Taking a cruise aboard the USS Kitty Hawk Aircaft Carrier CV-63

Taking a Cruise
on the Aircraft Carrier USS Kitty Hawk,

Is compared to taking a cruise one of the cruise ships,
or a vacation cruise, but this is a Navy Cruise. not
a luxury vacation cruise, when we take a cruise

F-14 Tomcat on right A-7 on left
Photo by C. Jeff Dyrek

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All through these pictures you will notice people walking around in shorts and carrying cameras. Are these people tourist? 

When a civilian thinks of the military they think they everyone would be carrying guns and in a full ridged uniform, no exceptions. That's not true. We would work 12 hours per day 7 days a week. When we got off of work, it was very nice to throw a pair of shorts on and get comfortable.

There were a lot of things to take pictures of, as you can see. I guess we were all tourist, in a sense. We felt like we were on one of the cruise ships or taking a vacation cruise. We had the chance to see things that only a very small portion of our population will 0009913ALT="A great plastic model for you to build" HSPACE=10 VSPACE=10 BORDER=2 height=156 width=250 align=RIGHT>ever see. We traveled all over the Western Pacific and visited many countries.  Once, I was looking at some luxury cruise brochures from one of the famous cruise ships. They went to Hong Kong, Korea and Japan, just like us. But unlike us, they went to Hong Kong on the 4th, to Korea on the 5th and Japan on the 6th. If you think about it, with all of the sailing time included, they only spent a couple of hours at each port. What are you going to do with just a couple of hours in port. It sounds like a lot of expensive stress to me. You really don't have time on a vacation cruise to see any of the countries that you visit because you only spend a couple of hours in these countries, so you're stuck eating lunch and getting back to the ship in time for it to sail.

On the other hand, we went to Hong Kong for three full days, to Korea for five full days and to Japan for ten full days. We also visited Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Okinawa, Hawaii and spent a lot of time traveling around these countries too. Comparing the Navy to one of the civilian cruise ships is like seeing a movie at a OnmiMax theater as compared to reading about the movie from an ad in a book.   And on top of that, the Navy Pays You, where on a civilian cruise ship, you pay them.

I'm sounding like a recruiter again but it's true. There are a lot of opportunities in the Navy. It really is more than a job, and a good job, it's really an adventure with lots of cruise travel for you to enjoy while you're getting paid and at the same time being trained very well for a high paying civilian job in the future.

Please not that I have highlighted Vacation Cruise above. The vacation cruise that this link points to is much different than the average vacation cruise ship, this vacation cruise is an expedition cruise instead. Click here to read more about this fantastic vacation cruise ship.

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Manufacturer Grumman
Length 62'8"
Height 16'
Span 64'2"
Area 565 sq. ft.
Empty Weight 40,100 lbs.
Max. Weight 74,4350 lbs.
Engines 2
Powerplant Pratt & Whitney TF30
Thrust 41,800 lbs. Both engines on AB
Max. Speed 1,345 kts 1,545 mph



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