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NavSource Online: Aircraft Carrier Photo Archive


Contributed by Mike Smolinski

USS PHILIPPINE SEA   (CV-47)
(later CVA-47, CVS-47 and AVT-11)



Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Tango - Mike - Uniform
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "CASHEW"

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

Initially named Wright, Philippine Sea (CV-47) was laid down by the Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, Mass. 19 August 1944, launched 5 September 1945, and commissioned 11 May 1946.

FATE

Decommissioned 28 December 1958 and berthed with the Reserve Fleet at Long Beach, she was redesignated AVT-11, 15 May 1959, and struck from the Navy List 1 December 1969. Sold to Zidell Explorations, Inc., Portland, OR, 23 March 1971. About 600 tons of her armor plate were put to use at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.


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CV/CVA-47, 1946-1955
CV-47 Philippine Sea
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Operation Highjump, 1946-47
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USS Philippine Sea passing through the Panama Canal with six Douglas R4D-5L transports en route to the Antarctic, in support of Operation High Jump, Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd's scientific expedition to the frozen continent in 1947. Note the carrier's port-side elevator swung up so she can squeeze through the canal and the two OY-1 light planes parked forward of her island. U.S. Navy photo.

Photo and text from Aircraft Carriers, by Norman Polmar.

Robert Hurst
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Overhead bow view of USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) passing through the Panama Canal in 1946. The ship was en route to the Antarctica for Operation Highjump. Note the R4D Skytrains spotted on the flight deck behind the barrier.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, photo # 1986.056.001.024.

Mike Green
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Soon after World War II the Navy returned to the Antarctic to continue exploration and mapping. Operation Highjump, 1946–47, was a massive effort that included 13 ships, 4,700 men, and 25 aircraft, making it the largest expedition to Antarctica. RADM Richard H. Cruzen commanded the Navy task force while RADM Richard E. Byrd (photos NS024752c; NS024752d, right; NS024752g; NS024752h, left) was given control of the technical aspects of the operation.

Participating ships included: USS Mount Olympus (AGC-8), the flagship; attack cargo ships USS Yancey (AKA-93) and USS Merrick (AKA-97); submarine USS Sennet (SS-408); Navy icebreaker USS Burton Island (AG-88) and Coast Guard icebreaker USCGC Northwind (WAG-282); seaplane tenders USS Currituck (AV-7) and USS Pine Island (AV-12); destroyers USS Henderson (DD-785) and USS Brownson (DD-868); oilers USS Cacapon (AO-52) and USS Canisteo (AO-99); and aircraft carrier USS Philippine Sea (CV-47). Aircraft included PBM Mariner seaplanes, R4D Skytrains (photos NS024752, NS024752a, NS024752e, NS024752i) equipped with a unique wheel/ski combination, and HOS, HO3S (photo NS024752b), and HNS Hoverfly helicopters.

The Navy decided to fly the Skytrains to the continent from Philippine Sea, and equip these two-engine cargo planes with Jet Assisted Take Off (JATO) equipment to provide extra thrust (photos NS024752f, NS024752i). The first R4D took off from Philippine Sea on 19 January 1947 piloted by CDR William M. Hawkes. The R4D's continued to use JATO for some operations from the ice fields, and JATO bottles also allowed the PBM Mariners to shorten their takeoffs in often ice chocked waters. The utility of the JATO system ashore and at sea was vital to polar aviation. The helicopters, still in their infancy, proved useful in scouting for ice in the dangerous waters near the continent. The expedition's flights observed more than 700,000 square miles of Antarctica which were previously unexplored.

The expedition made major scientific contributions and photographed much of the coast of Antarctica which had never been recorded before. For the Navy, Highjump was primarily a testing and training exercise for cold weather operations. It demonstrated the viability of new technologies, such as the helicopter and JATO, and confirmed the need for ski-equipped aircraft in Antarctic aviation operations.

(Text from "Naval Aviation in the Antarctic," by Curtis Utz, Naval Aviation News, November–December 2006; "Polar Expeditions," Naval History & Heritage Command website.)

