As a former sailor who served on the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk during the Vietnam War – 1970-1971 – I was hoping that the old warship would be turned into a museum celebrating her nearly 50 years of service.
But, sadly, USA Today reports that the U.S. Navy plans to dismantle the retired carrier.
BREMERTON, Wash. — The fate of the former USS Kitty Hawk — a part of Bremerton's iconic waterfront of mothballed ships for more than eight years — has been determined.
The Kitty Hawk (CV 63) will be disposed of by dismantling, according to Naval Sea Systems Command spokeswoman Colleen O'Rourke.
O'Rourke cited an annual report to Congress that outlines the Navy's five-year shipbuilding plans. In this fiscal year's edition, released in April 2016, the Kitty Hawk was listed as one of the Navy's inactive ships slated for scrapping.
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