April 19, 2005
The USS America, the third Kitty Hawk-class attack aricraft carrier, leaves Philadelphia
and is towed out to sea. The Navy will conduct tests on the carrier
for a number of weeks and then the ship will be sunk. Additional photos of the tow
can be found on the USS America Carrier Veterans Association web site,
and some good overhead photos on the CVN-78 USS AMERICA web site.
The USS America, hull number 66 was commissioned in January 1965
and decommissioned in August 1996.
[Original photographs were taken in 16bit RAW format. Size: 3504x2336]
May 20, 2005
Retired Carrier USS America Sunk Off U.S.
The Associated Press
Friday, May 20, 2005; 11:26 PM
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- The retired aircraft carrier USS America
is on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, sunk by the Navy in a series of explosive tests that upset some veterans.
The 84,000-ton, 1,048-foot warship that served the Navy for 32 years rests about
60 miles off the coast
and more than 6,000 feet down, according to Pat Dolan, a spokeswoman for Naval Sea Systems Command.
text of article