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  • CV-66 USS America

    US US Navy




    1965 to 1996    


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    Flight Deck: 66
    Call Sign: NUSA
    See Also: LH America (2014) class LHA-6


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    History of US CV-66 USS America

    1960Ordered
    1961-jan-9Laid downas CVA-66
    1964-feb-1Launched
    1965-jan-23Commissioned
    1968-mayAircraft Second Indochina War (Vietnam War) may68-nov68 embarked HC-2
    1974-oct-12Homeportarrived
    1974-novRefitnov74-sep75 overhaul at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Reclassified as CV-66
    1980-aprRefitCIWS Phalanx 20 mm 3x CIWS fitted during refit
    1982-sep-25Port VisitUKSpithead visited Portsmouth 25-28 Sep 1982 with HS-11 SH-3 embarked
    1986-apr-1AircraftCH-46 Sea Knight, based on smaller ship, crashed and burned on carrier s deck north of Syracuse, Sicily
    1986-apr-12DeploymentOperation El Dorado Canyon-Libya, April 12-17
    1996-aug-9DecommissionedNS Norfolk Decommissioned at Norfolk Naval Shipyard
    2005-may-12Fate: sunkWreck of USS America Sunk as target appr. 250mile East of North Carolina coast, SE of Cape Hatteras

    Specifications

       

        from America (1965) class
    5430crew
    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

    Aircraft

       

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


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    Builder

       

    US Newport News Shipbuilding,



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