Note: Two ships have been named after Rear Admiral Byrd: DDG-23 and AKE-4.

Gary Schreffler
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A Navy Douglas R4D-5L takes off from USS Philippine Sea (CV-47), on 29 January 1947, in a blast of smoke from auxiliary rockets (JATO), heading for the Little America base 800 miles south, in Antarctica, as part of U.S. Navy's Antartic Expedition, Operation High Jump, led by Admiral Richard E. Byrd. Note that only three inches of wheel protrude from beneath the skis for take-off. Only half of the Philippine Sea's flight deck—about 400 feet—could be used because of the danger of an R4D wing striking the island structure. Photo U.S. Navy Official.

Photo and text from Aircraft Carriers, by Norman Polmar.

Robert Hurst
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USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) exercising at sea with another carrier and a heavy cruiser, circa 1948. The photograph was received by the Naval Photographic Center on 10 January 1949. Note: "E" painted on her stack, location of hull number below the after end of her island; and HO3S helicopter on her flight deck.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-706709).

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USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) at Gibraltar in February or March 1948. Philippine Sea, with Attack Carrier Air Group Nine assigned, was at the beginning of her deployment to the Mediterranean Sea from 9 February to 26 June 1948. US Navy photo by Charles J. Beggy, Jr., ET 2nd Class, USN (ret.).

Robert M. Cieri
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USS Chara (AKA-58) during an underway replenishment with USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) and USS Hollister (DD-788), circa early 1950s during the Korean War.

US Navy photo now in the collections of the NARA Seattle.

Tracy White
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Official US Navy Photograph (# USN-707935) of an AD-4 Skyraider of VA-115 landing on USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) on 2 October 1950, after conducting strikes in the Inchon area of North Korea. Looking on are Landing Signal Officers, LT(JG) Floyd K. Lissy and LT(JG) Robert K. McNeil and Assistants Walter R. Evans, AM and Richard E. King, AM.

Robert M. Cieri
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Grumman F9F-2 Panther of Fighter Squadron 111 (VF-111) is fueled on the carrier's forward flight deck, during operations off Korea, circa 19 October 1950. At left are Vought F4U-4B Corsair fighter-bombers of Fighter Squadron 114 (VF-114).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-420916).

Scott Dyben
CV-47 Philippine Sea
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Ordnancemen hauling bombs on the carrier's flight deck, preparing planes for attacks on enemy targets in Korea, circa 19 October 1950. A Douglas AD-4 Skyraider of Attack Squadron 115 (VA-115) is behind them, with small bombs on its wing racks.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-420919).

Scott Dyben
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Vought F4U-4B Corsairs of Fighter Squadron (VF) 113 are spotted prior to take-off from USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) on a strike mission against targets in Korea, circa 19 October 1950.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-420920).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
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Ordnancemen loading bombs on a Vought F4U-4B Corsair of Fighter Squadron (VF) 114, during operations aboard USS Philippine Sea (CV-47), off Korea, circa 19 October 1950. This aircraft is Bureau No. 63034.

F4U-4 in the right background has tail code "PP", indicating that it belongs to squadron VC-61.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-420921).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CV-47 Philippine Sea
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Ordnancemen attach rockets to the hardpoints on the wing of a Vought F4U-4B Corsair fighter, aboard USS Philippine Sea (CV-47), circa October 1950.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-420922).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CV-47 Philippine Sea
NS024763
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A Vought F4U-4B Corsair of Fighter Squadron (VF) 113 gets the "Go" signal to take off from USS Philippine Sea (CV-47), during operations off Korea, circa 19 October 1950.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-420924).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CV-47 Philippine Sea
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A Grumman F9F-2 Panther of Fighter Squadron (VF) 111 being moved by a flight deck tractor aboard USS Philippine Sea (CV-47), during operations off Korea, circa 19 October 1950.

