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  • CV-59 USS Forrestal

    US US Navy

    1955 to 1993    


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    Flight Deck: 59
    Call Sign: NJVF
    Shipyard: Newport News Shipbuilding


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    History of US CV-59 USS Forrestal

    1952-jul-14Laid down
    1954-dec-11Launchedas CVA-59
    1955-oct-1CommissionedNS Norfolk and based at Norfolk, VA
    1956-octDeploymentoperating in Mediterranean with escort USS Des Moines (CA-134) while shadowing the British and French Musketeer operations
    1957-octPort Visitvisit to Southampton, UK
    1962-augDeploymentExercise Rip Tide II operating off Portugal with HMS Centaur, HMS Hermes and USS Enterprise during, Exercise RipTide II.
    1963-oct-30Trialsconducted 1st set of deck landing trials with USMC KC-130F 798 off Jacksonville, FL
    1963-nov-8Trialsconducted 2nd set of deck landing trials with USMC KC-130F 798, 90nm E of Boston. Findings led to C-2 Greyhound COD programme.
    1967-jul-25DeploymentYankee Station Departed Norfolk VA with her air wing (including a detachment from HS-2) on 6 Jun 1967, for Gulf of Tonkin off Vietnam, arrived 25 Jul. On 29 Jul a weapons release accident caused a huge fire on deck amongst an armed and fuelled strike force. 135 lost their lives bringing the blaze under control. Steamed to Subic Bay for temporary repairs and returned to Norfolk on 15 Sep.
    1974-julDeployment Partition of Cyprus detached from US 6th Fleet in Mediterannean and ordered off Cyprus to support and if neccesary evacuate US Nationals in aftermath of Turkish invasion of the island. Operated with support of USS Inchon, HS-3 embarked.
    1975-julHomeportMayport designation changed to CV-59 and moved to Mayport Naval Station, FL
    1982helicopter crash
    1992-feb-4HomeportNAS Pensacola / Forrest Sherman Field designation changed to AVT-59 and moved to Pensacola Naval Station, FL
    2014-feb-4Fate: scrappedtowed from Philadelphia Naval Yard to Texas for scrapping, completed by Dec 2014.



        from Forrestal class
    78000full load (tn)
    330length (m)
    39.50beam (m)
    11draught (m)
    34max speed (knots)
    4Naval Engine steam turbines



    US Newport News Shipbuilding,

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