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United States Navy Ships
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USS Mesa Verde
USS Mesa Verde – LPD19: The future USS MESA VERDE, currently under construction at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems’ shipyard in Pascagoula, MS, will be the third amphibious transport dock of the San Antonio Class. The ship will transport and land Marines, their equipment and supplies, by embarked air cushion or conventional landing craft or Expeditionary Fighting Vehicles, augmented by helicopters or vertical take off and landing aircraft. USS MESA VERDE will support amphibious, special operations, or expeditionary warfare missions through the first half of the 21st Century. Then Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig announced the decision to name the third amphibious transport dock ship of the San Antonio Class, "MESA VERDE" (LPD 19). The ship is named in recognition of the Mesa Verde National Park in Southwestern Colorado. This will be the first U. S. Navy ship named MESA VERDE.
USS San Francisco
USS San Francisco (Cruiser # 5, C-5, later CM-2), 1890-1939. Later renamed Yosemite. USS San Francisco, a 4088-ton protected cruiser, was built at San Francisco, California, and commissioned in November 1890. She served in the Pacific until 1893, then steamed to the Atlantic. Operations followed in the North and South Atlantic, and in European waters. During the Spanish-American War, in 1898, San Francisco was stationed off Cuba. The cruiser had two additional tours of European duty in 1902-04, plus spending some time in the Caribbean area. In 1908-1911, she was converted into a mine planter, one of the Navy's first specialized mine vessels. San Francisco assisted in laying the North Sea Mine Barrage during World War I. She was designated CM-2 in 1920, and decommissioned in December 1921. In reserve at Philadelphia Navy Yard for many years thereafter, the ship was renamed Yosemite in 1931 and was sold for scrapping in April 1939.
USS Yosemite
USS Yosemite: USS Yosemite (1898-1900) USS Yosemite, a 6179-ton auxiliary cruiser, was built at Newport News, Virginia, in 1892 for commercial employment. Acquired by the Navy in April 1898, she operated in the West Indies area during the Spanish-American War. After that conflict, she served briefly in the Atlantic and then was sent to Guam for use as station ship and, occasionally, as a transport. On 13 November 1900 she was badly damaged by a typhoon. After her crew was rescued, Yosemite was scuttled offshore.
USS Yopsemite
USS Yosemite - AD19: Laid down, 19 January 1942, at Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Inc., Tampa, FL. Launched, 16 May 1943 and Commissioned USS Yosemite (AD-19), on 26 March 1944. Decommissioned, 27 January 1994, at US Naval Station Mayport, FL., and simultaneously struck from the Naval Register. Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James, River, Fort Eustis, VA. Final Disposition, sunk as a target, 18 November 2003 at location 35-54N7 070-04W1, at a depth of 2340 fathoms.
USS Acadia
USS Acadia – AD42: Named after the National Park in the state of Maine, a scenic, rugged coastal area on Mount Desert Island and the most prominent elevation on the eastern seaboard, the USS ACADIA was the second YELLOWSTONE - class destroyer tender. ACADIA was laid down on 14 February 1978 at San Diego, Calif., by the National Steel and Shipbuilding Co.; launched on 28 July 1979; sponsored by Mrs. Clarence R. Bryan, the wife of Vice-Admiral Clarence R. Bryan, Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command; and commissioned on 6 June 1981, Capt. Brenton P. Hardy in command. Decommissioned on December 16, 1994, but not stricken from the Navy list yet, the ACADIA is currently held in reserve at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility in Pearl Harbor, HI.
USS Grand Canyon

USS Grand Canyon – AD/AR28: Laid down, 16 November 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 206) at Todd-Pacific Shipyards Inc., Tacoma, WA. Launched, 27 April 1945. Delivered to the Navy, 8 May 1945. Commissioned USS Grand Canyon (AD-28), 6 April 1946. Reclassified Repair Ship (AR-28) (date unknown). Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register 1 September 1978. Transferred to the Maritime Administration for disposal. Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in June 1980 to Union Minerals and Alloy Corp., New York, N.Y.

