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USS Kitty Hawk (CV63) Visits Sydney

Friday, 6 July 2007 | link | tag | / Vehicles
The USS Kitty Hawk - the last of its kind of aircraft carrier, visits Sydney. We watched it pull in to port frm the office windows - a moving office building sized vessel.

Up close its bristling with armourments. You can see lining the edges depth charges, and the squat domes of CIWS (Close In Weapons Systems "Sea Whizz") sometimes called R2D2.

I'm not sure if they travel with all the planes and helipoters out on the flight deck normally, or if its just for show while they're in port. But certainly an impressive array of hardware. There must have been 30 F/A-18E/F's on the flight deck, along with various helicopters, AWCS planes and so on.

It was a gorgeous day in Sydney, but I don't think the Kitty Hawk drew quite the crowds that were expected. It was fairly quiet from what I could see.