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Courtesy of Robert Sourisseau

USS ESSEX   (CV-9)
(later CVA-9 and CVS-9)


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1948 — 1969
"Mothballed"
CV-9 Essex
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Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, probably on April 23, 1948 (Official US Navy photo, National Archives # 80-G-428458.) Bremerton Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet. The six "mothballed" carriers are, front to back: Essex (CV-9), Yorktown (CV-10), Ticonderoga (CV-14), Lexington (CV-16), Bunker Hill (CV-17), and Bon Homme Richard (CV-31, in the background.)

Robert M. Cieri
SCB-27A Modernization
Undergoing SCB-27A Modernization
CV-9 Essex
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107k

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, April 22, 1949 (photo # NY8-3351.) USS Essex (CV 9) in Drydock #5. Bow on view.

Photo from the Seattle Branch of the National Archives.

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
CV-9 Essex
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Three-inch gun tubs on the fantail of the carrier USS Essex (CV-9) in the early 1950s. U.S. Navy photo.

Pieter Bakels
Korea
CV-9 Essex
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Grumman F9F-2 Panther fighters of Fighter Squadron (VF) 51 "Screaming Eagles" launching from USS Essex (CV-9). The aircraft carrier was deployed with Carrier Air Group (CVG) 5 to Korea, 26 June 1951–25 March 1952. Photo by Peter Erickson Rockville, USN.

Robert Hurst
CV-9 Essex
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109k

Underway during her first Korean War deployment, circa August 1951-March 1952. Two F2H-2 "Banshees" of Fighter Squadron 172 (VF-172) are flying by in the foreground, preparing to land. Nearest plane is Bureau # 124954. The other is probably Bu # 124969.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. (photo # NH 97270).

NHC
CV-9 Essex
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Essex (CV-9), with planes on deck, operating with UN forces in Korea, 25 August 1951 (photo # USN-432873).

NHC
CV-9 Essex
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A McDonnell F2H-2 Banshee (BuNo 124974) fighter from Fighter Squadron VF-172 "Night Owls," Carrier Air Group Five (CVG-5), being brought up to the flight deck aboard the U.S. aircraft carrier USS Essex (CV-9) on 25 August 1951. Essex was deployed to Korea from 26 June 1951 to 25 March 1952. Note the names of the plane's pilot (LT Dauphin) and the plane captain (Carter AO3) painted below the cockpit. A Sikorsky HO3S-1 helicopter of Helicopter Utility Squadron HU-1 Det. B "Pacific Fleet Angels" is visible in the background. Photo taken by AFAN T.G. Donegan. National Archives photo # 80-G-432627.

David Lange has identified his father, Donald Arthur Lange, in this photo. Donald is the man in a dark shirt, with goggles, just to the right of the plane.

Pieter Bakels
Robert Hurst
CV-9 Essex
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116k David Lange
CV-9 Essex
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Essex (CV-9) operating in the Sea of Japan with Task Force 77, 6 September 1951 (photo # 80-G-433978).

NHC
Flight Deck Accident, September 16, 1951
CV-9 Essex
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McDonnell F2H-2 Banshee jet fighter (Bureau No. 124968), piloted by LTJG Keller, heads toward planes parked on the starboard side of the flight deck, forward, after clearing three barriers at 1823(I). The accident took place while Essex was operating off Korea on 16 September 1951.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-433492).

Scott Dyben
CV-9 Essex
NS020917a
76k

McDonnell F2H-2 Banshee jet fighter (Bureau No. 124968) crashes into aircraft parked on the starboard side of the flight deck (see above).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-433493).

Scott Dyben
CV-9 Essex
NS020917b
61k

Explosion on the flight deck near the starboard bow, after a McDonnell F2H-2 Banshee jet fighter (Bureau No. 124968) crashed into parked aircraft in a deck landing accident (see above). The accident resulted in the loss of seven lives and four aircraft: two F2H-2s (Bureau Nos.124966 & 124968) and two F9Fs (Bureau Nos. 125128 & 125131).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-433494).

Scott Dyben
CV-9 Essex
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52k

Flames and smoke billow up from fires on the flight deck near the starboard bow, after a McDonnell F2H-2 Banshee jet fighter (Bureau No. 124968) crashed into parked aircraft in a deck landing accident (see above).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-433497).

Scott Dyben
CV-9 Essex
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Fire on the flight deck near the starboard bow, after a McDonnell F2H-2 Banshee jet fighter crashed into parked aircraft (see above). Photographed from USS Boxer (CV-21), which was steaming ahead of Essex. Note other planes in the area, including a F9F at right, and plane guard destroyers steaming nearby.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-433507).

