U. S. COMMISSIONED AIRCRAFT CARRIERS PHOTOS (CV-1 to CVN-78)

Part I to IV - CV-1 to CV/CVA/CV-19

 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

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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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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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2008901619

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U. S. COMMISSIONED AIRCRAFT CARRIERS PHOTOS (CV-1 to CVN-78)

 

(1920 to Present)

Part I to IV - CV-1 to CV/CVA/CV-19

Part III to IV - CV-20 to CV-40

Part II to IV - CVB/CVA/CV-41 to CVN-69

Part IV of IV - CVN-70 to CVN-78

 

USS Langley (CV-1)

 

 

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Jupiter (AC-3) was decommissioned at the Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia on 4 March 1920 and was converted into the first U.S. aircraft carrier at the Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia, for the purpose of conducting experiments in the new idea of sea borne aviation, a field of unlimited possibilities, with the ship's executive officer, Cmdr. Kenneth Whiting, in command; commissioned  on 7 April 1913, Comdr. Joseph M. Reeves in command; launched on 14 August 1912, sponsored by Mrs. Thomas F. Ruhm; laid down on 18 October 1911 by Mare Island Naval Shipyard of Vallejo, California as the first electrically-propelled ship of the United States Navy” (Ref. 1-Langley, 68 & 72).

 

Jupiter (AC-3) name was changed to Langley on 11 April 1920, in honor of Samuel Pierpont Langley, an American astronomer, physicist, aeronautics pioneer and aircraft engineer, and she was given hull classification symbol CV-1” (Ref. 1-Langley & 72).

 

Langley, former Jupiter (AC-3) was recommissoned at Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia, with Comdr. Kenneth Whiting in command, upon completion of conversion into the first U.S. aircraft carrier at the Navy Yard, for the purpose of conducting experiments in the new idea of sea borne aviation on 20 March 1922, with Comdr. Kenneth Whiting in command” (Ref. 1-Langley & 72).

 

“On 1 April 1922, the specifications of arresting gear of the type later installed in early aircraft carriers were sent to various design engineers. "The arresting gear will consist of two or more transverse wires stretched across the fore and aft wires ... [and which] lead around sheaves placed outboard to hydraulic brakes. The plane, after engaging the transverse wire, is guided down the deck by the fore and aft wires and is brought to rest by the action of the transverse wire working with the hydraulic brake” (Ref. 68).

Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet

“In June 1922, Air Detachment, Pacific Fleet was renamed Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet. This was part of a reorganization, which would combine the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets into the U. S. Fleet, then designate the western part the Battle Fleet and the eastern part the Scouting Fleet” (Ref. 410).

 

“On 1 July 1922, Congress authorized the conversion of the unfinished battle cruisers USS Lexington (CV-2) and USS Saratoga (CV-3) as aircraft carriers and as permitted under the terms of the Washington Treaty” (Ref. 68).

 

“On 17 October 1922, Lieut. V.C. Griffin, in a Vought VE-7SF, took off from USS Langley (CV-1) at anchor in the York River, Virginia, making the first take-off from an aircraft carrier” (Ref. 68).

 

USS Langley (CV-1) c1928

 

 

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USS Langley (CV-1)
See also (AV-3)

 

 

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“On 25 October 1936, Langley (CV-1), former Jupiter (AC-3) put into Mare Island Naval Shipyard of Vallejo, California for overhaul and conversion to a seaplane tender, completing overhaul and conversion to a seaplane tender 26 February 1937” (Ref. 1-Langley & 72).

 

USS Lexington (CV-2)

 

 

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“The fourth Lexington (CV -2), the second aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No., but was commissioned after  Saratoga (CV-3) on 14 December 1927, with Captain Albert W. Marshall in command; launched on 3 October 1925; sponsored by Mrs. Theodore Douglas Robinson, wife of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy; authorized to be completed as the second aircraft carrier of the United States Navy on 1 July 1922; originally designated CC 1; laid down as a battle cruiser on 8 January 1921 by Fore River Shipbuilding Company, Quincy, Massachusetts; nicknamed the "Gray Lady" or "Lady Lex"” (Ref. 1-Lexington & 72).

 

USS Saratoga (CV-3)
SBD, F4F and TBD on deck.
c1941-42

 

 

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USS Saratoga (CV3)

 

 

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“The fifth Saratoga (CV-3), the third aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No., but was commissioned before Lexington (CV-2), former CC 1 on 16 November 1927, with Captain Harry E. Yarnell in command; launched on 7 April 1925, sponsored by Mrs. Curtis D. Wilbur, wife of the Secretary of the Navy; ordered converted to an aircraft carrier and reclassified CV-3 on 1 July 1922 in accordance with the Washington Treaty limiting naval armaments; originally laid down on 25 September 1920 as Battle Cruiser #3 by the New York Shipbuilding Corporation, at Camden, New Jersey” (Ref. 1-Saratoga & 72).

