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NavSource Online: Aircraft Carrier Photo Archive


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

USS HANCOCK   (CV-19)
(later CVA-19 and CV-19)



Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Whiskey - Lima - Delta
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "RAMPAGE"


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" Hangar 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 the Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, Mass. Laid down as Ticonderoga 26 Jan 1943; renamed Hancock 1 May 1943; launched 24 Jan 1944 and commissioned 15 Apr 1944. Decommissioned to reserve 9 May 1947.

Reconstructed to SCB-27C design by the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash. Work began on 15 Dec 1951; redesignated as an "attack carrier" (CVA-19) on 1 Oct 1952 and recommissioned on 15 Feb 1954. Decommissioned again 13 Apr 1956 she received further modernization (project SCB-125) at the San Francisco Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, Cal., and was back in service on 15 Nov 1956.

Reclassified as a "Multi-Purpose Aircraft Carrier" (CV-19) on 30 June 1975. Decommissioned for the last time on 30 Jan 1976 and struck from the Navy list the following day, she was sold for scrap by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) on 1 Sep 1976.


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Namesake
Frigate Hancock
NS021927
21k

CV-19 was named for "two famous old vessels in the Navy bearing th[e] name [Hancock]." (Very special thanks to Robert J. Cressman, Naval History & Heritage Command.)

Continental frigates Hancock and Boston capturing British frigate Fox, 7 June 1777.

Naval History & Heritage Command
The Early Years — World War II
CV-19 Hancock
NS021948
111k

Official US Navy Photograph of the launching of USS Hancock (CV-19.) The photo was taken on 24 January 1944 as Hannah was being launched from Bethlehem Steel Company at Quincy, MA. The photo is from the Bureau of Aeronautics, #BuAer-230239.

Robert M. Cieri
CV-19
NS021941
102k

As completed, USS Hancock (CV-19) was camouflaged in Measure 32, Design 3A.

Robert M. Cieri
CV-19 + DD-246
NS0524613
143k

USS Bainbridge (DD-246) refueling from USS Hancock (CV-19), during the carrier's shakedown cruise in the western Atlantic and Caribbean areas, 14 June 1944. Official U.S. Navy photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-235276).

Fred Weiss
CV-19
NS021950
133k

USS Hancock (CV-19) loading bombs at the Boston Navy Yard, July (?) 1944.

Pieter Bakels
CV-19 Hancock
NS021901
104k Exact date unknown, but probably taken in the fall of 1944. USN
CV-19 Hancock
NS021916
118k

USS Hancock (CV-19) recovers a Grumman F6F Hellcat fighter, circa 1944. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 3A.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-K-1929-A).

Scott Dyben
CV-19 Hancock
NS021912
88k

Crewmen on USS Hancock (CV-19) move rockets to planes, while preparing for strikes on Formosa, 12 October 1944.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-281338).

Scott Dyben
CV-19 Hancock
NS021913
85k

Carrier Raids on the Philippines, November 1944 — Flight Deck Officer on USS Hancock (CV-19) waves the "take-off" flag at a SB2C "Helldiver" bomber, during strikes on Manila Bay, 25 November 1944.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-289604).

Scott Dyben
CV-19 Hancock
NS021917
152k

USS Hancock (CV-19) underway on 15 December 1944, during operations in the Philippines area.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. (photo # NH 89281).

Note the flight deck was cut away just aft of the port catapult, 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."

NHC
CV-19 Hancock
NS021952
174k

USS Hancock (CV-19) refueling from an unidentified oiler, mid-Pacific, late 1944. US Navy photo.

Photo by PH2/c Paul D. Guttman, contributed by his son Robert Guttman
CV-19 Hancock
NS021915
115k

USS Hancock (CV-19) recovering aircraft during operations in the South China Sea, January 1945. Three F6F Hellcat fighters are flying overhead as a TBM Avenger torpedo plane approaches at left. Photographed from USS New Jersey (BB-62) by Lieutenant Commander Charles Fenno Jacobs, USNR.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-470280).

Scott Dyben
CV-19 Hancock
NS021940
86k

January 21, 1945.

