U. S. AIRCRAFT CARRIER SHIP HISTORY OF KEEL LAID DOWN, LAUNCHING, AS COMMISSIONED, SANK, INACTIVATION, IN COMMISSION IN RESERVE, DECOMMISSIONING, SOLD OR DECOMMISSIONED IN RESERVE, RECOMMISSIONED AND STRICKEN FROM THE NAVAL REGISTER (1920 to 1950)

 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 -

 

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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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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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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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U. S. AIRCRAFT CARRIER SHIP HISTORY OF KEEL LAID DOWN, LAUNCHING, AS COMMISSIONED, SANK, INACTIVATION, IN COMMISSION IN RESERVE, DECOMMISSIONING, SOLD OR DECOMMISSIONED IN RESERVE, RECOMMISSIONED AND STRICKEN FROM THE NAVAL REGISTER (1920 to 1950)

 

 

NO. OF SHIPS

WITH

SAME

NAME

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

LAID DOWN

LAUNCH

COMM

Sank, Inactivated, Decomm., Out/In Commission in Reserve, Decomm., Stricken, SOLD, Reactivated, Redes. or Recomm.

First

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

18/10/11

14/08/12

 

07/04/13

Recomm. 11/04/37

Reds.  AV-3 25/10/36

Converted to CV-1 -

24/03/20 to 20/03/22

Renamed Langley 11/04/20

*27/02/42(D) - Sank

After 27/02/42(S)

Sunk as a result enemy action about 75 miles south of Tjilatjap.

Fourth

Lexington (CV-2), former CC 1

8/01/21

03/10/25

14/12/27

*08/05/42(D) - Sank

After 08/05/42(S)

Sunk as a result of enemy action at the Battle of the Coral Sea.

Fifth

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

25/09/20

07/04/25

16/11/27

+25/07/46 - Sank

26/07/46(D)

15/08/46(S)

Used as a test target and sunk at Bikini Atoll.

Sixth

Ranger (CV-4)

26/09/31

25/02/33

04/06/33

18/10/46(D)

Philadelphia Naval Shipyard

29/10/46(S)

31/01/47 (SOLD)

Sold for scrap to Sun Ship-building & Drydock.

Third

Yorktown (CV-5)

21/05/34

04/04/36

30/11/37

*07/06/42 - Sank

07/06/42(S)

Sunk due to enemy action at the Battle of Midway.

Seventh

Enterprise (CV-6)

1935

03/10/36

12/05/38

18/01/46(I)

17/02/47(D/S)

Norfolk Navy Yard

01/07/58 (SOLD)

 

Eighth

Wasp (CV-7)

01/04/36

04/04/39

25/04/40

15/09/42(D)

*16/09/42 - Sank

16/09/42(S)

Sunk due to enemy action southeast of San Cristobal Island.

Seventh

Hornet (CV-8)

1939

14/12/40

20/10/41

26/10/42(D)

*27/10/42 - Sank

13/01/43(S)

Sunk due to enemy action at the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands.

Seventh

Essex (CVS-9), former CVA & CV-9

04/41

31/07/42

31/12/42

03/09/45(I)

09/01/47(#)

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

Recomm. 16/01/51

Redes. CVS 08/03/60

20/06/69(D)

Philadelphia Group

01/06/73(S)

01/06/75 (SOLD)

Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping.

Fourth

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

01/05/41

22/08/42

14/01/43

Reclas. CVL-22 15/07/43

=01 & 25/07/46

San Francisco, Ca.

27/02/51(S)

29/06/51 - Sunk as target

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.