Other planes parked near by are Vought F4U-4B Corsairs.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-420925).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CV-47 Philippine Sea
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Vought F4U-4B Corsair fighters, of Fighter Squadrons 113 and 114 (VF-113 & VF-114) prepare for launching aboard USS Philippine Sea (CV-47), during strikes on North Korean targets, circa 19 October 1950. Note small bombs, with fuse extensions, on the planes' wings.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-420926).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CV-47 Philippine Sea
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Douglas AD-4 Skyraider of Attack Squadron (VA) 115 spotted for launch aboard USS Philippine Sea (CV-47), with a wing load of bombs, during operations off Korea, circa 19 October 1950. This aircraft is Bureau No. 123830.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-420928).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CV-47 Philippine Sea
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Vought F4U-4B Corsair, of Fighter Squadron 113 (VF-113) taxies forward on the flight deck of USS Philippine Sea (CV-47), just before taking off to attack North Korean targets, circa 19 October 1950. Note small bombs on the plane's wings and flight deck crewman signalling to the pilot.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-420932).

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Douglas AD Skyraider of Attack Squadron (VA) 115 ready for launching from USS Philippine Sea (CV-47), on a strike mission against Korean targets, circa 19 October 1950.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-420934).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CV-47 Philippine Sea
NS024768
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A Douglas AD-4W Skyraider prepares to take off from USS Philippine Sea (CV-47), for a night heckler mission over Korea, circa 19 October 1950.

Vought F4U-4B Corsair fighters are parked in the right background. The ship's Sikorski HO3S-1 utility helicopter is overhead, in the upper left distance.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-420936).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
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Operations Officer in the "Pri-Fly" booth aboard USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) checks in returning aircraft after a strike on Korean targets, circa 19 October 1950.

In the distance is a Vought F4U-4B Corsair approaching to land on board.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-420938).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CV-47 Philippine Sea
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A Vought F4U-4B Corsair, of Fighter Squadron (VF) 114, returns to USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) following a strike on North Korean targets, circa 19 October 1950.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-420942).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CV-47 Philippine Sea
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A Grumman F9F-2 Panther from Fighter Squadron (VF) 112 on the flight deck of USS Philippine Sea (CV-47), during operations off Korea, circa 19 October 1950.

Note spectators on the island walkways.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-420946).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CV-47 Philippine Sea
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A Sikorski HO3S-1 helicopter, of Helicopter Utility Squadron (HU) 1, aboard USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) during operations off Korea, circa 19 October 1950. Crewman is backing off vacuum prior to starting the helicopter's engine.

Note aircraft carrier in the left distance.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-420949).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CV-47 Philippine Sea
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A Sikorski HO3S-1 helicopter, of Helicopter Utility Squadron (HU) 1, hovers near USS Philippine Sea (CV-47), awaiting the return of aircraft from missions over Korea, circa 19 October 1950.

Crewmen foreground are standing by their stations on one of the ship's 40mm gun mounts. Note screening destroyer in the middle distance.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-420950).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
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Demonstration of air-sea rescue techniques, using a Sikorski HO3S-1 helicopter from USS Worcester (CL-144), on the flight deck of USS Philippine Sea (CV-47), during operations off Korea, circa 19 October 1950.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-420957).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
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Grumman F9F-2 Panther (Bureau No. 123438) of Fighter Squadron 112 (VF-112) goes into the crash barrier while returning from a mission over Korea, circa 19 October 1950.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-420958).

Scott Dyben
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A Grumman F9F-2 Panther comes in for a landing aboard USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) during operations off Korea, circa 19 October 1950.