1328: VT 124, Bu #23539 [a General Motors TBM-3 Avenger], pilot, LT(JG) C.R. Dean, 298954, and crewmen F.J. Blake, ARM3c, and D.E. Zima, AOM2c, made a normal landing and taxied forward. As the plane reached a point abreast the island a violent explosion occurred, believed to have been caused by the detonation of two (2) 500 lb. bombs adrift in the plane's bomb bay. The immediate results of the explosion were: casualties: killed - 62; critically injured - 46; seriously injured - 25; slightly injured - 20. A 10x16 foot hole in the flight deck, gallery deck area in the vicinity demolished, inboard side signal bridge wrecked. Three airplanes demolished. Numerous shrapnel holes throughout the island structure. Fires broke out on the flight, gallery, and hangar decks. Hauled clear of the formation and commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds in an attempt to control the winds over the deck, and with high speed turns, to wash flooding water out of the hangar deck.

1342: Fire in hangar deck under control.

1405: Fire in gallery deck under control.

1406: Hancock planes in the vicinity commenced landing on other carriers of the Task Group.

1500: Rejoined station in formation.

1510: Emergency repairs to the flight deck completed.

(Text from War History of USS Hancock, courtesy of the USS Hancock Association).

NS021940a–NS021940e: National Archives photos (College Park, MD)

Image courtesy of Riley Cecil Cannon.
CV-19 Hancock
NS021940a
56k Tracy White, Researcher @ Large.
CV-19 Hancock
NS021940b
68k
CV-19 Hancock
NS021940c
59k
CV-19 Hancock
NS021940d
85k
CV-19 Hancock
NS021940e
57k
CV-19 Hancock
NS021964
41k

"Suicider hits Halsey Powell alongside the Hancock on 20 March 1945. (San Jacinto [(CVL-30)] photo)"

On 20 March 1945 USS Halsey Powell (DD-686) was alongside USS Hancock (CV-19) when Japanese aircraft attacked. As the destroyer was getting clear the aircraft overshot the carrier and crashed Halsey Powell. Her steering gear jammed but alert action with the engines averted a collision. Fires were put out and although 9 were killed and over 30 wounded in the attack the ship reached Ulithi 25 March. (From DANFS, Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships).

NARA II College Park, Bureau of Ships General Correspondence Files, 1940–45.

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large.
CV-19 Hancock
NS021905
102k As seen from the USS Essex (CV-9), smoke pours out of the Hancock's hanger deck after being struck by a kamikaze and its bomb on April 7, 1945. USN
CV-19 Hancock
NS021905a
66k

Planes on the stern of USS Hancock (CV-19) afire after being hit by a kamikaze off Okinawa, 7 April 1945. Image part of an album of photographs collected by Captain Carlos W. Wieber during his command of the aircraft carrier USS Essex (CV-9) during 1944–1945. Image mounted on a piece of paper on which appears the original typewritten caption.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1983.046.010.135.

Mike Green
CV-19 Hancock
NS021906
73k The Hancock is seen here burning fiercely as the Essex follows her, hiding in the smoke from any other kamikazes that might be in the area. USN
CV-19 Hancock
NS021907
112k As the fires are being extinguished, crewmen examine the remains of burnt out planes on the flight deck. USN
CV-19 Hancock
NS021914a
356k

"U.S.S. Hancock services 'One-Two Punch.' Hit and set aflame by a bomb and the crash of the Jap plane which loosed the bomb, the Navy carrier U.S.S. Hancock was stunned and shaken—but resumed limited operations within 4 hours. Shrouded in flags, the bodies of men killed in the double-blow lie on the hangar deck amidships as shipmates pay their last respects before sea burial."

File Number 328570. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy BUMED Library and Archives 09-7938-10.

Bill Gonyo
CV-19 Hancock
NS021914
104k

Casualties are buried at sea on 9 April 1945. They were killed when Hancock was hit by a "Kamikaze" while operating off Okinawa on 7 April.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-328574).

Scott Dyben
SCB-27C Modernization
CV-19
NS021969
77k

NY8-6365—Puget Sound Naval Shipyard—28 March 1952—USS Hancock (CV-19)—Forward airplane crane machinery being removed through access in shell.

