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USS ESSEX CV-9 involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis BAY OF PIGS 1961, 1 of 3: In April 1961, Essex steamed out of Naval Station Mayport, Florida on a two-week "routine training" cruise, purportedly to support the carrier qualification of a squadron of Navy pilots. Twelve A4D-2 Skyhawks had been loaded aboard, the aircraft, pilots and support crews all from attack squadron VA-34, the Blue Blasters. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Essex_(CV-9)

This is the ship to bear the Yorktown name. This one is which is the Essex class carrier built during WWII. USS Yorktown was sunk during the battle

Naval Warfare: USS Shangri-La (CV-38, CVA-38, CVS-38)

Figure USS Shangri-La is christened by Mrs. Doolittle, during launching ceremonies at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Norfo.

Ranger, Lexington, Saratoga...Hawaii 1936.[1779x1420]  Notice Saratoga's stripe on her island. She survived the war only to be sunk at Bikini Atoll during the A bomb tests

Ranger, Lexington, Saratoga...Hawaii 1936.[1779x1420]

USS Ranger (foreground), USS Lexington (center), and USS Saratoga (background) at anchor off Honolulu, US Territory of Hawaii, 8 Apr 1936

Commissioning of USS Yorktown (CV-10) on 15 April 1943.

USS Yorktown (CV is commissioned in Initially to have been named Bon Homme Richard, she was renamed Yorktown while under construction to commemorate USS Yorktown (CV lost at the.

USS Hancock (CV/CVA-19) was one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the United States Navy. The ship was the fourth US Navy ship to bear the name, and was named for John Hancock, president of the Second Continental Congress and first governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

USS Hancock was one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the United States Navy.

USS Valley Forge (LPH-8, former CV-45) Essex class aircraft carrier converted to serve as Landing Platform, Helicopter

USS Valley Forge former Essex class aircraft carrier converted to serve as Landing Platform, Helicopter

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