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NavSource Online: Aircraft Carrier Photo Archive


Courtesy of CAPT Gene Oleson, CHC, USN (Ret)
(bluejacket.com)

USS TICONDEROGA   (CV-14)
(later CVA-14 and CVS-14)



Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Bravo - Mike - Uniform
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "PANTHER"


Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons







Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Unit Commendation (3) / Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
2nd Row: American Campaign Medal / Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5 stars) / World War II Victory Medal
3rd Row: Navy Occupation Service Medal ("Asia" clasp) / National Defense Service Medal / Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (4)
4th Row: Vietnam Service Medal (12 stars) / Korea Defense Service Medal / Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
5th Row: Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Medal with Palm) / Philippine Liberation Medal (1 star) / Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

(Click here for further detail)

CLASS - ESSEX (Long Hull) AKA TICONDEROGA
Displacement 27,100 Tons, Dimensions, 888' (oa) x 93' x 28' 7" (Max)
Armament 12 x 5"/38AA, 32 x 40mm, 46 x 20mm, 82 Aircraft.
Armor, 4" Belt, 2 1/2" Hanger deck, 1 1/2" Deck, 1 1/2" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 150,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Crew 3448.

Operational and Building Data
Built by Newport News. Laid down 1 Mar 1943; originally named Hancock, renamed 1 May 1943; launched 7 Feb 1944; commissioned 8 May 1944. Decommissioned to reserve 9 Jan 1947. SCB 27C reconstruction at New York Navy Yard started 1 April 1952, completed and recommissioned 1 Oct 1954. Redesignated as an attack carrier (CVA 14) 1 October 1952 while in overhaul. SCB 125 angled deck modernization at Norfolk Navy Yard 8/1956 to 1 April 1957.

FATE Redesignated as an ASW carrier (CVS 14) 21 Oct 1969. Decommissioned and stricken for disposal 16 Nov 1973.
Sold to Zidell Explorations Corp., Portland, Oregon for $601,999.99. Sale # 16-5009 of 15 Aug 1974. Subsequently scrapped.


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Ticonderoga is a village in Essex County, N.Y., on La Chute River, 100 miles north of Albany. The name is an Iroquois Indian term which means "between two lakes" and refers to Lake George and Lake Champlain. Here, the French built a fort called Carillon in 1755, but it was captured four years later by British troops under General Amherst. Early in the American Revolution, on 10 May 1775, Ethan Allen and his "Green Mountain Boys" captured the fort from the British. General Sir John Burgoyne recaptured the fort in May 1777, holding it until his surrender at Saratoga, N.Y., on 17 October 1777.

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Ticonderoga (CV-14), port side view, 22 April 1944, Norfolk, VA.

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Ticonderoga (CV-14), port quarter, stern view, 22 April 1944, Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co. photo.

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Ticonderoga (CV-14), port quarter, bow view, 22 April 1944, Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co. photo.

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Ticonderoga (CV-14), looking starboard to island, 22 April 1944, Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co. photo.

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Bow, starboard quarter view of USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) underway, Monday, 8 May 1944, the day she went into commission. Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co. photo.

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Newly completed, USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) is seen underway at Norfolk, May 30, 1944. She was completed with two deck catapults, two bow 40-mm quad gun mounts and four deck-edge radio masts. Around the second radio mast can be seen four outrigger rails (stowed), on which aircraft could be parked with their rear fuselages projecting over the edge of the deck. Note the starboard paint scheme, Measure 33/10A. US Navy photos.

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Larger photo submitted by Ed Zajkowski
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USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) off Hampton Roads, Va., 26 June 1944 (see above). Official U.S. Navy photo. [80-G-235154].

Note the port side of the flight deck was cut away just aft of a quad 40-mm gun mount, to provide an unobstructed view for a third Mark 37 director that would have been mounted on the former hangar-deck catapult sponson. Only Ticonderoga and Hancock actually had the cut, and it was later eliminated as BuAer considered the cut "a serious hazard to aircraft taking off."

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USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) heading for the British West Indies, June 29, 1944. Her flight deck is spotted for recovery of aircraft. This photo came from the Chief of Information, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.