The ship's HO3S-1 helicopter is standing by, faintly visible, in the left distance. Note Landing Signal Officer (LSO) at right, antennae on the LSO platform, and 5"/38 gun in the right foreground.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-420960).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
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Crewmen rolling a 1000-pound bomb across the hangar deck of USS Philippine Sea (CV-47), while rearming from the ammunition ship (AE) in the background, during operations in Korean waters, circa 19 October 1950. Note wooden rails used for moving the bomb.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-420962).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CV-47 Philippine Sea
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Vought F4U-4B Corsair of Fighter Squadron (VF) 114 taking off from USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) for a mission over Korea, circa 19 October 1950. Other F4Us are following.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-420967).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CV-47 Philippine Sea
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110k National Archives Photo 80-G-439869:  USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) flight deck scene, looking aft from the island, as the carrier is enveloped in a snowstorm off the Korean coast, 15 November 1950.  Planes on deck include Vought F4U-4B Corsair fighters and Douglas AD Skyraider attack planes. Note men on deck, apparently tossing snowballs, and what may be a toppled snowman just in front of the amidships elevator. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
CV-47 Philippine Sea
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99k National Archives Photo 80-G-439871:  USS Philippine Sea (CV-47).  Grumman F9F-2 Panther fighters of Fighter Squadrons 111 and 112 (VF-111 & VF-112) parked on the flight deck, forward, during a snowstorm off the Korean coast, 15 November 1950. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
CV-47 Philippine Sea
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Mount Katmai (AE-16) transferring bombs during underway replenishment with Philippine Sea (CV-47) off Korea, 29 November 1950. Note: Crewmen standing in the carrier's forward hangar bay, and Grumman F9F-2 Panther fighters and LeTourneau crane parked on her flight deck. Crewmen on Mount Katmai are wearing cold weather clothing. A few days after this photo was taken, Philippine Sea commenced a period of close-support operations in the vicinity of the Chosin Reservoir.

US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives (# 80-G-439879).

NHC
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An ordnanceman carting bombs on the flight deck of USS Philippine Sea (CV-47), probably off Korea, 1950–51. Plane behind him is an F4U-4B Corsair of Fighter Squadron (VF) 113 "Stingers."

US Navy photo (# USN 428187).

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
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USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) with Carrier Air Group (CVG) 11, circa 1950–52 (maybe at about the same time as the photo below).

Ron Reeves
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USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) moored at Sasebo, Japan, 3 January 1951, with much of her air group spotted on the flight deck. Planes seen include Douglas AD-4 Skyraiders of Attack Squadron 115 (VA-115), Vought F4U-4B Corsairs of Fighter Squadrons 113 and 114 (VF-113 & VF-114) and Grumman F9F-2 Panthers of Fighter Squadrons 111 and 112 (VF-111 & VF-112). Note: Destroyer tender and destroyers in the middle distance, with USS Juneau (CLAA-119) just beyond; LCM-3 landing craft tied to the carrier's stern; and barge and ship's boats alongside her starboard quarter.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-439886).

Scott Dyben
CV-47 Philippine Sea
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102k National Archives Photo 439890:  General Motors TBM-3E Avenger (Bureau Number 91404) crashes into the barrier while landing on board USS Philippine Sea (CV-47), during operations in the Korean war zone on 17 January 1951. Note: Details of the carrier's island, with a LeTourneau crane parked nearby; splintered wooden decking below the plane; and hydraulic fluid spilling from the plane's port side landing gear leg (seen in the air just below and in front of the tailplane). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) moored at Yokosuka, Japan, on 6 February 1951. Note: Large cranes on the shore; harbor tugs at right; and mobile crane on the flight deck of the carrier from which the photo was taken.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-439894).

Scott Dyben
Larger copy submitted by Louis N. Murray
Larger copy submitted by Mike Green
CV-47 Philippine Sea
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Members of the carrier's Ordnance Department pose with decorated 2000-pound bombs, during Korean War operations, 9 March 1951. Messages painted on the bombs are: "Greetings from PhilCee"; "Happy Easter"; and "Listen! To This One it will Kill you". Among the planes parked in the background are F4U-4Bs of Fighter Squadron 113 (VF-113).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-439895).

NHC
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Underway at sea, 9 April 1951, while en route to operating areas off Formosa.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-439899).

Scott Dyben
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An Attack Squadron 65 (VA-65) AD-2 Skyraider taxies forward on the flight deck, during Korean War operations in May 1951.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-439905).

