COMMISSIONED AIRCRAFT CARRIERS SUMMARY CHARTS (1920 to 1948)

 USS CORAL SEA (CV 43)

Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw, A Sailors tale of his Tour of duty in the U.S. Navy (August 1977 to February 1983)

 

A Sailors tale of his Tour of duty in the U.S. Navy - Operation Evening Light And Eagle Claw -

 

Book - ISBN NO.

978-1-4276-0454-5

EBook - ISBN NO.

978-1-329-15473-5

 

Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw (24 April 1980) Iran and Air Arm History (1941 to Present)

 

Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw (24 April 1980) Iran and Air Arm History (1941 to Present)

 

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EBook ISBN NO.

978-1-329-19945-3

 

USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA  Vol. I (10 July 1944 to 31 December 1975)

 

USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA Vol. I (10 July 1944 to 31 December 1975) -

 

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USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA DURING HER TOUR OF SERVICE Vol. II (1 January 1976 to 25 August 1981)

 

USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA DURING HER TOUR OF SERVICE Vol. II (1 January 1976 to 25 August 1981) -

 

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USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA DURING HER TOUR OF SERVICE Vol. III (20 August 1981 to 26 April 1990)

 

USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA DURING HER TOUR OF SERVICE Vol. III (20 August 1981 to 26 April 1990) -

 

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U. S. AIRCRAFT CARRIER SHIP HISTORY (1920 to 2016)

 

U. S. AIRCRAFT

CARRIER SHIP

HISTORY (1920 to 2016)

 

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Control Number: 

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(Book Version)

 

U. S. AIRCRAFT CARRIERS REDESIGNATED AND OR RECLASSIFIED (1953 to 2016)

 

U. S. AIRCRAFT

CARRIERS

REDESIGNATED

AND OR

RECLASSIFIED

(1953 to 2016)

 

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COMMISSIONED AIRCRAFT CARRIERS SUMMARY CHARTS (1920 to 1948)

 

 

COMMISSIONED U. S. AIRCRAFT CARRIERS AND AV-3 1920 to 1941

 

AV-3, CV’s AND CVL’s THAT PARTICIPATED IN WORLD WAR II

 

U. S. AIRCRAFT CARRIER SHIP HISTORY OF COMMISSION, SANK, INACTIVATION, IN COMMISSION IN RESERVE, SANK, INACTIVATIONM DECOMMISSIONING THE FIRST TIME, SOLD OR OUT OF COMMISSION IN RESERVE, ASSIGNED TO THE ATLANTIC OR PACIFIC RESERVE UNITS AND STRICKEN FROM THE NAVAL REGISTER (1920 to 1948)

 

U. S. AIRCRAFT CARRIER SHIP HISTORY OF COMMISSION, INACTIVATION, OUT/IN COMMISSION IN RESERVE, DECOMMISSIONING AND MAJOR OVERHAUL SHIP HISTORY CARDS (1946 to 1948)

 

COMMISSIONED U. S. AIRCRAFT CARRIERS AND AV-3 1920 to 1941

 

TOTAL NO. OF COMM CARRIERS BY DATE OF COMM

NO. OF SHIPS WITH SAME NAME

U. S. NAVY AIRCRAFT CARRIER NAME & HULL NO’S

COMM

1

First

Langley AV-3, former, CV-1 & Jupiter (AC-3) Converted to CV-1 - 24/03/20 to 20/03/22

Renamed Langley

07/04/13

Recom. 11/04/37

2

Fourth

Lexington (CV-2), former CC 1

14/12/27

3

Fifth

Saratoga (CV-3), former Battle Cruiser #3

16/11/27

4

Sixth

Ranger (CV-4)

04/06/33

5

Third

Yorktown (CV-5)

30/11/37

6

Seventh

Enterprise (CV-6)

12/05/38

7

Eighth

Wasp (CV-7)

25/04/40

8

Seventh

Hornet (CV-8)

20/10/41

Langley (single ship) - converted from a collier

First US carrier built from start as a carrier: USS Ranger (CV-4)

Yorktown Class (Yorktown, Enterprise, Hornet) - based on an expanded Ranger design

Lexington Class (Lexington & Saratoga) - converted from battle cruisers

Most decorated US ship in World War II: USS Enterprise (CV-6), earned 20 out a possible 22 battle stars

Wasp (single ship) - design restricted due to limited tonnage remaining in the Washington treaty

Shortest career: Hornet (CV-8), 12 months, October 1941 to 27 October 1942

 

AV-3, CV’s AND CVL’s THAT PARTICIPATED IN WORLD WAR II

 

TOTAL NO. OF COMM CARRIERS BY DATE OF COMM

NO. OF SHIPS WITH SAME NAME

U. S. NAVY AIRCRAFT CARRIER NAME & HULL NO’S

COMM

BATTLE STARS

1 (NUC)

First

Langley AV-3, former, CV-1 & Jupiter (AC-3)

Converted to CV-1 - 24/03/20 to 20/03/22

Renamed Langley

07/04/13

Resd. 11/04/37

.