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Wednesday, 4 July 1944, "0847: TBF 13 [TBM-1C Avenger] upon being launched, crashed into the water off the starboard bow and clear of the ship, at latitude 10°27'13"N, longitude 62°03'05"W. Bureau plane 45922, piloted by Lt. (jg) G. C. Francom, USNR. Others in plane: Lt. R. W. Evans, USNR, and Stringer, E. N., ARM2c, 7CO-97-24, USNR. All members picked up by crash boat." (Excerpt from the ship's Deck Log.)

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USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) off San Diego, California, mid-September 1944, loaded with aircraft to be transported to Hawaii. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 33, Design 10A. Photographed from a blimp of squadron ZP-31.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 92242).

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An F6F Hellcat prepares to take off from USS Ticonderoga (CV-14), October 1944, while training in Hawaiian waters.

Pieter Bakels
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Enlisted aircrewmen are briefed in their ready room, 4 November 1944, prior to an air strike on Manila Bay the following morning.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-469512).

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USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) launching aircraft prior to her first strike against the Japanese, 5 November 1944.

U.S. Navy photo now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-301350).

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Japanese cruiser Yasoshima (formerly the Chinese Ping Hai) under attack by Task Force 38 torpedo planes, off Luzon on 25 November 1944. Tracks of two Mark 13 aerial torpedos are visible. The torpedo about to hit Yashojima's stern was dropped by Ensign D.V. Parker, of Torpedo Squadron 80 (VT-80), based on USS Ticonderoga (CV-14). The original photograph was included in the TG38.3 Action Report of 24 December 1944.

U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command photograph (# NH 102091).

NH & HC
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Grumman F6F Hellcat fighters prepare to take off for strikes against targets in Manila Bay. The two leading planes are F6F-5N night fighters, with wing-mounted radar. Photograph is dated 9 January 1945, but may have been taken during the 5-6 November 1944 attacks.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-305244).

Scott Dyben
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This view taken from Ticonderoga (CV-14), entering Ulithi Lagoon on December 8, 1944 shows the famous "Murderers Row" shot from a different perspective.

Original image submitted by Steve Whitby.
Larger image submitted by Brent Jones, via Pieter Bakels
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USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) afire off Formosa, January 21, 1945, just after her initial kamikaze hit on the forward flight deck. Photographed from USS Miami (CL-89). A Vought OS2U Kingfisher floatplane is on the cruiser's starboard catapult, in the foreground.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-273151).

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Flight deck immediately after Hit #1 showing smoke pouring through deck at point of entry, and, upper right, smoke through #1 elevator opening. Puget Sound Navy Yard photo # 959-45.

Seattle Branch of the National Archives photo. Record group 181.

Tracy White
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Fighting fire from flight deck showing smoke from #1 elevator. Puget Sound Navy Yard photo # 955-45.

Seattle Branch of the National Archives photo. Record group 181.

Tracy White
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"The next morning, [21 January 1945, ...] a kamikaze swooped out of the clouds and plunged toward Ticonderoga. He crashed through her flight deck abreast of the No. 2 5-inch mount, and his bomb exploded just above her hangar deck. Several planes stowed nearby erupted into flames. Death and destruction abounded, but the ship's company fought valiantly to save the threatened carrier. CAPT Kiefer conned his ship smartly. First, he changed course to keep the wind from fanning the blaze. Then, he ordered magazines and other compartments flooded to prevent further explosions and to correct a 10-degree starboard list. Finally, he instructed the damage control party to continue flooding compartments on Ticonderoga's port side. That operation induced a 10-degree port list which neatly dumped the fire overboard! Firefighters and plane handlers completed the job by dousing the flames and jettisoning burning aircraft."

(Quoted from DANFS, "Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships".)

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An often-used photo of CAPT Dixie Kiefer, as he was being evacuated from USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) after the Kamikaze attack.

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Kamikaze Attack, January 21, 1945 — A Personal Account, by C. Vern Higman, VT-80

Brian Higman, son of C. Vern Higman
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Puget Sound Navy Yard image # 942-45. Damage in action of 21 January 1945. Estimated paths of planes which struck the ship.

Seattle Branch of the National Archives photo. Record group 181.

Read the War Damage Report at the Researcher @ Large website.

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Puget Sound Navy Yard image # 943-45. Damage in action of 21 January 1945. Looking stbd. showing damage to superstructure caused by Hit #2.

Seattle Branch of the National Archives photo. Record group 181.

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Puget Sound Navy Yard. Damage in action of 21 January 1945. Looking fwd. & stbd. at damaged director.

