connect USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Ericsson (T-AO 194) and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG-85) during a replenishment at sea (RAS) in the Pacific Ocean, August 10, 2007. Kitty Hawk and McCampbell were participating in Valiant Shield 2007. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Bryan Reckard (# 070810-N-2638R-001).

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Pacific Ocean, August 14, 2007 — Nimitz (CVN-68), Kitty Hawk (CV-63) and John C. Stennis (CVN-74) Carrier Strike Groups transit in formation during a joint photo exercise (PHOTOEX) during Valiant Shield 2007, the largest joint exercise in the Pacific this year. Held in the Guam operating area, Valiant Shield 2007 included 30 ships, more than 280 aircraft and more than 20,000 service members from the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.

The aerial formation, led by an Air Force B-52 Stratofortress, consists of aircraft from the carrier strike groups as well as Air Force aircraft. Ships are, left to right: guided missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG-90); nuclear-propelled aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68), followed by the guided missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG-59) and the guided missile destroyers USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) and USS Pinckney (DDG-91); nuclear-propelled attack submarine USS Hampton (SSN-767); aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), followed by the guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG-63) and guided missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG-89); nuclear-propelled attack submarine USS Key West (SSN-722); nuclear-propelled aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), followed by the guided missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG-54) and the guided missile destroyers USS Preble (DDG-88) and USS O'Kane (DDG-77); the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer on the extreme right has not been positively identified, but is possibly USS Paul Hamilton (DDG-60).

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Hana'lei Shimana (# 070814-N-6009S-001).

Chester Morris

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Another view, as above.

DoD photo # 1542987 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jarod Hodge.

Courtesy of the DoD Imagery Server

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Yokosuka, Japan, September 21, 2007 — USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) pulls into her homeport following a four-month summer deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew Meyers (# 0070921-N-4790M-346).

Robert M. Cieri

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Philippine Sea, November 16, 2007 — USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) and other American and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces (JMSDF) ships transit together at the end of ANNUALEX 19G, the maritime component of the U.S.-Japan exercise Keen Sword '08. The exercise was designed to increase interoperability between the United States and JMSDF and increase their ability to effectively and mutually respond to a regional crisis situation. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kyle D. Gahlau (# 071116-N-7883G-236).

Japanese ships in the background are, left to right: destroyer Hamagiri (DD-155); guided missile destroyer Myoko (DDG-175), followed by an unidentified ship; and destroyer Setogiri (DD-156).

Ron Reeves

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Philippine Sea, November 16, 2007 — See photo NS026334, above. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kyle D. Gahlau (# 071116-N-7883G-101).

Identifiable ships in the background are, left to right: the guided missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG-67), left; destroyer Hamagiri (DD-155), center-right; and guided missile destroyer Myoko (DDG-175), right.

Ron Reeves

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A couple pictures of Kitty Hawk from Fall Cruise 2007, taken on November 24, 2007. This was following AnnualEx 19G and the aborted attempt to enjoy some Hong Kong liberty.

LT(JG) Christopher Stevens,
HS-14 "Chargers"

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USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) enters Truman Bay, Yokosuka, Japan, after completing sea trials, 7 March 2008.

NS-cv63-08: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (#080307-N-7883G-034).

NS-cv63-08a: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (#080307-N-7883G-042).

Robert M. Cieri

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District Harbor Tug Manistee (YTB-782) and civilian tugs assist USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) as the aircraft carrier departs Fleet Activities Yokosuka, 18 March 2008, for a scheduled deployment.

NS-cv63-03: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kari R. Bergman (# 080318-N-0483B-002).

NS-cv63-03a: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kari R. Bergman (# 080318-N-0483B-003).

NS-cv63-03b: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew R. White (# 080318-N-1251W-001).

Chester Morris

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CV-63 Kitty Hawk
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Rough Seas. USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) was underway for CQ (Airwing Carrier Qualifications) in the Sea of Japan during the week of 22 March 2008. The chopper seen on the ship's bow is a Sikorsky SH-60F from HS-14 squadron, based at the U.S. Naval Air Facility in Atsugi, Japan. The pilot had just landed on deck, and his helo was tied down on Spot 2 because the seas were too rough to move it to a safer place. Fortunately, it only suffered some minor damage (blade crutch support socket) and a lot of salt water intrusion from the sea.