2

Fourth

Lexington (CV-2), former CC 1

14/12/27

2

3

Fifth

Saratoga (CV-3), former Battle Cruiser #3

16/11/27

7

4

Sixth

Ranger (CV-4)

04/06/33

2

5

Third

Yorktown (CV-5)

07/06/42

3

6 (PUC/ NUC)

Seventh

Enterprise (CV-6)

12/05/38

20

7

Eighth

Wasp (CV-7)

16/09/42

2

8

Torpedo Squadron 8 (PUC)

Seventh

Hornet (CV-8)

20/10/41

4

9 (PUC)

Seventh

Essex (CV-9) (Inactivated September 1945)

31/12/42

13

10

 

 

Independence (CVL-22), former CV-22 & light cruiser Amsterdam, CL-59

14/01/43

8

11 (PUC)

Fifth

Lexington (CV-16), former Cabot

17/02/43

11

12

Fourth

Princeton (CVL-23), former CV-23 & Tallahassee (CL-61)

 

9

13  (PUC)

 

Belleau Wood (CVL-24), former CV-24 & New Haven (CL-76)

31/03/43

12

14 (PUC)

Fourth

Yorktown (CV-10), former Bon Homme Richard

15/04/43

11

15 (PUC)

 

Bunker Hill (CV-17)

24/05/43

11

16 (NUC)

 

Cowpens (CVL-25), former CV-25

28/05/43

12

17

 

Monterey (CVL-26), former CV-26 & Dayton (CL-78)

17/06/43

11

18 (PUC)

Second

Cabot (CVL-28), former CV-28 & Wilmington (CL-79)

24/07/43

9

19

Fourth

Intrepid (CV-11)

16/08/43

5

20

Second

Langley (CVL-27), former CV-27, Fargo (CL-85) & Crown Point (CV-27)

31/08/43

9

21 (PUC)

 

San Jacinto (CVL-30), former CV-30 & Reprisal & light cruiser Newark (CL-100)

15/10/43

5

22

 

Bataan (CVL-29), former CV-29 & Buffalo (CL-99)

17/11/43

6

23

Ninth

Wasp (CV-18), former Oriskany

24/11/43

8

24 (PUC)

Eighth

Hornet (CV-12), former Kearsarge

29/11/43

7

25

Fifth

Franklin (CV-13)

31/01/44

4

26 (NUC)

 

Hancock (CV-19) former fourth Ticonderoga

15/04/44

4

27

(3 NUC)

(MUC)

Fourth

fourth Ticonderoga (CV-14), former Hancock

08/05/44

5

28

 

Bennington (CV-20)

06/08/44

3

29

 

Shangri-la (CV-38)

15/09/44

2

30

Second

Randolph (CV-15)

09/10/44

3

31

Second

Bon Homme Richard (CV-31)

26/11/44

1

 

 

 

 

209+

CV-22, CV-23, CV-24, CV-25, CV-26, CV-27, CV-28, CV-29 & CV-30 reclass. CVL

PUC - Presidential Unit Citation

12 WW II Carriers and 1 CVL deployed after the war = 80 Battle Stars – 215+ WW II Carrier Battle Stars = 135 + 80)

NUC - Navy Unit Commendation

Fleet Carriers

Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal

Carrier Summaries = Reference 1 and 72 unless otherwise specified.

 

 

U. S. AIRCRAFT CARRIER SHIP HISTORY OF COMMISSION, SANK, INACTIVATION, IN COMMISSION IN RESERVE, SANK, INACTIVATIONM DECOMMISSIONING THE FIRST TIME, SOLD OR OUT OF COMMISSION IN RESERVE, ASSIGNED TO THE ATLANTIC OR PACIFIC RESERVE UNITS AND STRICKEN FROM THE NAVAL REGISTER (1920 to 1948)

 

U.S. NAVY AIRCRAFT CARRIER NAME & HULL NO’S

COMM

SANK

Inactivated, Decomm., In Comm. In Reserve, Out of Commission in Reserve or Stricken

ATLANTIC or PACIFIC RESERVE UNITS

Langley (AV-3), former, CV-1 & Jupiter (AC-3) Converted to CV-1 - 24/03/20 to 20/03/22 Renamed Langley

07/04/13 Resd. 11/04/37

*27/02/42)

After 27/02/42(D/S)

N/A

fourth Lexington (CV-2), former CC 1

14/12/27

*08/5/42

After 08/05/42(D/S)

N/A

third Yorktown (CV-5)

30/11/37

*07/06/42

07/06/42(D/S)

N/A

eighth Wasp (CV-7)

25/04/40

*16/09/42

15/09/42(D)

16/09/42(S)

N/A

seventh Hornet (CV-8)

20/10/41

*27/10/42

26/10/42(D)

13/01/43(S)

N/A

fourth Princeton (CVL-23), former CV-23 & Tallahassee (CL-61)

25/02/43

*24/10/44

24/10/44(D)

After 24/10/44(S)

N/A

seventh Essex (CV-9)

31/12/42

 N/A

03/09/45(I)

09/01/47 to 16/01/51(R)

Bremerton Group

Bunker Hill (CV-17)

24/05/43

N/A

01/46(I)

09/07/47(D)

01/11/66 to 09/07/47(R)

Bremerton Group

Bataan (CVL-29), former CV-29 & Buffalo (CL-99)

17/11/43

N/A

10/01/46(I)

11/02/47(D)

11/02/47 to 13/05/50(R)

Philadelphia Group

seventh Enterprise (CV-6)

12/05/38

N/A

18/01/46(I)

17/02/47(D/S)

Norfolk Navy Yard

Hancock (CV-19), former fourth Ticonderoga

15/04/44

N/A

29/04/46(I/D)

29/04/46 to 15/02/54(R)

Bremerton Group

Seattle, Wa.

second Langley (CVL-27), former CV-27, Fargo (CL-85) & Crown Point (CV-27)

31/08/43

N/A

31/05/46(I)

11/02/47(D)

Philadelphia Group

fourth Yorktown (CV-10), former Bon Homme Richard

15/04/43

N/A

21/06/46(#)

09/01/47(D)

09/01/47 to June 1952(R)

Bremerton Group

fifth Saratoga (CV-3)

16/11/27

+25/07/46

+25/07/46

26/07/46(D)

15/08/46(S)

N/A

fourth Independence (CVL-22), former CV & light cruiser Amsterdam, CL-59

14/01/43

=01 & 25 07/46

29/01/51 Sunk as target

28/08/46(D)

San Francisco, Ca.

sixth Ranger (CV-4)

04/06/33

N/A

18/10/46(D)

