USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 51st

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USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, will be homeported in Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash., effective July 15. The change was announced in an April 14 message from Vice Adm. John C. Harvey, Jr., director of the Navy staff in Washington, D.C. Kitty Hawk will leave Yokosuka in May 2008 to turn over duties as the Navy's only forward deployed aircraft carrier to USS George Washington (CVN-73) in San Diego, California. Kitty Hawk arrived San Diego on 7 August 2008 and stayed in San Diego from 7 to 27 August 2008, departing San Diego on 28 August 2008 for Bremerton where the ship will be decommissioned Thursday, Jan. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Bremerton, Wash., Naval Base Kitsap’s Pier D., underway in the Eastern Pacific from 28 August to 1 September 2008, Kitty Hawk arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton on 2 September 2008. About 900 Kitty Hawk Sailors and over 100 members will return to Japan in the embarked Carrier Strike Group 5 and Destroyer Squadron 15 staff members will return to Japan in September on George Washington, as will the 2,000 Sailors of Carrier Air Wing 5, which operates from Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, when not embarked on the carrier. The remainder of Kitty Hawk's crew will return to the West Coast to decommission the ship in Bremerton, Wash., in early 2009.

 

As a forward deployed carrier, USS Kitty Hawk (CV-67) made deployments during the seasons of each year referred to as Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter underway periods while in some cases refereed to as a “WestPac” or Arabian Sea/Gulf (Persian Gulf) deployments, which become Foreign Water fleet deployments when the carrier visits foreign ports or operate for extended periods out side waters of Japan for a month or longer.

 

FORWARD DEPLOYED AIRCRAFT CARRIER DEPLOYMENTS

(Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan))

(Sep 1973 to Aug 2008)

 

Midway (CV-41), former CVA-41 & CVB-41, the 35th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy

 

Fifth Independence (CV-62), former CVA-62, the 50th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy

Second Kitty Hawk (CV-63), former CVA-63, the 51st aircraft carrier of the United States Navy

11 Sep 1973 to Aug 1991

8 Aug 1991 to 30 Sep 1998

6 Jul 1998 to 7 August 2008

                  38

                  11

                   21

 

       38 + 11 +  21 = 70

 

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-67) with CVW-5 embarked arrived San Diego, Ca. on 7 August 2008, ending her final forward-deployed deployment, operating out of the port of Yokosuka, Japan, departing from Japan with hundreds of friends, family members and distinguished visitors watching as the ship left the piers where it has operated from for nearly a decade on 28 May 2008. Her 28th Westpac and 21st deployment in foreign waters as a forward deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet on its spring deployment in the Western Pacific Ocean ended.  Kitty Hawk participated in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2008 Exercise in the Hawaiian operating area from June 29 through July 31. Prior forward deployed carriers turned over duty in Hawaii. Prior forward deployed carriers turned over duty in Hawaii. To be decommissioned in Bremerton, Washington the Navy's oldest active-duty aircraft carrier (48 years old since her commission) will pass on its responsibilities as the only carrier operating permanently outside of the United States to the USS George Washington (CVN-73) in port San Diego, Ca. Her 44th deployment since her commission on 29 April 1961 and approximately the US Navy’s 793rd carrier FWFD (May 28, 2008 to 7 August).

 

Kitty Hawk’ forward deployed deployments and cruises:

 

Sep.30, 1998 - Nov.13, 1998 (WestPac, Sea of Japan)

Mar.2, 1999 - Aug.25, 1999 (WestPac, Persian Gulf)

Oct.22, 1999 - Nov.10, 1999 (WestPac, Sea of Japan)

Apr.11, 2000 - Jun.5, 2000 (WestPac)

Sep.26, 2000 - Nov.20, 2000 (WestPac, Sea of Japan)

Mar.2, 2001 - Jun.11, 2001 (WestPac)

Apr.15, 2002 - Jun.5, 2002 (WestPac)

Oct.1, 2001 - Dec.23, 2001 (Operation Enduring Freedom off the coast of Pakistan

Oct.25, 2002 - Dec.13, 2002 (WestPac)

Jan.23, 2003 - May 6, 2003 (WestPac, Persian Gulf)

Nov.1, 2003 - Dec.12, 2003 (WestPac)

Feb.18, 2004 - May 24, 2004 (WestPac)

Jul.19, 2004 - Sep.7, 2004 (WestPac)

Feb.10, 2005 - Mar.28, 2005 (WestPac, Sea of Japan)