Scott Dyben
 
CV-9 Essex
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"Loaded Down—Seaman Leroy Kellam ... weighted down with belts of 20 millimeter cannon ammunition, hustles up the flight deck of USS Essex [(CV-9)] to load a waiting Banshee fighter. These same shells were spitting death at the Communists in North Korea a short time after this picture was taken."

Photograph and caption were released by Commander, Naval Forces, Far East under date of 12 October 1951.

Official U.S. Navy photograph, from the collections of the Naval History & Heritage Command (# NH 97271).

NH&HC
CV-9 Essex
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Official US Navy photograph of the flight deck crew of USS Essex (CV-9) commemorating the ship's 40,000th landing, made on October 25, 1951 by LT W. Bryant, VF-54 "Hell's Angels," in an AD Skyraider.

Robert M. Cieri
CV-9 Essex
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Crewmen clear snow from the carrier's flight deck, off the coast of Korea. Photo is dated 18 January 1952. Aircraft closest to camera is an AD, with two F4U-5Ns immediately behind it.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-437709).

Scott Dyben
CV-9 Essex
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"Carrier-based planes give support to UN forces. Here USS Essex (CV 9) plows through Korean waters, loaded with Skyraiders, Corsairs and F2H jets." From All Hands magazine, July 1952 issue.

Stanley Svec
CV-9 Essex
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USS Essex (CV-9) photographed from USS John R. Craig (DD-885), probably off the coast of Japan or Korea, in the summer of 1952. Planes of Air Task Group (ATG) 2 visible in these photos are: F9F-2 Panthers from VF-821 "Kingpins" (tail code "A") and VF-23 "Flashers" ("M"), F4U-4 Corsairs from VF-871 "Griffins" ("D"), and AD-4 Skyraiders from VA-55 "Torpcats" ("S").

Photos by Richard E. Lowe, USS John R. Craig.

Daniel Lowe, son of Richard E. Lowe
CV-9 Essex
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CV-9 Essex
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CV-9 Essex
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CV-9 Essex
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98k Undated. USN
CV-9 Essex
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197k Seen here after WW2 leaving port for the Western Pacific with a deck-load of planes, including jet fighters. Propeller driven planes are parked astern of the island. USN
CV-9 Essex
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A photo of USS Essex in SCB-27A configuration, credited to the San Francisco Examiner and annotated as "received on 16 February 1953," but the actual date the photo was taken is not stated.

David Buell
CV-9 Essex
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108k Taken while docking at Coronado Island, San Diego March or April 1953. CVE-116 Badoeng Strait is seen at the finger pier in the background. Richard H. Willard
RD3-USN
CV-9 Essex
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110k USS Essex scoreboard, World War 2 and Korea, on display at the National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida. Photo taken on 13 June 2008. Photo by Judson Phillips
CVA-9 Essex
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A Grumman F9F-6 Cougar of Fighter Squadron (VF) 24 "Corsairs" after having just landed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Essex (CVA-9) in 1955. Essex was on a regular deployment to the Western Pacific with Carrier Air Group (CVG) 2 from 3 November 1954 to 21 June 1955. On 9 March 1959 VF-24 would be redesignated VF-211 "Fighting Checkmates." U.S. Navy photo.

Robert Hurst
CVA-9 Essex
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USS Essex (CVA-9), Yokosuka, Japan, circa 1955. Essex deployed to the Western Pacific, with Carrier Air Group (CVG) 2, 3 November 1954–21 June 1955.

Photo taken and submitted by LeRoy VanHee
SCB-125 Modernization
CV-9 Essex
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145k Taken after May 1956, after her SCB-125 modification which included addition of the angled flight deck. USN
CVA-9 Essex
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Official US Navy photo of USS Essex (CVA-9) underway in the Pacific, 1956.

David Buell
CVA-9 Essex
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An interesting night photo of USS Essex (CVA-9). Date and photo credit unknown, but it would appear to have been taken at North Island Naval Air Station, San Diego, Calif., circa 1956–1957.

David Buell
CVA-9 Essex
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100k Official USN image, 1956-1957. Fred Bahr,
EM2 USNR (1956-1959)
CVA-9 Essex
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125k Aerial view, 1956–1957. David Buell
CVA-9 Essex
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35k

Underway in the East China Sea. Photo is dated 11 May 1957—probably the date it was received, since Essex had returned from her WestPac deployment on 26 January.

San Francisco Naval Shipyard – Hunters Point, Historical Shipyard Photographic Collection 1904–74 NARA Pacific Region (San Francisco).

