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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US United States Naval Aviation Sikorsky S-61 H-3 06

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US Newport News Shipbuilding - 1

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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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