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 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.
Until her retirement in January 2009, the Kitty Hawk (CV-63) was the second ship with the oldest active status in the Navy. The USS Constitution still holds the distinction of being the oldest active Navy warship.
The oldest active rating in the Navy is that of Boatswain's Mate, also known as BM.
The oldest rating in the United States Navy of those that are currently active is the Boatswain's Mate.
"Old Iron Sides" The USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned US Naval vessel. Which is still active.
The USS Constitution, "Old Ironsides", completed in the 1790s, is still a commissioned warship of the US Navy.
The wooden vessel, USS Constitution. The oldest steel vessel afloat might be the former USS Olympia (cruiser Spanish-American War 1898).
A very fast warship used during the war of 1812 by the US Navy was a frigate.
A "wall" on a ship is called a bulkhead
The first official US Navy Base is the Washington Navy Yard. It was established in 1799.
Currently the US Navy has no battleships on active duty.
The USS Constitution, named by George Washington is the oldest US commissioned ship. She was launched in 1797 and her current mission is to promote the role of the Navy in war and peace through education. She has a crew of 60 officers and sailors, who are all active-duty US Navy personnel.
The USS Constitution is the oldest comissioned ship in the US Navy. The USS Constitution is "Old Ironsides" and is the oldest ship still commissioned by the U.S. Navy.
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Frigates-built for speed.
The USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned ship in the US Navy, entering service in 1797. It was nicknamed Old Ironsides. It remains in commission and is ported in Charlestown just outside of Boston.
The U.S. Navy currently has over 340,001 personnel on active duty and nearly 128,000 in the Navy Reserve.
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The oldest commissioned warship in the United States Navy is the USS Constitution. She was launched in 1797, after three years construction. Authorized by the Naval Act of 1794, she and her sister ships were designed to be capital ships. Therefore, although classified as a frigate, she is more heavily armed than other counterparts of the day. "Old Ironsides" is currently moored in Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA. A link can be found below.
During the Vietnam War no US warships were sunk. Plenty were damaged, but not sunk. "Brown Water Navy" river boats of the US Navy were sunk, such as Swift Boats, PBR's, Alpha Boats, etc.