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
CV-19
NS021969a
91k

NY8-6367—Puget Sound Naval Shipyard—28 March 1952—USS Hancock (CV-19)—250 KW diesel generator form forward auxiliary mach. room being removed through bulkheads 79 & 67 and out forward gasoline tank plug.

CV-19
NS021970
61k

NY8-6533—Puget Sound Naval Shipyard—21 May 1952—USS Hancock (CV-19)—Removing section of flight deck bow ramp.

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
CV-19
NS021971
72k

NY8-6736—Puget Sound Naval Shipyard—12 June 1952—USS Hancock (CV-19)—View looking aft, port side, showing shell plate ripout between 3rd and main decks.

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
CV-19
NS021971a
87k

NY8-6737—Puget Sound Naval Shipyard—12 June 1952—USS Hancock (CV-19)—View looking forward, port side. Blister construction showing installation of side frame extensions to fourth deck.

CV-19
NS021972
104k

NY8-6845—Puget Sound Naval Shipyard—11 July 1952—USS Hancock (CV-19)—Ripout of after centerline elevator showing ripout at flight deck, and installation of beams for main deck.

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
CV-19
NS021972a
151k

NY8-6846—Puget Sound Naval Shipyard—11 July 1952—USS Hancock (CV-19)—Flight deck area adjacent to island showing installation of additional stiffening and S.T.S. blanket.

CV-19
NS021973
111k

NY8-6879—Puget Sound Naval Shipyard—17 July 1952—USS Hancock (CV-19)—Flight deck extension showing after ramp in place.

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
CV-19
NS021974
91k

NY8-6909—Puget Sound Naval Shipyard—7 August 1952—USS Hancock (CV-19)—Ripout of after island structure.

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
CV-19
NS021974a
83k

NY8-6914—Puget Sound Naval Shipyard—7 August 1952—USS Hancock (CV-19)—Island structure forward showing ripout above pilot house.

CVA-19
NS021975
101k

NY8-7111—Puget Sound Naval Shipyard—7 October 1952—USS Hancock (CV[A]-19)—3"/50 cal. gun sponsons in place on the fantail.

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
CVA-19
NS021976
73k

NY8-7193—Puget Sound Naval Shipyard—3 November 1952—USS Hancock (CVA-19)—Prefabricated Seconday Conning Station in place under the flight deck forward.

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
CVA-19
NS021976a
107k

NY8-7201—Puget Sound Naval Shipyard—3 November 1952—USS Hancock (CVA-19)—Forward 1000 KW Diesel Generator being landed on the ship.

CVA-19
NS021976b
65k

NY8-7203—Puget Sound Naval Shipyard—3 November 1952—USS Hancock (CVA-19)—New transverse bent under the flight deck, installed at frame 42.

CVA-19
NS021965
143k

"'BEFORE AND AFTER'—Model of USS Hancock (CVA-19) (right), with angled flight deck, is shown alongside Essex-class carrier, USS Boxer (CVA-21)."

"Futuristic" view of what Hancock might look like after addition of an angled deck, from All Hands magazine, March 1953 issue, page 38.

Stanley Svec
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021924
57k

USS Hancock (CVA-19), 45 ° off bow portside, 4 March 1954. Puget Sound Naval Shipyard photo NY8-10774.

Seattle Branch of the National Archives, Record Group 181.

Tracy White
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021925
56k

USS Hancock (CVA-19), broadside view, 28 April 1954. Puget Sound Naval Shipyard photo NY8-11091.

Seattle Branch of the National Archives, Record Group 181.

Tracy White
CVA-19 + DD-682
NS0568204
87k

USS Porterfield (DD-682) refueling from the recently converted USS Hancock (CVA-19), 1954. From a report and series of photos documenting shortcomings in the refueling system: note hoses dragging in the water.

Seattle Branch of the National Archives, Record Group 181.

