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.