29/10/46(S)

31/01/47 (SOLD)

Philadelphia Naval Shipyard

Bennington (CV-20)

06/08/44

N/A

08/11/46(D)

08/11/46 to 13/11/52(R)

Norfolk, Virginia

Cowpens (CVL-25), former  CV-25

28/05/43

N/A

03/12/46(#)

13/01/47(D)

Mare Island, Ca.

fourth Ticonderoga (CV-14), former Hancock

08/05/44

 

N/A

09/01/47(D)

09/01/47 to 31/01/52(R)

Bremerton Group

Bremerton, Wa.

second Bon Homme Richard (CV-31)

26/11/44

N/A

09/01/47(D)

09/01/47 to 15/01/51(R)

Generally inactive at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard from 16 January 1946 until decommissioning at Seattle, Washington

Belleau Wood (CVL-24) former CV & New Haven (CL-76)

31/03/43

N/A

13/01/47(D)

Alameda Naval Air Station

eighth Hornet (CV-12), former Kearsarge

29/11/43

N/A

15/01/47(D)

15/01/47 to 20/03/51(R)

Pacific Reserve Fleet  San Francisco

second Cabot (CVL-28), CV-28 & former Wilmington (CL-79)

24/07/43

N/A

Redes. CVL-28 15/07/43

11/02/47(D)

11/02/47 to 27/10/48(R)

Recomm. 27/10/48

27/10/48 to 21/01/55 (NAR)

Philadelphia Group

Monterey (CVL-26), former (CV-26) & Dayton (CL-78)

17/06/43

N/A

11/02/47(D)

Philadelphia Group

second Lake Champlain (CV-39)

03/06/45

N/A

17/02/47(D)

1947 to 1950(R)

"Mothball Fleet" Norfolk, Virginia

fifth Franklin (CV-13)

31/01/44

N/A

17/02/47(D)

Bayonne, New Jersey

ninth Wasp (CV-18), former Oriskany

24/11/43

N/A

17/02/47(D/R)

17/02/47 to 10/09/51(D/R)

Atlantic Reserve Fleet

second San Jacinto (CV-30), former Reprisal & light cruiser Newark (CL-100)

15/10/43

N/A

01/03/47(D)

San Diego, Ca.

fourth Intrepid (CV-11)

16/08/43

N/A

15/08/46(#)

22/03/47(D)

22/03/47 to 09/04/52(R)

Pacific Reserve Fleet

fifth Lexington (CV-16), former Cabot

17/02/43

N/A

23/04/47(D)

Apr. 1947 to Aug. 1955(R)

Bremerton Group

Shangri-la (CV-38)

 15/09/44

N/A

07/11/47(D)

07/11/47 to 10/05/51(R)

San Francisco, Ca.

second Randolph (CV-15)

09/10/44

N/A

25/02/48(D)

25/02/48 to 01/07/53(R)

Philadelphia Group Philadelphia

S - Stricken from the Naval Vessel Register (Navy List)

* - SANK due to enemy action during WW II

+ - SANK during Operation Crossroads

# - In Commission in Reserve

R – Out of Commission in Reserve

I – Inactivated

D – Decommissioned or Placed out of Commission

Atlantic Reserve Fleet = Philadelphia Group Philadelphia at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Norfolk, Virginia and Bayonne, New Jersey

Pacific Reserve Fleet = Alameda Naval Air Station, Seattle, Washington, Mare Island and Bremerton Group at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington

CV-22, CV-23, CV-24, CV-25, CV-26, CV-27, CV-28, CV-29 & CV-30 reclass. CVL before or after commission

=Highly radioactive hulk of USS Independence (CVL-22) was assigned as a target vessel for the Bikini atomic bomb tests, she was placed within one-half mile of ground zero for the 1 July explosion. The veteran ship did not sink, however, and after taking part in another explosion 25 July was taken to Kwajalein and decommissioned 28 August 1946. The highly radioactive hulk was later taken to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and San Francisco, Calif. for further test after her final atomic bomb tests during Operation Crossroads at Kwajalein and was finally sunk in weapons tests off the coast of California 29 January 1951.

Recomm. = Recommissioned

NAR - Assigned to the Naval Air Reserve training program

 

 

U. S. AIRCRAFT CARRIER SHIP HISTORY OF COMMISSION, INACTIVATION, OUT/IN COMMISSION IN RESERVE, DECOMMISSIONING AND MAJOR OVERHAUL SHIP HISTORY CARDS (1946 to 1948)

 

 

CV-17 Decommissioned in Reserve, berthed with the

Bremerton Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet during 1947, Inactivated during 1946

SHIP

COMM

DATE

DECOMM

DATE

Bunker Hill (CV-17)

East Coast – with Captain J. J. Ballentine in command

24/05/43

berthed with the Bremerton Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet

01/46(I)

09/07/47(D)

The 17th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by hull no. keel was laid in September 1941 as an Essex-class aircraft carrier of the United States Navy

Launched on 7 December 1942 at the Bethlehem Steel Company, Quincy, Massachusetts, Sponsored by Mrs. Donald Boynton

Received the Presidential Unit Citation for the period 11 November 1943 to 11 May 1945 and 11 battle stars for her World War II service

Received Navy Unit Commendation and 12 battle stars for World War II service

 

CVL-29 (Light aircraft carrier), former CV & Buffalo (CL-99) Recommissioned during 1950,

Decommissioned during 1947 and assigned to the

Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Philadelphia Group, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Inactivated during 1946

SHIP

COMM

DATE

INACTIVE

DATE

DECOMM (1st)

DATE

Bataan (CVL-29), former CV-29 & Buffalo (CL-99

East Coast - Captain V. H. Schaeffer in command

17/11/43

Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Philadelphia Group Philadelphia

10/01/46(I)

 

Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Philadelphia Group Philadelphia

