Aboard USS Coral Sea (CVA-43), the Catapult Officer signals "launch" and an A-4C Skyhawk (from VA-153 "Blue Tail Flies" squadron) starts down the flight deck, during operations in the South China Sea, 24 March 1965. The plane is being launched from the carrier's starboard catapult. Photographed by PH1 James F. Falk, USN.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph
USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)...Making over 30 knots(????), during a high speed run on 1 March 1989.
Official U.S. Navy photograph by PH2 Michael Skeens; Naval Historical Center photo #: NH 97651-KN.
USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)....Underway at sea in 1986.
Official U.S. Navy photograph by PH2 Robert Chouinard; Naval Historical Center photo #: NH 97652-KN.
A Grumman F9F-6 Cougar of Fighter Squadron (VF) 24 "Corsairs" after having just landed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Essex (CVA-9) in 1955. Essex was on a regular deployment to the Western Pacific with Carrier Air Group (CVG) 2 from 3 November 1954 to 21 June 1955. On 9 March 1959 VF-24 would be redesignated VF-211 "Fighting Checkmates." U.S. Navy photo.
Stern aerial view of USS Yorktown (CVA-10), taken during her 4th Westpac Deployment (March 9 – August 25, 1957). The embarked Air Group was CVG-19, tailcode "B".
Caption: Collection photo # 2016.10.01: Sailors pose for a photo on board USS Soley (DD-707) circa 1944
Put in the Pacific Fleet reserve on 24 March 1949 at San Francisco, the Iowa (BB-61) is shown being hauled out for reactivation for Korean War service on 14 July 1951. USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
A starboard bow view of the Iowa (BB-61) just two weeks prior to its third commissioning at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. Official USN photo # DN-ST-85-03278, by PH1 Jeff Hilton, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Negro sailors of the U.S.S. Mason (DE 529) commissioned at Boston Navy Yard on 20 Mar. 1944 proudly look over their ship which is the first to have [a] predominately Negro crew." March 20, 1944. 80-G-218861.
USS Missouri (BB-63) Gunner's Mate Second Class Charles J. Hansen working on a 40mm quad machine gun mount, during the battleship's shakedown period, circa August 1944. Note his tattoos, commemorating service on USS Vincennes (CA-44) and shipmates lost with her in the Battle of Savo Island on 9 August 1942. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
Fire Controlman First Class E.M. Smith, Gun Captain of one of the ship's nine 16"/50 Mk.VII main battery guns, opens his gun's breech plug, during Missouri's shakedown cruise, August 1944. The gun's polished steel breech is marked with the stamp of its manufacturer, the Naval Gun Factory, Washington Navy Yard, DC. Note tattoo on FC1c Smith's left forearm.
"A gun crew of six Negroes who were given the Navy Cross for standing by their gun when their ship was damaged by enemy attack in the Philippine area." Crew members: Jonell Copeland, AtM2/c; Que Gant, StM; Harold Clark, Jr., StM; James Eddie Dockery, StM; Alonzo Alexander Swann, StM; and Eli Benjamin, StM. Ca. 1945. 80-G-334029.
USS Lake Champlain....5-inch rockets waiting to be loaded. BuNo 123351 was an F2H-2 assigned to VF-22 "Cavaliers."...circa 1953
USS Lake Champlain....F9F-5 Panthers of VF-111 "Sundowners" on flight deck, Hong Kong harbor...circa 1953
USS Lake Champlain....VC-33 ordnancemen loading weapons for an anti-submarine patrol AD Skyraider during Korean Cruise circa 1953.
USS Lake Champlain in Gibraltar, circa 1955.
Astronaut Alan Shepard walks across the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Lake Champlain. Shepard was the first American in space on this mission."
CDR Shepard was hoisted off his spacecraft into HSS-1N Seabat helicopter from Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HS) 5 "Nitghtdippers."
On May 5, 1961, CDR Alan B. Shepard Jr. became the first American to fly into space. His Freedom 7 "Mercury" capsule was launched suborbitally to an altitude of over 116 miles, 303 statute miles down range from Cape Canaveral. After a 15.5-minute flight, the spacecraft splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean where USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39) awaited its arrival. The capsule came through the entire flight in such excellent shape that the engineers who examined it decided that it could easily be used again. The doctors also assessed that the astronaut was in excellent shape, physically and psychologically and "...could be used again too."
