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USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN   (CV-39)
(later CVA-39 and CVS-39)



Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Tango - Charlie - Romeo
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "NIGHTHAWK"


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.

FATE

About 600 tons of her armor plate have been put to use at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

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The Early Years
CV-39 Lake Champlain
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USS Lake Champlain (CV-39), starboard bow view, Norfolk Navy Yard. Official US Navy photo, serial 10742(45), June 15, 1945.

Robert M. Cieri
David Buell
Pieter Bakels
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USS Lake Champlain (CV-39), starboard broadside view, Norfolk Navy Yard. Official US Navy photo, serial 10743(45), June 15, 1945.

David Buell
CV-39 Lake Champlain
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Underway at sea on 23 June 1945, less than three weeks after she went into commission.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-265465).

Scott Dyben
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"Philadelphia, Pa. 27 September 1945. The Navy's newest aircraft carrier the USS Lake Champlain CV-39 steams up the Delaware River toward the port of Philadelphia, for a week's visit. The ship's will hold open house so that the public may tour the carrier." International News Photo #C 1025571.

Robert M. Cieri
CV-39 Lake Champlain
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USS Lake Champlain (CV-39) underway. Jack Sauter—author of USS Lake Champlain CV/CVA/CVS-39 (Paducah, KY: Turner Publishing Company, 2002)—comments: "I would guess that it was taken in the fall of '45 when CV-39 was visiting various east coast ports: NY, Philadelphia and Boston just after war's end. The fact that nearly all aircraft are on the flight deck indicates that there were no flight operations. She was rigged for sight-seeing."

Gene McCallister
CV-39 Lake Champlain
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USS Lake Champlain (CV-39) at anchor, around 1945–46, painted in Measure 21 and fitted with only two deck-edge masts. SK-2 and SC-2 radar was fitted at this time. Two Mk-37 directors with radar Mk12/22, 4 Mk-63 and some Mk-51 directors were also fitted. USN Photo.

Robert Hurst
CV-39 Lake Champlain
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USS Lake Champlain (CV-39) as built.

Tommy Trampp
After SCB-27A Modernization
1st Deployment, April 26-December 4, 1953 — Mediterranean - Indian Ocean - Korea
CVA-39 Lake Champlain
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USS Lake Champlain (CVA-39) at anchor in Aden harbor, 18 May 1953, while she was en route to take part in the Korean War. Among the planes on her flight deck are a few Douglas F3D Skyknight all-weather fighters, parked just in front of the carrier's island.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph (# NH 95918). Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation.

NHC
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USS Lake Champlain (CVA-39) dockside at Yokosuka, Japan, 1953.

Photo by Charles R. Tabor.

Derick S. Hartshorn
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USS Lake Champlain (CVA-39) catapults a pair of F2H-2 Banshee jet fighters for her first Korean War strikes, 15 June 1953.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97440).

NHC
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McDonnell F2H-2 Banshee jet fighters over Hungnam, North Korea. Photo is dated 26 July 1953, the day before the Korean armistice took effect. These planes are from USS Lake Champlain (CVA-39). Hungnam's port area is below the left plane. In the upper left is the mouth of the Songchon River.

Official U.S. Navy photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-630625).

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
CVA-39 Lake Champlain
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Two F2H-2 Banshees of VF-62 "Gladiators" fly over Lake Champlain during operations with Task Force 77, 26 July 1953 (photo # USN-630627).

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"A flight of (F2H-2) Banshees streaks over the USS Lake Champlain (CVA-39) in a photo taken by an accompanying destroyer of Task Force 77. The Essex-class carrier, recently arrived in the Far East, is in her first tour of Korean duty." Quoted from original caption released with this photograph by Commander Naval Forces Far East, under date of 18 July 1953.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97435).

NHC
CVA-39 Lake Champlain
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At anchor, Hong Kong harbor.

A. William Beam, AO3, VC-33 Squadron
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In port, Sasebo, Japan. USS Point Cruz (CVE-119) is in the background.

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Recovering aircraft in the Sea of Japan.

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Looking up through #3 elevator.

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5-inch rockets waiting to be loaded. BuNo 123351 was an F2H-2 assigned to VF-22 "Cavaliers."

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F2H-2 Banshee on #2 elevator, off Korea.

