CV-59 USS Forrestal

US US Navy




1955 to 1993    


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Flight Deck: 59
Call Sign: NJVF


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History of US CV-59 USS Forrestal

1951-jul-12Ordered
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.
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
1993-sep-11Decommissioned
2014-feb-4Fate: scrappedtowed from Philadelphia Naval Yard to Texas for scrapping

Specifications

   

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



Builder

   

US Newport News Shipbuilding,