The Gemini 5 spacecraft is brought aboard USS Lake Champlain, the recovery ship, after a successful landing at the end of its mission, August 29, 1965.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Photograph # S65-46630
Astronauts Charles Conrad Jr. (left) and L. Gordon Cooper Jr. walk across the deck of USS Lake Champlain, the recovery aircraft carrier, following splashdown and recovery from the ocean, August 29, 1965 (Gemini 5).
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Photograph # S65-51442
USN, photographed by Lieutenant Charles Kerlee, USNR. - Official U.S. Navy photo
The crew of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10) stands at attention as the National Ensign is raised, during commissioning ceremonies at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia (USA), on 15 April 1943. Yorktown is freshly painted in Camouflage Measure 21. Two steel-hull submarine chasers (PC) are at right, on the other side of the pier.
Lt. Charles W. Kerlee, USNR - Official U.S. Navy photo
U.S. Navy Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat fighters of fighter squadron VF-5, Carrier Air Group Five (CVG-5), are readied for a strike against Marcus Island aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10) on 31 August 1943. The "00" identifies this aircraft as the Hellcat of the Air Group Commander (CAG) of CVG-5, LtCdr. Jimmy Flatley. The F6F is painted in the new tricolor-scheme (certainly an "in the field" application). An Aviation Boatswain Mate stands ready to remove the chock from the wheels. A non-specular insignia white diagonal stripe on the tail and the green propeller hub identified CVG-5 aboard the Yorktown.
The U.S. Navy anti-submarine aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CVS-10) at sea off Hawaii (USA), some time between 1961 and 1963. On the flight deck are various aircraft of Carrier Anti-Submarine Air Group 55 (CVSG-55). The red-nosed Sikorsky HSS-1N Seabat helicopters were assigned to helicopter anti-submarine squadron HS-4 Black Knights. On the catapults are two Douglas AD-5W Skyraider aircraft of airborne early warning squadron VAW-11 Det.T Early Eleven. The Grumman S2F-1S Tracker planes belonged to anti-submarine squadron VS-23 Black Cats (white fin), and VS-25 Golden Eagles (red fin).
USS North Carolina (BB 55) June 1941, shortly after commissioning.
USS North Carolina (BB 55)
Port bow view off Norfolk Navy Yard, 3 June 1942. Official USN photo # 3246-42, courtesy of David Buell.
USS North Carolina (BB-55) bombarding Nauru on 8 December 1943.
The photo caption notes that the North Carolina (BB-55) is picturered here from an altitude of 300 feet, and was developed by the NAS New York NY (Floyd Bennet Field) Photographic Laboratory. USN photo courtesy of David Buell. Caption is NYNY # 11306-6-46. Photo courtesy of David Buell...Circa 1946-47 near New York NY.
Whenever we see pix like this one above We can hear the Victory at Sea theme...The oiler USS Taluga (AO-62) refueling USS North Carolina (BB-55), March 1945.
USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (DD-850) Undated, location unknown.
USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (DD-850) Circa 1950, refueling from the USS Missouri (BB-62).
USS John W. Thomason (DD 760) October 1969 underway from Japan to San Diego attempting to refuel from the USS Bon Homme Richard. From the collection of Oscar Boudreaux.
USS Leonard F. Mason (DD 852) at man-o-war anchorage Hong Kong British Crown Colony, April 10 1966
A Light Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 34 (HSL-34) SH-2F Seasprite helicopter sits on the flight deck of the destroyer USS DEYO (DD-989). Photo by OS2 John Bouvia, June 1 1982...location unknown
USS Barry (DD-933) and USS Keppler (DD-765) in Barcelona, circa the early 1960s.
USS Barry (DD-933) and USS Blandy (DD-943) in Barcelona, circa the early 1960s.
USS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786) breaks off following UNREP with USS Ashtabula (AO-51), South China Sea, April 1972.
USS Virginia (CGN 40) Port quarter view while operating off the Virginia Capes, 2 August 1988.
USS Preble (DLG-15 later DDG-46) at the Boston Naval Shipyard, May 1960.