The year 2000 saw KITTY HAWK and her Battle Group operating in the western Pacific. The carrier took part in Exercise Cobra Gold 2000 and conducted port visits to Phattaya, Thailand; Hong Kong and Singapore After the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington.
That rigorous four-year overhaul added an estimated 20 years to the planned 30-year life of the ship. KITTY HAWK displayed the long reach of carrier aviation by completing a world cruise on the way to Philadelphia and returned by rounding the southernmost tip of South.
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In August 1998, KITTY HAWK changed its homeport from San Diego, Calif., to Yokosuka in Japan and relieved the USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62) as the only carrier forward deployed to another country.
KITTY HAWK arrived on station late February/early March and from March 20 on, participated in air strikes against targets in Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After serving 104 continuous days at sea, KITTY HAWK returned to Yokosuka May 6, entering a dry-dock period.
After participation in RIMPAC 2008, the carrier continued to San Diego, Calif., to meet the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) for turn-over. The GEORGE WASHINGTON replaced the KITTY HAWK in Japan.
The Battle Group returned to Yokosuka on December 23, 2001. On March 21, 2002, KITTY HAWK became the first carrier in the US Navy to perform test firings with the Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) System.
Since August 1998, KITTY HAWK was homeported in. Yokosuka, Japan, where she relieved the USS. INDEPENDENCE (CV 62) as the only forward deployed aircraft carrier in the Navy. The KITTY HAWK left Japan for the last time in mid-2008.
After the exercise, KITTY HAWK visited Apra Harbor, Guam, on April [new release] samplitude 11 crack 3, 1999, before departing for the Persian Gulf where she patrolled the No-Fly-Zone over southern Iraq. KITTY HAWK departed the Gulf on July 15, 1999, and returned to Yokosuka where she arrived on August.
Beam: 129,6 feet (39.5 meters) Draft: 35,8 feet (10.9 meters) Displacement: approx. 82,200 tons full load. Speed: 30 knots Cost: about 400 million (1961) Planes: approx. 85. Crew: Ship: 2,900 Air Wing: 2,480 Armament: two Mk 29 NATO Sea Sparrow launchers, two 20mm Phalanx CIWS Mk.