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A letter from the USS Kitty Hawk Commanding Officer 1972-1973

Thanks for a chance to see your excellent pictures.  May I make a  comment or two that may be useful?  VF-114 were the "Aardvarks."  The other F-14 squadron, VF-213, were the "Black Lions."  Both squadrons  flew Phantoms, F-4B's, during Vietnam.  These two fighter squadrons were part of CVW-11. One of the things that enabled the Hawk to earn the best overall combat record in the Vietnam War was that CVW-11 was always deployed on the  Hawk.  This was not true with the other Carriers.  CVW-14 was the air wing aboard Constellation CVA-64 except for one cruise, when CVW 14 deployed on Ranger, CV-61.  The complete marriage of the air wing and  the ship eliminated some of the difficulties that squadrons occasionally experienced on carriers when they did not have shops, spaces and living quarters that were always "theirs."  Glad that you took such great pictures during your cruise, and that you are so generous in showing them. 
Best Regards, 
Marland Townsend 
CO USS Kitty Hawk CVA-63 1972-73

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Rick Willetts, who last month proposed anchoring the Kitty Hawk in Wilmington, said this week that it would probably be four to six years before the warship, named for town of Kitty Hawk on the Outer Banks, could be brought here.

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    Other US Navy Aircraft Carriers.  

