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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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-9Decommissioned
2005-may-12Fate: sunkSunk 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    

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


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Builder    

US Newport News Shipbuilding,


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