Apparently, there are talks within the United States and India about USS Kitty Hawk’s future. That future may be an Indian future according to an article at UPI Asia Online.
Elements of the U.S. military worry that the transfer might alienate Pakistan. The potential transfer is said to be worrying to Indian military segments because of a lucrative relationship with Russia and France.
USS Kitty Hawk is not currently scheduled for decommissioning, but USS George Washington will replace it as the forward-deployed aircraft carrier sometime in 2008. USS Kitty Hawk will return to the United States after that.
(Update 03/07/2008 7:26am):
Stratfor, a private intellgence group, reports that according to rumor, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was to offer the USS Kitty Hawk to India during a recent visit. The carrier USS Kitty Hawk is to be decommissioned, but I don’t believe a firm date has been set.
A transfer should be good news for those in favor of closer ties between Delhi and Washington.
Business Week says the rumor may have been planted by India in an effort to secure a better deal from the Russians for the Gorshkov. But the effort is said to have backfired with Russia hinting at a scrapped deal.
(Update 05/29/2008 8:51am):
USS Kitty Hawk is making its way back to the United States on its final cruise. USS Kitty Hawk will be decommissioned in 2009.