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Contributed by Mike Smolinski

USS CONSTELLATION   (CVA-64)
(later CV-64)


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1983-2003
CV-64 Constellation
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Flight deck loaded with cars, returning to San Diego from a 13-month Complex Overhaul in Bremerton, Wash. 1984.

Greg Brown
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An aerial starboard bow view of the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV-64) underway in the Pacific Ocean, 15 February 1984. Note the F/A-18 Hornet aircraft on the bow. US Navy photo (DVIC id: DNST8507323).

Defense Visual Information Center
CV-64 Constellation
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USS Constellation (CV-64) and USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), background. NAS North Island, San Diego, Calif., circa 1984.

Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
CV-64 Constellation
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USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), left, and USS Constellation (CV-64). NAS North Island, San Diego, Calif., circa 1984.

Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
CV-64 Constellation
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An F-14A Tomcat aircraft takes off from the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV-64) during Fleet Exercise 85, Pacific Ocean, 29 October 1984. An F/A-18A Hornet is on a catapult in front of a Mark-7 jet blast deflector. Behind the deflector is an S-3A Viking aircraft with wings folded. Among the aircraft parked on the flight deck are S-3A's, F/A-18A Hornets and A-6E Intruders. US Navy photo by JO2 Millie Tamberg (DVIC id: DNSN8602055).

Defense Visual Information Center
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An elevated port bow view of the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV-64) underway in the Pacific Ocean, 29 October 1984, during Fleet Exercise 85. Various aircraft of Carrier Air Wing 14 are parked on the flight deck. US Navy photo by JO2 Millie Tamberg (DVIC id: DNST8602018).

Compare this photo to 026403 and 026406.

Defense Visual Information Center
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Slide Show of USS Camden (AOE-2) WESTPAC '85 deployment, with several views of USS Constellation.

Tom Armstrong, via Ron Reeves
CV-64 Constellation
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USS Constellation (CV-64), May 1986.

Photo by Rick Garcia, Vancouver. Chris Howell Collection.

Chris Howell, Southland Ship Stores Limited, Port of Bluff, N.Z.
CV-64 Constellation
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Passing under the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Fleet Week 1987.

Greg Brown
CV-64 Constellation
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"... [T]he aircraft carrier suffered a major engine room fire on 2 August [1988], which her firefighter teams fought for more than twenty-four hours before bringing it under control. The warship returned to San Diego under her own power on 3 August, and the crew spent only two months cleaning and repairing main machinery room No. 1, successfully firing off all boilers on 29 September one month ahead of schedule." (Quoted from DANFS.)

Article from All Hands magazine, November 1988 issue, page 41.

Robert M. Cieri
CV-64 Constellation
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The commercial harbor tugs Mister Randy and Mister Don maneuver the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV-64) as the ship departs from port during PACEX '89. The aircraft carrier USS Independence (CV-62) is moored in the background. San Diego, California, September 18, 1989.

Defense Visual Information Center photo # DN-ST-90-08758.

Bill Gonyo
CV-64 Constellation
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At the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in 1992, undergoing a 3-year Service Life Extension Program (SLEP).

Richard Smith
CV-64 Constellation
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CVA-64 Constellation
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USS Constellation (CV-64) underway in the mid-1990s.

Robert Hurst
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USS Constellation (CV-64) Carrier Battle Group in the mid-1990s. In fact, the Group appears to be that of Connie's 1994–1995 WestPac cruise: an attack submarine, USS Topeka (SSN-754); a destroyer, USS Kinkaid (DD-965); two guided missile cruisers, USS Chosin (CG-65) and USS Lake Erie (CG-70); an ammunition ship, USS Kiska (AE-35); and a replenishment oiler, USS Cimarron (AO-177).

Wendell McLaughlin
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USS Constellation (CV-64) underway in the mid-1990s.

Wendell McLaughlin
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USS Constellation (CV-64) underway circa 1995, location unknown. (RAN photo).