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USS Yellowstone
USS Yellowstone – AD41: Laid down, 16 October 1944 under a Maritime Commission contract at Todd-Pacific Shipyards Inc., Tacoma, WA. Launched, 12 April 1945. Commissioned USS Yellowstone (AD-27), 11 January 1946. Decommissioned, 11 September 1974. Struck from the Naval Register, 12 September 1974. Transferred to the Maritime Administration for disposal. Final Disposition, sold by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping in September 1975.
USS Cape Cod
USS Cape Cod – AD43: USS CAPE COD was the third YELLOWSTONE - class destroyer tender. Decommissioned on September 29, 1995, and stricken from the Navy list on April 7, 1999, the CAPE COD is now berthed at the James River Reserve Fleet in Fort Eustis, VA, awaiting final disposal.
USS Fort McHenry
USS Fort McHenry – LSD43: Named for the national monument in Baltimore, Maryland, USS FORT MCHENRY (LSD 43) is the third Whidbey Island Class Dock Landing Ship. FORT MCHENRY's keel was laid on 10 June 1983, and the ship was launched on 1 February 1986. The Honorable Helen D. Bently was the sponsor for FORT MCHENRY's commissioning ceremony which took place in Seattle, Washington on 9 August 1987. FORT MCHENRY's maiden deployment was from June 1988 to December 1988 to the Western Pacific. Following her return, FORT MCHENRY participated in the cleanup of the EXXON VALDEZ oil spill by deploying to Prince William Sound from 28 April to 22 June 1989. In recognition of the crew's effectiveness during the cleanup operation, FORT MCHENRY was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Coast Guard's Special Operations Service Ribbon.
USS Rushmore
USS Rushmore – LSD47: USS RUSHMORE is named after the Mount Rushmore National Monument in the Black Hills of South Dakota. RUSHMORE was built by Avondale Industries in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mrs. Meredith Brokaw, wife of NBC News anchorman Tom Brokaw, christened the ship RUSHMORE May 6, 1989. Commissioning ceremonies were held on June 1, 1991 on the banks of the Mississippi River at the River Walk, New Orleans. The ship’s first assignment was to deliver three Air Cushioned Landing Craft (LCAC) to Camp Pendleton, California from Panama City, Florida. Along the way, RUSHMORE conducted a port visit in Jamaica, traversed the Panama Canal, and visited Rodman, Panama. Camp Pendleton was the last stop before arriving at her homeport of San Diego. During her first six-month deployment, USS RUSHMORE spearheaded the beach landing on Somalia during OPERATION RESTORE HOPE, the largest military humanitarian operation in history. OPERATION RESTORE HOPE was designed to provide food and medical relief to the starving people of Somalia.
USS Lassen
USS Lassen – AE3 (1941-47): Lassen (AK 3) ex-shooting Btar, was launched by the Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Tampa, Fla., under a Maritime Commission contract 10 January 1940; sponsored by Mrs. Fred C. Cone; acquired by the Navy 15 November 1940; commissioned 4 days later for transfer to Mobile, Ala. for conversion, Lt. Comdr. A. B. Kerr in command; and commissioned in full 27 March 1941, Comdr. R.S. Berkey in command. In the months prior to the war, this ammunition ship had made deliveries along both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and in July saved to Pearl Harbor. On 22 November she departed Norfolk for San Francisco, her homeport. There was little need during the period of hasty demobilization which followed World War II for this ship which had plied its hazardous duties so efficiently. Berthed first at Port Discovery, Wash., from 20 November to 2 March 1846, she proceeded down the coast by stages and arrived in San Diego 27 March. Lassen decommissioned 15 January 1947 and entered the Pacific Reserve Fleet, remaining a unit of that fleet until struck from the Navy list 1 July 1961. Lassen received three battle stars for World War II service.
USS Shenandoah
USS Shenandoah – AD44: USS SHENANDOAH was the fourth and final YELLOWSTONE - class destroyer tender and the fifth ship in the Navy named for the Shenandoah Valley. AD 44 is also named for the adjoining Shenandoah National Park. The Valley and the National Park are both located in the western part of the State of Virginia. The name Shenandoah is derived from an Indian word meaning "Daughter of the Stars." Decommissioned on August 15, 1996, and stricken from the Navy list on April 7, 1999, the SHENANDOAH is now located at the James River Reserve Fleet in Fort Eustis, VA., awaiting final disposal.
USS Antietam –CV36
USS Antietam –CV36: USS ANTIETAM was one of the ESSEX - class aircraft carriers and the second ship in the Navy to bear the name. Commissioned as CV 36, her designation was changed to CVA 36 in October 1952, and to CVS 36 in August 1953. In December 1952, the ANTIETAM became the first carrier in the Navy to be equipped with an angled-deck. Decommissioned on May 8, 1963, and stricken from the Navy list on May 1, 1973, the ANTIETAM was sold for scrapping in early 1974. The ship was named ANTIETAM to commemorates a site along Antietam Creek, near Sharpsburg, Maryland, at which a major Civil War battle was fought.
USS Antietam – CG54

