USS Kitty Hawk, 1960 - Ship Christening

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    Mrs. Camilla F. McElroy, sponsor, USS Kitty Hawk, May 21, 1960. New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey.

    This aircraft carrier was the largest ship ever built in Camden, requiring a specially made drydock. In 1998, it became the ship with the longest active status in the U. S. Navy.

    For more background and additional photos, visit the Ladies Who Launch - Ship Christening Photographs exhibit at Philadelphia's Independence Seaport Museum.

    1. corvette1ed 83 months ago | reply

      I remember being there, my Father worked in building that ship, I was 2 months shy of my 15 th birthday, my Dad took me to see in launched. The time reall y went by fast, I also remember the Walt Whitman bridge being built and meeting at the center. That openend in 1957. Ed Little, Marlton, NJ,formerly of Camden, NJ

    2. FLY-NAVY 66 months ago | reply

      Does anyone out there remember this day?
      Does anyone have any Photos of the US Naval Sea Cadets, Kitty Hawk, Div., that were present at this ceremony on 21 May 60.

      If so please email me at ( ) Thank YOU!

    3. JackieMath 66 months ago | reply

      I was there at the christening, I had just turned 17 in April, it was quite an event!! I was lucky to witness quite a few christenings. Both of my grandfather's were crane operators at the Camden ship yard, I got to see some neat stuff. I have a bracelet that Mother's Dad made for her out of a piece of metal from the USS Saratoga. We lived in Woodbury Heights, NJ, both grandparents lived in Camden...when it was a lovely place to live.

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