Tracy White
CVA-19 + DD-682
NS0568205
106k
CVA-19 + DD-682
NS0568206
102k
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021944
189k

USS Hancock (CVA-19) underway, possibly in 1955: she spent that year conducting flight operations off California to test the Sparrow I and Regulus I (note missile on the port elevator) systems and Cutlass jets. Bow-mounted 3"/50 guns are still in place.

David Buell
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021958
367k

USS Hancock (CVA-19) underway, circa 1955–56, with one F9F Cougar, and seven F7U-3 Cutlasses from VF-124 "Stingrays" (Carrier Air Group 12), on deck.

David Buell
After SCB-125 Modernization
CV-19
NS021942
219k

Underway, circa 1957.

Robert M. Cieri
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021945
161k

USS Hancock (CVA-19) underway, circa 1957.

David Buell
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021959
292k

USS Hancock (CVA-19) underway, apparently fresh out of her SCB-125 angled deck conversion, in a photo dated 1957.

David Buell
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021955
503k

USS Hancock (CVA-19) underway, circa 1957. CAPT Charles Joseph Odend'hal, Jr., Commanding.

AJ-2 Savages from VAH-6 "Fleurs" are amidships, AD Skyraiders aft.

Destroyers USS Samuel N. Moore (DD-747) and USS Maddox (DD-731) are to starboard and port of Hancock, respectively.

The Odend'hal Family
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021956
372k

USS Hancock (CVA-19) underway, circa 1957. CAPT Charles Joseph Odend'hal, Jr., Commanding.

The Odend'hal Family
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021918
98k

USS Hancock (CVA-19) underway at sea on 15 July 1957. She was then serving with the Seventh Fleet in the western Pacific. There are seven FJ Fury, ten F2H Banshee (two different models); two F7U Cutlass, fifteen AD Skyraider and three AJ Savage aircraft on her flight deck.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. (photo # NH 97539).

NHC
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021919
121k

USS Hancock (CVA-19) in San Francisco Bay, California, in September 1957. Her crew is spelling out "Our Town" on her flight deck.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph (photo # NH 94312), courtesy of Robert M. Cieri, 1982.

NHC
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021967
53k

A Grumman F11F-1 Tiger assigned to VA-156 "Iron Tigers," modex NL111, on the starboard catapult of USS Hancock (CVA-19), November 1957, as plane NL110 is on the forward elevator. VA-156 was one of the first fleet units to fly F11F's, and, skippered by CDR Jack C. Fruin, was conducting CarQuals aboard Hancock along with VF-154 "Grand Slammers" (equipped with F8U-1 Crusaders) and VA-113 "Stingers" (A4D-1 Skyhawks).

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

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021928
130k

USS Hancock (CVA-19) about to cruise, outbound, under the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, 1958.

Robert M. Cieri
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021966
228k

USS Hancock (CVA-19), USS Midway (CVA-41), and USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31), Alameda, California, circa 1958.

Paul H. Wilson, PH3, USS Bon Homme Richard, 1957–59
CV-19 Hancock
NS021902
173k Post SCB-125 Overhaul, which added the angled flight deck. USN
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021926
157k

Photo by Russ Meek, date and location unknown.

Pete Harlem
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021968
68k

USS Hancock (CVA-19) underway, circa 1959–60.

Tommy Trampp
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021963
146k

USS Hancock (CVA-19) underway in the Pacific with Carrier Air Group (CVG) 11, circa 1960–1961.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection, photo no. 1996.488.054.056.

Mike Green
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021957
146k

Stern view of USS Hancock (CVA-19) in a dry dock at Yokosuka, Japan. Photo is dated 2 January 1961. Planes closest to camera are a couple of AD-7 Skyraiders from VA-115 "Arabs" (BuNos 142012 and 142075), and an F11F-1 Tiger from VF-111 "Sundowners" (side number 109). Air Group was CVG-11.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection, photo no. 1996.488.054.060.

Mike Green
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021961
197k

This picture was taken by Mr. Leo Barnecut in 1961 as USS Hancock (CVA-19) was headed for Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington.

Leland Barnecut
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021936
90k

An F3H-2 Demon, assigned to VF-213 "Black Lions," preparing to launch, August 23, 1962. F3H-2's were redesignated F-3B under the new, September 1962 joint designation system.

