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USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) served our country for 50 years. Her earliest combat mission was to project air power over the jungles of Vietnam during which she deployed nine times. Race relations created a riot aboard Kitty Hawk in which many were injured, but that watershed event lead to future of diversity emphasis in the Navy. During the cold war, she served as a power projection platform with great effect. She was the only permanent forward deployed carrier while based in Japan, and she was a