USN Retired Carriers

Aircraft Carriers CV CVN (nuclear-powered)

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′ TDISP 82,000 tons (3 and 1 variant subclass, all retired)USS Kitty Hawk CV-63 (1961-2009)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.jpgUSS Constellation CV-64 (1961-2003) scrapped Brownsville TX 2015-2017

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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

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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′ TDISP 83,000 tons. Note distinctive modernized angle of flight deck.

USS JFK Philedelphia 2019

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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)

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IRAQI FREEDOM

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′ still longest naval vessel yet built TDISP 93,000 tons, to be dismantled

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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′ TDISP 60,000 tons (4 retired, all scrapping) first generation of USN super-carriers

DESERT SHIELD

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).

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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

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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′ TDISP 45,000 tons (3, 1 preserved)

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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. note 1960s full modernization resulting in modern angled leading deck edges, not present on other 2 ships.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

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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

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

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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′ 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′ long.

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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 ShipUSS Yorktown CV-10 Charleston SC 2019.jpgUSS Yorktown CV-10 Charleston SC 2016.jpgUSS Intrepid CV-11 (1943-1974) Museum ShipUSS Intrepid CV-11 NY 2002.jpgUSS Intrepid CV-11 NY 2017.jpgUSS Hornet CV-12 (1943-1970) Museum ShipUSS Lexington CV-16 (1943-1991) Museum ShipUSS Lexington CV-16 Corpus Christi TX 2017.jpg

USS Bennington CV-20 (1944 – 1970) laid up in Bremerton WA, demilitarized 1994 Port Angeles WA before being towed to India for scrappingUSS Bennington CV20 Bremerton 1994

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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 1994USS Oriskany CV-34 (1950-1976), long-hull Essex, sunk for use as artificial reef 2006

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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

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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

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

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