USS Hancock (CVA-19) deployed to WestPac with Carrier Air Group 21 (CVG-21, tail code "NP"), February 2–October 7, 1962.

Robert M. Cieri
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021937
91k

An AD-6 Skyraider, assigned to VA-215 "Barn Owls," launches from USS Hancock (CVA-19), August 23, 1962. AD-6's were redesignated A-1H under the new, September 1962 joint designation system.

Robert M. Cieri
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021938
107k

A WF-2 Tracer, assigned to VAW-11 "Early Eleven," prepares to launch, August 23, 1962. WF-2's were redesignated E-1B under the new, September 1962 joint designation system.

Robert M. Cieri
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021939
121k

A WF-2 Tracer, assigned to VAW-11 "Early Eleven," launches from the port catapult, August 23, 1962.

An F8U-1 Crusader, assigned to VF-211 "Fighting Checkmates," awaits its turn on the starboard catapult. F8U-1's were redesignated F-8A under the new, September 1962 joint designation system.

Robert M. Cieri
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021946
171k

Aerial view of USS Hancock (CVA-19) passing under the Golden Gate Bridge on April 17, 1963.

David Buell
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021920
98k

Catapult crewmen position an A-4C Skyhawk attack plane for launch, 24 March 1965. The carrier was then operating in Southeast Asian waters. Photographed by PH1 Jean Cote and PHC Robert Moeser. This A-4C appears to be Bureau # 149508. Markings below the cockpit indicate that the plane's assigned pilot was Lieutenant Commander Olof M. Carlson.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph (# USN 1110178-B).

NHC
Task Force 77
NS026119
166k

Task Force 77 operating in the South China Sea, March 1965. It had recently launched strikes against North Vietnam. Carriers present are (clockwise from bottom): Ranger (CVA-61), Yorktown (CVS-10), Coral Sea (CVA-43) and Hancock (CVA-19). The guided missile cruiser Canberra (CAG-2) is in the center of the formation. The destroyer screen includes: England (DLG-22), Gurke (DD-783), Rogers (DD-876), Walker (DD-517), O'Bannon (DD-450), Somers (DD-947), Jenkins (DD-447), John A. Bole (DD-755), Higbee (DD-806), Buck (DD-761), Joseph Strauss (DDG-16) and Ernest G. Small (DD-838). This photograph was specially posed, and does not represent a normal operating formation.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph (# USN 1109915).

James Shriver, PHCM, USN (Ret), notes: "The photo [...] was taken in an exercise we called 'Operation Candid Camera.' On day one it was tried by a Vigilante photo plane. They missed. So the next day it was tried again and the photos were taken with a hand held camera from a HS-8 helicopter. The photographer was PH1 Elvin C. Conarty (now deceased). I was there... I processed the film and printed the photos."

NHC
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021954
243k

"Off the coast of Vietnam the USS Sacramento [(AOE-1)] transfers fuel and ammunition to the aircraft carrier USS Hancock [(CVA-19)]. The CH-46 Seaknight helicopters, used for transport, stay in the air during the whole operation. They already accomplished transfer rates of 75 tons every hour." (From International Defense Review, #11, 1966.)

This was Hancock's second Vietnam cruise, 10 November 1965–1 August 1966. Air Wing was CVW-21.

Pieter Bakels
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021903
223k Subic Bay Philippine Islands, March 7 1966. ©Richard Leonhardt
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021908
44k Subic Bay, Philippine Islands, March 7, 1966. ©Richard Leonhardt
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021929
102k

USS Hancock (CVA-19) preparing to launch a strike against North Vietnam, June 1966.

Robert Hurst
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021951
122k

UNREP operation, Yankee Station, first half of 1967.

Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021953
69k

A series of four photos of USS Hancock (CVA-19), taken from USS Allen M. Sumner (DD-692) in Yankee Station, sometime between February and June 1967.

A Grumman C-1A Trader Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD) aircraft, BuNo 146038, being taken up to the flight deck.