Seattle Branch of the National Archives photo.

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Puget Sound Navy Yard image # 949-45. Damage in action of 21 January 1945. Gallery Deck frame 67, looking to starboard and aft.

Read the War Damage Report at the Researcher @ Large website.

The hole through the bulkhead is looking into the ship's optical shop (note work counters, sink, and chairs). Torn grating from an overhead catwalk is evident as is the hangar deck below in the lower left corner of the photo.

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Broad on port bow. April 16, 1945. Puget Sound, Wash. Running trials after repairs from the kamikaze attack (January 21).

Seattle Branch of the National Archives photo.

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Broad on port beam. April 16, 1945. Puget Sound, Wash. Running trials after repairs from the kamikaze attack (January 21).

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1996.488.039.024.

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Dead astern. April 16, 1945. Puget Sound, Wash. Running trials after repairs from the kamikaze attack (January 21).

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CV-14. Broad on port quarter. April 16, 1945. Puget Sound, Wash.

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Puget Sound Navy Yard, April 20, 1945. Head on view.

Seattle Branch of the National Archives photo.

Tracy White
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USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) underway after her February–April 1945 repairs. She was painted in Measure 21 and fitted with seven extra 40-mm quad mounts, five on the starboard side and two on the port side. Air search radar was upgraded to SK-2 at this time. US Navy photo.

Robert Hurst
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Bombing Squadron (VB) 87 pilots and gunners pictured in front of an SB2C Helldiver at NAS Kahului, Territory of Hawaii. VB-87 was commissioned on 1 July 1944, at NAS Wildwood, NJ. Equipped with the SB2C Helldiver, the squadron trained at that location and NAAS Oceana, VA., before going to sea in USS Randolph (CV-15). Detached from this ship at Pearl Harbor, the squadron was subsequently assigned to USS Ticonderoga (CV-14). In early May 1945 VB-87 sailed from Pearl aboard Ticonderoga; a warm-up series of strikes was flown against Maloelap on the 17th, the carrier then continuing to Ulithi where she joined Task Force 58 in time to participate in the final support missions of the Okinawa campaign. After the last of these, on 10 June, the Task Force retired to Leyte Gulf. With the other carriers of Task Force 38 Ticonderoga sailed again on July 1st, headed for Japan, but engine trouble forced a diversion to Guam and it was not until the 21st that she was able to join her sisters off the enemy homeland. VB-87 participated in the strikes against the surviving Imperial Fleet units at Kure on July 24 and 28, and bombed factories south-west of Tokyo at month's end. In early August the Task Force moved north and the squadron hit targets at Aomori and Ominato. Back south again towards mid-month, VB-87's final strike was against the Yokohama docks on the 13th. Following the surrender, Ticonderoga spent a month in Japanese waters before sailing back to Pearl, where CVG-87 was put ashore for a fortnight at Barber's Point. Re-embarking on 16 October, carrier and air group reached Bremerton on the 22nd. VB-87 was decommissioned at NAS Seattle on 31 October.

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Photos courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum.

Bill Gonyo
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USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) landing planes while USS Ault (DD-698) follows astern as plane guard. July 1945.

U.S. Navy photo now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-470599).

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A photo of USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) taken 27 October 1945, on her arrival at Tacoma, Wash., with veterans returning from the Pacific aboard. Note that her deck markings are already changed to lighter colors from the black-colored deck numerals and markings that she carried earlier, in wartime. Note also that she is flying her "homeward bound pennant" suspended by helium-filled balloons, a tradition of ships returning home at the end of the war.

David Buell
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USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) in San Francisco Bay, California, following the end of World War II, circa late 1945 or early 1946. A blimp is in the background.

Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1973.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph (# NH 77366).

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USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) in SCB-27C configuration, date and place unknown.

David Buell

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Nobe Smith

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November 1955, near Naples, Italy. Planes on deck are propeller-driven AD-6 Skyraiders from VA-35 "Black Panthers," and F9F-8 Cougar jets from VF-32 "Swordsmen."

Large, piston-engine planes with "NH" tail code are AJ-2 Savages from VAH-7 "Peacemakers of the Fleet," apparently "borrowed," temporarily, from Carrier Air Group (CVG) 4, deployed aboard USS Intrepid (CVA-11). USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14), with CVG-3, deployed to the Mediterranean, 4 November 1955–2 August 1956; Intrepid, with CVG-4, deployed 28 May–22 November 1955.