Robert Hurst
CV-64 Constellation
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San Diego, California (April 1, 1997) — USS Constellation (CV-64) departs her home port of San Diego, California, to begin a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. The carrier and her Battle Group would head to the Persian Gulf to enforce no-fly zones over Iraq and monitor shipping to and from the region. U.S. Navy photograph by Photographer's Mate Airman Neil H. F. Sheinbaum (# 970401-N-0789S-001).

Bill Gonyo
CV-64 Constellation
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Pacific Ocean (April 14, 1997) — USS Constellation (CV-64) enroute to the Persian Gulf to enforce no-fly zones and monitor shipping to and from Iraq. Official U.S. Navy photograph (970414-N-0789S-003) by Airman Photographer's Mate Neil H. F. Sheinbaum.

Compare this photo to 026403 and 026436.

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86k The aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV-64), participating in Operation Southern Watch, is silhouetted on the sea as she continues her vigil in the Arabian Gulf on May 25, 1997. The Constellation Battle Group and her air wing were enforcing no-fly zones and monitoring shipping in the region. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Steven G. Crawford (# 970525-N-2160C-001). USN
CV-64 Constellation
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USS Constellation (CV-64), with her crew "manning the rail," departs her homeport, San Diego, California, to begin her 22nd overseas deployment (1 April–1 October 1997), where she would participate in Operation Southern Watch and Exercise Arabian Skies. CVW-2 was the embarked Air Wing amd consisted of the following squadrons and aircraft:

  • VF-2 "Bounty Hunters," F-14D Tomcat
  • VMFA-323 "Death Rattlers," F/A-18C Hornet
  • VFA-151 "Vigilantes," F/A-18C Hornet
  • VFA-137 "Kestrels," F/A-18C Hornet
  • VAW-116 "Sun Kings," E-2C Hawkeye
  • HS-2 "Golden Falcons," SH-60F/HH-60H Seahawk
  • VAQ-131 "Lancers," EA-6B Prowler
  • VS-38 "Red Griffins," S-3B Viking
  • VQ-5 Det C "Sea Shadows," ES-3A Shadow
  • VRC-30 Det 3 "Providers," C-2A Greyhound

U.S. Navy photo.

Robert M. Cieri
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Two views of the hangar deck, taken in April 1998, en route from San Diego to Bremerton.

Tom Armstrong,
USS Constellation,
1968–1969
CV-64 Constellation
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91k The USS Constellation (CV-64) (foreground) steams alongside the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) in the South China Sea on Aug. 8, 1999. The two aircraft carriers and their embarked air wings were conducting a brief exercise as they operated together. The Constellation was steaming toward the Persian Gulf for a deployment, while the Kitty Hawk was returning from a deployment in the Persian Gulf. DoD photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Steven Crawford, U.S. Navy. [990808-N-2160C-001]. USN
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205k Sydney, Australia, April 5, 2001 — USS Constellation (CV-64) arrives in the port of Sydney, Australia, for a visit prior to continuing on to the Persian Gulf. "Connie" was enroute to the Gulf to relieve USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) in support of Operation Southern Watch. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Thomas Northrup (# 010405-N-6815N-001). Bill Gonyo
Four carriers
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San Diego, Calif., Sept. 30, 2002 — An aerial view of San Diego Harbor with four of the Navy's aircraft carriers moored at the Naval Air Station, North Island. The carriers are (from left) USS Constellation (CV-64), USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), USS Nimitz (CVN-68) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74). It is rare to have this many carriers in port at any one time. U.S. Navy photo (# 020930-N-7265L-001) by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Inez Lawson.

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San Diego, Calif., Nov. 2, 2002 — After pulling away from the carrier pier at Naval Air Station North Island, USS Constellation (CV-64), heads down San Diego bay at the start of a regularly scheduled six-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Photo provided courtesy Retired Navy Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Chuck Cavanaugh (#021102-O-1144C-008).

Bill Gonyo
CV-64
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San Diego, Calif., Nov. 2, 2002 — USS Constellation (CV-64) departs Naval Air Station North Island at the start of a regularly scheduled six-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She carried aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2). U.S. Navy photo (021102-N-8796S-032) by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Tim Smith.

