US America (1965) class

US Kitty Hawk class

Aircraft Carrier


Derivatives / Succeeded by
1968 US John F Kennedy class


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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19651996 sunk 2005USUS NavyCV-66USS AmericaNUSA - 66
19682007USUS NavyCV-67John F Kennedy class USS John F KennedyNJFK - 67

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1960OrderedOrdered US CV-66 USS America
1961-jan-09Laid downLaid down US CV-66 USS America as CVA-66
1964-feb-01LaunchedLaunched US CV-66 USS America
1965-jan-23CommissionedCommissioned US CV-66 USS America
1968-mayAircraftAircraft US CV-66 USS America Second Indochina War (Vietnam War) may68-nov68 embarked HC-2
1974-oct-12HomeportHomeport US CV-66 USS America arrived
1974-novRefitRefit US CV-66 USS America nov74-sep75 overhaul at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Reclassified as CV-66
1980-aprRefitRefit US CV-66 USS America CIWS Phalanx 20 mm 3x CIWS fitted during refit
1982-sep-25Port VisitPort Visit US CV-66 USS America visited Portsmouth 25-28 Sep 1982 with HS-11 SH-3 embarked
1986-apr-01AircraftAircraft US 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-12DeploymentDeployment US CV-66 USS America Operation El Dorado Canyon-Libya, April 12-17
1996-aug-09DecommissionedDecommissioned US CV-66 USS America at Norfolk Naval Shipyard
2005-may-12Fate: sunkFate: sunk US CV-66 USS America Sunk as target appr. 250mile East of North Carolina coast, SE of Cape Hatteras

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