USS KITTY HAWK: Thank you!

CV63 USS KITTY HAWK, one of the older ships in the US fleet, has returned to Puget Sound for the last time today.  

She’s 47 years old and running on diesel.

She will be decommissioned in Bremerton, WA in 2009.



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  1. John H. says:


    I had the privilege of spending a week aboard the Kitty Hawk during a Tiger Cruise in the early ’90s. The size of that thing is unbelievable. I don’t know how many times I got lost amid the maze of hatches.

  2. TLT says:

    I served aboard the Kitty Hawk in the mid 90’s as a newly comissioned officer and have fond memories of the ship and the friends made while aboard. This is truly the end of an era when the last sailor leaves her decks. Well done. She has served our country well.

  3. FloridaJohn says:

    Nice Pix! I served on two carriers at the end of the Korean War: Bennington CVA40 & Leyte CVS32. Great duty!

  4. Stu says:

    Fair winds old girl.

  5. Larry says:

    Let us pray that nothing her from enjoying a long and quiet retirement!

  6. Ed the Roman says:

    I wish there were a way I could get to the decom. I was aboard during the 1982 overhaul in Bremerton.

    By the way, KHAWK is THE OLDEST ship, not \”one of the older\”.

    I don’t know if they plan to break her or NRF her. She does have the only operating 1200# plants in the USN anymore (and has had for a while), so bringing her out of mothballs would be up there with reactivating the battleships in the 80s.

    Ed the Roman
    CDR, USNR (Ret)
    Former Kitty Hawk 3d DIVO and OOD.

  7. Al says:

    Yes, we in the Bremerton area welcome here and salute the many years of her service.

  8. Jerry Boyd says:

    Had many visits to her when she was home ported in San Diego (actually Coronado at USNASNI). Impressive ship. More impressive were her crew many of whom were very young but very talented and dedicated men and women who were and are a credit to the U S Navy and our nation. Hopefully she is not scrapped but instead becomes part of the NRF.

  9. Clare says:

    With two kids in the Navy, it’s great to see so many sailors aboard WDTPRS.

    Do you have a Navy background, Father Z?

  10. Anne says:

    Great picture of the kitty hawk. I toured the ship when we went to visit our son in Japan this past February. Quite something. Glad I got a chance to be on the ship. My son is one of the last 400 who will be working on the ship till it is decomissioned in January. When you are a V-2 on that ship it unlike any other carrier. Keeping the flight deck in working order all these years is a tribute to the young men working round the clock. Nice he got to be part of the end of an era.

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