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USS Coral Sea CV-43 / CVA-43 Photos and History

   
Sailors and Marines man the rail as the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV 43), returning from its final deployment, enters the harbor with help from the commercial tug KINGS POINT. CORAL SEA has steamed more than two million miles in over four decades of active service. Sailors and Marines man the rail as the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV 43), returning from its final deployment, enters the harbor with help from the commercial tug KINGS POINT. CORAL SEA has steamed more than two million miles in over four decades of active service.
- 1989
   
An F/A-18A Hornet aircraft lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV 43) An F/A-18A Hornet aircraft lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV 43).
- 1986
   
The aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV 43) is refueled while underway by the fleet oiler USS WACCAMAW (T-AO 109) The aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV 43) is refueled while underway by the fleet oiler USS WACCAMAW (T-AO 109).
- 1986
   
An EKA-3B Skywarrior tanker aircraft from a reserve tanker squadron is waved off from the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV 43). Two EA-3B Skywarrior aircraft are parked on the left. An EKA-3B Skywarrior tanker aircraft from a reserve tanker squadron is waved off from the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV 43). Two EA-3B Skywarrior aircraft are parked on the left.
- 1981
   
An aerial view of Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard with three docked aircraft carriers An aerial view of Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard with three docked aircraft carriers. They are the USS RANGER (CV 61) (in dry dock), USS CORAL SEA (CV 43), and the USS HANCOCK (CVA 19) (left).
- 1971
   
A stern view of the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV 43) underway near Subic Bay, Philippines. A stern view of the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV 43) underway near Subic Bay, Philippines.
- 1982
   
Sailors and Marines man the rail as the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV 43), returning from its final deployment, enters the harbor with help from the large harbor tugs MARINETTE (YTB 791) and MENOMINEE (YTB 790), and commerical tugs. CORAL SEA has steamed more than two million miles in over four decades of active service. Sailors and Marines man the rail as the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV 43), returning from its final deployment, enters the harbor with help from the large harbor tugs MARINETTE (YTB 791) and MENOMINEE (YTB 790), and commerical tugs. CORAL SEA has steamed more than two million miles in over four decades of active service.
- 1989
   
The aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV 43), foreground, and the amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD 1) sail alongside one another. The CORAL SEA is returning to Norfolk, Virginia, at the end of its last deployment. The aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV 43), foreground, and the amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD 1) sail alongside one another. The CORAL SEA is returning to Norfolk, Virginia, at the end of its last deployment.
- 1989
   
Navy Ship Framed Display

This is a beautiful ship display commemorating the USS Coral Sea (CV42) and all those who served aboard. The artwork depicts the USS Coral Sea in all her glory.
This wonderful product is avalable in the ship's store.


A DONATION IS MADE WITH EACH ORDER TO THE DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS CHARITABLE SERVICE TRUST CHARITY TO SHOW OUR GRATITUDE FOR ALL OF THEIR SACRIFICES!

   
Navy Ship Engraved  Crest

View this fine, heavy, detailed engraving of the USS Coral Sea (CV42) Ship's Crest on aluminum plate....available in the ship's store.

A DONATION IS MADE WITH EACH ORDER TO THE DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS CHARITABLE SERVICE TRUST CHARITY TO SHOW OUR GRATITUDE FOR ALL OF THEIR SACRIFICES!

   

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USS CORAL SEA HISTORY

Displacement 45,000 tons
Length 968 feet
Beam 113 feet
Draft 35 feet
Speed 33 Knots
Ship's Complement 4,104

The Coral Sea is located between New Guinea and Australia. The battle which took place there between 4 and 8 May 1942 was the first engagement in naval warfare in which warships exchanged not a shot, the action being carried on by carrier aircraft of both fleets. A decisive strategic victory for the United States, it halted further Japanese advance to the southeast, and saved Australia and New Zealand from any further threat of invasion.

Coral Sea (CVB-43) was launched 2 April 1946 by Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, Va., sponsored by Mrs. T. C. Kinkaid; commissioned 1 October 1947, Captain A. P. Storrs, III, in command; and reported to the Atlantic Fleet.

Coral Sea sailed from Norfolk 7 June 1948 for a midshipmen cruise to the Mediterranean and Caribbean, and returned to Norfolk 11 August. After overhaul and training in the Caribbean, she sailed 3 May 1949 for her first tour of duty in the Mediterranean with the 6th Fleet, returning 28 September. She returned to the Mediterranean for duty from 9 September 1950 to 1 February 1951, bringing her impressive strength to the 6th Fleet in its important role as guardian of peace in the Mediterranean.

An overhaul and local operations upon her return, as well as training with Air Group 17, prepared her for a return to the Mediterranean once more on 20 March 1951. As flagship for Commander, Carrier Division 6, she took part in a North Atlantic Treaty Organization exercise, "Beehive I." She returned to Norfolk 6 October for local and Caribbean operations, next sailing for the Mediterranean 19 April 1952. While on service with the 6th Fleet, she visited Yugoslavia, and carried Marshall Tito on a one-day cruise to observe carrier operations. Reclassified CVA-43 on 1 October 1952, she returned to Norfolk for overhaul 12 October.

Coral Sea trained pilots in carrier operations off the Virginia Capes and Mayport, Fla., and in April 1953 she embarked the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives for a 3-day cruise. On 26 April the carrier sailed for a tour of duty in the Mediterranean. This cruise was highlighted by a visit to Spain, and participation in NATO exercise "Black Wave" with Deputy Secretary of Defense R. M. Kyes on board as an observer. Returning to Norfolk 21 October, she carried out tests for the Bureau of Aeronautics and trained members of the Naval Reserve at Mayport, Fla., and Guantanamo Bay.

Coral Sea returned to the Mediterranean from 7 July to 20 December 1954, and during this tour was visited by Generalissimo Franco as she lay off Valencia, Spain. On her next tour of duty in the Mediterranean from 23 March to 29 September 1955, she called at Istanbul, and participated in NATO exercises.

Sailing from Norfolk 23 July 1956 for Mayport to embark Carrier Air Group 10, Coral Sea continued on to the Mediterranean on her next tour. She participated in NATO exercises, and received the King and Queen of Greece on board as visitors in October. During the Suez Crisis, she evacuated American citizens from the troubled area, and stood by off Egypt until November. She returned to Norfolk 11 February 1957. She cleared that port on 26 February and visited Santos, Brazil; Valparaiso, Chile; and Balboa, C.Z., before arriving at Bremerton, Washington, 15 April. Coral Sea was decommissioned for conversion 24 May 1957, and upon completion was recommissioned 25 January 1960 to rejoin the Fleet. During September 1960, she conducted training with her new air group along the west coast, then sailed in September for a tour of duty with the 7th Fleet in the Far East.

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