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Contributed by Mike Smolinski

USS WRIGHT   (CVL-49)
(later AVT-7 and CC-2)

CLASS - SAIPAN
Displacement 14,500 Tons, Dimensions, 683' 7" (oa) x 76' 8" x 28' (Max)
Armament 40 x 40mm, 32x 20mm, 48 Aircraft.
Armor, 4" Belt, 2 1/2" Deck.
Machinery, 120,000 SHP; G.E. Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Crew 1787.

Operational and Building Data

Laid down on 21 Aug 1944 at Camden, N.J., by the New York Shipbuilding Corp.; launched on 1 Sep 1945, and commissioned at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard on 9 Feb 1947. Decommissioned on 15 Mar 1956. During her time in reserve, Wright was reclassified on 15 May 1959, an auxiliary aircraft transport, AVT-7. Recommissioned at Puget Sound on 11 May 1963 as a command ship, designated CC-2. Ultimately decommissioned on 27 May 1970, Wright was placed in reserve at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

FATE: Stricken from the Navy List on 1 Dec 1977, and sold by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping on 1 Aug 1980.


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The Wright Brothers
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40k CVL-49 was named after the Wright brothers: Wilbur (1867-1912, right) and Orville (1871-1948, left), aviation pioneers who made the first sustained, controlled, powered airplane flight in history, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, December 17, 1903. Image courtesy of Wikipedia
As a Light Aircraft Carrier, CVL-49
CVL-49 Wright
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91k March 27, 1947 Navy photo of the Wright, a month and a half after her commissioning. Her cruiser-inspired hull lines are visible in this photo. While the class was designed using the Baltimore-class heavy cruiser hull, they were intended as light carriers from the time they were laid down. © Green Creek Studios
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USS Wright (CVL-49) photographed on 1 May 1947.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-195684).

Naval History & Heritage Command

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Lieutenant James waves a Texas flag from the cockpit of his F6F Hellcat fighter, after landing on board USS Wright (CVL-49), about 9 August 1948.

Collection of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz.

Naval History & Heritage Command photo (# NH 62399).

USN
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95k Taken in 1949 or 1952 in New York. © George Bartlett
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USS Wright (CVL-49) operating on training duty, with six SNJ Texan aircraft on deck lined up for takeoff, circa the later 1940s or early 1950s. The photo's original caption reads:

"The stage is set for the final scene of Basic Training: the flight students will qualify six carrier landings in SNJ Texans and the curtain will descend on the graduation finale."

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History & Heritage Command (# NH 97618).

Naval History & Heritage Command
CVL-49 Wright
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USS Wright (CVL-49) at anchor, location and date (early to mid-1950s) unknown.

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
CV-32 Leyte
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Carriers USS Wright (CVL-49) and USS Leyte (CV-32)—with Carrier Air Group (CVG) 3—moored at Naval Air Station (NAS) Quonset Point, Rhode Island, circa 1950.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No.1996.488.195.006. Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

Mike Green
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Some photos of LCDR Robert D. Cosgrove's squadron, VS-822, on a two-week training duty from NAS New Orleans aboard USS Wright (CVL-49), in August 1950.

ACDUTRA (ACtive DUty TRAining) aircrewmen after a mission.

CDR Michael Cosgrove (Ret.), son of Robert D. Cosgrove
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ACDUTRA ceremony on Wright, 27 August 1950.

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ACDUTRA Corsair landing on Wright.

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ACDUTRA Corsair launching.

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ACDUTRA Corsair ready to launch.

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ACDUTRA loading rockets on Corsair.

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ACDUTRA pilots on Corsair wing.

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ACDUTRA ready room on Wright.

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"LT William R. Jackson, Jr., left, executive officer, and LCDR Robert D. Cosgrove, commanding officer of Squadron VC 822, redesignated Squadron VS 822 by Chief of Naval Air Reserve Training, go over plans for their annual training duty aboard the local station, NAS Pensacola and aboard the carrier USS Wright."

CVL-49 Wright
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102k Undated, probably taken in the early 1950s. USN
CVL-49 Wright
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213k Starboard bow view of the Wright in an undated early 1950s Navy photo after having been converted to an ASW carrier. She carries a tall HF/DF mainmast, necessary for her new role. © Green Creek Studios
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175k Port bow view of the Wright, taken in the early 1950s. © Green Creek Studios
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USS Wright (CVL-49), location and date unknown but probably taken in the early 1950s (note tall mainmast and SPS-6B radar antenna on the foremast).

Official U.S. Navy photo. U.S. National Archives, San Francisco.

