I have run several articles in the past covering the fate of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Kitty Hawk (most recently here). With this in mind, I note this post on the U.S. Naval Institute blog, which indicates the decommissioning has now taken place.
I will not attempt to summarize this ship’s forty-eight year record of service, but clearly the country owes her, and the many men and women who have served aboard her, our heartfelt gratitude for their service and sacrifice.
It will be very interesting to see if this ship finds a secure rest home, perhaps in North Carolina, or if she is broken up, sold to India, or destroyed in tests like the U.S.S. America (a name to be carried on via LHA-6).
I look forward to when another ship will bear the name Kitty Hawk, although in an era of carriers named after presidents, Navy secretaries, and legislators, I hate to think what sort of hull will be assigned this honor.