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  • US America (1965) class

    US Kitty Hawk class
    Aircraft Carrier


        Derivatives / Succeeded by
    US John F Kennedy class 1968


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    81000full load (tn)
    319.25length (m)
    39.60beam (m)
    11.30draught (m)
    8000range (nm)
    32max speed (knots)
    3Missile Launcher Sea Sparrow VLS
    3Close-In Weapon System CIWS Phalanx 20 mm
    1Naval Radar air search radar AN/SPS-49
    1Naval Radar surface search radar AN/SPS-67


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        Typical Max
    US US Navy Sikorsky S-61 H-3 06

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    US Newport News Shipbuilding - 1

    List of Ships

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    USUS NavyCV-66USS AmericaNUSA - 6619651996
    USUS NavyCV-67John F Kennedy class USS John F KennedyNJFK - 6719682007

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    1960OrderedUS CV-66 USS America
    1961-jan-9Laid downUS CV-66 USS America as CVA-66
    1964-feb-1LaunchedUS CV-66 USS America
    1965-jan-23CommissionedUS CV-66 USS America
    1968-mayAircraftUS CV-66 USS America Second Indochina War (Vietnam War) may68-nov68 embarked HC-2
    1974-oct-12HomeportUS CV-66 USS America arrived
    1974-novRefitUS CV-66 USS America nov74-sep75 overhaul at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Reclassified as CV-66
    1980-aprRefitUS CV-66 USS America CIWS Phalanx 20 mm 3x CIWS fitted during refit
    1982-sep-25Port VisitUS CV-66 USS America visited Portsmouth 25-28 Sep 1982 with HS-11 SH-3 embarked
    1986-apr-1AircraftUS CV-66 USS America CH-46 Sea Knight, based on smaller ship, crashed and burned on carrier s deck north of Syracuse, Sicily
    1986-apr-12DeploymentUS CV-66 USS America Operation El Dorado Canyon-Libya, April 12-17
    1996-aug-9DecommissionedUS CV-66 USS America at Norfolk Naval Shipyard
    2005-may-12Fate: sunkUS CV-66 USS America Sunk as target appr. 250mile East of North Carolina coast, SE of Cape Hatteras

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