USS Antietam – CG54: In naming this cruiser ANTIETAM, the U. S. Navy commemorates a site along Antietam Creek, near Sharpsburg, Maryland, at which a major Civil War battle was fought. ANTIETAM is the third American warship named in remembrance of this battle. ANTIETAM was commissioned on 6 June 1987 in Baltimore, Maryland. Following its commissioning, the cruiser steamed through the Panama Canal to its first homeport in Longbeach, California. ANTIETAM's first deployment, beginning September 1988, took the ship to the Arabian Gulf for Kuwaiti tanker escort operations as part of Operation EARNEST WILL. Following the first full 18-month competitive cycle, ANTIETAM was awarded the Battle "E", eight of nine departmental excellence awards, and the LAMPS MK III Safety Award. The ship's second deployment in June 1990, scheduled for Pacific operations, was cut short by the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. ANTIETAM entered the Arabian Gulf on 6 August, assuming duties as anti-air warfare commander for Middle East Force during the turbulent early days of Operation DESERT SHIELD.

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USS Gettysburg
USS Gettysburg – CG64: USS GETTYSBURG was one of six U.S. Navy ships ordered by President Clinton on October 15, 1993, to be deployed to enforce a trade embargo against Haiti as part of Operation "Support Democracy". The order came the day after the United Nations Security Council voted to reimpose stiff sanctions against Haiti, including an embargo on oil products, until order was restored and the Governors Island process clearly resumed. GETTYSBURG was one of five ships replaced less than two weeks later so as to permit it and the others to resume previously scheduled assignments. The ship's name, Gettysburg, commemorates the pivotal battle of the American Civil War fought from July 1 through July 3, 1863.
USS Chancellorsville
USS Chancellorsville – CG62: USS CHANCELLORSVILLE was commissioned at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, MS, on 4 November 1989. She deployed from 1 March 1991 to 27 August 1991 to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation DESERT STORM. CHANCELLORSVILLE deployed from 19 February 1993 to 19 August 1993 to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf as part of the NIMITZ Battle Group. On 26 June 1993, CHANCELLORSVILLE launched strikes on the Iraqi Intelligence Center in Baghdad with nine Tomahawk missiles in retaliation for the aborted assassination attempt on former President Bush. On 28 April 1995, and until 28 October 1995, CHANCELLORSVILLE deployed to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf.
USS Vicksburg_CL-86

USS Vicksburg - CL-86, 1944-1964: USS Vicksburg, a 10,000-ton Cleveland class light cruiser built at Newport News, Virginia, was commissioned in June 1944. In October-December of that year, following shakedown in Chesapeake Bay and the West Indies, she served as a training ship in the Long Island Sound area. The cruiser went to the Pacific early in 1945. In February and March she provided naval gunfire support for the U.S. Marines as they landed on Iwo Jima and fought a hard and bloody campaign against the island's defenders. She escorted the fast carriers during their mid-March raids against Kyushu, taking part in several actions against Japanese aircraft. Vicksburg resumed her bombardment role during the Okinawa operation that began in late March and spent more than two months in the "Kamikaze" infested waters around the Ryukyus. Late in June, after completing her work at Okinawa, the cruiser supported minesweeping operations in the China Sea. When Japan capitulated in mid-August 1945, she was sent from the Philippines to the former enemy's home waters to provide offshore cover for the surrender ceremonies that took place on 2 September. Staying briefly in Japanese waters as the occupation effort expanded, Vicksburg next went to Okinawa, where she took aboard a large number of servicemen for transportation back to the United States. She arrived at San Francisco, California, in October and served along the West Coast for the rest of 1945, all of 1946 and part of 1947. Decommissioned at the end of June 1947, USS Vicksburg was assigned to the Pacific Reserve Fleet until October 1962, when she was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register. She was sold for scrapping in August 1964.