Fifth

Lexington (AVT-16), former CVT-16, CVS-16, CVA-16, CV-16 & Cabot

Renamed 16/06/42

 

15/07/41

23/09/42

17/02/43

23/04/47(D)

Apr. 1947 to Aug. 1955(R)

Bremerton Group

Recomm. 15/08/55

Redes. CVS-16 01/10/62

29/12/63 to 08/11/91 (NAR)

Redes. CVT-16 01/01/69

Redes. AVT-16 01/07/78

08/11/91(D) 2nd

Pensacola, Florida

30/11/91(S)

Donated  as a museum 15/06/92

Donated USS Lexington Museum on the Bay on 15 June 1992 and now operates as such in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Fourth

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

Renamed

31/03/42

02/06/41

Redes. CV-23 16/02/42

18/10/42

25/02/43

Redes. CVL-23 15/07/43

*24/10/44 - Sank

24/10/44(D)

After 24/10/44(S)

Sunk due to enemy action in the Sibuyan Sea.

 

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

Redes. CV-24 16/02/42

Renamed 16/02/42

11/08/41

06/12/42

31/03/43

Reclas. CVL-24 15/07/43

13/01/47(D)

Alameda Naval Air Station

Lend Lease to France 05/11/53

Returned from France in 1960

01/10/60(S)

01/10/60 (SOLD)

Sold for scrapping

Fourth

Yorktown (CVS-10), former CVA-10, CV-10 & Bon Homme Richard

Renamed 26/09/42 

01/12/41

21/01/43

15/04/43

21/06/46(#)

09/01/47(D)

09/01/47 to June 1952(R)
Bremerton Group

06/52(RA)

15/12/52(#)

Recomm. 20/02/53

21/03/55(#)

Recomm. 2nd  14/10/55

Redes. CVS 01/09/57

27/06/70(D) 2nd

Philadelphia Group

01/06/73(S)

Dedicated as a Memorial 13/10/75

The Navy Department approved the donation of Yorktown to the Patriot's Point Development Authority, Charleston, South Carolina; formally Dedicated as a Memorial on the 200th anniversary of the Navy for a museum ship in South Carolina, formally Dedicated as a Memorial on 13 October 1975.

 

Bunker Hill (AVT-9), former CVS-17, CVA-17 & CV-17

09/41

07/12/42

24/05/43

01/46(I)

Bremerton Group

09/07/47(D)

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

Bremerton Group

Redes. CVS 08/08/53

Redes. AVT-9 15/05/59

01/11/66(S)

05/73 (SOLD)

Retained as moored electronic test ship in San Diego until Nov. 1972. Scrapped in May 1973.

 

Cowpens (AVT-1), former CVL-25 & CV-25

17/11/41

17/01/43

28/05/43

Reclas. CVL-25

15/07/43

03/12/46(#)

13/01/47(D)

Mare Island, Ca.

Redes. AVT-1 in May 1959

01/11/59(S)

01/11/59 (SOLD)

Sold for scrapping.

 

Monterey (AVT 2), former CVL-26, CV-26 & Dayton (CL-78)

29/12/41

Redes. CV-26 27/03/42

Renamed 31/03/42

28/02/43

17/06/43

Reclas. CVL-26 15/07/43

11/02/47(D)

Philadelphia Group

Recomm. 15/09/50

15/09/50 to 16/01/56 (NAR)

16/01/56(D)

Philadelphia Group

Redes. AVT 2 15/05/59

01/06/70(S)

05/71 (SOLD)

Sold for scrapping.

second

Cabot (AVT-3), former CVL-28, CV-28 &Wilmington (CL-79)

Renamed 23/06/42

Dedalo

16/03/42

Redes. CV-28 02/06/42

 

04/04/43

24/07/43

Redes. CVL-28 15/07/43

 

11/02/47(D)

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

Philadelphia Group

Recomm. 27/10/48

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

21/01/55(D/R) 2nd

Philadelphia Group

Redes. AVT-3 15/05/59

Lend Lease to Spain 1967 to 1972.

Sold to Spain in 1972

Lend Lease to Spain 1967 to 1972. In 1967, after over twelve years in "mothballs", Cabot was loaned to Spain, in whose navy she served as Dedalo. The loan was converted to a sale in 1972. Dedalo was stricken by the Spanish Navy in August 1989 and given to a private organization in the U.S. for use as a museum ship. However, that private organization was unable to pay its creditors, so, on 10 September 1999, the ship was auctioned off by the U.S. Marshal's Service to Sabe Marine Salvage.

