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Old 07-07-2007, 00:30   #1
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Kittyhawk visits Sydney

Saturday 7th July, 2007
Said by some to be the oldest active ship in the US Navy the USS Kittyhawk is visiting Sydney.

The 5000 or so crew are said to be spending $2,000,000 causing a mini economic boom.
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USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)
The aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk is the first in a class of three super carriers. Constructed by the New York Shipbuilding Corporation at Camden, N.J., Kitty Hawk was commissioned at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard on April 29, 1961. It is the second U.S. Navy ship named after the small North Carolina town near which Orville and Wilbur Wright flew the first-ever successful, controlled, powered aircraft on Dec. 17, 1903.
USS Kitty Hawk became the oldest active ship in the United States Navy upon the decommissioning of USS Independence (CV-62) on 30 September 1998. Kitty Hawk is only the second aircraft carrier ever to hold the honor of flying the First Navy Jack.
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Exercise Talisman Saber:
The Talisman Saber series of exercises are conducted biennially in Australia with the United States. Talisman Saber 2007 is designed to train Australian and US Forces in planning and conducting Combined Task Force operations, which will help improve ADF/US combat readiness and interoperability.
Aircraft of United States Navy Air Wing 5 on board the USS Kittyhawk, are taking part in the live fire exercise during Talisman Saber 07. This visit by the USS Kittyhawk marks the last deployment of the vessel to Australia, before she is decommissioned at years end.
Key sites for Talisman Saber 2007 are located in Queensland, Northern Territory and the Coral Sea namely:
Shoalwater Bay Training Area;
Townsville Field Training Area; and
Bradshaw Field Training Area.
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Those liberty runs to Australia were the highlight of my Navy career. The Aussie ladies are mighty entertaining..... don't ask me how I know
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