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USS Vicksburg
USS Vicksburg – CG69: Built by Ingalls Shipbuilding, at Pascagoula, MS, USS VICKSBURG's keel was laid on May 30, 1990 and she was launched on September 7, 1991. USS VICKSBURG was sponsored by Tricia Lott, wife of the Honorable Trent Lott, United States Senator, Mississippi. On October 12, 1991, Mrs. Lott christened CG 69 as "VICKSBURG". The ship was commissioned on November 14, 1992. On her six month maiden deployment to the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas as a part of the USS SARATOGA joint task group, USS VICKSBURG operated as "redcrown" cruiser, an airspace deconfliction and command and control platform, in support of United Nations operations "Deny Flight", "sharp Guard" and "Provide Promise" off the coast of Montenegro. In May 1994, USS VICKSBURG participated, as part of the USS SARATOGA (CV 60) Battle Group, in the major annual spring NATO exercise "Dynamic Impact 94", a conventional major NATO exercise for maritime, amphibious, land based air and ground forces in the central and western Mediterranean area. The exercise was being held in the Western Mediterranean. USS VICKSBURG was on station in the Florida Straits in August 1994 for Operation Able Vigil. While deployed, USS VICKSBURG was tasked with providing support to the interdicting and transporting Cuban migrants in the Florida Straits to U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and assisting the U.S. Coast Guard which had the primary responsibility for Operation Able Vigil.
USS Valley Forge – CV45
USS Valley Forge – CV45, later CVA45, CVS45 and LPH8: USS Valley Forge 1946-1971. USS Valley Forge, a 27,100-ton Ticonderoga class aircraft carrier, was built at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, paid for by a special war bond drive in that city. Commissioned in November 1946, she transferred to the Pacific Fleet in the following year. Valley Forge made a cruise to Australia and the Far East early in 1948 and then steamed the rest of the way around the World. In May 1950, she again deployed to the Western Pacific. She was the only U.S. aircraft carrier in that region when the Korean War broke out in late June. For the next three years, Valley Forge was heavily engaged in Korean War operations, making four separate combat tours. During this time, in October 1952, she was redesignated CVA-45. With her flight deck essentially unchanged from its World War II design, Valley Forge was increasingly unable to handle the new high-performance, heavier jet aircraft of the post-Korean War era and, in January 1954, she was reclassified an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) support carrier with the designation CVS-45. Operating in the Atlantic, she served in this role for seven years. In June 1961, Valley Forge was given a new mission, as an amphibious assault ship, and redesignated LPH-8. Carrying a force of helicopter-born Marines, she was stationed in the Pacific for the rest of her career, making five more Far Eastern deployments. The last three of these, in 1965-69, were largely spent on combat operations off Vietnam. USS Valley Forge decommissioned in January 1970 and was sold for scrapping in October 1971.
USS Valley Forge – CG50

USS Valley Forge – CG50: USS VALLEY FORGE was the fourth TICONDEROGA - class guide missile cruiser and the first ship in her class to be decommissioned. VALLEY FORGE's primary mission was to operate with aircraft carrier battle groups in extreme threat environments. The ship's purpose was to detect, classify and track hundreds of potential targets simultaneously in the air, on the surface, and under the sea. USS VALLEY FORGE was last homeported in San Diego, Calif. The ship is currently held in reserve at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