11/02/47(D)

11/02/47 to 13/05/50(R)

The 29thaircraft carrier of the United States Navy by hull no. keel was laid down as Buffalo (CL-99) and under construction as a CVL 31 August 1942 at New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey; redesignated CV-29 and renamed Bataan 2 June 1942; keel was laid down as Buffalo (CL-99) at New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey, contract awarded 16 December 1940

Redesignated CV-29 and renamed Bataan 2 June 1942

Reclassified CVL-29 on 15 July 1943 (United States Navy light aircraft carrier)

Launched 1 August 1943 by New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey; sponsored by Mrs. George D. Murray, wife of Rear Admiral Murray

Assigned to "Magic Carpet" duty, received six battle stars during World War II

 

CV-19 Recommissioned during 1950, Decommissioned and assigned to the

Pacific Fleet Reserve at Bremerton, Washington during 1946

SHIP

COMM

DATE

DECOMM

DATE

Hancock (CV-19), former fourth Ticonderoga

Norfolk Navy Yard - Captain Fred C. Dickey in command

15/04/44

entered the Pacific Fleet Reserve at Seattle, WA.

29/04/46(I/D)

29/04/46 to 15/02/54(R)

The 19th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by hull no. keel was the lead ship of a class of modified 27,100-ton Essex class aircraft carriers, originally laid down as the fourth Ticonderoga 26 January 1943 at the Bethlehem Steel Company, Quincy, Massachusetts

Launched on the East Coast 24 January 1944, sponsored by Mrs. DeWitt C. Ramsey, wife of Rear Adm. Ramsey, Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics

Awarded the Navy Unit Commendation and received four battle stars for World War II

 

CV-40 underwent overhaul during 1946

SHIP

COMM

DATE

PSA

DATE

Tarawa CV-40

East coat - Captain Alvin Ingersoll Malstrom in command

08/12/45

Norfolk, Va.

30/04/46 to June 1946

The 40th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by hull no. keel was laid down on 1 March 1944 at the Norfolk Navy Yard

Lunched on 12 May 1945, sponsored by Mrs. Julian C. Smith (the wife of Lieutenant General Julian C. Smith, USMC, who commanded the 2nd Marine Division at Tarawa).

Tarawa remained in the Norfolk area until 15 February 1946, when she sailed for shakedown training in the vicinity of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and returned briefly to Norfolk on 16 April, before visiting New York in the latter part of the month. She arrived at Norfolk once again on the 30th. From then until late June, the warship completed her post-shakedown overhaul. On 28 June, she exited Hampton Roads bound for the west coast. Tarawa transited the Panama Canal early in July and reached San Diego on 15 July 1946.

Awarded the Navy Unit Commendation and received four battle stars for World War II

 

CV-36 underwent overhaul from 1946 to 1947

 SHIP

COMM

DATE

OVERHAUL

DATE

Antietam (CV-36)

East coast - With Capt. James R. Tague in command

28/01/45

Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, Calif.

June 1946 to March 1947 est.

The 36th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by hull no. keel was laid down 15 March 1943 by the Philadelphia Navy Yard

Launched on 20 August 1944 sponsored by Mrs. Millard E. Tydings, the wife of Senator Tydings of Maryland

 

CVL-22, former CV & light cruiser Amsterdam, CL-59 Decommissioned during 1946,

Reclassified CVL-22 during 1943

SHIP

RECLASS

DATE

DECOMM

DATE

fourth Independence (CV-22), former Amsterdam, CL-59

CVL-22

15/07/43

San Francisco, Calif.

01 & 25 07/46

The 22nd aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by hull no. keel was laid down in 1941 by New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey as a light aircraft carrier, lead ship of her class converted from cruiser hulls, originally light cruiser Amsterdam, CL-59

Launched on 22 August 1942 by New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey, sponsored by Mrs. Rawleigh Warner

Commissioned on the East Coast on 14 January 1943, with Captain G. R. Fairlamb, Jr., in command

Reclassified CVL-22 15 July 1943

Received eight battle stars for World War II service

=Assigned as a target vessel for the Bikini Atoll  atomic bomb tests during Operation Crossroads and sailed on 2 May 1945 for Pearl Harbor to receive final instructions. On 29 May 1946, Independence arrived at Bikini Atoll for the atomic bomb tests during Operation Crossroads. Independence was placed within one-half mile of ground zero for the 1 July 1946 Bikini Atoll atomic bomb tests during Operation Crossroads. The explosion did not sink the ship, she was badly wrecked by the explosion, gutted by fire and further damaged by internal explosions at her position, while an Atomic air burst sank 5 ships. Repairs were made to keep the surviving ships afloat and a subsurface Atomic burst on 25 July 1946 sank 9 ships but the now highly radio-active, Independence survived to be used in research in subsequent years. Independence was towed to Kwajalein on 27 August 1946 as a result of her damage. The highly radioactive hulk of Independence was later taken to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and San Francisco, Calif. for further test after her final atomic bomb tests during Operation Crossroads at Kwajalein.