Michael Breslin, whose father was an Aviation Ordnanceman with VF-32 "Swordsmen" aboard Ticonderoga, 1955–56

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Flight deck of USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14), looking aft, Sardinia, Italy, November 1955.

Deployed with Ticonderoga was Carrier Air Group (CVG) 3, which included: F2H-4 and F2H-2P Banshees; F9F-8 Cougars; F7U-3 Cutlasses; AD-6, AD-5W and AD-5N Skyraiders; AJ-1 Savages; and HUP-2 Retriever helicopters.

Michael Breslin, whose father was an Aviation Ordnanceman with VF-32 "Swordsmen" aboard Ticonderoga, 1955–56

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F9F-8 Cougar from VF-32 "Swordsmen" launching from USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14), somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea, 4 November 1955–2 August 1956.

Michael Breslin, whose father was an Aviation Ordnanceman with VF-32 "Swordsmen" aboard Ticonderoga, 1955–56

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Rough weather, somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea, 4 November 1955–2 August 1956.

The AJ Savage parked on deck bears markings of squadron VC-9 "Hooters" (redesignated VAH-9 and nicknamed "Hoot Owls" from 1 November 1955 on).

Michael Breslin, whose father was an Aviation Ordnanceman with VF-32 "Swordsmen" aboard Ticonderoga, 1955–56
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Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Portsmouth, Virginia. USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14), 2 April 1957. SCB-125 just completed.

NARA photo (# 80-G-199956).

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large

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Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Portsmouth, Virginia. USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14). SCB-125 just completed.

The exact date of these photos is not known, but they were undoubtedly taken at about the same time as photo NS0214ar, above, i.e., late March–early April 1957. (Note that "Tilly" is visible behind the island, only in photo NS0214ar.)

NS0214as: NARA photo (# 80-G-199955).

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Tracy White, Researcher @ Large

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"An interesting photo of USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) entering San Francisco Bay. The photo is dated 31 May, but was actually taken 30 May 1957, the day she arrived at Alameda from her 'round the horn' voyage after receiving her angled deck conversion at Norfolk."

"The caption on the back indicates that the crew had assembled in the formation of a cross to honor US war dead."

"The original photo I have was retouched around the stern sponsons, the bridge bulwarks and the sponson for the crane just forward of the after elevator. Artistic license perhaps."

Photo credit is San Francisco Examiner.

David Buell

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Underway, 1960s.

Chester Morris,
EN 3/c A Div. Diesels,
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Departing San Diego in the 1960s.

Chester Morris,
EN 3/c A Div. Diesels,
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USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) underway in May 1961, turning sharply into the wind to accept aircraft, location unknown.

Note how she appears to be towing a decoy. Jim "Gunner" Doran, CWO4, USN (RET), however, notes: "Actually she was towing a spar used for dive bombing practice. Spar normally consisted of two external fuel tanks connected with 4 pieces of angle iron about 6' long. Pilot's objective was drop close, but not to hit the spar. However, that didn't always happen. On one occasion a bunch of us were seated on the flight deck round down watching planes bomb the spar. One of them hit it with a 250 pdr and shrapnel rained down on the flight deck."

Robert Hurst

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A photo of USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) with her crew spelling out "SEAFAIR 62" on the flight deck. The photo was taken on 29 July 1962. Official US Navy Photograh, (# CVA-14-677-L-7-62).

Robert M. Cieri

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A-4 Skyhawk landing on board, after a simulated strike on "enemy" forces during an operational readiness inspection, 18 January 1963. An A-3B Sky Warrior and F-3 Demon are parked on the carrier's after flight deck, and another A-3 is in the upper left distance, making its landing approach.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph (# KN-5442).

Scott Dyben
5th WestPac Cruise, Jan. 3 – July 15, 1963
With Carrier Air Group 5 (CVG-5), "NF"


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Sal Vacca, AE2, VAW-11 Det. Bravo,
USS Ticonderoga 1963–4

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E-1B Tracer, VAW-11 "Early Eleven," Detachment Bravo.


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E-1B Tracer, VAW-11 "Early Eleven," Detachment Bravo.