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
CVL-49 Wright
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39k Observation/liaison plane landing and taking off. Probably taken in the early 1950s. Edwin Kaukali
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58k Date and place unknown (probably taken in the early 1950s). Edwin Kaukali
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138k With F2H Banshees of Experimental & Development Squadron VX-3 (tail code "XC") on deck. Location unknown; taken in the early 1950s. Edwin Kaukali
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244k Undated. Probably taken in the early 1950s. Edwin Kaukali
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USS Wright (CVL-49) island structure, as seen from USS Cabot (CVL-28), during operations at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, circa 1951–52.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, photo # 1992.025.003.

Mike Green
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USS Wright (CVL-49) photographed circa the mid-1950s, with AD and F4U type aircraft parked on her flight deck.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History & Heritage Command (# NH 97615).

Naval History & Heritage Command
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USS Wright (CVL-49) photographed circa the mid-1950s, with a deckload of AD Skyraider aircraft, automobiles and ship's boats.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History & Heritage Command (# NH 97616).

Naval History & Heritage Command
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USS Wright (CVL-49) underway circa the mid-1950s, with about eighteen U.S. Marine Corps AD Skyraider aircraft parked on her flight deck.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History & Heritage Command (# NH 97617).

Naval History & Heritage Command
As a Command Ship, CC-2
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11k (Small Image) Configured as Command ship (CC-2). USN
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232k The USS Wright (CC-2) as converted to a Command Ship. She was commissioned as CC-2 on May 11, 1963 as part of the National Emergency Command Post Afloat (NECPA) program. The converted Baltimore-class heavy cruiser USS Northampton (CA-125/CC-1) was her fleetmate in this program. The USS Saipan (CVL-48) had originally been slated for this duty and was in the initial stages of her conversion when she was redesignated as a Major Communications Relay Ship (AMGR-2). When the NECPA program was abandoned, the Wright was decommissioned, this occurring on May 27, 1970. She was stricken on December 1, 1977 and scrapped, this beginning in August, 1980. © Green Creek Studios

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USS Wright (CC-2) underway, 17 June 1963. Note the extensive array of large communications antennas installed on the ship's former flight deck.

Official U.S. Navy photograph, from the collections of the Naval History & Heritage Command, (# NH 97621).

USN

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82k As above. USN

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114k As above. USN

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82k Arriving in San Diego in June 1963. USN

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96k Underway, September 1963. USN

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115k As above. USN

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Another view of USS Wrigth (CC-2), apparently taken within minutes from the photo above.

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com

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85k Off Southern California in September 1963. USN
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52k Configured as Command Ship CC-2, Chesapeake Bay, July 1964. © Richard Leonhardt

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53k Stbd bow view taken 14 Oct 1966 in the VACAPES operating area. Photo by PH2 L.A. Bowders, USN, US Naval Air Station, Norfolk, VA. photo number 17235-10-66. Gary Priolo

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USS Wright (CC-2) underway, location unknown, circa 1968.

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com

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87k From "All Hands" magazine, November 1968 edition. Joe Radigan, MACM, USN, Ret.

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27k An aerial port side view of the crew manning the rails, 1968. Karl Priest

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103k A 3/4 starboard view of the ship underway with some crew members on the A Deck, 1968. Karl Priest

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140k After a cruise. Karl Priest

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103k Berthing. Karl Priest

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77k Entering NYC. Karl Priest

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84k Evening at sea. Karl Priest

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27k USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7) off bow. The photo was taken 8 May 1968, about 180 miles south of Norfolk. Scanned from the ship's magazine. Karl Priest

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117k "The antenna deck looked a little like Madison Square Garden as the Wright-Guys witnessed several sparring contests at the May 'Smoker.'" Scanned from the ship's magazine. Karl Priest

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Jacket patch of the ship's insignia. Its design is based on the National shield, with an American eagle and globe in the lower right. The lightning bolt in the eagle's talons represents command and communications, Wright's mission. The motto "Vox Imperii" is translated "voice of the leaders." The original patch was received from USS Wright in 1970.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph (# NH 69468-KN).

NHC

For more photos and information about this ship, see:

USS WRIGHT CVL-49 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: Ray Sheridan, President, USS Wright Alumni Association
Address: 2518 Smoldering Wood Dr. — Arlington,Texas 76016
Phone:  
E-mail: Ray.Sheridan@juno.com
Web site: USS Wright (AV-1, AZ-1, AG-79, CVL-49, CC-2) Alumni Association
Remarks:  

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