 

CV-20 Recommissioned during 1952, Decommissioned during 1946

SHIP

COMM

DATE

DECOMM

DATE

Bennington (CV-20)

East Coast – with Captain J. B. Sykes in command

06/08/44

Norfolk, Virginia

08/11/46(D)

08/11/46 to 13/11/52(R)

The 28th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by hull no. keel was laid down in 1 December 1942 by New York Navy Yard as an Essex-class aircraft carrier

Launched on 28 February 1944 by New York Navy Yard, sponsored by Mrs. Melvin J. Maas, wife of Congressman Maas of Minnesota

Actively involved in the latter part of World War II planes participated in the mass flight over USS Missouri (BB-63) and Tokyo during the surrender ceremonies

Received three battle stars for World War II service in the Pacific

 

CV-12, former Kearsarge Recommissioned during 1952, Decommissioned and assigned to the

Pacific Reserve Fleet during 1946

SHIP

OVERHAUL

DATE

DECOMM (1st)

DATE

eighth Hornet (CV-12), former Kearsarge

Routed back to the Philippines and from there to San Francisco

07/07/46 to 15/01/47

Pacific Reserve Fleet  San Francisco

08/11/46(D)

08/11/46 to 13/11/52(R)

Norfolk, Virginia

The 12th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by hull no. keel was commissioned 29 November 1943, Captain Miles M. Browning in command; launched 30 August 1943 by the Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Virginia; sponsored by Mrs. Frank M. Knox, wife of the Secretary of the Navy; keel was laid down 3 August 1942, having been set down as Kearsarge under construction at the Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Virginia, renamed in honor of the seventh Hornet (CV-8) that was sunk in the Battle of Santa Cruz on 26 October 1942

Earned nine battle stars for her service in World War II, and was one of nine carriers to be awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, she was deployed 16 continuous months since her departure from Norfolk, Va. 14 February 1944

 

“The second Wright (CVL-49) Decommissioned during 1947 and berthed with the Bremerton Group,

Pacific Reserve Fleet, placed in commission in reserve during 1946

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second Wright (CVL-49)

East Coast - the day before the formal Japanese surrender ceremony on board the battleship USS Missouri (BB- 63) in Tokyo Bay),

1 September 1945

Philadelphia Naval Shipyard

9 February 1947

The second Wright (CVL-49), the 44th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy keel was laid down on 21 August 1944 at Camden, New Jersey, by the New York Shipbuilding Corporation, as a Saipan-class light aircraft carrier and named after the Wright brothers

Sponsored by Mrs. Harold S. Miller, a niece of the Wright brothers

 

The Coral Sea (CVB-43), former CV-42 commissioned

By Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company of Newport News, Virginia during 1947

 

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Coral Sea (CVB-43), former CV-42

By Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company of Newport News, Virginia

2 April 1946

By Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company of Newport News, Virginia

01/10/47

“The Coral Sea (CV-43), former CVA-43, CVB-43 & CV-42, the 43rd aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No. and in order of commission, the 45th, commissioning on 1 October 1947, with her 1st CO Captain A. P. Storrs, III, in command, and reported to the Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, Va., which was designated as her home port. The ship’s patch insignia in color, signal flag and radio call sign was issued by the U.S. Navy—BIG C, CORAL MARU, AGELESS WARRIOR—which was launched on 2 April 1946 by Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company of Newport News, Va.; it was sponsored and christened by Mrs. Thomas C. Kincaid, wife of RADM Thomas Kincaid, who had commanded a cruiser division under RADM Frank Jack Fletcher at Coral Sea, a Coral Sea hero.  While under construction, the unnamed (CV-42) was first named the Coral Sea, the 43rd aircraft carrier of the U.S. Navy 10 October 1944; keel was laid down 10 July 1944 at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company of Newport News, Va.. It was originally classified as an aircraft carrier with hull classification symbol CV-42, then reclassified as a “Large Aircraft Carrier” (CVB-43) on 15 July 1943, while the contract to build her was awarded 14 June 1943” (Ref. 1-Coral Sea & 72). (NN&SB Hull #440)

 

CV-9 Recommissioned during 1951, Out of Commission in Reserve while assigned to the

Pacific Fleet Reserve, Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington during 1947, Inactivated during 1945

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INACTIVATED

DATE

OUT OF  COMM IN RESERVE

DATE

seventh Essex (CV-9)

Pacific Fleet Reserve, Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington

03/09/45(I)

 

Pacific Fleet Reserve, Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington

03/09/45(I)

09/01/47 to 16/01/51(R) at Bremerton, WA.

The 9th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by hull no. keel was the lead ship of her class under construction before WW II at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co.

Launched Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., sponsored by Mrs. Artemus L. Gates, wife of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Air

Commissioned 31 December 1942, Captain Donald B. Duncan commanding

Continued defensive combat air patrols until 3 September 1945 when she was ordered to Bremerton, Washington for inactivation; receiving the Presidential Unit Citation, and 13 battle stars for World War II service

 

CV-31 Recommissioned during 1951, Decommissioned during 1947

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COMM

DATE

DECOMM

DATE

second Bon Homme Richard (CV-31)

East Coast - with Captain A. O. Rule, Jr., in command

26/11/44

generally inactive at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard from 16 January 1946 until decommissioning at Seattle, Washington

09/01/47(D)

09/01/47 to 15/01/51(R)

The 31st aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by hull no. keel was laid down 1 February 1943, at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, as a 27,100-ton Essex-class aircraft carrier built, the second United States Navy ship of that name, was named in honor of John Paul Jones' famous frigate, which he had named the French language equivalent of "Poor Richard," in honor of Benjamin Franklin's almanac of that name

Launched on 29 April 1944 at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, sponsored by Mrs. J. S. McCain, wife of Vice Adm. McCain

Received one battle stars for World War II service

 

CV-11 Recommissioned during 1947, placed in Commission in Reserve, Decommissioned in Reserve and assigned to

Pacific Reserve Fleet during 1946

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DECOMM (1st)

DATE

IN COMM IN RESERVE

DATE

fourth Intrepid            (CV-11)

Pacific Reserve Fleet

22/03/47

Pacific Reserve Fleet

15/08/46(#)

09/0147(D)

09/0147 to 09/06/52(R)

The 11th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by hull no. keel was laid down in 1942 by Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Virginia, an Essex-class aircraft carrier of the United States Navy

Launched on 26 April 1943 at Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Virginia, sponsored by Mrs. John Howard Hoover

Commissioned 16 August 1943, Captain Thomas L. Sprague in command

Received five battle stars for World War II service.