While viewing the video please remember that the carrier's flight deck is some 60' (18.3 meters) above the ship's normal water line.

Format: Windows Media (.WMV).  Silent.  Duration: 50"   Size: 640 x 480

Chester Morris
John R. Guy via Ron Reeves
Robert M. Cieri

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USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) steams with guided-missile cruisers USS Shiloh (CG-67), (NS-cv63-04 & NS-cv63-04a), and USS Princeton (CG-59) (NS-cv63-04a) and nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) (NS-cv63-04b) during a training exercise in the western Pacific Ocean, 29 March 2008.

NS-cv63-04: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (# 080329-N-7883G-021).

NS-cv63-04a: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (# 080329-N-7883G-019).

NS-cv63-04b: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (# 080329-N-7883G-017).

NS-cv63-04c: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Stephen W. Rowe (# 080329-N-6106R-403).

NS-cv63-04d: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (# 080329-N-7883G-065).

NS-cv63-04e: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (# 080329-N-7883G-032).

Wolfgang Hechler, via Ron Reeves

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131k Wolfgang Hechler, via Ron Reeves
Robert M. Cieri

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130k Wolfgang Hechler, via Ron Reeves

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Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 fly over the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), Western Pacific Ocean, 1 April 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (# 080401-N-7883G-017).

Wolfgang Hechler, via Ron Reeves

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USS Shiloh (CG-67) (left) and USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) (right) refueling from USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199) (center) while USS Lassen (DDG-82) is waiting for her turn at the pump. Western Pacific, spring 2008.

Chris Stevens, HS-14 "Chargers"

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USS Shiloh (CG-67) (background) and USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) (foreground) refueling from USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199) while USS Lassen (DDG-82) is waiting for her turn at the pump. Western Pacific, spring 2008.


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USS Shiloh (CG-67) (left) and USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) (right) refueling from USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199) (center). Western Pacific, spring 2008.

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USS Lassen (DDG-82) Commanding Officer, CDR Anthony L. Simmons, keeps a watchful eye on USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199) and USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) during an underway replenishment in the Pacific Ocean, 20 April 2008. Lassen was conducting routine operations with the Kitty Hawk Strike Group and was one of seven Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15 which operated out of Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew R. White (# 080420-N-1251W-001).

Bill Gonyo
Ron Reeves
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Sailors gather on the flight deck of USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) to watch the ship's arrival in Hong Kong, 28 April 2008. Hong Kong was Kitty Hawk's last scheduled overseas port visit before her return to the United States later that year. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam York (# 080428-N-1332Y-260).

Robert M. Cieri
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USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) anchors in Victoria Harbor for a port visit to Hong Kong, 28 April 2008. Kitty Hawk and Carrier Air Wing 5 arrived for a port visit, which would give Sailors an opportunity to take advantage of Hong Kong's shopping and cultural attractions. This was Kitty Hawk's last port visit into a foreign country before she was replaced in the summer of 2008 by USS George Washington (CVN-73). Kitty Hawk operated from Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (# 080428-N-7883G-186).

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USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) prepares to anchor in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor, 28 April 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (# 080428-N-7883G-628).

CV-63 Kitty Hawk
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USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) prepares to anchor in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor, 28 April 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (# 080428-N-7883G-683).

CV-63 Kitty Hawk
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Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, 27 May 2008.

Ron Reeves
USS Kitty Hawk departs Yokosuka for the last time, 28 May 2008
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
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RADM Richard Wren, commander of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5, speaks before the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) makes her final departure from Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew R. White (#080528-N-1251W-001).

Robert M. Cieri
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
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Students from Yokosuka Middle School hold up a sign honoring the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) as the ship prepares to depart Fleet Activities Yokosuka for the last time. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew R. White (#080528-N-3483C-001).

Chester Morris
Robert M. Cieri
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
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A young man waves the American Flag as the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) prepares to depart Fleet Activities Yokosuka for the last time. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew R. White (#080528-N-3483C-003).