 

USS Ranger (CV-4) 
F3F on deck c1941

 

 

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“The sixth Ranger (CV-4), the fourth aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No., commissioned at the Norfolk Navy Yard on 4 June 1934, with Captain Arthur L. Bristol in command; launched on 25 February 1933, sponsored by Mrs. Lou Henry Hoover (wife of the President of the United States) and the first ship of the United States Navy to be designed and built from the keel up as an aircraft carrier; laid down on 26 September 1931 by Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Newport News, Virginia” (Ref. 1-Ranger & 72).

 

USS Yorktown (CV-5) 
c1937

 

 

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USS Yorktown (CV-5) 
NAS North Island August 1941
F3F forward & F4F aft

 

 

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“The third Yorktown (CV-5), the fifth aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No., commissioned at the Naval Operating Base (NOB), Norfolk, Virginia, on 30 September 1937, with Capt. Ernest D. McWhorter in command; launched on 4 April 1936, sponsored by Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt; keel was laid down on 21 May 1934 at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Newport News, Virginia” (Ref. 1-Yorktown & 72).

 

USS Enterprise (CV-6)

 

 

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USS Enterprise (CV-6)
October 1939

 

 

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“The seventh Enterprise (CV-6), the sixth aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No., commissioned 12 May 1938, with Captain N.H. White in command; launched 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; laid down at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, Va. in 1935” (Ref. 1-Enterprise & 72).

 

USS Wasp (CV-7)
c1940

 

 

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USS Wasp (CV-7)
May 1942

 

 

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“The eighth Wasp (CV-7), the seventh aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No. on 25 April 1940 at the Army Quartermaster Base, South Boston, Massachusetts, with Captain John W. Reeves, Jr. in command; launched on 4 April 1939; sponsored by Carolyn Edison (wife of Assistant Secretary of the Navy Charles Edison); keel was laid down on 1 April 1936 at Quincy, Massachusetts, by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Company. Ready now to join the fleet and assigned to Carrier Division (CarDiv) 3, Patrol Force, USS Wasp (CV-7) shifted to Naval Operating Base (NOB), Norfolk from the Norfolk Navy Yard on 11 October. There she loaded 24 P-40s from the 8th Army Pursuit Group and nine O-47As from the 2d Observation Squadron, as well as her own spares and utility unit Grumman J2Fs on the 12th). Proceeding to sea for maneuvering room, Wasp flew off the Army planes in a test designed to compare the take-off runs of standard Navy and Army aircraft. That experiment, the first time that Army planes had flown from a Navy carrier, foreshadowed the use of the ship in the ferry role that she performed so well in World War II” (Ref. 1-Wasp & 72).

 

USS Hornet (CV-8)
October 1941

 

 

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“The seventh Hornet (CV-8), the eighth aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No., commissioned at Norfolk, Virginia on 20 October 1941, with Captain Marc A. Mitscher in command; launched on 14 December 1940 by the Newport News Ship Building & Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Va.; sponsored by Mrs. Annie Reid Knox (wife of Secretary of the Navy Frank M. Knox); keel was laid down at Newport News Shipbuilding of Newport News, Virginia in 1939” (Ref. 1-Hornet & 72).

 

USS Essex (CV-9)
Korea c1951

 

 

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USS Essex (CVS-9)

 

 

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“The seventh Essex (CVS-9), former CVA & CV-9, the ninth aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No., commissioned on 31 December 1942, with Captain Donald B. Duncan commanding; launched on 31 July 1942 by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., sponsored by Mrs. Artemus L. Gates, wife of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Air; keel was laid down in 1941 at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., the lead ship of her class under construction before WW II at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co.” (Ref. 1-Essex & 72).

 

USS Yorktown (CVA-10)
c1953

 

 

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USS Yorktown (CVS-10)
c1960

 

 

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“The fourth Yorktown (CVS-10), former CVA-10, CV-10 & Bon Homme Richard, the 10th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No. and in order of commission, the 14th, commissioning on 15 April 1943 at the Norfolk Navy Yard, with Captain Joseph J. Clark in command; launched on 21 January 1943, sponsored by Eleanor Roosevelt; former Bon Homme Richard, renamed Yorktown on 26 September 1942 to commemorate her lost predecessor; 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” (Ref. 1-Yorktown).

 

USS Intrepid (CV-11)

 

 

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“The fourth Intrepid (CVS-11), former CVA-11 & CV-11, the 11th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No. and in order of commission, the 19th, commissioning on 16 August 1943, with Captain Thomas L. Sprague in command; launched on 26 April 1943 by Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Virginia, sponsored by Mrs. John Howard Hoover; keel was laid down in December 1941 by Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Virginia, an Essex-class aircraft carrier of the United States Navy” (Ref. 1-Intrepid & 72).

 

USS Hornet (CV-12)

 

 

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“The eighth Hornet (CVS-12), former CVA-12, CV-12 & Kearsarge, the 12th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No. and in order of commission, the 24th, commissioning on 29 November 1943, with Captain Miles M. Browning in command; launched on 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” (Ref. 1-Hornet 72 & 324).

