Not long ago the JFK was put out to pasture, and now the last of the conventionally-powered supercarriers is on her last deployment:
USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) departs Truman Bay, Fleet Activates Yokosuka, Japan, on her summer deployment. Kitty Hawk is the Navy’s only overseas-based aircraft carrier and operates from Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Stephen Rowe.
The Kitty Hawk is the oldest ship in the fleet, a title she inherited when USS Independence (CV 62) was decommissioned in 1998. Normally, only the oldest ship in the Navy gets to fly the First Navy Jack, but in 2002 all ships were ordered to fly the Jack for the duration of the War on Terror.
Murdoc doesn’t know what the next-oldest ship in the fleet is, but he’s sure a reader does. Let us know in the comments section.
More Kitty Hawk coverage by Pinch over at Defense Tech.