Forces of Valor 86016 US Navy USS Kitty Hawk Aircraft Carrier (CV-63) (1:700 Scale)
"I hope you were impressed as I was, on my visit to Kitty Hawk, with the great force for peace or war, which these mighty carriers and their accompanying escorts provide, helping to preserve the freedom of distant nations in all parts of the world."
- President John F. Kennedy's letter to President and Madame Chiang Kai-Shek after witnessing a rehearsed military demonstration aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)
The supercarrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), formerly CVA-63, was the second naval ship named after Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the site of the Wright brothers' first powered airplane flight. Kitty Hawk was both the first and last active ship of her class, and the last oil fired aircraft carrier in service with the US Navy.
Kitty Hawk was laid down by the New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey, on December 27th, 1956; and launched May 21st, 1960, sponsored by Mrs. Camilla F. McElroy, wife of Secretary of Defense Neil H. McElroy; and commissioned April 21st, 1961, at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Captain William F. Bringle in command.
Kitty Hawk was launched by flooding her dry dock. A conventional slide down ways was ruled out because of her mass and the risk of impact with the Philadelphia shore on the far side of the Delaware River.
With the decommissioning of Independence on September 30th, 1998, Kitty Hawk became the United States warship with the second longest active status in the Navy the USS Constitution sailing ship in Boston Harbor is still retained on active Navy status. At the start of 2013, this status had been surpassed by only one other ship, the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) prior to her inactivation in 2012. With this title came the distinction of being one of only two aircraft carriers ever to be honored with flying the First Navy Jack. This came to an end with an instruction dated May 31st, 2002, where the Secretary of the Navy directed all United States Navy ships to fly this flag in honor of those killed in the September 11th, 2001m attacks for the duration of the War on Terrorism.
For 10 years, Kitty Hawk was the forward-deployed carrier at Yokosuka Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan. In October 2008, she was replaced in this role by the George Washington. Kitty Hawk then returned to the United States and had her decommissioning ceremony on January 31st, 2009. She was officially decommissioned on May 12th, 2009, after almost 49 years of service. Kitty Hawk was replaced by the George H.W. Bush.
Pictured here is a 1:700 scale replica of USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). Pre-order! Ship Date: 2015.
Length: 19-1/4 inches
Width: 4-1/4 inches
Height: 3 inches
Release Date: ?
Historical Account: "Battle Cat" - Kitty Hawk was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for action off Vietnam during the Tet Offensive and the Navy Unit Meritorious ribbon for exceptionally meritorious service from November 26th, 1965-May 14th, 1966, while participating in combat operations displayed undaunted spirit, courage, professionalism and dedication to maintain their ship as a fighting unit under the most arduous operating conditions to enable her pilots to destroy vital military targets in North Vietnam despite intense opposition and extremely adverse weather conditions.