Saturday, January 24, 2009

Goodbye Old Grey Lady

[caption id="attachment_899" align="alignleft" width="237" caption="The End Of An Era"]The End Of An Era[/caption]

I received an email this morning inviting me to attend the decommissioning of my first ship, the USS Kitty Hawk. I was aware that she was due to be mothballed at some point soon but finding out about the January 31st ceremony at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Washington still caught me off guard.

I haven't posted much here about my time on board "The Hawk" but those that have followed my other blogs might remember some of my Navy travels posts. They documented my travels while serving in the Navy and most were from the 2 deployments I completed while stationed onboard from 1985-1988. While I wouldn't say that the time stationed on her was fun, it was something that I will remember fondly for the rest of my life.

So with next Saturday's ceremony, the last of the Navy's conventional carriers joins another ship that I served on, the USS Midway, in the Navy's mothball fleet. That leaves only the USS Nimitz as ships that I served on that are still active.

Man do I feel old.

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