Below is a video tribute to the USS Kitty Hawk from the U.S. Navy:
My father, a WWII Navy UDT frogman, took me to the commissioning of the carrier at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in 1961 when I was a kid. I enlisted in the Navy when I was 17 in 1970 and after Boot Camp I was assigned to the USS Kitty Hawk. I served on the carrier as she performed combat operations off the coast of Vietnam in 1970-1971.
I saw the the Kitty Hawk again when she came back to the Philadelphia Navy Yard in 1987 for an overhaul. I was saddened to see the old warship decommissioned, but as a non-nuclear carrier, her time had come.
My hope is that the Kitty Hawk will become a seaport museum as the old carrier has such a long and proud history.
Below is a link to a brief history of the USS Kitty Hawk