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USS Saratoga – CV3
USS Saratoga – CV3: USS Saratoga, a 33,000-ton aircraft carrier, was converted from the battle cruiser Saratoga (CC-3) while under construction at Camden, New Jersey. Commissioned in November 1927, as the second of the Navy's initial pair of fully capable aircraft carriers. She was in the Pacific when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 and took part in the abortive Wake Island relief expedition later in that month. While operating in the Hawaiian area on 11 January 1942, she was struck by a torpedo from a Japanese submarine, necessitating several months of repairs, during which her eight-inch guns were replaced by the more useful 5"/38 dual purpose type. Saratoga returned to action in June 1942, in time for reinforcement operations immediately following the Battle of Midway. She was next engaged in supporting the Guadalcanal Operation in August 1942, including participation in the Battle of the Eastern Solomons. Another enemy submarine torpedo hit on 31 August put her in the repair yard for two months. The carrier was back in the South Pacific war zone in December 1942, spending the next year in that area. In November 1943, her planes made devastating raids on the Japanese base at Rabaul and supported the Gilberts operation later in the month. In January and February 1944 Saratoga took part in the invasion of the Marshall Islands. She then was sent to join the British Eastern Fleet in the Indian Ocean and participated in raids on Japanese positions in the East Indies during April and May 1944. An overhaul from June to September prepared her for employment training aviators for night operations. In February 1945, she carried night fighters during the Iwo Jima invasion and raids on the Japanese home islands. Several Kamikaze suicide plane hits on 21 February caused serious damage and casualties, sending her back to the U.S. for another session in the shipyard. Saratoga returned to service in May, again taking on a training role that lasted until Japan's surrender. Beginning in September 1945, she transported servicemen from the Pacific back to the United States as part of Operation "Magic Carpet". Too old for retention in the post-war fleet, Saratoga was then assigned to target duty for the atomic bomb tests at Bikini, in the Marshall Islands. She survived the first blast, on 1 July 1946, but sank after the 25 July underwater test. USS Saratoga still lies beneath the waters of Bikini atoll, where she is occasionally visited by divers.
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USS Saratoga – CVA60 (later CV60): USS Saratoga, second of the 56,000-ton Forrestal class aircraft carriers, was built at New York Naval Shipyard. She went into commission in April 1956, operated in the Western Hemisphere until September 1957, then briefly went to Northern European waters to participate in operation "Strikeback". In February 1958, Saratoga began the first of more than twenty deployments to operate with the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean. Over the following decade, the big carrier made seven more tours to that increasingly tense part of the World.

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USS Sequoia

USS Sequoia – Presidential Yacht: The Sequoia was the scene of some of America's most historic events: It was used during the Harding administration to enforce Prohibition; Herbert Hoover promoted his use of the Sequoia during the Depression in a misguided effort to elevate the spirit of a starving public; FDR and Eisenhower planned D-day; Truman decided to drop the bomb on Hiroshima and later conducted the world's first nuclear arms control summit; Eisenhower entertained Korean War veterans; Kennedy celebrated his last (46th) birthday party; LBJ lobbied for civil rights legislation, and planned Vietnam War strategy; Nixon negotiated the first arms control treaty with the Soviet Union, and later decided to resign; Gerald Ford conducted cabinet meetings on board; Ronald Reagan met all of the nation's 50 Governors at the Sequoia's gangplank; and George Bush negotiated with the Chinese Premier.