Robert M. Cieri
CV-63 Kitty Hawk
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Students from Yokosuka Middle School wave goodbye to the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) as the ship departs Fleet Activities Yokosuka for the last time. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew R. White (#080528-N-3483C-004).

Robert M. Cieri
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Sailors watch the pier while manning the rails aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) during the ship's final departure from Fleet Activities Yokosuka. Kitty Hawk was returning to the United States for decommissioning after 10 years of service in Fleet Activities Yokosuka. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brendan Morgan (#080528-N-8842M-055).

Chester Morris
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Kittaning (YTB-787) and Manistee (YTB-782) assist USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) as she departs Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, for the last time. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shawn Cole (#080528-N-3483C-005).

Bill Gonyo
Chester Morris
Robert M. Cieri
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Sailors man the rails of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) as the ship departs Fleet Activities Yokosuka for the last time. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew R. White (#080528-N-1251W-006).

Robert M. Cieri
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USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departs Yokosuka, Japan, for the final time, 28 May 2008. Kitty Hawk, at the time the oldest and only conventionally powered carrier in the U.S. Navy, would be replaced the following summer by the nuclear-powered USS George Washington (CVN-73). Kitty Hawk had operated from Fleet Activities Yokosuka since 1998, when she replaced USS Independence (CV-62). About 900 Kitty Hawk Sailors would be returning to Japan aboard George Washington in the coming months; the remainder of the crew would either transfer or help decommission Kitty Hawk in early 2009. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (#080528-N-7883G-055).

Chester Morris
Robert M. Cieri
Wolfgang Hechler
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Sailors spell out "Sayonara" ("goodbye") on the flight deck of USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) as the ship departs Yokosuka, Japan, for the final time, 28 May 2008. The aircraft carrier would be replaced by the nuclear-powered USS George Washington (CVN-73). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (# 080528-N-7883G-086).

Chester Morris
Robert M. Cieri
Wolfgang Hechler
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Sailors man the rails of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) as balloons are released from the flight deck. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brendan Morgan (#080528-N-8842M-046).

Chester Morris
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An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 snags an arresting wire aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) in the Pacific Ocean, 28 May 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman John J. Mike (#080528-N-6984M-116).

Chester Morris

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USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) steams along in the Pacific Ocean, 3 June 2008. The ship was returning to the United States for decommissioning after 47 years of service, 10 of which have been in Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (#080603-N-7883G-246).

Chester Morris
Robert M. Cieri
Wolfgang Hechler

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An HH-60H Seahawk, left, piloted by CDR Christopher A. Rodeman, commanding officer of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 14 and an SH-60F Seahawk, piloted by CDR Manuel A. Picon, executive officer of HS-14, fly by the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) during a change of command ceremony in the Pacific Ocean, 3 June 2008. Picon relieved Rodeman. U.S. Navy photograph by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (#080603-N-7883G-199).

Wolfgang Hechler

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A rainbow arches near the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) while moored at Pearl Harbor, 4 July 2008. Kitty Hawk was making her first U.S. port call in more than 10 years. The ship would participate in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2008 with units from the United States, Australia, Chile, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, Peru, South Korea, Singapore and the United Kingdom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class John J. Mike (#080704-N-6984M-213).

Chester Morris

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USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) heads out to open sea from Naval Station Pearl Harbor to participate in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2008 maritime exercise, 8 July 2008. RIMPAC is the world's largest multinational exercise and is scheduled biennially by the U.S. Pacific Fleet. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist First Class Michael Moriatis (#080708-N-1722M-047).

Chester Morris

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Quartermaster 3rd Class Matthew Lenerville "flag-walks" along the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) before a refueling at sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200) in the Pacific Ocean, 13 July 2008. Kitty Hawk was participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2008 with units from the United States, Australia, Chile, Japan, the Netherlands, Peru, South Korea, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Patrick Heil (# 080713-N-3946H-003, top, and 080713-N-3946H-009, bottom).