Fourth

Intrepid (CVS-11), former CVA-11 & CV-11

12/41

26/04/43

16/08/43

15/08/46(#)

09/0147(D)

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

Pacific Reserve Fleet

Recomm. 09/02/52

09/04/52(D) 2nd

Norfolk Naval Shipyard

Recomm. 2nd15/10/54

Redes. CVS 08/12/61

15/03/74(D) 3rd

Philadelphia Group

Formally Dedicated as a Memorial. Donated in New York City in 08/82

Destined to be scrapped shortly thereafter, a campaign led by the Intrepid Museum Foundation saved the carrier and established it as a floating museum which opened in New York City in August 1982. In 1986, Intrepid was officially designated as a National Historic Landmark. Shortly after 15 March 1974, a campaign led by real estate developer Zachary Fisher and the Intrepid Museum Foundation saved the fourth Intrepid.

Second

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

Renamed 13/11/42

11/04/42

 

22/05/43

31/08/43

Reclas. CVL-27 15/07/43

31/05/46(I)

11/02/47(D)

Philadelphia Group

01/08/51 Lend Lease to France 20/03/63(S)

19/02/64 (SOLD)

Sold for scrapping.

Second

San Jacinto (AVT-5), former CVL-30, CV-30, Reprisal & light cruiser Newark  (CL-100)

26/10/42

Redes. CV-30

02/06/42

26/09/43

15/10/43

Reclas. CVL-30 15/07/43

01/03/47(D) at San Diego, Calif.

Redes. AVT-5 15/05/59

01/06/70(S)

15/12/71 (SOLD)

Renamed Reprisal 02 /06/42. Renamed San Jacinto on 30/01/43, converted, while building, to a light aircraft carrier and reclassified as CVL-30. Sold for scrapping to National Metal and Steel Co., Terminal Island, Calif.

 

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

31/08/42

Renamed & Redes. CV-29

02/06/42

01/08/43

17/11/43

Reclas. CVL-29 15/07/43

10/01/46(I)

11/02/47(D)

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

Philadelphia Group

Recomm. 13/05/50

26/08/53(I)

09/04/54(D) 2nd

San Francisco, Ca. - Pacific Reserve Fleet

01/09/59(S)

05/61 (SOLD)

Sold for scrapping.

Ninth

Wasp (CVS-18), former CVA-18, CV-18 & Oriskany

18/03/42

Renamed

13/11/42

17/08/43

24/11/43

17/02/47(D/R)

17/02/47 to

10/09/51(D/R)

Atlantic Reserve Fleet

Recomm. 10/09/51

Redes. CVS 01/11/56

01/07/72(D/S) 2nd

Atlantic Reserve Fleet

21/05/73 (SOLD)

Wasp served as carrier qualification duty ship for the Naval Air Training Command from 24 January to 26 February 1967 and conducted operations in the Gulf of Mexico and off the east coast of Florida.

Eighth

Hornet (CVS-12), former CVA-12, CV-12 & Kearsarge

03/08/42

Renamed 26/11/42

30/08/43

29/11/43

15/01/47(D)

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

San Francisco, Ca.

Recomm. 20/03/51

12/05/51(D) 2nd

Pacific Reserve Fleet

Recomm. 2nd  11/09/53

Redes. CVS 27/07/58

26/05/70(D) 3rd

Pacific Reserve Fleet

19/08/89(S)