 

CVL-25 (Light aircraft carrier), former CV, Decommissioned and assigned to the Pacific Fleet Reserve during 1947,

placed in commission during 1946

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RECLASS

DATE

IN COMM IN RESERVE

DATE

DECOMM

DATE

Cowpens  (CVL-25), former  CV-25

Hull Classifi-cation symbol CVL-25

15/07/43

Pacific Fleet Reserve -Mare Island

03/12/46(#)

Mare Island

13/01/47(D)

The 25th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by hull no. keel was laid down by New York Shipbuilding Corp., New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey , N.J. 17 November 1941

Launched 17 January 1943 by New York Shipbuilding Corp., New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey , N.J., sponsored by Mrs. M. H. Spruance; daughter of Vice Admiral W. F. Halsey

Commissioned 28 May 1943, Captain R. P. McConnell in command

United States Navy light aircraft carrier

Received Navy Unit Commendation and 12 battle stars for World War II service

 

V-14, former Hancock Recommissioned during 1952, Placed out of Commission & Inactivated and assigned to the

Pacific Fleet Reserve, Alameda Naval Air Station, Decommissioned during 1947

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COMM

DATE

PLACED OUT OF COMM

DATE

fourth Ticonderoga (CV-14), former Hancock

Norfolk Navy Yard - Captain Dixie Kiefer in command

08/05/44

Bremerton Group at Bremerton, WA.

Pacific Reserve Fleet -

09/01/47 to 31/01/52(R)

The 14th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by hull no. keel was laid down as Hancock on 1 February 1943

Renaming of the Hancock to the fourth Ticonderoga (CV-14) occurred on 1 May 1943

Launched 7 February 1944 on the east coast, Sponsored by Miss Stephanie Sarah Pell

Received five battle stars during World War II

 

The fourth Yorktown (CV-10), former Bon Homme Richard berthed with the Bremerton Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet from 1946 to 1952, Decommissioned during 1947, Inactivated during 1946

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IN COMM IN RESERVE

DATE

DECOMM

DATE

fourth Yorktown (CV-10), former Bon Homme Richard

Bremerton, Washington

21/06/46(#)

berthed with the Bremerton Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet

21/06/46(#)

09/01/47(D)

09/01/47 to June 1952(R)
at Bremerton, Washington

The 10th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by hull no. keel was laid down on 1 December 1941 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, Virginia as Bon Homme Richard, an Essex-class aircraft carrier

Formerly Bon Homme Richard, renamed Yorktown on 26 September 1942 to commemorate her lost predecessor

Launched on the East Coast 21 January 1943, Sponsored by Eleanor Roosevelt

Commissioned on 15 April 1943 at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Captain Joseph J. Clark in command

Earned 11 battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation during World World War II

 

CVL-76, CV & former New Haven (CL-76) Decommissioned and assigned to the

Pacific Fleet Reserve, Alameda Naval Air Station during 1947, Reclassified to Light aircraft carrier (CVL-24) during 1943

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COMM

DATE

RECLASS

DATE

DECOMM (1st)

DATE

Belleau Wood (CVL-24)  former CV & New Haven (CL-76)

New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey - Captain A. M. Pride in command

31/03/43

CVL-24

15/07/43

Pacific Fleet Reserve Alameda Naval Air Station

13/01/47(D)

The 24th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by hull no. keel was laid down as New Haven (CL-76) at New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey 11 August 1941

Redesignated CV-24, renamed Belleau Wood 16 February 1942

Launched 6 December 1942 by New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey, sponsored by Mrs. Thomas Holcomb, wife of the Commandant of the Marine Corps

CVL-24 - United States Navy light aircraft carrier

Received the Presidential Unit Citation and twelve battle stars during World War II

 

CVL-26 (Light aircraft carrier), former (CV-26) & Dayton (CL-78) Decommissioned and assigned to the

Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Philadelphia Group during 1947, Reclassified to Light aircraft carrier during 1943

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COMM

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RECLASS

DATE

DECOMM

DATE

Monterey (CVL-26), former (CV-26) & Dayton (CL-78)

East Coast - Captain Lestor T. Hundt in command

17/06/43

CVL-26

15/07/43

Assigned to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Philadelphia Group

11/02/47(D)

The 26th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by hull no. keel was laid down as light cruiser Dayton (CL-78) on 29 December 1941 by New York Shipbuilding, Camden, New Jersey

Redesignated CV-26 on 27 March 1942

Launched 28 February 1943, sponsored by Mrs. P.N.L. Bellinger

Independence-class light aircraft carrier of the United States Navy

Received 11 battle stars for World War II service

 

CVL-27 (Light aircraft carrier), former CV-27, Fargo (CL-85) & Crown Point (CV-27) Decommissioned during 1947 while assigned to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Philadelphia Group, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Inactivated during 1946

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COMM

DATE

INACTIVE

DATE

DECOMM

DATE

Second Langley           (CVL-27) former CV

East Coast - Capt. W. M. Dillon in command

31/08/43

Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Philadelphia Group

31/05/46(I)

 

Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Philadelphia Group (1st

11/02/47(D)

The 27th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by hull no. keel was laid down as Crown Point (CV-27) by New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey 11 April 1942; originally named Fargo (CL-85); originally ordered as the light cruiser; but by the time her keel was laid in April 1942, she had been redesigned as an aircraft carrier, using the original cruiser hull and machinery; an 11,000-ton Independence class aircraft carrier

Reclassified CV-26 on 27 March 1942

The Langley, originally named Fargo (CL-85), was renamed Langley 13 November 1942

Launched at New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey 22 May 1943

Reclassified CVL-27, 15 July 1943 (United States Navy light aircraft carrier); built at Camden, New Jersey

Received nine battle stars for World War II service in the Pacific

 

CV-6 Decommissioned and Stricken from the Naval Vessel Register (Navy List) during 1947, Inactivated during 1946