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USS Shiloh - (CG 67): The twenty-first ship of the TICONDEROGA (CG 47) Class, Aegis guided missile cruiser, an adaptation of 31 SPRUANCE (DD 963) and 4 KIDD (DDG 993) Class destroyers. Her Keel was laid on August 1, 1989, and she was christened on September 8, 1990. The Engineering System aboard USS Shiloh represents advanced technology in shipboard construction. Its four LM-2500 gas turbine engines, manufactured by General Electric, provide the ship with tremendous power. With its 80,000 shaft horsepower, this ship is able to go through the water in excess of 30 knots.
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USS Cowpens - (CVL-25): USS Cowpens (CV-25) was launched 17 January 1943 by New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.; sponsored by Mrs. M. H. Spruance; daughter of Vice Admiral W. F. Halsey; and commissioned 28 May 1943, Captain R.P. McConnell in command. She was reclassified CVL-25 on 15 July 1943. Departing Philadelphia 29 August 1943 Cowpens arrived at Pearl Harbor 19 September to begin the active and distinguished war career which was to earn a Navy Unit Commendation. She sailed with TF 14 for the strike on Wake Island on 5 and 6 October, then returned to Pearl Harbor to prepare for strikes on the Marshall Islands preliminary to invasion. Placed in commission, in reserve at Mare Island 3 December 1946, Cowpens was decommissioned 13 January 1947. In addition to her Navy Unit Commendation, Cowpens received 12 battle stars for World War II service.
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USS Cowpens - CG 63: USS Cowpens is the seventeenth of twenty seven Ticonderoga (CG 47) class guided missile cruiser. It's a multi-mission surface combatant capable of supporting carrier battle groups, amphibious forces, independent operations, or of acting as the flagship of a surface action group. The primary roles of Cowpens and of other Aegis cruisers are Anti-Air Warfare (AAW) and Strike Warfare (STW), while still performing superbly in her secondary roles in Undersea Warfare (USW/ASW), Anti-Surface Warfare (ASUW), and Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) for ground forces ashore. Cowpens serves as part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces in Yokosuka, Japan as part of Battle Force Seventh Fleet. The mission of USS Cowpens is to be fully ready to seek out and destroy enemy aircraft, submarines and surface ships and to attack enemy land targets.
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USS Yorktown - CV5: A 19,800 ton aircraft carrier built at Newport News, Virginia, was commissioned on 30 September 1937. Operating in the Atlantic and Caribbean areas until April 1939, she then spent the next two years in the Pacific. In May 1941 Yorktown returned to the Atlantic, patrolling actively during the troubled months preceding the outbreak of war between the United States and the Axis powers. Two weeks after the 7 December 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Yorktown transited the Panama Canal to reinforce the badly damaged Pacific Fleet. The carrier's first combat operation was the Marshalls-Gilberts raid in early February 1942. Yorktown then steamed to the South Pacific, where she participated in a series of raids and other operations that climaxed in the Battle of Coral Sea in early May. In this action, in which she was damaged by enemy bombs, her planes attacked two Japanese aircraft carriers, helping to sink Shoho and damaging Shokaku. Quick repairs at Pearl Harbor put Yorktown into good enough condition to participate in the Battle of Midway on 4-6 June 1942. During this great turning point of the Pacific War, her air group fatally damaged the Japanese aircraft carrier Soryu and shared in the destruction of the carrier Hiryu and cruiser Mikuma. However, successive strikes by dive bombers and torpedo planes from Hiryu seriously damaged Yorktown, causing her abandonment during the afternoon of 4 June. Two days later, while salvage efforts were underway, the Japanese submarine I-168 torpedoed both the damaged carrier and the destroyer Hammann (DD-412), sinking the latter immediately and Yorktown shortly after daybreak on 7 June 1942. USS Yorktown's wreck was discovered and examined in May 1998, in surprisingly good condition after fifty-six years beneath more than three miles of sea water.

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USS Yorktown - CV10: Second of the Essex class carriers, replaced her namesake, lost at the Battle of Midway in June 1942. The Essex carriers formed the core of the fast carrier task forces that struck Japanese forces in the Pacific with devastating results. Yorktown's planes inflicted heavy losses on the enemy at Truk and in the Marianas; the carrier supported American troops in the Philippines, at Iwo Jima, and at Okinawa. Yorktown received 11 battle stars for her World War II service and was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation. For service off Vietnam she was awarded four battle stars. As the National Memorial to Carrier Aviation, Yorktown serves as host to the following memorials: the Arlington of Carrier Aviation, the Carrier Aviation Test Pilots Hall of Honor, the Carrier Aviation Hall of Fame. the Carrier Aviation Combat Aircraft Exhibit, and the Combat Aircrew Roll of Honor. Yorktown also serves as the headquarters for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and the Congressional Medal of Honor Museum. USS Yorktown is a National Historic Landmark.
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USS Yorktown - (CG 48): USS Yorktown was built from keel up to utilize every capability of the awesome Aegis Combat System and was commissioned on 4 July 1984 at Yorktown, VA. It proceeded immediately to work up for a major series of shock trials. As of late 2001, and since commissioning, the Yorktown had completed five, highly successful Mediterranean deployments. The first, from August 1985 to April 1986, involves most notably the dramatic Achille Lauro hijacker intercept, two Black Sea excursions, and three operations off the Libyan coast.