Donated as a museum 26/05/98

Designated National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service 4 December 1991. Hornet was towed to Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in late 1994. Captain Jim Dodge, Commanding Officer NAS Alameda, seeks and receives approval to borrow and relocate former Hornet to NAS Alameda for five months to use for display purposes as a part of the NAS base closure historical preservation process on 11 May 1995. Moved from NAS Alameda to FISC Oakland to await salvage disposition in September 1995. During the summer of 1995, 85,000 people tour former Hornet. The Aircraft Carrier HORNET Foundation is formed to save the HORNET 23 October 1995. Moved back to NAS Alameda (pier 3) to await donation disposition 4 December 1995. Saved from the scrap heap by the efforts of historically-minded citizens and was donated to The Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation for use as a museum at Alameda, Calif. by the U. S. Navy 26 May 1998. Recommissioned a third time at NAS Alameda (pier 3) for use as a museum at Alameda, Calif. by the U. S. Navy 17 October 1998. Designated a California State Historic Landmark. She is listed on the National Register of Historic places, #91002065.

Fifth

Franklin (AVT-8), former CV-13

12/42

1/10/43

31/01/44

17/02/47(D)

Bayonne, New Jersey

Redes. AVT-8 15/05/59

10/10/64(S)

27/07/66 (SOLD)

 

 

Hancock (CV-19), former CVA-19, CV-19 & fourth Ticonderoga

Renamed 01/05/43

 

26/01/43

24/01/44

15/04/44

29/04/46(I/D)

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

Seattle, Wa.

Recomm. 15/02/54

13/04/56(D) 2nd

San Diego, Ca. or Puget Sound Naval Shipyard

Recomm. 2nd 15/11/56

Reclass. CV – Multi-Purpose Aircraft 30/06/75

30/01/76(D/S) 3rd

Pacific Reserve Fleet

01/09/76 (SOLD)

                                                                                                                     

Fourth

Ticonderoga (CVS-14), former CVA-14, CV-14 & Hancock

Renamed 01/05/43

 

01/02/43

08/05/44

08/05/44

09/01/47(D)

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

Bremerton Group

Reduced Comm. 31/01/52

04/04/52(D) 2nd

Norfolk Naval Shipyard

Recomm. 2nd  11/09/54

Redes. CVS-14 21/10/69

01/09/73(D) 2nd

West Coast, San Francisco, Ca. or Bremerton Group

16/11/73(S)

01/09/75 (SOLD)

Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping.

 

Bennington (CVS-20), former CVA-20), CV-20

15/12//44

26/02/44

06/08/44

08/11/46(D)

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

Norfolk, Virginia

Recomm. 13/11/52

Redes. CVS 30/06/59

15/01/70(D)

Pacific Reserve Fleet

20/09/89(S)

01/12/94 (SOLD)

Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping, Across the Pacific for scrapping in India.

 

Shangri-la (CVS-38), former CVA-38 & CV-38 (37th CC)

15/01/43

24/02/44

15/09/44

07/11/47(D)

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

San Francisco Ca.

Recomm. 10/05/51

14/11/52(D) 2nd

San Francisco, Ca.

Recomm. 2nd  10/01/55

Redes. CVS-38 30/06/69

17/12/70(I)

30/07/71(D) 3rd

Philadelphia Group

15/07/82(S)

09/08/88 (SOLD)

Disposed of by Maritime Administration - MARAD exchange.

Second

Randolph (CVS-15), former CVA-15 & CV-15

10/05/43

28/06/44

09/10/44

25/02/48(D)

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

Philadelphia

Recomm. 01/07/53

Redes. CVS 31/03/59

13/02/69(D) 2nd

Philadelphia Group

01/06/73(S)

01/04/75 (SOLD)

 

Second

second Bon Homme Richard (CV-31), former CVA-31 & CV-31

01/02/43

29/04/44

26/11/44

09/01/47(D)

09/01/47 to 15/01/51(R) inactive at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard from 16 January 1946 until decomm. at Seattle, Washington

Recomm. 15/01/51

15/05/53(D) 2nd

San Francisco Ca.

Recomm. 2nd  06/09/55

02/07/71(D) 3rd

Bremerton Group

Reclass. CV – Multi-Purpose Aircraft 30/06/75

1989(S)

04/02/92 (SOLD)

Sold for scrapping.