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F4U-4 Corsairs (left) and F2H-2 Banshees being armed for sortie.

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F4U-4 Corsairs of VF-44 "Hornets" being loaded with 5-inch rockets.

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F9F-5 Panthers of VF-111 "Sundowners" on flight deck, Hong Kong harbor.

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AD-4 Skyraider of VA-45 "Blackbirds" takes off.

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CVA-39 Lake Champlain
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VC-33 men besides an AD-4N Skyraider.

A. William Beam, AO3, VC-33 Squadron
CVA-39 Lake Champlain
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VC-33 ordnancemen loading an anti-submarine patrol AD Skyraider during Korean Cruise 1953.

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Gerstel and Devaney loading 20-mm guns on Skyraider.

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Gerstel loading 20-mm guns on Skyraider.

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Cleaning 20-mm guns on Skyraider. Notice the painted over numbers of the aircraft. VC-33 was an all-weather, night attack squadron, hence the painted over white numbers.

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Rearming anti-sub patrol. Believe it or not, that's Bill with the depth charge!

CVA-39 Lake Champlain
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AD-4N Skyraider of VC-33 "Night Hawks" loaded with 265-lb fragmentation bombs. Take notice to the long rods on the ends of the bomb fuses. These are called "daisy cutters" and are used to explode the fragmentation bombs three feet above the ground to provide larger area of shrapnel!

CVA-39 Lake Champlain
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VC-33 AD-4N Skyraider loaded with frags and flares.

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VC-33 AD-4N Skyraider modex SS-803, with LT J.K. Gill piloting.

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USS Lake Champlain in the South China Sea.

A. William Beam, AO3, VC-33 Squadron
 
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USS Lake Champlain (CVA-39) underway, location and date (1954–1955?) unknown.

David Buell
3rd Deployment, October 9, 1955-April 30, 1956 — Mediterranean
CVA-39 Lake Champlain
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USS Lake Champlain (CVA-39), and USS Purdy (DD-734) refueling at sea from USS Neosho (AO-143), in the Mediterranean, 20 October 1955.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-684504).

Scott Dyben
CVA-39 Lake Champlain
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USS Lake Champlain in Gibraltar with F9F-8 Cougars assigned to VF-74 "Be-Devilers."

Manuel A. Cabranes, 3rd Class radarman, USS Lake Champlain, 1955-1957
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As above.

Manuel A. Cabranes, 3rd Class radarman, USS Lake Champlain, 1955-1957
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USS Lake Champlain in Gibraltar, 1955.

Manuel A. Cabranes, 3rd Class radarman, USS Lake Champlain, 1955-1957
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An AJ tanker had a wheel slip into the forward catwalk and it took the crew several days to get it back on the deck.

Manuel A. Cabranes, 3rd Class radarman, USS Lake Champlain, 1955-1957
4th Deployment, January 21-July 27, 1957 — Mediterranean
CVA-39 Lake Champlain
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"On 25 April 1957 [USS Lake Champlain (CVA-39)] joined elements of the fleet in a high-speed run to the scene of tension in the Middle East, cruising in the vicinity of Lebanon and backing Jordanís stand against the threat of Communism. The swift and firm reaction averted a near catastrophe in the Middle East." (Quoted from DANFS, Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships). This aerial photo shows Lake Champlain, with Air Task Group (ATG) 182, steaming off Greece, on their way to Lebanon. Note that crewmembers are spelling out "Chaere Hellas" ("Greetings to Greece") in Greek characters.

Moris Georgios
CVA-39 Lake Champlain
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Piasecki HUP-2 Retriever helicopter (Bureau # 128533), of Helicopter Utility Squadron Two (HU-2) lowers guard mail to the foredeck of USS Salem (CA-139), during operations in the Mediterranean Sea, 29 April 1957. In the background, USS Caloosahatchee (AO-98) is refueling USS Lake Champlain (CVA-39) and a destroyer.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97609).

Tom Bateman
CVA-39 Lake Champlain
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USS Lake Champlain (CVA-39) anchored at Cannes, France, on 17 June 1957, during her final deployment as an attack aircraft carrier. Among the planes on her flight deck are three large AJ Savage attack aircraft. Photographed by PH2 J.R. Sholar.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97436).

NHC

For more photos and information about this ship, see:

USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN CV-39 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
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