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63k Nov. 30, 2002 — Constellation steams through the ocean en route to a liberty port call in Singapore. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Timothy Smith. [021130-N-8796S-096]. USN
CV-64 Constellation
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72k Jan. 3, 2003 — A flight deck crewmember guides an F-14D Tomcat assigned to the "Bounty Hunters" of Fighter Squadron Two (VF-2) onto one of four steam driven catapults on the ship's flight deck. This is the last cruise for the "Bounty Hunters", as their squadron will be decommissioned along with the Constellation after this deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Richard Moore. [030103-N-4655M-001]. USN
CV-64 Constellation
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50k Mar. 20, 2003 — An S-3 Viking assigned to the “Red Griffins” of Sea Control Squadron Three Eight (VS-38) is launched from the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV-64) during night flight operations. The ship and her embarked Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) were conducting missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Timothy Smith. [030319-N-8796S-003]. USN
CV-64 Constellation
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74k The Persian Gulf, Mar. 21, 2003 — Aviation Ordnancemen load GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) onto an F/A-18 Hornet on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV 64). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Charles E. Alvarado (# 030321-N-1356A-002). USN
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96k The Persian Gulf, Apr. 10, 2003 — USS Constellation (CV-64) conducts flight operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Kristi Earl (# 030410-N-1974E-018). Bill Gonyo
CV-64 Constellation, CV-63 Kitty Hawk
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60k The Persian Gulf, Apr. 13, 2003 — Together for a last time, USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) (top) and USS Constellation (CV-64) underway in the Persian 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 (# 030413-N-9043G-002). USN
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F/A-18C Hornet being recovered during Operation Iraqi Freedom, April 2003.

Stuart Goodman, LT, USNR
CV-64 Constellation
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April 2003, during a recovery cycle in the Persian Gulf (Operation Iraqi Freedom).

Stuart Goodman, LT, USNR
CV-64 Constellation
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Shot while "Connie" was on her transit home in the Indian Ocean.

Stuart Goodman, LT, USNR
CV-64 Constellation
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123k The Indian Ocean, Apr. 29, 2003 — Sailors "man the rails" aboard USS Constellation (CV-64) as she pulls into Perth, Australia for a port call on her return transit to her homeport of San Diego, Calif., following her deployment in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Timothy Smith (# 030429-N-8796S-114). USN
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A shot of the wardroom, May 2003.

Stuart Goodman, LT, USNR
CV-64 Constellation
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49k May 8, 2003 — USS Constellation (CV-64) steams near the Western Coast of Australia on her return transit to her homeport of San Diego, Calif., following her deployment in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Capt. Faris P. Farwell (# 030508-N-0000F-001). USN
CV-64 Constellation
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85k The Indian Ocean, May 8, 2003 — An EA-6B Prowler assigned to the "Lancers" of Electronic Attack Squadron One Thirty One (VAQ-131) launches from the flight deck aboard USS Constellation (CV-64). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman John P. Curtis (# 030508-N-9712C-047). USN
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During a practice air power demonstration, 20 May 2003, for an upcoming "Tiger Cruise" to be held aboard USS Constellation (CV-64) in the Pacific Ocean, an SH-60F Seahawk assigned to the "Golden Falcons" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 2 banks sharply towards the aircraft carrier to demonstrate its ability to fly very low to the water. Constellation and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 were on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain (# 030520-N-0295M-013).

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
CV-64 Constellation
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During a practice air power demonstration, 20 May 2003, for an upcoming "Tiger Cruise" to be held aboard USS Constellation (CV-64) in the Pacific Ocean, an HH-60H Seahawk assigned to the "Golden Falcons" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 2 prepares to hover next to the aircraft carrier to demonstrate its ability to fly very low to the water. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain (# 030520-N-0295M-014).

CV-64 Constellation
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Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 fly over USS Constellation (CV-64) in a tight formation, 20 May 2003, at the conclusion of a practice air and sea power demonstration for an upcoming "Tiger Cruise" aboard the ship, in the Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain (# 030520-N-0295M-022).