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
CVA-9 Essex
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"Summer of '57." USS Essex (CVA-9) moored at the Yokosuka Naval Station, Japan, in 1957. Painting by Wayne Scarpaci.

©Wayne Scarpaci
CVA-9 Essex
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Entering San Francisco Bay, June 1957, shortly before departing for the Atlantic.

Bob Bobster
CVA-9 Essex
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100k USS Essex (CVA-9) and USS Forrest Royal (DD-872), circa 1958. M. Edward "Hollywood" Arnold IC2
CVA-9 Essex
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USS Essex (CVA-9) off Rhodes, Greece, while on Med Cruise in 1958. The view is through the arch at the Greek Naval Sta.

Edward "Le Mouse" Klaymeier,
AMH Airman Apprentice,
VA-105 "Mad Dogs" flying AD-6 Skyraiders
CVS-9 Essex
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USS Allagash (AO-97) refueling USS Essex (CVA-9) and an unidentified radar picket destroyer (DDR), place and date unknown (probably taken in 1958.)

US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, April 1959.

Joe Radigan, MACM, USN (Ret.)
CVA-9 Essex
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"On Dress Parade," circa 1958.

David Buell
CVA-9 Essex
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"1958 Peace Patrol." On 14 July 1958 Essex, with ATG-201 embarked, was alerted to the Middle East crisis and she sped to support the US Peace Force landing in Beirut, Lebanon, launching reconnaissance and patrol missions until 20 August.

Jimmie Wight, VF-84
CVA-9 Essex
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USS Essex in a photo apparently taken circa 1958, location unknown.

Robert Hurst
CVA-9 Essex
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Underway with CVG-10 aboard, circa 1959-1960.

Jimmie Wight, VF-84
CVA-9 Essex
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Official US Navy Photograph of the Attack Aircraft Carrier USS Essex (CVA-9) underway, with the crew assembled on the forward part of the flight deck for what looks to be an inspection. Circa 1959–1960, location unknown.

Robert M. Cieri
CVA-9 Essex
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USS Essex (CVA-9) with her crew manning the rail, December 16, 1959. She is followed by USS Boston (CAG-1) and two unidentified destroyers.

USS Des Moines (CA-134) and Essex hosted President Eisenhower for three days during the presidential 3-week, 22,000-mile, 11-nation trip in December 1959 (Italy, Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Iran, Greece, Tunisia, France, Spain and Morocco.)

Official US Navy Photograph (#USN-10463789) from the Chief of Information, Department of the Navy, Washington 25, D.C.

Robert M. Cieri
CVS-9 Essex
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Underway as an ASW carrier, date and location unknown.

Record Group 428-GX, NARA II (College Park, Maryland).

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
CVS-9 Essex
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"Freedom's Guard," sometime in the 1960s.

Clair Shaffer
CVS-9 Essex + CVA-60 Saratoga
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"Modern Aircraft Demands Bigger Carriers — Impressive difference in the size of the old USS Essex (CVS 9) and the new Saratoga (CVA 60) is seen as they steam into Mayport, Fla., last February [Essex and Saratoga returned from the Mediterranean Sea on 26 February 1960]. The Essex began her eighteen year history as a striking arm of the Pacific Fleet after commissioning in 1942. Now, the combat-experienced Essex, like several others of her class, is outmoded as a striking force ship by the demands of modern aircraft and the necessities of fleet operations. The converted Essex is now a part of the important anti-submarine warfare forces. The modernized Essex has many features of the new Forrestal class carriers, such as angle decks, steam catapults [sic] and the landing mirror system. However, these features do not compensate for the Saratoga's size advantage. The Navy attributes the Saratoga's size advantage, and increased aviation features with the fifty-percent-fewer accident ratio over the Essex. She carries twice as much jet aircraft fuel, three to four times the number of bombs and can deliver them on target at three to four times as fast as the Essex. The Saratoga carries more aircraft and her heavier launching and arresting gear, longer flight deck and stronger decks allow her more ease in handling the stresses created by modern jets. The weight of combat aircraft has jumped to six times that of the 1940 models and landing and take-off speeds are faster. The Saratoga's ability to sustain greater speeds for a longer period give her greater tactical elusiveness. Her stability increases the all-weather capability of her air squadrons." (Quoted from the back of the photo.)

Official US Navy photograph (#USN 1048532) released by the Department of Defense, Washington, D.C., August 26, 1960.

Robert M. Cieri
CVS-9 Essex
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USS Essex (CVS-9) underway, 1960.

