USN – Retired Carriers

Aircraft Carriers CV; CVN (nuclear-powered) see also current listing

For views of retired carriers being dismantled, see “scrapping the supercarrier” page.

Bremerton WA 1994 inactive fleet
Annotated [Edited] view of US Geological Survey sourced Google Earth image to show positions of major warships.
Kitty-Hawk Class CV LOA 1,069′ / 325.8 m TDISP 82,000 tons (3 and 1 variant subclass, all retired)USS Kitty Hawk CV-63 (1961-2009) Sold for scrapping Oct. 2021 to International Shipbreakers Ltd. Brownsville TX. Departed Bremerton for Texas (to go around South America) January 2022, arrived 31 May. USS Kitty Hawk Yokosuka 2004

2007 Deployment Cycle
USS Kitty Hawk CV-63 after exercises with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, during 2007 forward deployment to Yokosuka. US Navy Official: 72278 Kyle Gahlau

USS Kitty Hawk CV-63 Bremerton 2018.jpg

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Kitty hawk Trinidad Sentinel-2 L2A image on 2022-05-13Kitty Hawk scraptow 40kmWofRucaloncoairportChile_Sentinel-2 L1C image on 2022-03-09Kitty Hawk final position TX Sentinel-2 L1C image on 2022-06-05

USS Constellation CV-64 (1961-2003) scrapped Brownsville TX 2015-2017

USS Constellation 1988 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SC-89-08414 PH2 Simpson

USS Constellation CV-64 Bremerton 2013.jpgUSS Constellation CV-64 Coronado 2002USS America CV-66 (1965-1996) scuttled May 2005 off Cape Hatteras in more than 3 miles of water, after evaluation of super carrier survivability to modern weapons. This is the largest warship wreck on the sea floor.USS America CV-66 Philedelphia PA 2004.jpg

USS America shortly before retirement 1995 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SC-95-02264 Don S. Montgomery, USN (Ret.)

Kitty Hawk Subclass variant USS John F. Kennedy CV-67 (1968-2007) LOA 1,052′ / 320.6 m TDISP 83,000 tons. Note distinctive modernized angle of flight deck. Sold for scrapping Oct. 2021 to International Shipbreakers Ltd. Brownsville TX. Has not yet left for Brownsville.

USS JFK Philadelphia 2020USS JFK Philedelphia 2019

Composite photo of USS John F. Kennedy’s aircraft complement by role, ca. late 1970s. NARA: USN 1173094 (courtesy the Naval History and Heritage Command)

USS John F Kennedy Mayport FL 2003.jpg

USS JOHN F. KENNEDY CV-67 (foreground) and the Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier, USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) 2004 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SD-07-00170 PHAN Ryan O’Connor, USN
USS John F Kennedy Phila 1992
USS John F. Kennedy undergoing major refit Philadelphia naval yard – last major refit yard performed before closure.

USS Enterprise CVN-65 unique ship (first nuclear-powered carrier) (1961-2012) LOA 1,123′ / 342.3 m still longest naval vessel yet built TDISP 93,000 tons, to be dismantled

USS Enterprise 1978 KN-27606 Courtesy Naval History and Heritage Command PH3 Ted Kappler

USS Enterprise CVN-65 Hampton Roads 2010.jpg

USS Enterprise CVN-65 Hampton Roads 2018.jpg
Note marking on deck where 8 nuclear reactors were likely removed (defueling).
USS Enterprise
USS Enterprise (CVN 65) makes its final voyage to Newport News Shipbuilding in 2013.  (U.S. Navy photo 958774 courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries by John Whalen/Released)

Forrestal-Class CV LOA 1,070′ / 326.1 m TDISP 60,000 tons (4 retired, all scrapping) first generation of USN super-carriers

USS Saratoga photographed alongside USS John F. Kennedy during Operation Desert Shield, 1990 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-ST-91-01496 PH2 Moore

USS Forrestal CV-59 (1955) and USS Saratoga CV-60 (1956) both retired 1993-94, scrapped Brownsville TX 2014-2015 (Saratoga may still be ongoing).

International Naval Review Norfolk VA, 1957. USS Saratoga, HMS Ark Royal and Spanish sail trainer Juan de Eleanor Credit: Canada. Department of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / CT-522

USS Ranger CV-61 (1957-1993) scrapped Brownsville TX 2015USS Ranger CV-61 Bremerton 2014.jpg

USS Ranger San Diego 1987 NH 97689-KN PH3 Wimmer Courtesy of Naval History and Heritage Command

USS Independence CV-62 (1959-1998) scrapped Brownsville TX 2017

USS Independence Yokosuka DN-SD-01-03497
USS Independence CV-62 forward deployed to Yokosuka Japan 1998 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SD-01-03497 PH2 Daniel A. Taylor, USN

USS Independence CV-62 Bremerton 2015

Midway Class CV LOA 968′ / 295 m TDISP 45,000 tons (3, 1 preserved)

USS Franklin D. Roosevelt commissioning Oct. 1945 (service 1945-1977) NARA: 80-G-K-6611 Courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command

USS Midway CV-41 (1945-1992) museum ship, San Diego, CA. note 1960s full modernization resulting in modern angled leading deck edges, not present on other 2 ships.