 

USS Franklin (CV-13)

 

 

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USS Franklin (CV-13)

 

 

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USS Franklin (CV-13)

 

 

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“The fifth Franklin (AVT-8), former CV-13, the 13th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No. and in order of commission, the 25th, commissioning on 31 January 1944, with Captain James M. Shoemaker in command. 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.  Launched by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. Newport News, Virginia, on 14 October 1943, sponsored by Lieutenant Commander Mildred A. McAfee, USNR, Director of the WAVES; keel was laid 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” (Ref. 1-Franklin & 72).

 

USS Ticonderoga (CV-14)

 

 

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“The fourth Ticonderoga (CVS-14), former CVA-14, CV-14 & Hancock, the 14th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No. and in order of commission, the 27th, commissioning at the Norfolk Navy Yard on 8 May 1944, with Captain Dixie Kiefer in command; launched on 7 February 1944, sponsored by Miss Stephanie Sarah Pell; renaming of the Hancock to the fourth Ticonderoga (CV-14) occurred on 1 May 1943 (The name itself refers to the historic Fort Ticonderoga which played a part in early American history. It was to become the lead ship of the Ticonderoga class, though it and other ships of this class are often subsumed into the Essex class carriers); keel was laid down as Hancock on 1 February 1943 at Newport News, Virginia, by the Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co.” (Ref. 1-Ticonderoga & 72).

 

USS Randolph (CV-15)

 

 

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“The second Randolph (CVS-15), former CVA-15 & CV-15, the 15th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No. and in order of commission, the 30th, commissioning on 9 October 1944, with Captain Felix Locke Baker, USN in command, launched on 28 June 1944, sponsored by Rose Gillette (wife of Guy M. Gillette, a US Senator from Iowa); launched on 28 June 1944, sponsored by Rose Gillette (wife of Guy M. Gillette, a US Senator from Iowa); keel was laid down on 10 May 1943 by Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Virginia, as a Ticonderoga-class aircraft carrier” (Ref. 1-Randolph & 72).

 

USS Lexington (CV-16)

 

 

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USS Lexington (CV-16)

 

 

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“The fifth Lexington (AVT-16), former CVT-16, CVS-16, CVA-16, CV-16 & Cabot, the 16th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No. and in order of commission, the 11th, commissioning on 17 February 1943, with Captain Felix B. Stump in command; launched on 23 September 1942; sponsored by Mrs. Theodore D. Robinson, renamed Lexington on 16 June 1942; keel originally laid down as Cabot on 15 July 1941 by Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, Mass.” (Ref. 1-Lexington).

 

USS Bunker Hill (CV-17)

 

 

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“The Bunker Hill (AVT-9), former CVS-17, CVA-17 & CV-17, the 17th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No. and in order of commission, the 15th, commissioning on 24 May 1943, with Captain J. J. Ballentine in command; launched on 7 December 1942 by Bethlehem Steel Company, Quincy, Massachusetts, sponsored by Mrs. Donald Boynton; keel was laid in September 1941as an Essex-class aircraft carrier of the United States Navy” (Ref. 1-Bunker Hill & 72).

 

USS Wasp (CV-18)

 

 

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USS Wasp (CV-18)

 

 

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“The ninth Wasp (CVS-18), former CVA-18, CV-18 & Oriskany, the 18th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No. and in order of commission, the 23rd, commissioning on 24 November 1943, with Captain Clifton A. F. Sprague in command; launched on 17 August 1943, sponsored by Miss Julia M. Walsh, the sister of Senator David I. Walsh of Massachusetts; renamed Wasp on 13 November 1942, in honor of her fallen predecessor CV-7; keel was laid down as Oriskany on 18 March 1942 at Quincy, Massachusetts, by the Bethlehem Steel Company as an Essex-class aircraft carrier” (Ref. 1-Wasp & 72).

 

USS Hancock (CV-19)

 

 

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“The Hancock (CV-19), former CVA-19, CV-19 & fourth Ticonderoga, the 19th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No. and in order of commission, the 26th, commissioning at the Norfolk Navy Yard on 15 April 1944, with Captain Fred C. Dickey in command; launched on 24 January 1944; sponsored by Mrs. DeWitt C. Ramsey, wife of Rear Adm. Ramsey, Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics; renaming of the fourth Ticonderoga to the Hancock occurred on 1 May 1943; initially laid down 26 January 1943 by the Bethlehem Steel Company, Quincy, Massachusetts as the fourth Ticonderoga, lead ship of a class of modified 27,100-ton Essex class aircraft carriers” (Ref. 1-Hancock, 30 & 72).

 

U. S. COMMISSIONED AIRCRAFT CARRIERS PHOTOS (CV-1 to CVN-78)

 

(1920 to Present)

Part I to IV - CV-1 to CV/CVA/CV-19

Part III to IV - CV-20 to CV-40

Part II to IV - CVB/CVA/CV-41 to CVN-69

Part IV of IV - CVN-70 to CVN-78