Frank Goetz, via Fred Willshaw
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021953a
56k
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021953b
57k

A Douglas KA-3B Skywarrior, BuNo 142664, assigned to VAH-4 Det. B "Fourrunners."

CVA-19 Hancock
NS021953c
44k

USS Hancock (CVA-19), with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, tail code "NF," on Yankee Station, February–June 1967, as seen from USS Allen M. Sumner (DD-692).

CVA-19 Hancock
NS021921
102k

A crewman wheels a cart loaded with three Sidewinder air-to-air guided missiles across the flight deck, during operations off Vietnam in April 1967. Hancock was then on her third Vietnam War deployment. Photographed by PHC R.D. Moeser.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph (# USN 1142095).

NHC
CVA-41 + CVA-43 + CVA-19 + CVA-34
NS024345
175k

Aerial view of the San Francisco Naval Shipyard at Hunters Point, sometime between April and July 1968. USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) and USS Hancock (CVA-19) are easily identifiable. Also visible in this photo are Midway (CVA-41), undergoing her SCB-101.66 modernization in the drydock just aft of Coral Sea, and USS Oriskany (CVA-34), undergoing an 8-month overhaul in the background.

Robert M. Cieri
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021930
117k

USS Hancock (CVA-19) leaves Pearl Harbor en route to Vietnam, after a change of command ceremony for Commander, U.S. Pacific Command — ADM John S. McCain, Jr. relieved ADM Ulysses S. Grant Sharp, July 31, 1968. This was the carrier's 4th Vietnam Cruise, July 18, 1968–March 3, 1969.

Robert M. Cieri
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021909
88k

USS Hancock (CVA-19) underway. These photos are believed to have been taken during Hanna's fourth WestPac/Vietnam Cruise, July 18, 1968–March 3, 1969 — the third with Carrier Air Wing 21 (CVW-21).

CSC H. R. Adams, USN (ret), via Larry Lee, RM1 USN (ret)
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021910
118k
CVA-19 Hancock
NS091903018
244k

USS Chemung (AO-30) refueling USS Hancock (CVA-19), 2 July 1969, off the coast of California.

Courtesy US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, photo # 1996.488.05.

Mike Green
CVAN-65, CVA-19, CVA-43
NS026583
362k

Front to back: USS Enterprise (CVAN-65), USS Hancock (CVA-19), three auxiliaries (which appear to be USS Markab (AR-23) with USS Pictor (AF-54) outboard, and USS Procyon (AF-61) forward of them), and USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) at NAS Alameda, CA, possibly in the first half of July 1969.

Robert M. Cieri
CVA-19
NS021943
95k

USS Hancock (CVA-19), with Carrier Air Wing 21 (CVW-21), passes under the Golden Gate Bridge, August 2, 1969, bound for WestPac and her fifth Vietnam cruise.

Courtesy of
William T. Larkins
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021923
103k

USS Hancock during an underway replenishment from USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3) including VertRep and UnRep during the 1969-70 period.

Photo by William P. Jones, M.D., Medical Officer, USS Niagara Falls
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021962
21k

"This was taken on Yankee Station in the Gulf of Tonkin on a Sunday morning. I am not sure offhand if it was late 1970 or early 1971 now though. I know it was Sunday cause it was a 'stand-down' day & we had an UNREP[—in the photo, with USS Passumpsic (AO-107)—]that morning. A Russian trawler cut across our course and 'hell' broke loose on Hanna! They set Battlestations and Condition Zebra. Cut ALL the lines holding the ships together and launched the F-8 sitting on the cat! Best I recall, we were making maybe 12 knots at the time. I had been unaware they could launch while going that slow! I do not have any of the details from the back of the picture handy right now [... but] I would suggest you look at the right side of the picture closely. That has to be a one in a million shot. I was simply lucky to have gotten this picture."

Jim Smith
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021931
68k

USS Hancock (CVA-19) in the Gulf of Tonkin, March 17, 1971, as an F-8 Crusader flies by. U.S. Navy photo (# 1147821).

Robert Hurst
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021932
80k

USS Hancock (CVA-19) salutes Sydney, Australia, two days before arriving in the city (thanks to Jim Smith). Hancock was in port, Sydney, 16–20 May 1971.