 

Antietam (CVS-36), former CVA-36 & CV-36 (35th CC)

15/03/43

20/08/44

28/01/45

Early 1949(D)

Early in 1949 – 06/12/50(R) Alameda, Ca.

06/12/50(RA)

Recomm. 17/01/51

April 1952(I)

Pacific Reserve Fleet

Summer 52(RA) - June 1952

Sep. to Dec. 1952

New York Naval Shipyard

Redes. CVS 01/08/53

21/04/57 to 23/10/62 (NAR)

07/01/63 to 01/05/73(#)

Philadelphia Group

01/05/73(S)

01/12/73 (SOLD)

Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping 01/12/73 - to the Union Minerals & Alloys Corp. for scrapping.

Fifth

Boxer (LPH-4), former CVS-21, CVA-21 & CV-21

13/09/43

14/12/44

16/04/45

Redes. CVS 01/02/56

Redes. LPH-4 30/01/59

01/12/69(D/S)

Pacific Fleet Reserve 13/03/71 (SOLD)

Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping.

Second

second Lake Champlain (CVS-39), former CVA-39 & CV-39 (38th CC)

15/03/43

02/11/44

03/06/45

17/02/47(D)

1947 to 1950(R)

"Mothball Fleet"

at Norfolk, Va.

08/50(RA)

Recomm. 19/09/52

Redes. CVS 01/08/57

02/05/66(D) 2nd

Philadelphia Group

01/12/69(S)

28/04/72 (SOLD)

Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping.

 

Midway (CVA-41), former CVB-41 (40th CC)

27/10/43

20/03/45

10/09/45

07/55(D)

Puget Sound Naval Ship Yard

Recomm. 30/09/57

15/02/66(/#) 2nd

Pacific Fleet Reserve, in commission special

San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard

Recomm. 2nd  31/01/70

Reclass. CV – Multi-Purpose Aircraft 30/06/75

11/04/92(D) 3rd

North Island Naval Air Station

Navy Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Bremerton, Wash.

17/03/97(S)

Donated 12/09/03

Towed to San Diego  to be used as a museum and memorial

05/01/04

Decommissioned at North Island Naval Air Station, San Diego, California on 11 April 1992 upon arrival from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, once she was relieved by USS Independence (CV-62) which replaced Midway as the forward-deployed carrier in Yokosuka, Japan in August 1991. Donated 12 September 2003 and began her journey from the Navy Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Bremerton, Washington, to San Diego, California via Oakland, Calif., in preparation for use as a museum and memorial. Towed to the Broadway Pier in San Diego where she will be part of a major museum ship devoted to carriers and naval aviation 10 January 2004.

 

Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42), former CVA-42, CVB-42 & Coral Sea (CVB-42) (41st CC)

01/12/43

29/04/45

27/10/45

23/04/54(D)

Puget Sound Naval Ship Yard

Recomm. 26/04/56

30/09/77(D/S) 2nd at

East Coast

01/04/78 (SOLD)

Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping.

Fifth

Princeton (LPH-5), former CVS-37, CVA-37, CV-37 & Valley Forge

Redes. CV-23 16/02/42

Renamed 31/03/42 (36th CC)

14/09/43

08/07/45

18/11/45

20/06/48(D)

Pacific Reserve Fleet

Recomm. 28/08/50

Redes. CVS 01/01/54

Redes. LPH 02/03/59

30/01/70(D/S) 2nd

Pacific Reserve Fleet

05/71 (SOLD)

Sold for scrapping.

 

Tarawa (AVT-12), former CVS-40, CVA-40 & CV-40 (39th CC)

01/03/44

12/03/45

08/12/45

30/06/49(D)

30/06/49 to 30/11/50(R/A) 

New York Atlantic Reserve Fleet

30/11/50(RA)

Recomm. 03/02/51

Redes. CVS 10/01/55

13/05/60(D) 2nd

Philadelphia Group

Redes. AVT-12 in 05/61

01/06/67(S)

30/10/68 (SOLD)

 

Third

Kearsarge (CVS-33), former CVA-33 & CV-33

05/05/45

05/05/45

02/03/46

16/06/50(D)

Bremerton Group

Recomm. 15/02/52

Redes. CVS 01/10/58

15/01/70(D) 2nd

Bremerton Group

01/05/73(S)

01/03/74 (SOLD)

Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping.

