CV-63 USS Kitty Hawk

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1961 to 2009    


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Flight Deck: 63
Call Sign: NZFF


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History of US CV-63 USS Kitty Hawk

1955Ordered
1956-dec-27Laid downas CVA-63
1960-may-21Launched
1961-apr-29CommissionedNS Norfolk
1961-oct-1CLCape Horn rounded Cape Horn in transit to San Diego
1961-oct-13Port VisitCLValparaíso
1961-oct-20Port VisitPECallao
1961-nov-1HomeportNaval Base San Diego
1961-nov-23RefitSan Francisco Naval Shipyard
1962-nov-30Port VisitRPManila Harbour Philippine Republic Aviation Week Air Show
1962-decPort VisitHKHong Kong Port
1963-jun-6California off coast President JFK on board
1973reclassified as CV-63
1989RefitService Life Extension Programme, until 1991
1998-jul-6departure San Diego
1998-augHomeportJPYokosuka Naval Base As forward deploy carrier at Yokosuka, Japan
1998-augHomeportrelieved USS Independence at Yokosuka, as forward-deployed carrier, until May 2008.
2001-oct-12DeploymentArabian 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-4Deployment7th 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-28DeploymentNaval 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-12DecommissionedNS Kitsap Decommissioned at Bremerton



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