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USS Constellation (CV-64)

Ordered:1 July 1956
Laid down:14 September 1957
Launched:8 October 1960
Commissioned:27 October 1961
Decommisstioned7 August 2003
Fate:currently at the Inactive Ships Maintainence Facility in Bremerton, WA
General Characteristics
Displacement:61,981 tons light, 82,538 tons full, 20,557 tons dead
Length:1073 feet overall, 990 feet waterline
Beam:282 feet extreme, 130 feet waterline
Draft:39 feet
Propulsion:eight boilers, four steam turbine engines, totalling 280,000 shp
Complement:Ship's Company: 3,150 - Air Wing: 2,480
Armament:Sea Sparrow missile launchers, three 20mm Phalanx CIWS guns, about 75 aircraft

USS Constellation (CV-64), a Kitty Hawk-class aircraft carrier, was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named in honor of the "new constellation of stars" on the flag of the United States. The contract to build her was awarded to the New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, New York, on 1 July 1956, and her keel was laid down 14 September 1957, at the New York Navy Yard. She was launched 8 October 1960, sponsored by Mary Herter (wife of Secretary of State Christian Herter), delivered to the Navy 1 October 1961, and commissioned 27 October 1961, with Captain T.J. Walker in command. At that time, she had cost about US$400 million.

On 19 December 1960, fire swept through the USS Constellation while it was under construction at a Brooklyn Navy Yard pier, injuring 150, killing 50, and doing $75 million worth of damage.

When deployed to the Middle East as part of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Constellation carried nine squadrons:

In early 2003, plans are for Constellation to go into mothballs after she completes her deployment. Connie will be replaced by Ronnie, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76).

See USS Constellation for other ships with this name.