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USS Constellation (CV-64), a Kitty Hawk-class supercarrier, was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named in honor of the "new constellation of stars" on the flag of the United States.
Following fitting out and acceptance trials, Constellation departed her home port of Norfolk, Virginia, on 7 February 1962 for initial air operations off the Virginia Capes. She conducted her first catapult launch and arrested landing the same day with Commander George C. Watkins, air group (CVG) 13 commander, at the controls of an A4D-2 Skyhawk of Attack Squadron 34. After a month of operating locally, "Connie" (as the carrier became known) conducted a two-month shakedown cruise in the Caribbean.
Important Events & Facts
Ordered: 1 July 1956
Laid down: 14 September 1957
Launched: 8 October 1960
Commissioned: 27 October 1961
Decommissioned: 7 August 2003
Homeport: San Diego, CA
Fate: currently at the Inactive Ships Maintenance Facility in Bremerton, WA
Displacement: 61,981 tons light, 88,000 tons full load
20,557 tons dead,
Length: 1,088 ft (332 m) overall, 990 ft (302 m) waterline
Beam: 282 ft (86 m) extreme, 130 ft (40 m) waterline
Draught: 39 ft (12 m)
Propulsion: eight boilers, four steam turbine engines, totaling 280,000 shp (210 MW)
Speed: 34 knots (62.96 km/h)
Complement: 3,150 - Air Wing: 2,480
Armament: Two Sea Sparrow missile launchers, three 20 mm Phalanx CIWS guns, and her Air Wing. Formerly: Terrier surface-to-air missile systems.
Aircraft carried: 85 (approx)
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