SHIP

COMM

DATE

INACTIVATION

DATE

DECOMM (1st) & Struck from the Naval Vessel Register

DATE

seventh Enterprise (CV-6)

East Coast - Captain N.H. White in command

12/05/38

Norfolk Navy Yard

18/01/46(I)

(Navy List) Norfolk Navy Yard

17/02/47(D/S)

The sixth aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by hull no. keel was laid down in 1935 at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Newport News, Virginia

Launched on the East Coast on 3 October 1936 at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Newport News, Virginia, Sponsored by Mrs. Lulie Swanson, wife of the Secretary of the Navy

The sixth aircraft carrier of the United States Navy, was commissioned 12 May 1938, Captain N.H. White in command

Earned the Presidential Unit Citation, received the Navy Unit Commendation and 20 battle stars for World War II service; notable for launching the Doolittle Raid, as a participant in the Battle of Midway, and for action in the Solomons before being mortally wounded in the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands

 

CV-39 Recommissioned during 1950, Decommissioned as of 1948, decommissioned during 1947

SHIP

COMM

DATE

DECOMM

DATE

second Lake Champlain (CV-39)

East Coast – with Capt. Logan C. Ramsey in command

03/06/45

retired to the "Mothball Fleet" Norfolk, Virginia

17/02/47(D)

1947 to 1950(R)

The 34th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by hull no.  keel was laid down in drydock by the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth Va. on 15 March 1943

Launched by float 2 November 1944

 

CV-13 remains Decommissioned as of 1948, Decommissioned during 1947

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COMM

DATE

DECOMM

DATE

fifth Franklin (CV-13)

East Coast - with Captain James M. Shoemaker in command

31/01/44

Bayonne, New Jersey

17/02/47(D)

The 13th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by hull no. keel was laid down in 1942 at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. Newport News, Virginia; nicknamed "Big Ben", was an Essex-class aircraft carrier of the United States Navy, notable as the hardest-hit carrier to survive World War II

Launched on 14 October 1943 at the Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Virginia; Sponsored by Lieutenant Commander Mildred A. McAfee, USNR, Director of the WAVES

Among the plankowners was a ship's band made up of drafted and enlisted professional musicians of the era, including Saxie Dowell and Deane Kincaide, assigned to Shoemaker by lottery

Following the end of of WW II, Franklin was opened to the public for Navy Day celebrations and on 17 February 1947 was placed out of commission at Bayonne, New Jersey; taken in tow by Pittsburgh (CA-72) until she managed to churn up speed to 14 knots (26 km/h) and proceed to Ulithi and then to Pearl Harbor where a cleanup job permitted her to sail under her own power to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, arriving on 28 April; received four battle stars for World War II service

 

CVL-30 (Light aircraft carrier), former CV, remains assigned to the Pacific Fleet Reserve at San Diego, Calif. as of 1948,

Decommissioned and assigned to the Pacific Fleet Reserve during 1947

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LAUNCHED

DATE

COMM

DATE

DECOMM

DATE

second San Jacinto   (CV-30), former Reprisal & light cruiser Newark  (CL-100)

New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey

26/09/43

East Coast -  Capt. Harold M. Martin, in command

15/10/43

Pacific Reserve Fleet berthed at San Diego, Calif.

01/03/47(D)

The 30th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by hull no. keel was laid down as the light cruiser Newark (CL-100), on 26 October 1942 by the New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey

The second San Jacinto redesignated CV-30 on 2 June 1942; laid down as the light cruiser Newark (CL-100), on 26 October 1942 by the New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey

Reprisal was renamed San Jacinto on 30 January 1943, converted, while building, an Independence-class light aircraft carrier and reclassified as CVL-30

Sponsored by Mrs. Jesse Jones

Received five battle stars for World War II service

 

CV-47 underwent overhaul during 1947

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COMM

DATE

PSA

DATE

Valley Forge (CV-45) and CVS-45

East coast - with Capt. John W. Harris in command

09/02/47

Philadelphia for post-shakedown overhaul

18/03/47 to 14/07/47

The 45th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by hull no. keel was laid down on 7 September 1944 by the Philadelphia Navy Yard, built with money raised by the citizens of Philadelphia in a special war bond drive

Launched on 18 November 1945, sponsored by Mrs. A. A. Vandegrift, wife of the Commandant of the Marine Corps

Following fitting out, the new carrier got underway on 24 January 1947 for shakedown training which took her, via Norfolk, to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the Canal Zone. She completed the cruise on 18 March and returned to Philadelphia for post-shakedown overhaul. The ship left Philadelphia on 14 July, headed south, and transited the Panama Canal on 5 August. She arrived at her home port, San Diego, on the 14th and joined the Pacific Fleet

 

CV-16, former Cabot Recommissioned during 1955, Decommissioned and was assigned to the

Pacific Reserve Fleet at Bremerton, Washington during 1947

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COMM

DATE

DECOMM

DATE

fifth Lexington (CV-16), former Cabot

East Coast - with Capt. Felix B. Stump in command

17/02/43

Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington 23 April 1947 and entered the Reserve Fleet

23/04/47(D)

Apr. 1947 to Aug. 1955(R)

The 16th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by hull no. keel was laid down as Cabot at Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, Mass. on 15 July 1941

Renamed Lexington 16 June 1942

Launched on the East Coast on 23 September 1942; Sponsored by Mrs. Theodore D. Robinson

Received the Presidential Unit Citation and 11 battle stars for World War II

 

CVA-48 underwent overhaul from 1947 to 1948

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COMM

DATE

OVERHAUL

DATE

Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42) & Coral Sea (CVB-42)

New York Naval Shipyard- with Capt. A. Soucek in command

27/10/45

Operated off the east coast until July 1947 when she entered Norfolk Naval Ship Yard for

