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Contributed by Scott Dyben.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives (photo # 80-G-463357)

USS ENTERPRISE   (CV-6)
(later CVA-6 and CVS-6)



Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - India - Quebec - Mike

Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Presidential Unit Citation / Navy Unit Commendation
2nd Row: American Defense Service Medal ("Fleet" clasp) / American Campaign Medal / Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (20 stars)
3rd Row: World War II Victory Medal / Philippine Presidential Unit Citation / Philippine Liberation Medal (1 star)

British Admiralty Flag
On 23 Nov. 1945, at Southampton, England, Sir Albert Victor Alexander, First Lord of the Admiralty, and Admiral of the Fleet Sir Andrew B. Cunningham, First Sea Lord, visited USS Enterprise and the British Admiralty Flag was hoisted in the ship. This was the first time since its creation in the 16th Century that such a pennant had flown from a foreign warship. The flag was presented to the ship as a memento.

Task Force 16 Citation
Enterprise, Hornet, 16 other ships and their 10,000 sailors, airmen and Marines, who took part in the Doolittle raid in April 1942, were officially recognized for their daring exploit 53 years later, on 15 May 1995. In a ceremony at the Pentagon they were presented the Task Force 16 Citation by the Secretary of the Navy, Mr. John H. Dalton.


Yorktown Class Aircraft Carrier
Ordered Laid down Launched Commissioned Decommissioned Stricken
3 Aug 1933 16 Jul 1934 3 Oct 1936 12 May 1938 17 Feb 1947 2 Oct 1956
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Newport News, Va.

Specifications
(As built, 1938)
Displacement: 19,800 tons standard; 25,500 tons full load
Dimensions (wl): 770' x 83.25' x 25' 11.5" (full load)  /  234.7 x 25.4 x 7.9 (full load) meters
Dimensions (max.): 824.75' x 109.5'  /  251.4 x 33.4 meters
Armor: 4"-2.5" belt; 60 lbs protective deck(s); 4" bulkheads; 4" (side)-2" (top) conning tower; 4" (side) over steering gear
Power plant: 9 boilers (400 psi); steam turbines; 4 shafts; 120,000 shp
Speed: 32.5 knots
Endurance (design): 12,500 nautical miles @ 15 knots
Armament: 8 single 5"/38 gun mounts; 4 quad 1.1"/75 machine gun mounts; 24 .50-cal machine guns
Aircraft: 90+
Aviation facilities: 3 elevators; 2 flight-deck and 1 hangar-deck hydraulic catapults
Crew: 2,217 (ship's company + air wing) (1941 figure)
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Construction
Christening
NS020579
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On Saturday, October 3, 1936 Enterprise was christened by Mrs. Lucy ("Lulie") Lyons Hall Swanson, wife of Claude A. Swanson, Secretary of the Navy. She quoted William Shakespeare's Othello: "May she also say with just pride: I have done the State some service."

USN and NNSDDC photo, courtesy of Pictorial Histories Publishing Company
Mrs. Lucy 'Lulie' Lyons Hall Swanson, ship's sponsor
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Mrs. Lucy ("Lulie") Lyons Hall Swanson, ship's sponsor, photographed when she was received at St. James Palace, London.

Courtesy of Charles C. Hall, www.ClaudeSwanson.us
CV-5 Yorktown and CV-6 Enterprise
NS020533
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USS Enterprise (CV-6), left, and USS Yorktown (CV-5) under construction at Newport News, Virginia, 8 February 1937. National Archives photo.

Steve Whitby
CV-5 Yorktown and CV-6 Enterprise
NS020534
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USS Yorktown (CV-5) foreground, and USS Enterprise (CV-6) under construction at Newport News, Virginia, 8 February 1937. National Archives photo.

Steve Whitby
CV-6 Enterprise
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Official photo, most likely taken during trials in 1938. (Note this is not the same photo as NS020681.)

Robert Hurst
The Pre-War Years
CV-6 Enterprise
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USS Enterprise (CV-6), 13 May 1938, a day after commissioning. Norfolk, Virginia.

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CV-6 Enterprise
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At anchor, location unknown, early in her career.

Robert Hurst
CV-6 Enterprise
NS020680
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At anchor, pre-war, exact date an location unknown.