Third

Leyte (AVT-10), former CVS-32, CVA-32, CV-32 & Crown Point

21/02/44

23/08/45

11/04/46

Redes. CVS 08/08/53

Redes. AVT-10 15/05/59

15/05/59(D)

Philadelphia Group

01/06/69(S)

1970 (SOLD)

Sold for scrapping.

 

Philippine Sea (AVT-11), former CVS-47, CVA-47 & CV-47 (44th CC)

19/08/44

05/09/45

11/05/46

Redes. CVS 15/11/55

15/07/58(I)

28/12/58(D)

Long Beach, Ca.

Redes. AVT-11 15/05/59

01/12/69(S)

03/71 (SOLD)

 

 

Arlington (AGMR-2), former Saipan, AGMR-2, CC-3, AVT-6 & CVL-48

Name changed to Arlington 8 Apr 1965 and served as an communications relay ship until decomm. (45th CC)

10/07/44

08/07/45

14/07/46

1946 to 1948 (NAR)

1955 (NAR)

30/09/57(D)

Bayonne, N.J.

Redes. AVT-6 15/05/59

Redes.CC-3 03/63

Redes. AGMR-2 01/09/64

Renamed Arlington

08/04/65

Recomm. 27/08/66

25/08/69(I)

14/01/70(D) 2nd

San Diego, Ca.

15/08/75(S)

06/06/76 (SOLD)

Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping.

 

Valley Forge (LPH-8), former CVS-45, CVA-45 & CV-45 (43rd CC)

07/09/44

18/11/45

03/11/46

Redes. CVS 01/01/54

Redes. LPH-8 01/07/61

15/01/70(D/S)

Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility at San Diego, Ca.

29/10/71 (SOLD)

Sold for scrap to Nicolai Joffre Corp., Beverly Hills, Calif.

Iwo Jima (CV-46), a Ticonderoga-class aircraft carrier, was under construction by Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Va., but was cancelled 12 August 1945. Her partially completed hull was scrapped.

Second

Wright (AVT-7), former CVL-49

21/08/44

01/09/45

09/02/47

31/03/47 to 26/01/49 (NAR)

15/03/56(D)

Bremerton Group

Redes. AVT-7 15/05/59

Redes. CC-2 15/03/62

Recomm. 11/05/63

27/05/70(D) 2nd

Philadelphia Group Philadelphia Naval Shipyard

01/12/77(S)

01/08/80(SOLD)

Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping.

 

Coral Sea CV-43, former CVA-43, CVB-43 & CV-42 Contract Awarded 14/06/43 NAMED Coral Sea 10/10/44 - Reclass. 15/07/43 CVB (42nd CC)

24/01/44

02/04/46

01/10/47

24/05/57(D)

Bremerton Group

Recomm.25/01/60

Reclass. CV – Multi-Purpose Aircraft 30/06/75

26/04/90(D) 2nd

Bremerton Group

30/04/90(S)

07/05/93 (SOLD)

Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping. Coral Sea completed as last 80' section is pulled ashore 9 August 2000. Sold for scraping by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) to Seawitch Marine Salavage Fairfield Tm., Baltimore, Md. 6 July 1993 after Museum plan failed Sale Bid # 31-3359 dated 4 March 1993, appraised $300K.

CV 44 - cancelled January 11, 1943

 

Oriskany  (CV-34) former CVA-34 & CV-34

01/05/44

13/10/45

25/09/50

02/01/57(D)

San Francisco. Ca.