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USS VINCENNES – CG 49: was the first of the United States Navy's AEGIS Cruisers of the TICONDEROGA Class to enter the Pacific Fleet. Upon commissioning in 1985, VINCENNES entered the Pacific Fleet via the Panama Canal and participated in the testing and development of the SM-2 Block II surface-to-air missile. In May 1986, VINCENNES participated in the multinational exercise RIMPAC 86, coordinating the AAW efforts of two aircraft carriers and over forty ships from five nations. USS VINCENNES is the fourth capital warship to bear this name and a city in Indiana, 55 miles south of Terra Haute. The city is the site of the old Fort Vincennes, captured during the American Revolution in 1779 by George Rogers Clark.
The first VINCENNES was one of ten Sloops-of-War to be authorized by Congress in 1825. For 41 years, she compiled an outstanding record of unprecedented achievements in polar exploration, global circumnavigation and distinguished service in the War Between the States. The second VINCENNES, designated (CA 44), was a heavy cruiser commissioned in 1937. She fought valiantly during General Jimmy Doolittle's raid on Tokyo, the Battle Midway, the landing at Guadalcanal, and finally, at the Battle of Savo Island. The third VINCENNES (CL 64) was commissioned in January 1944 and fought brilliantly throughout the Pacific in Battles of Guam, the Philippines, Okinawa, and Formosa. During the closing months of World War II, VINCENNES became legendary for her successes against Japanese aircraft. In addition to performing duties as the Battle Group Anti-Air Warfare Commander during her Western Pacific Deployments, VINCENNES has been awarded the Navy Meritorious Unit Citation, the Battle "E" three times, the Combat Action Ribbon, the National Defense Medal, and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with four stars.

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USS Blue Ridge – LCC 19: Unlike its World War II predecessor of the same name, which had to be converted from a merchantman to an Amphibious Force flagship, the United States Ship BLUE RIDGE represents a unique effort and achievement in the Navy's Command and Control ship design.
For the first time it is a platform built from the keel up to accomplish the mission of Command and Control coordination. In this 18,500 ton ship are found the facilities to direct and manage every phase of command and control operations. Blue Ridge represents the accumulated knowledge of four decades of the Navy's experience in meeting difficult challenges of Control and Coordination. In addition to its sophisticated command and control system, an extremely refined communications system is also an integral part of the ship's radical new design. Through an automated patch panel and computer-controlled switching matrix, any combination of communications equipment desired may be quickly connected. The "clean" topside area is the result of careful design intended to keep the ship's interference to her own communications system at a minimum.

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USS Harpers Ferry – LSD 49: Harpers Ferry’s mission is to project power ashore by transporting and launching amphibious craft and vehicle loaded with embarked Marines and their equipment in an amphibious assault. Harpers Ferry can also render limited docking and repair service to small ships and craft, as well as act as primary control ship in an amphibious operation.
Harpers Ferry is an extremely flexible, capable platform, ready to handle a myriad of tasks within an amphibious maritime assault. She has been fitted with state of the art medical facilities, comfortable berthing for her crew and embarked Marines, and a shortened well deck to carry additional cargo and ammunition. USS HARPERS FERRY is the first of four new cargo variants to the WHIDBEY ISLAND class of dock landing ships. The Harpers Ferry class is also called LSD 41(CV) class.
On September 1, 2002, Harpers Ferry relieved USS Germantown (LSD 42) as a forward deployed naval unit in Sasebo, Japan.

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USS Haleakala – AE 25: was the fifth and final ship in the SURIBACHI - class of Ammunition Ships. The ship was named after the extinct volcano located on the eastern end of the island of Maui, Hawaii. Decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list on December 10, 1993, the HALEAKALA was later disposed of by title transfer to the Maritime Administration on March 28, 1994.
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USNS Rainier – (T-AOE 7): Rainier is one of the biggest supply ships in the world and the second AOE in the SUPPLY - class. RAINIER was decommissioned on August 29, 2003, and was transferred to the Military Sealift Command where she was placed back in service as a "United States Naval Ship." As a US Naval Ship, RAINIER does no longer carry the weapons systems she previously (as "USS RAINIER") was equipped with. One of these systems was the Phalanx CIWS. USS RAINIER (AOE 7) was constructed at National Ship and Shipbuilding in San Diego, California and was commissioned January 21, 1995. It is a SUPPLY class, Fast Combatant Support Ship, which is the first type of deep draft vessels to have gas turbine engines. The AOE-7 contract design was completed in February of 1986 and steel fabrication work for RAINIER began on August 16, 1989 with the official keel laying conducted on May 31, 1990.

