|Ordered:||1 July 1956|
|Laid down:||14 September 1957|
|Launched:||8 October 1960|
|Commissioned:||27 October 1961|
|Decommisstioned||7 August 2003|
|Fate:||currently at the Inactive Ships Maintainence Facility in Bremerton, WA|
|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|
|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.
When deployed to the Middle East as part of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Constellation carried nine squadrons:
See USS Constellation for other ships with this name.