Scott Dyben
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Plane guard helicopter swings in for a landing on USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) after launchings.

(From "All Hands" magazine, May 1951.)

Stanley Svec
CV-47 Philippine Sea
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"Preparing for another strike in the Navy's bridge busting campaign in Korea, Panther jet is refueled on flight deck of USS Philippine Sea (CV-47.)"

(From "All Hands" magazine, May 1951.)

Stanley Svec
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USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) passes under the Oakland Bay Bridge as she arrives at San Francisco, California, upon her return from the Korean War zone, circa 9 June 1951. Crewmen on the flight deck are spelling out "CVG 2" in honor of her air group.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (photo # NH 97322).

NHC
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USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) underway. The photo appears to have been taken at about the time of her second Korean Cruise, 31 December 1951–8 August 1952, with Carrier Air Group (CVG) 11 aboard.

Robert M. Cieri
CV-47 Philippine Sea
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"AF3c Edward H. Zierlein, of Carrier Air Group 11, develops a roll of Sonne prints in the photo lab [aboard USS Philippine Sea (CV-47)], while the carrier was operating off Korea in April 1952. These prints will be used by Photographic Interpreters in evaluating the results of recent air strikes and planning new ones."

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the All Hands collection at the Naval History & Heritage Command (# NH 97113).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CV-47 Philippine Sea
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Aboard USS Philippine Sea (CV-47), "Lieutenant Zack Taylor gets ready for a reconnaissance flight over enemy territory, while the carrier was operating off Korea in April 1952. His plane is a Grumman F9F-2P photo version of the Panther jet fighter. Note camera window in the plane's nose, and Lt. Taylor's ribbed crash helmet."

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the All Hands collection at the Naval History & Heritage Command (# NH 97114).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CV-47 Philippine Sea
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USS Philippine Sea (CV-47), USS Barton (DD-722) and USS Iowa (BB-61) operating in the Sea of Japan, off Korea, during replenishment operations. Photo is dated 1 July 1952.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-444887).

NHC
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USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47) underway, off the coast of North Korea on 3 May 1953. On deck are various aircraft of Carrier Air Group Nine (CVG-9): 14 Grumman F9F-2 Panthers of Fighter Squadrons VF-91 and VF-93, six Douglas AD-4/-4NA/-4NL Skyraiders of Attack Squadron VA-95, eleven Vought F4U-4 Corsairs of VF-94, three AD-4W of Composite Squadron VC-11 Det. M (one on the starbord bow, two in front and to the right of the lowered deck elevator), and a AD-4N of VC-35 Det. M (aft of the elevator). US Navy photo; US National Archives file No. 80-G-629442; U.S. Defense Visual Information Center photo No. HN-SN-98-07229.

Robert M. Cieri
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USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47), from Our Navy magazine, mid-August 1954.

This photo was probably taken in 1954, with Carrier Air Group 5 (CVG-5) aboard.

Stanley Svec
Navasota
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Navasota (AO-106) refueling Electra (AKA-4) off her starboard side and Philippine Sea (CVA-47) off her port side, off San Diego in 1954.

Photo by Donald Ravey
USS Electra
Navasota
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Navasota (AO-106) refueling Electra (AKA-4) off her starboard side and Philippine Sea (CVA-47) off her port side, off San Diego in 1954.

Photo by Donald Ravey
USS Electra
CVA-47 Philippine Sea
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USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47) refueling from an unidentified oiler during a WestPac deployment, 1954. Photographed from USS O'Brien (DD-725).

Photo by Roy Thomas
CVA-47 Philippine Sea
NS024748
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"Task Force 77, 1954." USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47) off the Philippine Islands with USS Valley Forge (CVS-45) and USS Rochester (CA-124) in the background. Painting by Wayne Scarpaci, 24"x36".

©Wayne Scarpaci
CV-47 Philippine Sea
NS024715
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Operating in the Western Pacific with the Seventh Fleet, 9 July 1955.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-K-18427).

