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USS America (CV 66)

- decommissioned -
- sunk as a target -



USS AMERICA was the third KITTY HAWK - class aircraft carrier and the third ship in the Navy to bear the name. Decommissioned on August 9, 1996, the USS AMERICA spend the following years at the Naval Inactive Ships Facility in Philadelphia. On April 19, 2005, the carrier left Philadelphia under tow on its final mission. The AMERICA was towed off the east coast where the ship was finally disposed of during a classified SinkEx.

USS AMERICA never really went through the Navy's Carrier Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) and therefore, the ship was in bad shape during its last years of service. In the early 1990s the AMERICA even had one of her flight deck elevators fall with an S-3B aircraft and several blueshirts on it. Additionally, the carrier suffered steam and fuel leaks and - also in the early 1990s, returning home from deployment - the carrier cut through a Hurricane destroying large parts of the flight deck catwalks.

General Characteristics:Keel Laid: January 9, 1961
Launched: February 1, 1964
Commissioned: January 23, 1965
Decommissioned: August 9, 1996
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding Co., Newport News, Va.
Propulsion system: eight Steam Boilers
Main Engines: four Steam Turbine Engines
Propellers: four
Blades on each Propeller: five
Aircraft elevators: four
Catapults: four
Arresting gear cables: four
Length, overall: 1062,5 feet (323.8 meters)
Flight Deck Width: 252 feet (76.8 meters)
Area of flight deck: about 4,5 acres
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: three Mk 29 NATO Sea Sparrow launchers, three 20mm Phalanx CIWS Mk 15


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS AMERICA. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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USS AMERICA Cruise Books:


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Accidents aboard USS AMERICA:

DateWhereEvents
June 15, 1979Adriatic SeaLT Talcott is lost at sea in an A-7E while AMERICA is participtaing in the US-Italian exercise Tridente.
December 3, 1980250 miles east of Charleston, SCUSS AMERICA and USS CALOOSAHATCHEE (AO 98) collide during an underway replenishment when the oiler loses rudder control. Despite an emergency breakaway, AMERICA suffers minor damage to a catwalk, a storage compartment and a flight deck safety net rail. But there are no injuries and both ships continue operations.
June 15, 1984Indian OceanWhile operating in the Indian Ocean, an F-14 aircraft from VF-33 crashes on the flight deck in a Class Alpha accident causing more than $500,000 in damage but no injuries.
May 13, 1989mid-AtlanticA fire in the pump room of USS AMERICA kills two sailors and causes minor damage while the ship is in the Atlantic en route to the Mediterranean for a six-month deployment.
August 1990 A steam line burts aboard the USS AMERICA.
March 11, 1994 USS AMERICA suffers an explosion.
August 18, 1998Philadelphia, Penn.USS SEATTLE (AOE 3) hit the decommissioned USS AMERICA while leaving a slip in Philadelphia, sustaining minor damage. A civilian harbor pilot, not the SEATTLE's regular pilot, was at the helm during the crash.


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USS AMERICA Patch Gallery:

Operation Desert StormFar East Cruise '68MED Cruise '93North Star '91You're looking good - SoLant 1977
Middle East ForceMed '86Click here for more USS AMERICA Patches.


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