KITTY HAWK CV 63

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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Kitty Hawk Class Aircraft Carrier
    Keel Laid 27 December 1956 - Launched 21 May 1960

  1. USS KITTY HAWK CVA-63
  2. Commissioned Attack Aircraft Carrier (CVA) 29 April 1961

  3. USS KITTY HAWK CV-63
  4. Reclassified Aircraft Carrier (CV) 29 April 1973
    Decommissioned 12 May 2009
KittyHawk CVA63 2 Crest.jpg
KittyHawk CV63 3 Crest.jpg

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Kitty Hawk CVA-63 / CV-63 Covers Page 1    (1956-2021)

 

Postmarks

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Postmark Type
---
Killer Bar Text

Postmark
Date
Thumbnail Link To
Close-Up Image
Thumbnail Link
To
Full Cover Image


 

Locy Type
FDC 2t(nu)

1961-04-29

Bunter Kitty Hawk CV 63 19610429 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Kitty Hawk CV 63 19610429 1 front.jpg

As CVA-63
First Day in Commission.


 

Locy Type
2(n)

1963-11-19

JonBurdett kittyhawk cva63 19631119 pm.jpg
JonBurdett kittyhawk cva63 19631119.jpg

As CVA-63


 

Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)
1963

1966-06-06

GregCiesielski KittyHawk CVA63 19660606 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski KittyHawk CVA63 19660606 1 Front.jpg

As CVA-63
Rubber stamp Presidential Review cachet.


 

Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)
1969

1972-07-04

JonBurdett kittyhawk cva63 19720707r pm.jpg
JonBurdett kittyhawk cva63 19720707.jpg

As CVA-63


 

Locy Type
2t(nu)

1962-02-08

GregCiesielski KittyHawk CVA63 19620208 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski KittyHawk CVA63 19620208 1 Front.jpg

As CVA-63
Rubber stamp ships' cachet.


 

Locy Type
2t(n+u) (USS)

1967-12-25

GregCiesielski KittyHawk CVA63 19671225 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski KittyHawk CVA63 19671225 1 Front.jpg

As CVA-63


 

Locy Type
2tnu (USS)

1984-06-12

GregCiesielski KittyHawk CVA63 19840612 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski KittyHawk CVA63 19840612 1 Front.jpg

As CV-63


 

Locy Type
2-1(n+) (A,USS)

1990-01-22

JonBurdett kittyhawk cv63 19900122 pm.jpg
JonBurdett kittyhawk cv63 19900122.JPG

As CV-63


 

Locy Type
7qt(nu) (CVA,USS)

1967-02-11

JonBurdett kittyhawk cva63 19670211 pm.jpg
JonBurdett kittyhawk cva63 19670211.jpg

As CVA-63


 

Locy Type
7qt(n+u) (CV,USS)

1974-02-04

JonBurdett kittyhawk cv63 19740204 pm.jpg
JonBurdett kittyhawk cv63 19740204.jpg

As CV-63


 

Locy Type
7-2t(n+)
(USS,FPO,AP 96623)

1995-01-07

JonBurdett kittyhawk cv63 19950107 pm.jpg
JonBurdett kittyhawk cv63 19950107.jpg

As CV-63


 

Locy Type
9-1(L)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. K-20

1981-06-24

JonBurdett kittyhawk cv63 19810624 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett kittyhawk cv63 19810624.jpg

As CV-63


 

Locy Type
9-1(n+u)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. K-20b

1991-04-29

GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 19910429 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 19910429 1 Cover.jpg

30th Anniversary


 

Locy Type
9-1(n+u)

(2000)

2000-12-04

GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 20001204 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 20001204 1 Front.jpg

Ships cachet. From the Thad Kaczkowski collection.


 

Locy Type
10ef (USS)

1965-02-24

Bunter Kitty Hawk CV 63 19650224 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Kitty Hawk CV 63 19650224 1 front.jpg

Notes:


 

Locy Type
11-2an+ (USS,FPO
AP 96634-2770)

2006-04-19

GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 20060419 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 20060419 1 Front.jpg

45th Anniversary, cachet by Bill Payden


 

Locy Type
11-2n+ (USS,FPO
AP 96634-2770)

2006-04-19

GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 20060419 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 20060419 1 Front.jpg

45th Anniversary, cachet by Bill Payden


 

Locy Type
13-1(n+)u (USS)