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E-1B Tracer, VAW-11 "Early Eleven," Detachment Bravo.


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E-1B Tracer, VAW-11 "Early Eleven," Detachment Bravo.


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Photo sequence of an E-1B Tracer attached to VAW-11 "Early Eleven," Detachment Bravo, landing aboard USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14).

Planes visible on deck are an RF-8A Crusader (VFP-63 "Eyes of the Fleet," Detachment B, tail code "PP," side number 914) and two F-8E Crusaders (VF-51 "Screaming Eagles," tail code "NF," side numbers 103 and 111).

Sal Vacca, AE2, VAW-11 Det. Bravo,
USS Ticonderoga 1963–4

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Sal Vacca, AE2, VAW-11 Det. Bravo,
USS Ticonderoga 1963–4

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Two A-3B Skywarriors of VAH-4 "Fourrunners," Det. B (tail code "ZB", side numbers 4 & 8); and an A-4B Skyhawk of VA-56 "Champions" (foreground, tail code "NF", BuNo 144971).


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An A-3B Skywarrior of VAH-4 "Fourrunners," Det. B (side number 4), and an A-4B Skyhawk of VA-56 "Champions" (side number 401), with another Skywarrior about to land.


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An A-3B Skywarrior of VAH-4 "Fourrunners," Det. B (tail code "ZB", side number 8).


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A-3B Skywarriors of VAH-4 "Fourrunners," Det. B (side numbers 4 & 2), with E-1B Tracers of VAW-11 "Early Eleven," Det. B, and A-1H Skyraiders of VA-52 "Knightriders" in the background.


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Landing sequence of an A-1H Skyraider of VA-52 "Knightriders."

Plane in the last photo appears to be BuNo 137590, which was lost on 16 November 1965 after a hydraulics failure due to the loss of oil during a combat mission over Vietnam, not thought to have been caused by enemy action, though. Pilot was rescued.

Sal Vacca, AE2, VAW-11 Det. Bravo,
USS Ticonderoga 1963–4

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A-3B Skywarriors of VAH-4 "Fourrunners," Det. B (side numbers 2 & 4), with A-1H Skyraiders of VA-52 "Knightriders" in the background.

The person sitting on top of plane # 2 is Phil Soto, plane captain. Greg Gilbert, plane captain of # 4, believes he is the person down below, walking away. Phil and Greg can be reached at:

  • Phil Soto: (504) 905-0785
  • Greg Gilbert: (949) 394-0117

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A Crusader (apparently an RF-8A of VFP-63 "Eyes of the Fleet," Det. B) about to land on USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14).


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"Crusader Ready," air operations aboard USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) in the 1960s. Artwork © by Alan Craddock, used with permission.

© Alan Craddock

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Sailors aboard USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) load air-to-ground Zuni rockets on an F-8E Crusader during the Tonkin Gulf crisis of August 1964 (USN photo).

From "Aircraft Carriers," by Norman Polmar.

Robert Hurst

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A Kaman UH-2B Seasprite from Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 1 (HC-1), deployed aboard USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14), sometime in the second half of the 1960s. Note a Gearing-class destroyer in the background.

Bob Young Collection,
via Carol Hipperson

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Manatee (AO-58) refueling Ticonderoga (CVA-14), 15 July 1965. US Navy photo.

Courtesy John Shriver, Rick Davis, USS Manatee (AO-58) web site

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Mount Baker (AE-4) and Ticonderoga (CVA-14) during an underway replenishment off California, 1 September 1965, prior to Big T's second Vietnam cruise (28 September 1965–13 May 1966.) The A-4 Skyhawk aircraft visible on the flight deck are from VA-56 "Champions" and VA-144 "Roadrunners," at the time part of Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW-5.) US Navy photo # CVA-14-2854-9-65.

Phil Bird LT(JG) MPA USS Mount Baker
2nd Vietnam Cruise, Sep. 29, 1965 – May 13, 1966
With Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW-5), "NF"

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Entertainer Bob Hope tees-off on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14), December 26, 1965 during his visit to the ship off the coast of Vietnam. Bob Hope and other entertainers were on a Christmas Tour of U.S. Military installations throughout Vietnam. U.S. Navy file photo.

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Vietnam, December 1965, Bob Hope USO show aboard USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14).