May 23, 2005 - Aug.20, 2005 (WestPac)

Oct.24, 2005 - Dec.12, 2005 (WestPac, Sea of Japan)

Jun.8, 2006 - Sep.15, 2006 (WestPac)

Oct.17, 2006 - Dec.10, 2006 (WestPac)

May 23, 2007 - Sep.21, 2007 (WestPac)

Oct.21, 2007 - Nov.27, 2007 (WestPac) - Cruse

Mar.18, 2008 - Apr.4, 2008 (WestPac) - Cruse

Apr.15, 2008 - May 12, 2008 (WestPac)

May 28, 2008 – Aug 7, 2008 (Yokosuka to Pearl Harbor to San Diego, Ca.)

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)

 

 

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An elevated starboard quarter view of USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) underway, July 1977. US Navy photo by PH1 A. Legare (DVIC id: DN-SC-86-00162). Kitty Hawk departed San Diego on March 8, 1976 and four days later entered drydock at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, WA, to commence a 100-million dollar complex overhaul scheduled to last 12.5 months. This overhaul configured Kitty Hawk to operate with the F-14 Tomcat and S-3A Viking aircraft in a total CV sea control mode. This included adding spaces for storage, ordnance handling and maintenance facilities for the two aircraft. Also included in the work package were more efficient work areas for air frames and a repair facility for ground support equipment and the addition of avionics support capability for the S-3. The ship also replaced the Terrier Surface-to-Air missile system with the NATO Sea Sparrow system, and added elevators and modified weapons magazines to provide an increased capability for handling and stowing the newer, larger air launched weapons. The carrier completed the overhaul in March 1977 and departed the shipyard April 1 of that year to return to San Diego.

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)

 

 

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Two crewmen move Mk-82 500-pound bombs past two parked A-6 Intruder attack aircraft during flight deck operations aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), 1979. US Navy photo by ENS A. Legare (DVIC id: DN-SN-85-11093).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)

 

 

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Crewmen inside the flight deck control center aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) use a table to simulate the arrangement of aircraft on the carrier's flight deck, December 15, 1979. US Navy photo by PHC Ken George (DVIC id: DN-SN-85-06358).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)

 

 

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Indian Ocean, January 15, 1980 — Aircraft of Carrier Air Wing One Five (CVW-15) are parked in formation aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). Aircraft seen include A-6 Intruders, foreground; F-14 Tomcats and A-7 Corsair IIs, background; SH-3 Sea King helicopters, left; E-2C Hawkeyes and EA-6B Prowlers, right. US Navy photo by PHC Ken George (DVIC id # DNSN8506347).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)

 

 

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Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, April 1981 — A port bow view of USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) as crewmen form the number "200,000" on the flight deck. An S-3A Viking has just made the 200,000th aircraft landing aboard the aircraft carrier. US Navy photo by PH2 Michael McMillan (DVIC id # DNSC8200170).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 

 

 

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An air-to-air right side view of a Russian Tupolev Tu-95 bomber aircraft (NATO designation is Bear), center, and two U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcat aircraft, acting as chase planes above the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) as the ship makes a right turn, December 1981. Photographer unknown (DVIC id # DN-SN-82-03011).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)

 

 

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A starboard bow view of USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) en route to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA, for a year-long overhaul, January 1982. US Navy photo by PHC Chesterfield (DVIC id # DN-SC-87-11542).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)

 

 

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An aerial port bow view of USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) underway in the Pacific Ocean, October 1983. Photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class C. Yebba (DN-SC-85-06884).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 

 

 

A stern view of USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) (ground level, looking up) while in dry dock. Puget Sound NS, Bremerton, WA, February 1982. US Navy photo by PH2 R. Plunkett (DVIC id # DN-SN-86-00114).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 

 

 

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A starboard bow view, taken at night, of USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) moored at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA, August 1982. US Navy photo by PH1 C. Hinkle (DVIC id # DN-SC-85-06816).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), left, and USS Constellation (CV-64) 

 

 

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NAS North Island, San Diego, Calif., circa 1984. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.

 

USS Shiloh (CG-67), USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), USS Nimitz (CVN-68) and USS Princeton (CG-59)

steam in formation in this March 29 file photo

 

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U.S. Navy USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) Photos

 

Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing 5 fly over USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), USS Cowpens (CG 63), USS Mustin (DDG 89), USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), and USNS Pecos (T-AO 197).