Ship Name
Hull Number
Commission/
Decommission
Date
Disposition
USS Langley
(CV 1)
20 Mar 1922 /
27 Feb 1942
Conv. to AV 3; Sunk as a result enemy action about 75 miles south of Tjilatjap.
USS Lexington
(CV 2)
14 Dec 1927 /
8 May 1942
Sunk as a result of enemy action at the Battle of the Coral Sea.
USS Saratoga
(CV 3)
16 Nov 1927 /
26 Jul 1946
Used as a test target and sunk at Bikini Atoll.
USS Ranger
(CV 4)
4 Jun 1934 /
18 Oct 1946
Sold for scrap 31 Jan 1947 to Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co.
USS Yorktown
(CV 5)
30 Sep 1937 /
7 Jun 1942
Sunk due to enemy action at the Battle of Midway.
USS Enterprise
(CV 6)
12 May 1938 /
17 Feb 1947
Sold, 1 Jul 1958.
USS Wasp
(CV 7)
25 Apr 1940 /
15 Sep 1942
Sunk due to enemy action southeast of San Cristobal Island.
USS Hornet
(CV 8)
20 Oct 1941 /
26 Oct 1942
Sunk due to enemy action at the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands.
USS Essex
(CV 9)
31 Dec 1942 /
20 Jun 1969
Stricken 1 Jun 1973. Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping 1 Jun 1975.
USS Yorktown
(CV 10)
15 Apr 1943 /
27 Jun 1970
Stricken 1 Jun 1973. Established as a floating museum in Charleston, S.C., 13 Oct. 1975.
USS Intrepid
(CV 11)
16 Aug 1943 /
15 Mar 1974
Established as a floating museum in New York City in 1982.
USS Hornet
(CV 12)
20 Nov 1943 /
26 May 1970
Stricken from the Navy List 1989. Donated to The Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation for use as a museum on 26 May 1998.
USS Franklin
(CV 13)
31 Jan 1944 /
17 Feb 1947
Reclassified AVT 8 on 15 May 1959. Stricken from the Navy List 10 Oct 1964.
USS Ticonderoga
(CV 14)
8 May 1944 /
1 Sep 1973
Stricken from the Navy List 16 Nov 1973. Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping 1 Sept 1975.
USS Randolph
(CV 15)
9 Oct 1944 /
13 Feb 1969
Stricken from the Navy List 1 Jun 1973. Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping 1 Apr 1975.
USS Lexington
(CV 16)
17 Feb 1942 /
8 Nov 1991
Stricken from the Navy List 30 Nov 1991. Now a museum in Corpus Christi, Tex.
USS Bunker Hill
(CV 17)
25 May 1943 /
9 Jul 1947
Stricken from the Navy List 1 Nov 1966; retained as moored electronic test ship in San Diego until Nov. 1972. Scrapped 1973.
USS Wasp
(CV 18)
24 Nov 1943 /
1 Jul 1972
Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping 21 May 1973.
USS Hancock
(CV 19)
15 Apr 1944 /
30 Jan 1976
Stricken from the Navy List 31 Jan 1976; Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping 1 Sept 1976.
USS Bennington
(CV 20)
6 Aug 1944 /
15 Jan 1970
Stricken from the Navy List 1989. Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping 1 Dec 1994.
USS Boxer
(CV 21)
16 Apr 1945 /
1 Dec 1969
Stricken from the Navy List 1 Dec 1969; Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping 13 Mar 1971.
USS Independence
(CVL 22)
14 Jan 1943 /
28 Aug 1946
Sunk as target 29 Jun 1951.
USS Princeton
(CVL 23)
25 Feb 1943 /
24 Oct 1944
Sunk due to enemy action in the Sibuyan Sea.
USS Belleau Wood
(CVL 24)
31 Mar 1943 /
13 Jan 1947
Transferred to France 1953-1960. Returned. Stricken 1 Oct 1960 and sold for scrapping.
USS Cowpens
(CVL 25)
28 May 1943 /
13 Jan 1947
Stricken from the Navy List 1 Nov 1959 and sold for scrapping.
USS Monterey
(CVL 26)
17 Jun 1943 /
16 Jan 1956
Stricken from the Navy List 1 Jun 1970. Sold for scrapping in May 1971.
USS Langley
(CVL 27)
31 Aug 1943 /
11 Feb 1947
Transferred to France 1951-1963; Sold 19 Feb 1964.
USS Cabot
(CVL 28)
24 Jul 1943 /
21 Jan 1955
Transferred to Spain 30 Aug 1967; returned to private U.S. organization 1989. Auctioned by US Marshals Service to Sabe Marine Salvage, 10 Sep 1999.
USS Bataan
(CVL 29)
17 Nov 1943 /
9 Apr 1954
Stricken from the Navy List 1 Sep 1959. Sold for scrapping May 1961.
USS San Jacinto
(CVL 30)
15 Dec 1943 /
1 Mar 1947
Stricken from the Navy List 1 Jun 1970. Sold for scrapping on 15 Dec 1971 to National Metal and Steel Co., Terminal Island, Calif.
USS Bon Homme
(CV 31)
26 Nov 1944 /
2 Jul 1971
Stricken from the Navy List 1989. Scrapped 4 Feb 1992.
USS Leyte
(CV 32)
11 Apr 1946 /
15 May 1959
Stricken from the Navy List 1 Jun 1969.
USS Kearsarge
(CV 33)
2 May 1946 /
15 Jan 1970
Stricken from the Navy List 1 May 1973. Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping 1 Mar 1974.
USS Oriskany
(CVA 34)
25 Sep 1950 /