Tommy Trampp
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USS Haleakala (AE-25) rearming USS Henry W. Tucker (DD-875) left, and USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) right, off the coast of Vietnam, possibly in the first quarter of 1966. US Navy photo.

Bill Toohey, ETC, USN (Ret)
USS Haleakala, Feb '66–Nov '68
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USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) refueling from USS Ashtabula (AO-51), while operating off the coast of Vietnam, circa early 1966. Although seas were running very high, the ships completed replenishment and Ticonderoga received 175,000 gallons of black oil. The original print was received by the "All Hands" magazine Editorial Department on 14 February 1966.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97487).

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USS Navasota (AO-106) refueling USS Basilone (DD-824) and USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) off Vietnam. Official U.S. Navy photo, dated 13 March 1966.

From the collection of CDR Thomas B. Ray (USS Essex CV-9),
via Chris Stanley
DD-824 + AOE-1 + CVA-14 Ticonderoga
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USS Sacramento (AOE-1), center, replenishing the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14), right, and the destroyer USS Basilone (DD-824) in the South China Sea, 13 April 1966.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class J.L. Rivera, USN, (# USN 1117062).

Tony Cowart
DD-824 + AF-49 + CVA-14 Ticonderoga
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The stores ship USS Zelima (AF-49) replenishes the destroyer USS Basilone (DD-824) and the attack carrier USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) in the Western Pacific, probably in the first half of 1966. USN photo.

Robert Hurst
CVA-14 Ticonderoga
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"Three scans of the Ticonderoga shot during an UNREP with my ship, Bausell (DD-845) in WestPac[, first half of] 1966. Ironically the Tico was my first ship after recruit training in 1963."

Air Wing was Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW-5), tail code "NF." (NS021477a) Visible on the flight deck and starboard elevator are F-8E Crusaders from VF-51 "Screaming Eagles" and VF-53 "Iron Angels," as well as A-1H Skyraiders from VA-52 "Knight Riders."

Two of the Crusaders in this photo were shot down not long after the picture was taken. BuNo 150853 was hit by AAA on 19 April 1966, while escorting Skyhawks that were attacking a major road bridge five miles north of Haiphong. The pilot, CDR R. A. Mohrpardt, tried to return to Ticonderoga but had to eject over the Gulf of Tonkin as his fuel was exhausted. He was rescued by a Navy helicopter.

BuNo 149152 was transferred to VF-211 "Checkmates," part of CVW-19 aboard USS Hancock (CVA-19). It was hit by AAA on 21 June 1966, while covering the forces that were trying to rescue the pilot of a downed RF-8A from VFP-63 "Eyes of the Fleet." The pilot, LCDR Cole Black, and his wingman, LT Gene Chancy, were then jumped by four MiG-17s, probably from 923rd Fighter Regiment—Black's aircraft was shot down by cannon fire from one of the MiGs and he became a POW (released on 12 February 1973). The balance was redressed by LT Chancy and LT Phil Vampatella, who each shot down one of the MiGs during the engagement. (Thans to Robert Hurst, who provided part of this information.)

(NS021477b) The tail of an A-3B Skywarrior, aka Whale, from VAH-4 "Fourrunners," tail code "ZB," can be seen just abaft the island.

Lee Noland STGC USN Ret
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USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) underway, 10 November 1967.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.

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Three Commanding Officers of USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) aboard the ship, left to right: CAPT Martin G. O'Neill, ADM John P. Weinel, and CAPT Norman K. McInnis.

Chester Morris
4th Vietnam Cruise, Dec. 28, 1967 – Aug. 17, 1968
With Carrier Air Wing 19 (CVW-19), "NM"

See also "Cruise Book, 1968"

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USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) underway. Parked forward are A-4F Skyhawks from squadrons VA-192 "Golden Dragons" and VA-23 "Black Knights," A-4C's from VA-195 "Dambusters," F-8E Crusaders from VF-194 "Red Lightings" and an EA-1F Skyraider from VAW-33 "Nighthawks" (redesignated VAQ-33 on 1 February 1968), the latter plane right behind the ship's COD (Carrier On-board Delivery) C-2 Greyhound. A KA-3B Skywarrior from VAH-4 "Fourrunners" is on the angled deck.

Later that year (1968) Bob Young reported aboard as an Airman Apprentice on the COD crew.

