Navy Photos From 54 Years Ago

In 1961 I transferred from the USS Randolph to the commissioning crew for the USS Kitty Hawk. I didn’t have a good camera in those days. so these photos are best for the nostalgic value:

Norfolk Navy Base always had a lot of interesting stuff to see:




When the Randolph finished its refit we anchored out in Hampton Roads and loaded ammunition.


The Boxer was an assault carrier, and they gave the Kitty Hawk crew a lift from Dam Neck, Virginia to Philadelphia.


The sun was going down as we pulled into the the Delaware Estuary on the Boxer.


The Kitty Hawk was brand new, and they were still testing the steam catapults.


Sailing from Philadelphia down the Delaware River to sea we passed under the Delaware Memorial Bridge.




I was on the Kitty Hawk just a few more days. When we got to Norfolk I left and went back to Texas to go to college. The next time I was on the Kitty Hawk was in 2009 for the decommissioning ceremony at Bremerton, Washington.

Aircraft Carrier and Mooring Lines


About John Blanton

I'm a retired engineer living in San Antonio, Texas. I have served in the Navy, raced motorcycles, taken scads of photos and am usually a nice guy. I have political and religious opinions, and these opinions tend to be driven by an excess of observed stupidity. Gross stupidity is the supposed target of many of my posts.
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