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:

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

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

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

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

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

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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

 

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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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