20 Sep 1979
Stricken from Navy List 1989. Sold 9 Sep 1995, but contractor defaulted. Repossessed by the Navy and contract terminated 30 Jul 1997. Sunk off coast of Florida 17 May 2006 for use as artificial reef.
Reprisal(CV 35) -- /
--
Never completed nor commissioned. Hull, 53% complete, was sold to Boston Metals Co, Baltimore, Md. and scrapped November 1949.
USS Antietam
(CV 36)
28 Jan 1945 /
8 May 1963
Stricken from the Navy List 1 May 1973. Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping 1 Dec 1973.
USS Princeton
(CV 37)
18 Nov 1945 /
30 Jan 1970
Stricken from the Navy List 30 Jan 1970.
USS Shangri-La
(CV 38)
15 Sep 1944 /
30 Jul 1971
Stricken from the Navy List 15 Jul 1982; disposed of by MARAD exchange 9 Aug 1988.
USS Lake Champlain
(CV 39)
3 Jun 1945 /
2 May 1966
Stricken from the Navy List 1 Dec 1969. Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping 28 Apr 1972.
USS Tarawa
(CV 40)
8 Dec 1945 /
13 May 1960
Stricken from the Navy List 1 Jun 1967.
USS Midway
(CVB 41)
10 Sep 1945 /
11 Apr 1992
Stricken 17 Mar 1997; Towed to San Diego 5 January 2004 to be used as a museum and memorial.
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt
(CVB 42)
27 Oct 1945 /
1 Oct 1977
Stricken from the Navy List 30 Sept 1977; Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping 1 Apr 1978.
USS Coral Sea
(CVB 43)
1 Oct 1947 /
26 Apr 1990
Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping 7 May 1993.
USS Valley Forge
(CV 45)
3 Nov 1946 /
15 Jan 1970
Stricken from the Navy List 15 Jan 1970; sold for scrap 29 Oct 1971 to Nicolai Joffre Corp., Beverly Hills, Calif.
USS Philippine Sea
(CV 47)
11 May 1946 /
28 Dec 1958
Stricken from the Navy List 1 Dec 1969.
USS Saipan
(CVL 48)
14 Jul 1946 /
14 Jan 1970
Name changed to Arlington 8 Apr 1965 and served as an communications relay ship until decomm. Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping 6 Jun 1976.
USS Wright
(CVL 49)
9 Feb 1947 /
15 Mar 1956
Converted to and commissioned 11 May 1963 as a command ship. Decommissioned 27 May 1970 and disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping 1 Aug 1980.
USS Forrestal
(CVA 59)
1 Oct 1955 /
30 Sep 1993
Stricken from the Navy List 11 Sep 1993; At the Naval Education and Training Center, Newport, R.I., 14 Sept. 1998 on hold as museum donation.
USS Saratoga
(CVA 60)
14 Apr 1956 /
20 Aug 1994
Stricken from the Navy List 30 Sep 1994; berthed at the Naval Education and Training Center, Newport, R.I., 7 Aug. 1998.
USS Ranger
(CVA 61)
10 Aug 1957 /
10 Jul 1993
In inactive reserve in the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF), Bremerton, Wash.
USS Independence
(CV 62)
10 Jan 1959 /
30 Sep 1998
In inactive reserve in the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF), Bremerton, Wash.
USS Kitty Hawk
(CV 63)
29 Apr 1961 /
--
Active -- see Fact File
USS Constellation
(CV 64)
27 Oct 1961 /
7 Aug 2003
Towed 12 September 2003, to be placed in inactive reserve in the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF), Bremerton, Wash.
USS Enterprise
(CVN 65)
25 Nov 1961 /
--
Active -- see Fact File
USS America
(CV 66)
23 Jan 1965 /
9 Aug 1996
Stricken from Navy List; In the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF), Philadelphia, Penn. planned for scrapping, instead sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia coast on 14 May 2005, following a series of tests consisting of simulated attacks on the ship.
USS John F. Kennedy
(CV 67)
7 Sep 1968 /
--
Active -- see Fact File
USS Nimitz
(CVN 68)
3 May 1975 /
--
Active -- see Fact File
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower
(CVN 69)
18 Oct 1977 /
--
Active -- see Fact File
USS Carl Vinson
(CVN 70)
13 Mar 1982 /
--
Active -- see Fact File
USS Theodore Roosevelt
(CVN 71)
25 Oct 1986 /
--
Active -- see Fact File
USS Abraham Lincoln
(CVN 72)
11 Nov 1989 /
--
Active -- see Fact File
USS George Washington
(CVN 73)
4 July 1992 /
--
Active -- see Fact File
USS John C. Stennis
(CVN 74)
9 Dec 1995 /
--
Active -- see Fact File
USS Harry S. Truman
(CVN 75)
25 July 1998 /
--
Active -- see Fact File
USS Ronald Reagan
(CVN 76)
12 July 2003 /
--
Active -- see Fact File
George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) -- /
--
Planned construction

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