 

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070823-N-7883G-030 PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 23, 2007) - Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing 5 fly over USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), USS Cowpens (CG 63), USS Mustin (DDG 89), USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), and USNS Pecos (T-AO 197) for the finale of an air power demonstration in the Pacific. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kyle D. Gahlau (RELEASED)

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), USS Cowpens (CG 63), USS Mustin (DDG 89), USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), and USNS Pecos (T-AO 197) transit the Pacific while preparing for an air power demonstration

 

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070823-N-7883G-028 PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 23, 2007) -USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), USS Cowpens (CG 63), USS Mustin (DDG 89), USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), and USNS Pecos (T-AO 197) transit the Pacific while preparing for an air power demonstration. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kyle D. Gahlau (RELEASED)

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), USS Cowpens (CG 63), USS Mustin (DDG 89), and USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) transit the Pacific while preparing for an air power demonstration.

 

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070823-N-6106R-244 PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 23, 2007) - USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), USS Cowpens (CG 63), USS Mustin (DDG 89), and USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) transit the Pacific while preparing for an air power demonstration. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Stephen W. Rowe (RELEASED)

 

Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing 5 fly over USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), USS Cowpens (CG 63), USS Mustin (DDG 89), USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), and USNS Pecos (T-AO 197).

 

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070823-N-6106R-224 PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 23, 2007) - Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing 5 fly over USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), USS Cowpens (CG 63), USS Mustin (DDG 89), USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), and USNS Pecos (T-AO 197) for the finale of an air power demonstration. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Stephen W. Rowe (RELEASED)

 

An F/A-18F Super Hornet, from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, performs flight maneuvers over USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) during an air power demonstration.

 

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070823-N-6106R-089 PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 23, 2007) - An F/A-18F Super Hornet, from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, performs flight maneuvers over USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)during an air power demonstration. Kitty Hawk is three months into her summer deployment from Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Stephen W. Rowe (RELEASED)

 

An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, fires off its flares while performing evasive maneuvers during an air power demonstration.

 

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070823-N-3136P-222 PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 23, 2007) - An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, fires off its flares while performing evasive maneuvers during an air power demonstration above USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). Kitty Hawk is three months into her summer deployment from Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jimmy C. Pan (RELEASED)

 

 Water vapor flows over the wings of an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, as it performs a high-speed pass during an air power demonstration.

 

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070823-N-3136P-214 PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 23, 2007) - Water vapor flows over the wings of an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, as it performs a high-speed pass during an air power demonstration above USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). Kitty Hawk is three months into her summer deployment from Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jimmy C. Pan (RELEASED)

 

Water vapor flows over the wings of an F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, as it performs a high-speed pass during an air power demonstration.

 

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070823-N-3136P-154 PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 23, 2007) - Water vapor flows over the wings of an F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, as it performs a high-speed pass during an air power demonstration above USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). Kitty Hawk is three months into her summer deployment from Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jimmy C. Pan (RELEASED)

 

Water vapor flows over the wings of an F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, as it performs a high-speed pass during an air power demonstration.

 

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070823-N-3136P-149 PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 23, 2007) - Water vapor flows over the wings of an F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, as it performs a high-speed pass during an air power demonstration above USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). Kitty Hawk is three months into her summer deployment from Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jimmy C. Pan (RELEASED)

 

 

An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, fires off its flares while performing evasive maneuvers during an air power demonstration.

 

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070823-N-3136P-072 PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 23, 2007) - An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, fires off its flares while performing evasive maneuvers during an air power demonstration above USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). Kitty Hawk is three months into her summer deployment from Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jimmy C. Pan (RELEASED)

 

An SH-60F Seahawk, assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 14, flies through the air acting as plane guard for USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) during an air power demonstration.

 

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070823-N-3136P-001 PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 23, 2007) - An SH-60F Seahawk, assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 14, flies through the air acting as plane guard for USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) during an air power demonstration. Kitty Hawk is three months into her summer deployment from Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jimmy C. Pan (RELEASED)

 

  An SH-60H Seahawk, assigned to the Chargers of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 14, lands on the flight deck of USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63).

 

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 070821-N-9864S-001 PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 21, 2007) - An SH-60H Seahawk, assigned to the “Chargers” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 14, lands on the flight deck of USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). The Seahawk can be used for transferring supplies between ships or be configured to locate and track submarines. Kitty Hawk is entering her third month of a summer deployment from Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph Schmitt (RELEASED)

 

 

 

 

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