30 December 1969, 48 years ago today, Gato-class submarine USS Cavalla (SS-244) was struck from the Naval Vessel Regsiter
7 December 1941, 76 years ago today, Pennsylvania-class battleship USS Arizona (BB-39) was bombed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. After a bomb detonated in a powder magazine, the battleship exploded violently and sank, with the loss of 1,177 officers and crewmen.
Visited Fort Ticonderoga in early September. It was good to see that some remnants of its namesake, the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) were saved from the scrappers:
Also on display was her 'Ribbon-Rack', which appears to be incomplete or predates 1967, the year in which she received her fourth battle star for her Vietnam Service Medal.
built by Newport News.
Laid down 1 Mar 1943
originally named Hancock, renamed 1 May 1943
launched 7 Feb 1944
commissioned 8 May 1944
Decommissioned to reserve 9 Jan 1947
SCB 27C reconstruction at New York Navy Yard started 1 April 1952
completed and recommissioned 1 Oct 1954
Redesignated as an attack carrier (CVA 14) 1 October 1952 while in overhaul
SCB 125 angled deck modernization at Norfolk Navy Yard 8/1956 to 1 April 1957.
Redesignated as an ASW carrier (CVS 14) 21 Oct 1969
Decommissioned and stricken for disposal 16 Nov 1973.
Sold to Zidell Explorations Corp., Portland, Oregon for $601,999.99. Sale # 16-5009 of 15 Aug 1974. Subsequently scrapped.
Caption: USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) underway. Parked forward are A-4F Skyhawks from squadrons VA-192 "Golden Dragons" and VA-23 "Black Knights," A-4C's from VA-195 "Dambusters," F-8E Crusaders from VF-194 "Red Lightings" and an EA-1F Skyraider from VAW-33 "Nighthawks" (redesignated VAQ-33 on 1 February 1968), the latter plane right behind the ship's COD (Carrier On-board Delivery) C-2 Greyhound. A KA-3B Skywarrior from VAH-4 "Fourrunners" is on the angled deck.