USS Midway LAC DNS-9078 1952 HFX
USS Midway visiting Halifax, 1952, showing original axial deck configuration and heavy armament. Library and Archives Canada / Department of National Defence DNS-9078

USS Midway CV-41 San Diego

Unique view of USS Midway with Admiral Farragut’s Flagship USS Hartford deteriorating in foreground. NH 91868 Courtesy Naval History and Heritage Command.

USS Coral Sea CV-43 (1946-1990) scrapped Baltimore MD late 1990s

USS Coral Sea visit to Halifax prior to decommissioning 1989: Warsearcher Archives (please credit as such)

USS Coral Sea Norfolk VA 1991

USS Coral Sea Pearl Harbor NH 97325-KN
USS Coral Sea CVA-43 passing USS Arizona Pearl Harbor memorial, April 1963. NH 97325-KN, Courtesy the Naval History and Heritage Command PHCS Robert A. Carlisle, USN

USS Coral Sea 1982 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-ST-85-00275 PH1 Dave Maclean

USS Coral Sea 1948, showing the original axial deck of the Midway class NH 97648 Courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command

Essex Class LOA ca. 872′ / 265.8 m TDISP eventually 46,000 tons (24 retired, 4 preserved) later batch of ships were called long-hull Essex or “Ticonderoga” sub-class, and were 888′ / 270.7 m long.

USS Shangri La (CV-38) in wartime camouflage. Naval Historical Collection UA 476.42 Courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command

USS Yorktown CV-10 (1943-1970) Museum Ship, Charleston, SC.USS Yorktown CV-10 Charleston SC 2019.jpgUSS Yorktown CV-10 Charleston SC 2016.jpgUSS Intrepid CV-11 (1943-1974) Museum Ship, New York City, NY.USS Intrepid CV-11 NY 2002.jpgUSS Intrepid CV-11 NY 2017.jpgUSS Hornet CV-12 (1943-1970) Museum Ship, Alameda, CA.USS Hornet CV-12 Alameda 2018USS Hornet CV-12 Alameda 2009

USS Lexington CV-16 (1943-1991) Museum Ship, Corpus Christi, TX.USS Lexington CV-16 Corpus Christi TX 2017.jpg

USS Valley Forge HFX July 1959 HS-58074
USS Valley Forge CV-45 arriving in Halifax NS July 1959. Note the Royal Canadian Navy Sikorsky S-55 on the flight deck. Credit: Library and Archives Canada / Department of National Defence HS-58074 Copyright belongs to Crown.

USS Bennington CV-20 (1944 – 1970) laid up in Bremerton WA, demilitarized 1994 Port Angeles WA before being towed to India for scrapping

USS Bennington CVS-20, laid up 1990 at Bremerton / Puget Sound WA, NARA 330-CFD-DN-SC-90-03981 LT Fallon

USS Bennington CV20 Bremerton 1994USS Bennington CV20 Port Angeles WA 1994

USS Leyte HFX 1952 HS-20874
USS Leyte arriving in Halifax NS with a deck load of Corsairs, 1952. Credit Library and Archives Canada / Department of National Defence HS-20874 copyright belongs to Crown.

USS Oriskany CV-34 (1950-1976), long-hull Essex, sunk for use as artificial reef 2006

USS Oriskany in 1950 with original axial flight deck NH 97408 Courtesy of Naval History and Heritage Command

USS Oriskany CV-34 Beaumont TX 2005

ex-USS Oriskany in preparations for sinking 2006 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SD-07-07989 JO1 Jackey Bratt, USN

USS Oriskany CV-34 Pensacola FL 2006.jpgUSS Oriskany CV-34 Corpus Christi TX 2004

USS Oriskany sinking 2006 South of Pensacola FL. NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SD-07-08004 PH2 (Aw/Nac) Jeffrey P. Kraus

Independence Class Light Carrier LOA 623′ / 189.9 m TDISP 11,000 tons (9, 1 lost, 8 scrapped)

USS Cabot CVL-28 (1943 -1967) transferred to Spain 1967 as Dédalo served 1967-1989, museum ship New Orleans 1990-1999, scrapped 2002 Brownsville TX.

NHHC USS Cabot 80-G-262768
USS Cabot July 1945 NARA: US Navy Official 80-G-262768 (courtesy the Naval History and Heritage Command)
ex-USS Cabot ex_Dedalo Brownsville 2002
This 2002 view shows the dismantling of the former USS Cabot CVL-28 (1943), a light carrier which served in the Spanish Navy as Dedalo from 1967-1989. Efforts to preserve this unique World War Two survivor in New Orleans failed. Shipsearcher staff have not been able to find any satellite views of the ship intact.
F-14 Tomcat Yokosuka 2007
To round out the retired USN carriers listing, we located this strangely sharp view of an F-14 Tomcat, the jet fighter that saw service on many of these carriers, on a roadway in Yokosuka, Japan.

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