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Crew members spell out "BYE SD" on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) as small boats escort it out of San Diego Bay. The KITTY HAWK has been reassigned to the Atlantic Fleet. Naval Submarine Base, San Diego, is in the background

Crew members spell out "BYE SD" on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) as small boats escort it out of San Diego Bay. The KITTY HAWK has been reassigned to the Atlantic Fleet. Naval Submarine Base, San Diego, is in the background

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The original finding aid described this photograph as:

Base: San Diego

State: California (CA)

Country: United States Of America (USA)

Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Charlo Wharton

Release Status: Released to Public
Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Aircraft carriers are warships that act as airbases for carrier-based aircraft. In the United States Navy, these consist of ships commissioned with hull classification symbols CV (aircraft carrier), CVA (attack aircraft carrier), CVB (large aircraft carrier), CVL (light aircraft carrier), CVN (aircraft carrier (nuclear propulsion) and CVAN (attack aircraft carrier (nuclear propulsion). The first aircraft carrier commissioned into the United States Navy was USS Langley (CV-1) on 20 March 1922.

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03/01/1987
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