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The "Kitty Hawk" is the oldest active U.S. warship. The ships Commander Master Chief (AW) Cliff Yager said it has served its country well and continues to do so today. Despite the age of this warship it is ready, willing and able to perform duties when needed. The Kitty Hawk is in superb condition because of ongoing inspections throughout the ship.

Kitty Hawk was commissioned April 29, 1961, at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. With a total building cost of $265 million, it is the second U.S. Navy ship named after the town near which Orville and Wilbur Wright flew the first successful, powered aircraft Dec. 17, 1903.

The Kitty Hawk has participated in combat operations in places such as Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, the Balkans, Afghanistan and most recently, the war in Iraq.

The Kitty Hawk Strike Group is the largest aircraft carrier strike group in the Navy and is composed of the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, the guided-missile cruisers, USS Chancellorsville (CG62) and USS Cowpens (CG63), and Destroyer Squadron 15.

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As of 2011, the oldest Commissioned U.S. warship is the U.S.S. Constitution, still in commission since 21 October 1797. However, the ship is really a floating museum, and can't really be considered "active" in anything but a ceremonial status.

The above U.S.S. Kitty Hawk is no longer in service, having been decommissioned on 12 May 2009. Currently, the ship which has the longest active service record is the U.S.S. Enterprise (CVN-65), commissioned in 1958 and scheduled for decommissioning in 2013.

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