Saturday, June 10, 2017

Is The Retired Carrier USS Kitty Hawk Coming Out Of Mothballs?

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Tyler Rogoway, The Drive: US Navy Looking At Bringing Retired Carrier USS Kitty Hawk Out Of Mothballs

Bringing back its last operational conventionally powered supercarrier would help the Navy make its 12 carrier fleet goal a reality.

As the US Navy struggles to figure out how it can reach its new goal of a 355 ship fleet—up from 275 ships today—as quickly as possible, it has been looking towards extending the life of the ships it already has in service. Now the service is also examining the possibility of selectively pulling ships out of mothballs, refurbishing them, and sending them back to the fleet. One ship in particular may have a better shot than others at sailing the high seas once again—the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)—America's last operational conventionally fueled supercarrier.

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WNU Editor: I guess it all comes down to cost, how effective will such a vessel be when it is modernised and refurbished, length of time necessary to modernise such a vessel .... and how long can it serve. So I say .... let us see the numbers.

2 comments:

RussInSoCal said...

If they do refurb the Kitty Hawk it'll Probably be for vertical lift only. Maybe a replacement USS Ponce. The proverbial "Four Acres of US Real Estate" any where you need it. Special ops centric.

Also Excellent for disaster relief/water desalination.

Ruben Acosta said...

"Let us see the numbers."

And then multiply them by 2.