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Length: 1052 ft
Width: 252 ft
Beam: 130 ft
Displacement: 80,800 tons
Propulsion: 8 boilers, 4 shafts
Speed: 30+ knots
Airwing: 85 fixed, rotary
- 3 X 8 Sea Sparrow SAM
- 4 X 20mm Phalanx CIWS
Ships in class: 1 USS Enterprise, CVN-65) when retired and taken out of service in January 2009. She had served 48 years. She was one of the last two conventionally powered aircraft carriers that had been left in United States Navy service. The other, the USS John F. Kennedy, CV-67, was decommissioned in August 2007.
Built to an improved Forrestal design, the Forrestal being the first of the modern "super" carriers, the Kitty Hawk class were the largest warships in history at the time they were built, now having been eclipsed by the follow-on American carrier classes, including the latest, the Nimitz Class.
The Kitty Hawk was the only forward deployed aircraft carrier in US service, being home ported in Yokosuka, Japan, in the western Pacific when she was retired, and was replaced in that forward role by the USS George Washington, a Nimitz Class nuclear carrier.
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