CV-64 Constellation
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106k Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, May 22, 2003 — USS Constellation (CV-64) pulls into Pearl Harbor for a much awaited port visit. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Benjamin F. Story (cropped from photo # 030522-N-4231S-001). USN
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86k Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, May 22, 2003 — USS Constellation (CV-64) steams past USS Missouri (BB-63) as she begins a week-long port visit to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on her way home to San Diego, Calif. "Connie" was returning from deployment after more than seven months at sea in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Adan Fabela III (# 030522-N-7833F-008). Bill Gonyo
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76k USS Constellation leaves Pearl Harbor for the last time, May 27, 2003 on her way back to San Diego. Photo by Daniel Bethke
CV-64 Constellation
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Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, June 2, 2003 — USS Constellation (CV-64) returns to her homeport in San Diego following a successful seven month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Andrew J. Betting (# 030602-N-8590B-001).

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North Island, San Diego, 4 July 2003.

Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Decommissioning Ceremony, August 7, 2003
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Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Aug. 7, 2003 — Sailors aboard USS Constellation (CV-64) lower the colors for the last time during the ship's decommissioning ceremony, which marked the end of the ship's nearly 42 years of service to the nation. During Constellation’s commissioned service, she completed 21 deployments and most recently completed combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom: the Constellation Carrier Strike Group flew more than 1,500 sorties and expended more than a million pounds of ordnance. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Charles E. Alvarado (# 030807-N-1356A-002).

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Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Aug. 7, 2003 — A three-plane formation of F/A-18 Hornets from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron Three Two Three (VMFA-323) conducts a flyover of USS Constellation (CV-64) during the ship's decommissioning ceremony. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Prince A. Hughes III (# 030807-N-1397H-001).

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Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Aug. 7, 2003 — Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham addresses the guests and crew of USS Constellation (CV-64) during the ship’s decommissioning ceremony. Congressman Cunningham served aboard Constellation as a pilot with the “Fighting Falcons” of Fighter Squadron Nine Six (VF-96), where he became the only Navy "Ace" of the Vietnam conflict. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Prince A. Hughes III (# 030807-N-1397H-006).

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"An Oath Sworn, An Oath Kept."

Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
CV-64 Constellation
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Sailors walk down the brow for the last time.

Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
Ex-USS Constellation
ex-CV-64 Constellation
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San Diego, Calif., Sep. 12, 2003 — The decommissioned aircraft carrier Constellation (CV-64) begins her transit from Naval Air Station North Island to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. The 41-year old ship was towed by a contracted ocean-going tug operated by Foss Maritime of Seattle, Wash. The transit was expected to take two weeks. Constellation had been homeported in San Diego since 1962. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Brandon A. Teeples (# 030912-N-9288T-002).

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Bremerton, Wash., 2006. Four aircraft carriers (front to back, photo NS026245; left to right, photo NS026245a): ex-USS Independence (CV-62), ex-USS Constellation (CV-64), ex-USS Ranger (CV-61), and USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74). Also visible in these photos are two Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigates, a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser, a Knox-class frigate and the fast combat support ships ex-USS Sacramento (AOE-1) and ex-USS Camden (AOE-2).

Jack Treutle

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ex-CV-64 Constellation
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At Puget Sound, Wash., Tuesday, 8 July 2008.

Ex-Ranger (CV-61) is in the middle distance, and USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) in the background.

Dave Nilsen
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ex-CV-64 Constellation
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ex-CV-64 Constellation
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ex-CV-64 Constellation
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ex-CV-64 Constellation
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Puget Sound, Wash., Friday, 13 February 2009. Ex-USS Constellation (CV-64) and ex-USS Ranger (CV-61).

Scott Roche
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Aerial view of Bremerton, WA, 10 March 2009. Left to right: ex-Independence (CV-62), ex-Constellation (CV-64), ex-Sides (FFG-14), ex-George Philip (FFG-12), ex-Ranger (CV-61), and ex-Vincennes (CG-49).

Ron Reeves.

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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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