Scott Dyben
CV-47 Philippine Sea
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USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47) makes a sharp turn to starboard, while steaming in the Western Pacific with the Seventh Fleet, 9 July 1955. Photographed by PH1 D.L. Lash.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-K-18429).

Scott Dyben
CV-47 Philippine Sea
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View looking aft from the carrier's island, showing AD and F9F aircraft parked on the flight deck. Photographed on 19 July 1955, while Philippine Sea was operating with the Seventh Fleet. Photographed by PH1 J.E. Cook.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-K-18466).

Scott Dyben
CV-47 Philippine Sea
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150k USN Photo K-18468:  USS Platte (AO-24) refueling USS Watts (DD-567) and USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47), while operating with the Seventh Fleet, 19 July 1955. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
CVS-47, 1955-1958
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USS Philippine Sea (CVS-47) underway at sea, with eleven S2F aircraft of Anti-Submarine Squadron 37 (VS-37) flying overhead, July 1958. Six of these aircraft are still painted in the older blue color scheme. Photographed by Everett.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (photo # NH 97323).

NHC
CVS-47 Philippine Sea
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"HOLD FOR MONDAY 11/11/57  7 p.m. EST use) Release set by Navy
001) USS Philippine Sea—Navy S2F planes take off from carrier Philippine Sea to search for missing Pan American Airlines plane [(Flight 7)] and 44 persons. Destroyer USS John R. Craig is alongside carrier. (Official U.S. Navy photo by AP WIREPHOTO)
nb20816usn 1957"

Ron Reeves
CVS-47 Philippine Sea
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"(FX3-NOV. 16) SEARCHING FOR BODIES AND PLANE WRECKAGE—The Navy aircraft carrier Philippine Sea pulls alongside smoke pot dropped by searching helicopter to mark floating bodies and wreckage from the Pan American stratocruiser 'Romance of the Skies' which vanished Nov.8 while flying from San Francisco to Honolulu with 44 persons aboard. The carrier recovered 19 bodies and some wreckage and is now steaming toward the Pacific coast with its grim cargo. (U.S. Navy photo via APWIREPHOTO)(jhfd71130usn) 1957"

CVS-47 Philippine Sea
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"(LA1-Nov. 17) BODY OF PLANE VICTIM RECOVERED FROM SEA—Sailors from the carrier Philippine Sea pull the body of one of 44 victims of the Pan American airliner crash in the Pacific Ocean into a small boat on Friday[, 15 November 1957]. The Navy recovered the bodies of 19 victims during search operations. This exclusive picture was made by AP staff photographer Hal Filan who flew to the mainland from the carrier today. (AP Wirephoto)(rhs11100stf-hf) 1957"

Patches & Miscellany
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100k

Task Force 77

Richard J. Havener (AT3)
CVA-47 Philippine Sea
NS024756
177k

USS Philippine Sea, CVA-47.

Wolfgang Hechler
CVA-47 Philippine Sea
NS024756a
187k

USS Philippine Sea, CVA-47.

Wolfgang Hechler
CVA-47 Philippine Sea
NS024746
14k

"Roadrunners," USS Philippine Sea CVS-47.

Joe Radigan
CVA-47 Philippine Sea
NS024757
236k

USS Philippine Sea, CVA-47.

Wolfgang Hechler

For more photos and information about this ship, see:

USS PHILIPPINE SEA CV-47 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
(Located On The Hazegray & Underway Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Crew Contact and Reunion Information
Date:  
Place:  
Contact: USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) Association
Address: PO Box 496412
Port Charlotte, FL 33949
Phone:  
E-mail: philsea@embarqmail.com
Web site: http://www.philsea.org
Remarks:  

Related Links
Hazegray & Underway World Aircraft Carrier Pages By Andrew Toppan.
Official U.S. Navy Carrier Website
Korean Combat Action Reports located on the Naval Historical Center Web Site
USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) Association

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