Matt Howe, QM2,
via Robert Hall

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EA-6B Prowler modex NF504 (BuNo 163404), assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136 "Gauntlets," launches from USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) for the last time, 6 August 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (#080806-N-7883G-017).

USN

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F/A-18F Super Hornet modex NF-104 (BuNo 165880), assigned to the "Diamondbacks" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, piloted by LT(JG) David Robinson and LCDR Jeremy Andrew, became the last aircraft launched from USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), in the Pacific Ocean, 6 August 2008. The aircraft carrier, which departed 28 May from Yokosuka, Japan, would send more than 900 crewmembers and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, based in Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73). U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Don Bray (#080806-N-9076B-014).

According to "Kitty Hawk aircraft fly into history" (Navy Times, 8 August 2008), the final statistics for the ship's catapults (including "no-load" shots) are as follows: #1, 165,433; #2, 99,190; #3, 100,085, the only waist catapult in the Navy to achieve more than 100,000; #4, 83,592; grand total, 448,300.

Chester Morris

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As above. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Don Bray (#080806-N-9076B-016).

Chester Morris

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USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) prepares to moor at Naval Air Station North Island upon her return to San Diego Thursday, 7 August 2008. The aircraft carrier will be decommissioned next year in Bremerton, Wash. The 47-year-old Kitty Hawk is the oldest active-duty warship in the Navy and will be replaced this summer by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) as the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (#080807-N-7883G-218).

Ron Reeves

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As above. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class John Wagner (#080807-N-7029R-021).

Chester Morris

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Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island, San Diego, Calif., 9 August 2008.

Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)

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Sailors man the rails aboard USS George Washington (CVN-73) during the ship's departure from Naval Air Station North Island, 21 August 2008. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier departed San Diego, Calif., en route to Yokosuka, Japan, where she would replace USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) (background) as the Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anthony R. Martinez (#080821-N-1038M-036).

USN

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USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departs San Diego Harbor, 28 August 2008, as she makes the voyage to her new homeport of Bremerton, Wash. At 47 years old, Kitty Hawk was expected to arrive at Bremerton's Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on 2nd September for decommissioning in early 2009. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Kulp (#080828-N-2420K-001).

Chester Morris
Lee Wahler
Robert M. Cieri

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The aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) changes berth at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash., 14 January 2009, in preparation for her upcoming decommissioning ceremony. Kitty Hawk would be moored alongside sister ships ex-USS Ranger (CV-61), ex-USS Independence (CV-62), and ex-USS Constellation (CV-64). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jesus Uranga (#090114-N-2566U-003).

Chester Morris

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Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash., February 2009.

Scott Roche,
USS Ranger (CV-61), '87–89;
USS Independence (CV-62), '89–91

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Presentation of the colors after ship finally decommissioned, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility, 12 May 2009. Ship's Company of CAPT Todd Zecchin, LT Aaron Arky, CMC James Poletto, ATCS Gary Hassel and Shipyard Commander Captain Mark R. Whitney. U.S. Navy photo # 090512-N-0017S-039.

Courtesy of the Public Affairs Office, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & IMF,
via Ron Reeves

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Bremerton, WA, September 2009. Note sail of ex-USS Drum (SSN-677) and another submarine—possibly ex-USS Cincinnati (SSN-693)—, and Hammerhead Crane No. 28, completed in 1933.

Kendrick Johnsen.

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Series of screen shots from Google Maps pieced together by John Slaughter. Left to right: ex-USS Independence (CV-62), ex-USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), ex-USS Constellation (CV-64), and ex-USS Ranger (CV-61), Bremerton, WA, circa 2010.

John comments: «Indy and Connie are showing signs of weathering. They are both in the early stages of being readied for scrapping. Kitty Hawk is still listed as in reserve. I guess that's in case something disastrous happened to one of the active carriers. Ranger's flight deck is covered with something like a rubber coating about 3" thick to protect it. This is because of the efforts going on to save her as a museum. Less maintenance. I measured Kitty Hawk's flight deck in the picture and then, using that as a scale, I measured the gap between her and Indy. Their flight decks, by my rough estimate, are less than 10' apart.»

John Slaughter, Webmaster USS Ranger History & Memorial site.

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