Robert M. Cieri
CVA-19 Hancock
NS09520336
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View looking aft during VERTREP by one of HC-3 (Det 106) helicopters assigned to USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3) of the attack aircraft carrier USS Hancock (CVA-19) off the coast of Vietnam in August–September 1972.

CDR Al Cusick, USN (Ret), Gunnery and Flight Deck Officer, USS Niagara Falls
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021960
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"These three photos show helo in stages of the VERTREP. As you can make out in the photos the VERTREP started before shotlines were sent over to the carrier to commence alongside stream gear unrepping. (You can see the CVA crew manning 3-4 alongside stations, preparing to receive the shotlines.) UNREPs usually were conducted at 12 kts with both ships displaying the 'Romeo' flag. The DD trailing would usually get UNREPed after the carrier."

Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 21 can be seen on deck, most notably A-4F Skyahawks from VA-55 "Warhorses" (green tails) and VA-164 "Ghost Raiders" (red tails).

CDR Al Cusick, USN (Ret), Gunnery and Flight Deck Officer, USS Niagara Falls
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021960a
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CVA-19 Hancock
NS021960b
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CVA-19 Hancock
NS021947
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USS Hancock (CVA-19) underway off San Diego, CA, circa 1972–1974.

David Buell
CV-19 Hancock
NS021904
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Overhead showing hurricane bow and angled flight deck, late in her career, in the 1970s.

USN
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021935
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September 1972. This A-4F Skyhawk (NP-302, BuNo 154990) of VA-212 "Rampant Raiders," part of Carrier Air Wing 21 (CVW-21), and flown by LT Weller, had to make an Emergency Barricade Landing after low oil pressure problems.

Official US Navy photograph (# CVA-19-9212-A-9-72).
Robert M. Cieri
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021933
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"Hanna's Home!". Photo taken as USS Hancock (CVA-19) was returning from her 7th Vietnam cruise, 7 January–3 October 1972. (Thanks to Greg Nichols, Chief Warrant Officer Three, US Army (Retired), formerly RM3, CR Division, 69–73 aboard Hancock, who dated this photograph; Greg is somewhere in those letters.)

Robert M. Cieri
CVA-43 Coral Sea
NS024346
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Aerial view of Naval Air Station Alameda, summer of 1974. Left to right: USS Coral Sea (CVA-43), USS Hancock (CVA-19), USS Oriskany (CVA-34), and USS Enterprise (CVAN-65).

Robert M. Cieri
CVA-43, CVA-19, CVA-34, CVAN-65
NS024346a
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Same as NS024346, above, from a different angle.

CVA-19 Hancock
NS021922
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USS Hancock (CVA-19) off San Diego, California, 11 February 1975, shortly before beginning her final deployment to the western Pacific. There are twelve A-4 Skyhawk attack planes and one SH-3 helicopter on her flight deck.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph (# USN 1162018).

NHC
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021949
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In April and May 1975, while on her final WestPac tour, Hancock was one of the ships that conducted the evacuation of South Vietnam when that long-suffering country was overrun by North Vietnamese forces.

Art Ritchie recalls: "[These are] some photos of the Hancock during the evacuation of Saigon in April of 1975. All of the fixed wing aircraft had been replaced with Marine Corps helicopters for that operation. [The photos show] some of the people we evacuated from Saigon. In all we took on board about 2,500. The two showing the helicopter going into the water was one of several we had to push overboard. The South Vietnamese military would fly their helicopters, often loaded with friends and family, out to our ship and land on our flight deck. We didn't have room to stow the aircraft plus they were in terrible shape, missing lots of instruments and parts. So we pushed them overboard."

Photos taken and submitted by
Arthur Ritchie RMCM USN Ret.
CVA-19 Hancock
NS021949a
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CVA-19 Hancock
NS021949b
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CVA-19 Hancock
NS021949c
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CVA-19 Hancock
NS021949d
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CVA-19 Hancock
NS021949e
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CVA-19 Hancock
NS021949f
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CVA-19 Hancock
NS021949g
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CVA-19 Hancock
NS021949h
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