1961 to 2009    

CV-63 USS Kitty Hawk

US US Navy

Flight Deck: 63
Call Sign: NZFF
Shipyard: New York Shipbuilding


History of US USS Kitty Hawk CV-63

1956-dec-27Laid downLaid down as CVA-63
1961-apr-29CommissionedCommissioned NS Norfolk
1961-oct-01 CL Cape Horn rounded Cape Horn in transit to San Diego
1961-oct-13Port VisitPort Visit CL Valparaíso
1961-oct-20Port VisitPort Visit PE Callao
1961-nov-01HomeportHomeport Naval Base San Diego
1961-nov-23RefitRefit San Francisco Naval Shipyard
1962-nov-30Port VisitPort Visit RP Manila Harbour Philippine Republic Aviation Week Air Show
1962-decPort VisitPort Visit HK Hong Kong Port
1963-jun-06 California off coast President JFK on board
1973 reclassified as CV-63
1989RefitRefit Service Life Extension Programme, until 1991
1998-jul-06 departure San Diego
1998-augHomeportHomeport JP Yokosuka Naval Base As forward deploy carrier at Yokosuka, Japan
1998-augHomeportHomeport relieved USS Independence at Yokosuka, as forward-deployed carrier, until May 2008.
2001-oct-12DeploymentDeployment Arabian Sea Enduring Freedom positioned to the northern Arabian Sea with HS-14 plus 1st and 4th Bn 160th SOAR embarked, to support special operations missions over Afghanistan until 12 Dec.
2007-sep-04DeploymentDeployment 7th Fleet Exercise Malabar 07-2 Participated in multi-national exercise in Bay of Bengal with Carrier Air Wing 5 embarked, until 9 Sep.
2008-may-28DeploymentDeployment Naval Base San Diego departured Yokosuka after being relieved by USS George Washington. Took part in RIMPAC 08 and made for San Diego; arrived Aug 2008
2009-may-12DecommissionedDecommissioned NS Kitsap Decommissioned at Bremerton

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