Bob Young Collection,
via Carol Hipperson
5th Vietnam Cruise, Feb. 1 – Sep. 18, 1969
With Carrier Air Wing 16 (CVW-16), "AH"

See also "Cruise Book, 1969"

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Two A-7B Corsair IIs from squadron VA-87 "Golden Warriors," part of Carrier Air Wing 16 (CVW-16) aboard USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14), engaged in in-flight refueling operations, 1968–9. Planes are AH306 (BuNo 154434, left) and AH304 (BuNo 154440).

Bob Young Collection,
via Carol Hipperson

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USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) underway, 1969. Bob Young took the photo himself, from his seat in the COD plane. He recalls: "Was on a flight getting my monthly flight time in. We were on about a 5-hour flight. One of the ship's officers was the pilot, also getting his flight time in for the month. That's all I remember. We were most likely leaving the Gulf of Tonkin or headed there. You can see the back of the ship's flight deck wasn't prepared for any landings soon, as there are aircraft setting there tied down on the flight deck. Which reminds me of the long day in the air flying all over the place, but never too far from the ship. We would lose sight of it at times, but not for long."

Bob Young Collection,
via Carol Hipperson

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Chicago Sunday Sun-Times, April 27, 1969.

"U.S. shifts fleet to Yellow Sea"

"Washington (UPI) — The powerful carrier-led armada formed to protect U.S. intelligence flights was shifted abruptly from the Sea of Japan to the other side of the Korean peninsula Saturday. The move may be aimed at bettering relations with the Russians."

(Click on the thumbnails to read the full story.)

Tom Rostkowski,
68 to 69,
ATN2, VA-87 "Golden Warriors"

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Subic Bay, on her 25th Anniversary, 8 May 1969.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.

Debbie Baatstad, daughter of
Richard Fowler, USS Ticonderoga, 1968-1969

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USS Firedrake (AE-14) replenishing USS Buchanan (DDG-14) off her starboard side and Ticonderoga (CVA-14) off her port side, 14 May 1969. US Navy photo.

Jim Flanders, EM3, USN,
USS Firedrake

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Two more views, as above. (See also Cruise Book 1969.)

Bob Young Collection,
via Carol Hipperson

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Tico in Hong Kong harbor, June 19–24, 1969.

Tom Rostkowski,
68 to 69,
ATN2, VA-87 "Golden Warriors"

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Hong Kong, June 1969. Tom, in a photo taken by Bob Kazdan, AE2, from Victoria Peak, looking down at the harbor. USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) is in the background (circled)—a good perspective of harbor's and Tico's size.


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VF-162 "Hunters" F-8J Crusader shuttling to cat.


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VF-162 "Hunters" F-8J Crusader trapping on USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14).


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VA-87 "Golden Warriors" A-7B Corsair IIs rearming for next launch.


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VA-87 "Golden Warriors" A-7B Corsair II shuttling to cat.


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VA-87 "Golden Warriors" A-7B Corsair II folding wings after recovery.


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VA-112 "Broncos" A-4C Skyhawk landing.


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"Willie Fudd" (E-1B Tracer from VAW-111 "Hunters," Det. 14) launching.

Tom Rostkowski,
68 to 69,
ATN2, VA-87 "Golden Warriors"

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UH-2C Sea Sprite from HC-1 Det. 4 "Pacific Fleet Angels" launching for flight ops.


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VA-87 "Golden Warriors" A-7B Corsair II launching from USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) during combat operations, Gulf of Tonkin, 1969.


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VF-162 "Hunters" F-8J Crusader launching with afterburner from USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) during combat operations, Gulf of Tonkin, 1969. (All that can be seen is the AB flame over the starboard bow.)


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VA-87 "Golden Warriors" awarded a Meritorious Service Citation, Vietnam Cruise, 1969.

Back row (l to r): R. Kazdan AE2, J. Pierce AO3, D. Ferguson AE3, D. Drake AN, D. Nelson ATN2, J. Miller AQB2.

Front row (l to r): P. Inferrera AO3, J. Tilton AE3, D. Dewolf AO2, J. Mooney AO3, T. E. Rostkowski ATN2, N. D. Moran AN.


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Meritorious Service Citation awarded to Thomas E. Rostkowski, ATN2, of VA-87 "Golden Warriors." Signed by CAPT R.E. Fowler, Jr., Commanding Officer, USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14).