Ron Reeves
CVS-9 Essex
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Bow view of USS Essex (CVS-9) underway in the Atlantic Ocean, 19 November 1960, with Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group (CVSG) 60.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, photo # 1996.488.242.033. Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

Mike Green
CVS-9 Essex
NS020930
147k

"As the anti-submarine warfare carrier USS Essex (CVS-9) steamed toward a nine-day visit to Rotterdam, Holland, for the Christmas Holidays, crewmen formed the traditional Dutch equivalent of America's 'Merry Christmas' on the flight deck."

"Essex, the oldest carrier still in operation, is deployed in the Eastern Atlantic as Flagship of Task Group 83.3. Through her visits to English, Dutch and German ports, 'The Fighten'est Ship in the Fleet' is giving our allies a chance to get a first-hand look at an example of America's naval strength."

Photograph and caption were released by the ship's PIO under date of 29 December 1961. Destroyer in the middle background is USS Robinson (DD-562).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. (photo # NH 97273).

NHC
CVS-9 Essex
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St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, December 1962.

Record Group 428-GX, NARA II (College Park, Maryland).

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
CVS-9 Essex
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Underway with Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group 60 (CVSG-60), circa 1964–1965.

Robert M. Cieri
CVS-9 Essex
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In June 1964 Essex took 312 midshipmen for a 7-week training cruise to Europe. Liberty calls were made at Le Havre, France; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Portsmouth, England. Here she is seen in the harbor of Copenhagen, on July 4th, 1964.

Photos by
George M. Davis,
USAF 1956-1960
CVS-9 Essex
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CVS-9 Essex
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39k Chesapeake Bay, 24 July 1964. ©Richard Leonhardt
CVS-9 Essex
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44k Chesapeake Bay, 24 July 1964. ©Richard Leonhardt
CVS-9 Essex
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43k South Boston Naval Annex, August 1965. ©Richard Leonhardt
CV-9 Essex
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53k Official USN Image, 1966. Les Urban
CV-9 Essex
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75k Official USN Image, 1966. Les Urban
CVS-9 Essex
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USS Essex (CVS-9) underway, circa 1967.

From the collection of CDR Thomas B. Ray (USS Essex), via Chris Stanley
CVS-9 Essex
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Grumman S-2E Trackers, Antisubmarine Squadron (VS) 22 "Checkmates" (left) and VS-32 "Norsemen," Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group (CVSG) 54, USS Essex (CVS-9), 1967.

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
CVS-9 Essex
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Sikorsky SH-3A Sea King, BuNo 151555, Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (HS) 5 "Night Dippers," Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group (CVSG) 54, USS Essex (CVS-9), 1967.

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
CVS-9 Essex
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128k

Underway at sea during a North Atlantic Treaty Organization Mediterranean cruise, 22 June 1967. Photographed by PHCS(PJ) W.A. Jackman.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. (photo # 97274).

NHC
CVS-9 Essex
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100k

An E-1B "Tracer" airborne early warning aircraft leaves the carrier's port catapult, during flight operations at sea in November 1967. Five S-2 "Tracker" anti-submarine aircraft are parked on the flight deck's starboard side.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph (# K-41696).

Scott Dyben
Patches & Other Memorabilia
CV-9 Essex
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USS Essex, E Navibus Pugnissima
Contributed by LCDR Cleland McBurney, USN (Ret)
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CVA-9 Essex
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VF-23 "Flashers" flight jacket patch, 1952–1954 era
Contributed by Sean Keenan
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CVA-9 Essex
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VF-23 "Flashers" Korean patch, 1951–1954
Contributed by Darrell Wood, former AF2, PH1, VF-23's photographer
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CVA-9 Essex
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Task Force 77
Contributed by Richard J. Havener, AT3, VF-143, 1954
100Kb
CVS-9 Essex
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NATO Cruise, October 1961–February 1962
Contributed by Eugene Schmidt,
USS Essex, 1961–1963
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CV-9 Essex
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CV-9 Essex
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CV-9 Essex
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Christmas Menu, 1953
Contributed by Robert M. Cieri
CVS-9 Essex
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Middle East Cruise, October 1–December 20, 1963
Contributed by LCDR Cleland McBurney, USN (Ret)
338Kb
CVSG-60
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Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group 60 (CVSG-60)
Contributed by LCDR Cleland McBurney, USN (Ret)
264Kb

CVSG-60 was established on May 2, 1960 and deployed aboard USS Essex (CVS-9) in 1960, 1962, 1963, 1965, and 1968, and aboard USS Randolph (CVS-15) in 1966. Its tail code was "AW." CVSG-60 was disestablished on October 1, 1968.
USS Essex
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Contributed by Robert M. Cieri

 

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