July 1947 to 13/09/48

The 42nd aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by hull no. keel was laid down at the New York Naval Shipyard as Coral Sea (CVB-42) 1 December 1943

Renamed 8 May 1945; named after Franklin D. Roosevelt

Launched 29 April 1945 by New York Naval Shipyard as Coral Sea (CVB-42); sponsored by Mrs. John H. Towers, wife of the Deputy Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet, named after Franklin D. Roosevelt

Operated off the east coast until July 1947 when she entered Norfolk Naval Ship Yard for a prolonged overhaul, during which she received improvements to her equipment and facilities. On 13 September 1948, the carrier sailed from Norfolk for a second tour of duty with the Mediterranean forces, from which she returned 23 January 1949

 

CVL-49 underwent overhaul during 1947

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COMM

DATE

OVERHAUL

DATE

Wright (CVL-49)

Philadelphia Naval Shipyard – with Captain Frank T. Ward in command

09/02/47

 

01/11/47 to 17/12/47

The 49thaircraft carrier of the United States Navy by hull no. keel was laid down on 21 August 1944 at Camden, New Jersey, by the New York Shipbuilding Corporation, as a Saipan-class light aircraft carrier

Named after the Wright brothers

Launched on 1 September 1945, (the day before the formal Japanese surrender ceremony on board the battleship USS Missouri (BB- 63) in Tokyo Bay), sponsored by Mrs. Harold S. Miller, a niece of the Wright brothers

Arrived at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard soon thereafter and, from 1 November to 17 December, underwent post-shakedown repairs and alterations before she returned to Pensacola two days before Christmas. She then resumed her regular schedule of pilot qualification training under the operational control of the Chief of Naval Air Training, Commander Air Atlantic (01/11/48 to 17/12/46

 

CV-25 Recommissioned during 1953, Decommissioned in Reserve and berthed at the

Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Philadelphia Group Philadelphia during 1948

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COMM

DATE

DECOMM IN

RESERVE

DATE

second Randolph (CV-15)

East Coast - Captain Felix Locke Baker, USN in command

09/10/44

Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Philadelphia Group Philadelphia

25/02/48(D)

25/02/48 to 01/07/53(R) at Philadelphia

The 15th  aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by hull no. keel was laid down at Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Virginia 10 May 1943 as a Ticonderoga-class aircraft carrier

Launched on the East Coast 28 June 1944; Sponsored by Rose Gillette (wife of Guy M. Gillette, a US Senator from Iowa)

Earned three battle stars for World War II service

 

CVL-48 completed overhaul during 1948

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COMM

DATE

OVERHAUL

DATE

Saipan (CVL-48)

East Coast – with Capt. James R. Tague in command

28/01/45

Returned to Pensacola, Florida in November 1947 upon completion of overhaul at Philadelphia;  entering upon conclusion of exercises in the Caribbean Sea in the summer of 1947

July to November 1948  

The 48th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by hull no. keel was laid down 15 March 1943 by the Philadelphia Navy Yard

Launched on 20 August 1944 sponsored by Mrs. Millard E. Tydings, the wife of Senator Tydings of Maryland

 

 

CV-18, former Oriskany underwent Major Overhaul during 1948, Placed out of Commission in Reserve and assigned to the

Atlantic Reserve Fleet during 1947

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DECOMM

DATE

MAJOR OVERHAUL

DATE

ninth Wasp (CV-18), former Oriskany

while assigned to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet

17/02/47(D/R)

Taken out of the reserve fleet and entered the New York Naval Shipyard for SCB-27A modifications and conversion to an attack aircraft carrier to enable her to accommodate the larger, heavier, and faster planes of the jet age

summer of 1948 to 10 Sep. 1951

The 18th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by hull no. keel was laid down as Oriskany on 18 March 1942 at Quincy, Massachusetts, by the Bethlehem Steel Company as an Essex-class aircraft carrier

Renamed Wasp on 13 November 1942, in honor of her fallen predecessor CV-7

Launched on 17 August 1943 at Quincy, Massachusetts, by the Bethlehem Steel Company, sponsored by Miss Julia M. Walsh, the sister of Senator David I. Walsh of Massachusetts

Commissioned on 24 November 1943 at Quincy, Massachusetts, by the Bethlehem Steel Company, with Captain Clifton A. F. Sprague in command

Placed out of Commission in Reserve on 17 February 1947 and assigned to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet

Actively involved in World War II, highlighted by the Battle of Leyte Gulf, she earned eight battle stars for her World War II service

 

CVL-28 (Light aircraft carrier), former CV & Wilmington (CL-79) Recommissioned and assigned to the Naval Air Reserve Training Program during 1948, Decommissioned in Reserve and assigned to Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Philadelphia Group Philadelphia during 1947

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COMM

DATE

DECOMM

DATE

RECOMM (1st)

DATE

second Cabot (CVL-28), CV-28 & former Wilmington (CL-79)

New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey

24/07/43

Redes. CVL-28 15/07/43

Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Philadelphia Group Philadelphia

11/02/47(D)

11/02/47 to 27/10/48(R)

Assigned to the Naval Air Reserve training program

Recomm. 27/10/48

27/10/48 to 21/01/55 (NAR)

The 28th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by hull no. keel was laid down as Wilmington (CL-79) 16 March 1942

Redesignated CV-28 on 2 June 1942; laid down as Wilmington (CL-79) at New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey in 1941

Renamed Cabot from Wilmington (CL-79) 23 June 1942, converted while building; redesignated CV-28 on 2 June 1942; laid down as Wilmington (CL-79) at New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey in 1941

Launched 4 April 1943 by New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey, sponsored by Mrs. A. C. Read

Reclassified CVL-28 on 15 July 1943 (United States Navy light aircraft carrier)

Earned the Presidential Unit Citation and received nine battle stars during World War II