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The supercarrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), formerly CVA-63, is the second naval ship named after Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the site of the Wright brothers' first powered airplane flight. With the decommissioning of USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) in 2007, the Kitty Hawk became the first and last active ship of her class.
With the decommissioning of USS Independence (CV-62) on 30 September 1998 Kitty Hawk became the ship with the second longest active status in the Navy. (The USS Constitution sailing ship in Boston Harbor is 209 years old and is still retained on active Navy status.)
On 1 December 2005, the United States Navy announced that USS George Washington (CVN-73) will replace Kitty Hawk in 2008 as the forward-deployed carrier in Japan and it will also assume Carrier Air Wing 5.
There is no official decommissioning date for USS Kitty Hawk. However, the official Navy press release on the USS George Washington-Kitty Hawk turnover notes that the ship will return to the States for decommissioning. Given the commitment to retain 11 active USN carriers, it will be decommissioned this year, in line with the commissioning of USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77).
In March 2007, the Navy announced that Captain Todd Zecchin, the captain responsible during the decommissioning of the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), has been tasked with overseeing the decommissioning of Kitty Hawk.
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