15 APRIL 1961: THE BILLY B TAKES HER FIRST DIP…

September 9th, 2017

We chased the Kitty Hawk’s sister ship, the USS Constellation CV 64, for many a sea mile in 1976. Because this first “Super Carrier Class” was armed with MK 10 Terrier Missile Systems, I could have opted for duty on the Kitty, or either of her two sister ships (USS Constellation CV 64 or USS America CV 66—USS Enterprise CVN 65 was not equipped with Terriers.) but didn’t relish living among 5,000+ sailors. The Bainbridge’s crew of 525 was plenty big enough.

In preparing this post I came across a news item that, as a result of President Donald John Trump’s wish to deploy more aircraft carriers, suggests that the Kitty could be pulled from mothballs in much the same way the USS Iowa BB 61 (1951 and 1984), USS New Jersey BB 62 (1950, 1968 and 1982), USS Missouri BB 63 (1986) and USS Wisconsin BB 64 (1951 and 1988) were during their careers.

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