Robert M. Cieri
CV-6 Enterprise
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Aerial view of USS Enterprise (CV-6) at sea during the late 1930s (1938?). Item part of a scrapbook assembled by CDR William H. Balden, USNR, documenting his World War II service.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, photo #2007.084.001.510.

Mike Green
CV-6 Enterprise
NS020681
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At anchor, pre-war (1939?), location unknown. (Note this is not the same photo as NS020675.)

Robert M. Cieri
Shakedown Cruise
CV-6 Enterprise
NS020682
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Off Puerto Rico, July 23, 1938.

Robert M. Cieri
CV-6 Enterprise
NS020676
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"Shellback" Initiation. These photos were taken on August 20, 1938 as USS Enterprise (CV-6) headed south to Rio de Janeiro during her shakedown cruise.

James D. Card, QMCS.

From the collection of his grandfather, Albert Weigandt, F 1/c, then WT 2/c, who reported aboard Enterprise four days after she commissioned
CV-6 Enterprise
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CV-6 Enterprise
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CV-6 Enterprise
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CV-6 Enterprise
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CV-6 Enterprise
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CV-6 Enterprise
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CV-6 Enterprise
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Unknown sailor on Big E flight deck.

 
CV-6 Enterprise
NS020661
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Circa 1939. From Our Navy magazine, 1 October 1943 issue.

Chester O. Morris
CV-6 Enterprise
NS020603
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Aerial, underway, aircraft on deck; April 12, 1939. Image # 80-G-463246.

National Archives
CV-6 Enterprise
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"Norfolk, Va., April 12 [1939]—A plane carrier rides at anchor—The airplane carrier Enterprise, its decks loaded with the Navy's latest war planes, is shown riding at anchor in Hampton Roads after its arrival with three other carriers [Lexington (CV-2), Ranger (CV-4) and Yorktown (CV-5)] and scores of fighting craft today to take part in the greatest concentration of the Fleet here since 1907. On April 27 the Fleet will pass in review before proceeding to New York. AP wirephoto WRW41730CPG."

Events in Europe, however, reached a crisis, the United Kingdom gathered her fleet in the Mediterranean and the U.S. Fleet was immediately ordered back to the Pacific, six weeks ahead of schedule (see NS020617). The naval review (in connection with the opening of the New York World's Fair early in May) was cancelled.

AP photo from the collection of Micheal Strout, via Jonathan Eno

NS020617
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In the Panama Canal, en route to the Pacific, 27 April 1939.

Tom Kermen.
Larger copy submitted by Brad Proffitt.

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USS Enterprise (CV-6) entering San Francisco Bay, 3 July 1939. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Steve Singlar
ETCS USNR-ret.
CV-6 Enterprise
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USS Enterprise (CV-6) en route to Pearl Harbor, 8 October 1939. Photographed from USS Minneapolis (CA-36).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-13554).

NHC
CV-6 Enterprise
NS020616
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USS Enterprise (CV-6) photographed circa 1940, with TBD and SBC aircraft parked on her flight deck, aft.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives (photo # 19-N-29688).

Scott Dyben

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USS Enterprise (CV-6). LIFE magazine photo by Carl Mydans taken in Hawaii in 1940.

Tom Kermen

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USS Enterprise (CV-6) operating in the Pacific, circa late June 1941. She is turning into the wind to recover aircraft. Note her "natural wood" flight deck stain and dark Measure One camouflage paint scheme. The flight deck was stained blue in July 1941, during camouflage experiments that gave her a unique deck stripe pattern.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-K-14254).

Scott Dyben

NS0206ad
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Douglas TBD-1 Devastator torpedo plane landing on board USS Enterprise (CV-6), in about July 1941. Note landing signal officer is in the foreground, and plane guard destroyers in the center distance. The original photo caption gives a date of 8 April 1942, which is highly improbable as the plane is in mid-1941 vintage overall gray paint and the destroyers are wearing peacetime light gray paint.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-17531).

Robert Hurst

For more photos of this ship, see:

View the USS Enterprise (CV-6)
DANFS History entry located on the Hazegray & Underway Web Site.

Crew Contact and Reunion Information Web Sites
USS Enterprise CV-6 Association

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