1994-12-19

Bunter Kitty Hawk CV 63 19941219 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Kitty Hawk CV 63 19941219 1 front.jpg

Former Locy Type F - USCS Postmark Catalog Illus. K-20d


 

Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. K-20c

1991-04-29

GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 19910429 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 19910429 1 Cover.jpg

30th Anniversary


 

Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. K-20f

1996-04-29

GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 19960429 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 19960429 1 Front.jpg

35th Anniversary, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type F

1997-09-18

GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 19970918 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 19970918 1 Front.jpg

Crewmember Reunion, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type F

FPO AP 96634-2770

Black Ink

2003-12-17

GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 20031217 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 20031217 1 Front.jpg

100th Anniversary of Powered Flight, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type F

FPO AP 96634-2770

Red Ink

2003-12-17

GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 20031217 9 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 20031217 9 Front.jpg

100th Anniversary of Powered Flight, cachet by William J. Everett


 

Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-10

2008-05-06

GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 20080506 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 20080506 1 Front.jpg

100th Anniversary of the Great White Fleet, Serviced by Thad Kaczkowski


 

Locy Type F

"LAST RIDE"

FPO AP 96634-2770

2008-08-28

GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 20080828 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 20080828 1 Front.jpg

Leaving San Diego CA, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type P
[2(n) with "A" removed]

1981-06-24

JonBurdett kittyhawk cv63 19810624 pm.jpg
JonBurdett kittyhawk cv63 19810624.jpg

As CV-63


 

Locy Type P
[2(n+) of 1969 with "A" removed]

1973-06-25

GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 19730625 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 19730625 1 Front.jpg

Ship's cachet


 

Locy Type P
[2(n+) of 1969 with "A" removed]

1983-04-18

GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 19830418 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 19830418 1 Front.jpg

75th Anniversary of the Great White Fleet's visit to San Diego CA. Cachet by USS San Diego Chapter No. 27, USCS


 

Locy Type
Meter OFR2
(#520261)
ZIP 96634

2004-04-28

GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 20040428 1 Meter.jpg
GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 20040428 1 Front.jpg

Official Business


 

Locy Type
LDPS 11-2n+ (USS,FPO
AP 96634-2770)

2009-01-16

GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 20090116 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 20090116 1 Front.jpg

Last Day of Postal Service, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type
LDC 11-2an+ (USS,FPO
AP 96634-2770)

2009-01-31

GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 20090131 1a Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 20090131 5 Front.jpg

Decommissioning & Legacy Ceremony, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type
LDC 11-2n+ (USS,FPO
AP 96634-2770)

2009-01-31

GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 20090131 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 20090131 3 Front.jpg

Decommissioning & Legacy Ceremony, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type
LDC F

Black Ink

2009-01-31

GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 20090131 6 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 20090131 6 Front.jpg

Decommissioning & Legacy Ceremony, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type
LDC F

Red Ink

2009-01-31

GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 20090131 7 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 20090131 5 Front.jpg

Decommissioning & Legacy Ceremony, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS



USPS Pictorial Postmarks


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

"Reunion Station"

Pensacola, FL

2001-09-12

GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 20010912 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 20010912 1 Front.jpg

Crewmember Reunion & 40th Anniversary, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

"Last Day In
Commission Sta."

Bremerton WA

2009-01-31

Bunter Kitty Hawk CV 63 20090131 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Kitty Hawk CV 63 20090131 1 front.jpg

Cachet by McIntosh Cachets


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

"50th Anniversary of
Commissioning Station"

Philadelphia PA

2011-04-29

GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 20110429 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski KittyHawk CV63 20110429 1 Front.jpg

Cachet by Richard F. Hoffner. From the Thad Kaczkowski collection.

 

Other Information

USS KITTY HAWK earned the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon (4 awards), the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon (7 awards), the Navy "E" Ribbon (2 awards), the Navy Expeditionary Medal (2 awards), the National Defense Service Medal (3 awards), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (6 awards), the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 12 Campaign stars, the Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 1 Campaign star, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation Ribbon w/ Palm, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Kitty Hawk, N.C., and for Kill Devil Hill, the site approximately four miles south of the village of Kitty Hawk, where Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first successful sustained powered flights in a heavier-than-air machine on 17 December 1903.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name KITTY HAWK - USS Kitty Hawk AKV-1 and USS Kitty Hawk CV-63.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Camilla F. McElroy, wife of Mr. Neil H. McElroy, former Secretary of Defense (9 October 1957 – 1 December 1959).

 


 

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