Recomm. 07/03/59

Multi-Purpose Aircraft 30/06/75

30/09/79(D) 2nd

30/09/79 to 25/07/89(R)

25/07/89(S)

Sold for scrapping several times but contractor defaulted

Sunk as an artificial reef 17/05/06

Sold for scrapping 26/01/93; scrapper defaulted and ship was repossessed without having left Navy custody. Resold for scrapping 09/09/95, towed to San Francisco 01/05/96, but defaulted. Subsequently moved to Mare Island for scrapping, but scrap contract revoked 1 July 1997. Repossessed by the Navy and contract terminated 30 July 1997. Towed to Beaumont Reserve Fleet in Beaumont, Texas for storage in April 1999. Repossessed by the U. S. Navy when the contractor defaulted the contract 30/07/98. Donated and transferred to the State of Florida December 2004 when she was towed to Pensacola, Fla., for preparation to be sunk as an artificial reef. Oriskany was sunk 24 miles off the coast of Pensacola, Fla., on 17 May 2006. The 888-foot ship took about 37 minutes to sink below the surface.

CV-50 - Bethlehem Steel Company

CVs 51 & 52 - New York Navy Yard

CV-53 - Philadelphia Navy Yard

CVs 54 & 55 - Norfolk Navy Yard

CVB-56 - cancelled March 28, 1945

CVB-57 - cancelled March 28, 1945

USS United States (CVA-58), the third ship of the US Navy named for its nation, was to be the lead ship of a radical new design of aircraft carrier. On 29 July 1948 President of the United States, Harry Truman approved construction of five "supercarriers", for which funds had been provided in the Naval Appropriations Act of 1949. The keel of the first of those five postwar carriers was laid down on 18 April 1949 at Newport News Shipbuilding.  The flush-deck United States was designed to launch and recover the 100,000 pound (45 t) aircraft required to carry early-model nuclear weapons, which weighed as much as five tons. The ship would have no island and be equipped with four aircraft elevators and four catapults. The construction cost of the new ship alone was estimated at US$190 million. The additional thirty-nine ships required to complete the accompanying task force raised the total cost to US$1.265 billion. United States was also designed to provide air support for forces and to conduct sea control operations, but her primary mission was long-range nuclear bombardment. That mission put her in harm's way long before construction began. The United States Air Force viewed United States as a challenge to their monopoly on strategic nuclear weapons delivery. Swayed by limited funds and bitter opposition from the United States Army and Air Force, Secretary of Defense Louis A. Johnson announced on 23 April 1949 -- five days after the ship's keel was laid down -- the cancellation of construction of United States. Secretary of the Navy John Sullivan immediately resigned, and the subsequent "Revolt of the Admirals" cost Admiral Louis Denfeld his position as Chief of Naval Operations, but atomic bombs went to sea on the aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1950.

* - SANK due to enemy action during WW II

+ - SANK during Operation Crossroads

I – Inactivated / RA - Reactivated / Recomm. - Recommissioned / Redesignated - Redes.

D – Decommissioned or Placed out of Commission / R – Out of Commission in Reserve

# - In Commission in Reserve / NAR – Assigned to the Naval Air Reserve training program

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

=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.

Atlantic Reserve Fleet = Philadelphia Group 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.

On 1 October 1952 CVs & CVBs reclassified CVA.

*The Navy Department approved the donation of Yorktown to the Patriot's Point Development Authority, Charleston, South Carolina; formally Dedicated as a Memorial on the 200th anniversary of the Navy for a museum ship in South Carolina 13 October 1975

*Shortly after 15 March 1974, a campaign led by real estate developer Zachary Fisher and the Intrepid Museum Foundation saved the fourth Intrepid. Formally Dedicated as a Memorial.

The eighth Hornet (CVS-12), former CVA-12, CV-12 & Kearsarge was designated National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service 4 December 1991and Donated to The Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation for use as a museum on 26 May 1998.

The fifth Lexington (AVT-16), former CVT-16, CVS-16, CVA-16, CV-16 & Cabot was donated as USS Lexington Museum on the Bay on 15 June 1992 and now operates as such in Corpus Christi, Texas.