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North Island, San Diego, CA, September 3, 1970 — US President Richard M. Nixon passes USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14) on his way to meet Mexican President Gustavo Díaz Ordaz.

(Special thanks to Kenneth E. Ratcliff, S-6 Div. aboard Ticonderoga; Denny Segar; and Chester Morris, aboard Ticonderoga 1967–1969, who helped research this photograph.)

David Buell

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USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14) with her rails manned, circa 1970-72, following conversion to an anti-submarine warfare support aircraft carrier.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (photo # NH 97488-KN).

Joe Cross adds: "I was aboard the USS Bronstein, an escort ship of the Ticonderoga. We were going through the Sunda Straits and had a memorial service for two cruisers that were sunk 28 February 1942 [USS Houston and HMAS Perth]. I have an identical picture in my cruise book but it includes all the escorts. The calm seas that day are a dead giveaway that the picture was taken on April 24th 1971. It was such a calm day that the seas were almost like glass. A rarity."

Scott Dyben

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How not to launch an aircraft in heavy seas: an S-2E Tracker is launched from USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14). As Brian Wolfe and Gil Sharp recall, this happened circa April-May 1971, en route from the Philippine Islands to Japan.

Roger Ozbolt comments: "I remember when it happened, it was our Lieutenant V-2 division officer who was the pilot, the plane was making a mail run. He said after the plane went through the wave it stammered and sputtered for a few seconds then smoothed out, he said they had about 4" of water in the cockpit. [...] it's a wonder that it didn't go down."

Format: WMV (Windows Media Audio/Video file) (silent)  Duration: 15"   Size: 320 x 240

Courtesy of Alexis Park Inn, Iowa City, Iowa
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USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14) at sea with ASW Carrier Air Group 59 (CVSG-59), possibly in 1971.

Photo by Marine Photos & Publishing Co., Spring Valley, California.

David Buell
CVS-14 Ticonderoga
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Three S-2E Tracker aircraft, of Antisubmarine Squadron 33 (VS-33) fly past USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14), off San Diego, California, circa late 1971. At that time VS-33 had completed eleven years of accident-free flying. Photo was received by the Naval Photographic Center in November 1971.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph (# USN 1149754).

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View of Ticonderoga's island, 35-mm slide.

Although dated "1972," it appears to have been taken in 1967 or earlier. Location unknown.

Tommy Trampp
CVS-14 Ticonderoga
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USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14) underway off San Diego, California, after departing Naval Air Station, North Island, for her final Western Pacific deployment, 17 May 1972.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph (# USN 1152586).

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USS Ticonderoga anchored in Subic Bay, probably in June or July 1972.

Photos by Dennis M. Kiick, NAS Cubi Point AIMD, 1969–70; VF-111, 1971–72
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S-2E Trackers of VS-29 "Dragonfires" (modex NS-200 & NS-201) and VS-35 "Boomerangs" (modex NS-303.) Summer–fall 1972.

Gregory O. Stanforth
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Summer–fall 1972.

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Summer–fall 1972.

Gregory O. Stanforth
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S-2E Trackers of VS-38 "Red Griffins." Summer–fall 1972.

Gregory O. Stanforth
CVS-14 Ticonderoga
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"TIP062207-6/22-USS TICONDEROGA: The Skylab command module is hauled aboard recovery ship USS Ticonderoga [22 June 1973] following recovery in the Pacific 834 miles southwest of San Diego, Calif. The Skylab astronauts, inside the command module, set a record 28 days in orbit aboard Skylab. UPI-AP"

Ron Reeves
Can You Help Us?
CVS-14 Ticonderoga
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This is a "CVS-14 lighter I am trying to get back to the owner or his family members. Being a Navy Vet, I bought on a Goodwill Auction for collectable reasons, but feel that this heirloom should be back in the hands of the family because its just the right thing to do."

"Any help would be fantastic. Not sure if it's coming from Executive Officer N.C. Youngblood or being presented to him."

If you can help, please let us know. Thank you very much.

Walt Sochacki

For more photos and information about this ship, see:

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Date:  
Place:  
Contact: Niles D. Hamblin,
Secretary, USS Ticonderoga Veterans Association
Address: 9839 Kenneth Ln.
Phone: Hudson, FL 34667-3853
E-mail: secretary@bigt.net
Web site:  
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