USS Everglades - (AD-24): USS Everglades was launched on 28 January 1945 by the Todd Shipyard Corp., San Pedro, CA; sponsored by Mrs. Anne E. Richardson; and completed on 23 May 1946. Never commissioned she was turned over to the San Diego Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet for inactivation on 15 May 1947. United States embroilment in the Korean hostilities occasioned activation of Everglades who commissioned for the first time on 25 May 1951, Captain Thomas M. Brown, commanding. Following shakedown and training exercises, Everglades transited the Panama Canal and arrived at Norfolk, VA, for duty with Destroyer Force, Atlantic. Since then she has played a vital part in keeping the Navy ready, repairing Norfolk-based destroyers and servicing ships in the Caribbean or the Mediterranean where she has made four extensive cruises through the end of 1960.

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USS Bryce Canyon - AD-36: USS Bryce Canyon was launched 7 March 1946 by Charleston Navy Yard and sponsored by Mrs. William J. Carter, wife of Rear Admiral Carter. Little additional work was done on her until after the outbreak of hostilities in Korea. Charleston Naval Shipyard then completed the tender and she was commissioned 15 September 1950, Captain M. R. Gerin in command. Bryce Canyon transited the Panama Canal 5 December and reported to the Pacific Fleet. On 26 March 1951 she got underway from San Diego for the Far East. Arriving at Yokosuka, Japan, 12 April 1951, she spent the next seven months in Japanese waters repairing and servicing vessels based at Yokosuka and Sasebo. Bryce Canyon left Japan 4 November 1951 and arrived at San Diego 18 November 1951.
Bryce Canyon received one battle star for her services to the forces afloat in the Korean combat area.
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USS Isle Royale - AD-29: USS Isle Royale was launched by Todd Pacific Shipyards, Inc., Seattle, WA, 19 September 1945; sponsored by Mrs. Greer A. Duncan; and delivered to the Navy 2 July 1946 for lay-up in the San Diego Reserve Fleet.
During her period of inactivation, Isle Royale served as headquarters ship for the San Diego Subgroup, Pacific Reserve Fleet. She was designated to replace Hamul in the active fleet, and commissioned at Long Beach 9 June 1962, taking Hamul’s officers and men as that ship decommissioned. After shakedown Isle Royale moved to Long Beach to begin her services to Pacific Fleet destroyers, supplying them with parts and vital repair facilities. The tender sailed for Pearl Harbor 8 February 1963 and for the next seven months served the destroyers roaming the Pacific on their vital peace-keeping mission. She returned to Long Beach from this deployment 11 September 1963, and conducted training operations in California waters until June 1964. The ship then got underway again for Pearl Harbor, where she operated until 30 October. She returned to Long Beach 5 November where she operated until departing 3 August 1965 for a scheduled 6-month mid-Pacific cruise. However, upon arriving Pearl Harbor, she received orders to proceed on to the Philippines where she tended ships of the 7th Fleet fighting in Vietnam Isle Royale returned to Long Beach 5 March 1966 and operated along the West Coast until sailing again for the Far East 16 September. She remained in the Orient operating primarily out of Subic Bay tending the destroyers of the 7th Fleet until her return to Long Beach 12 April 1967. Thereafter Isle Royale operated in waters off southern California preparing for future action.
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USS Independence – CV 62: CV-62 was launched by New York Navy Yard June 6, 1958; sponsored by Mrs. Thomas Gates, wife of the Secretary of the Navy; and commissioned January 10, 1959; Captain R. Y. McElroy in command. One of the newest class of "supercarriers" at the time of her commissioning, INDEPENDENCE conducted shakedown training in the Caribbean and arrived her home port Norfolk, June 30, 1959. On August 25, during suitability trials on board INDEPENDENCE, an A3D Skywarrior, piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Ed Decker, took off at a gross weight of 84,000 pounds - the heaviest aircraft ever to take off from a carrier.INDEPENDENCE operated off the Virginia Capes for the next year on training maneuvers, and departed August 4, 1960 for her first cruise to the Mediterranean. There, she added her great strength to the peace-keeping power of the 6th Fleet in that troubled region, remaining in the eastern Mediterranean until her return to Norfolk March 3, 1961. The remainder of the year was spent in training and readiness operations off the Atlantic coast. After a long and prestigious career, INDEPENDENCE was decommissioned at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash., on September 30, 1998.
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USS Kilauea – AE 26: Kilauea is the lead ship in the KILAUEA - class of Ammunition Ships and was the first ship in that class being transferred to the MSC.
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