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CV-61 Ranger
Contributed by Mike Smolinski

USS RANGER   (CVA-61)
(later CV-61)



Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Hotel - Kilo - Golf
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "GRAY EAGLE"


CLASS - FORRESTAL
Displacement 56,000 Tons, Dimensions, 1039' (oa) x 129' 1" x 37' (Max)
Armament 8 x 5"/54, 100 Aircraft.
Armor, Unknown.
Machinery, 280,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 34 Knots, Crew 3800 - 4280.


Status: Stricken, to be disposed of (Maintenance Category X).
Berth: NAVSEA Inactive Ships On-site Maintenance Office, Bremerton, WA.

On 26 September 2012, ex-Ranger (CV-61) was removed from donation hold and redesignated for dismantling. Ex-Ranger had been available for donation as a museum/memorial since March 2004 but no organization was able to meet the Navy's minimum requirements for ship donation.

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Namesake
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CVA-61 was named after "famous ships of the past" that had borne the name Ranger.

The first American Ranger was an 18-gun Continental Navy sloop, launched on 10 May 1777 by James K. Hackett, master shipbuilder, at Portsmouth, NH. Captain John Paul Jones in command.

Ranger vs. HMS Drake, 24 April 1778. Ranger captures the British sloop-of-war Drake, 20, Commander George Burdon, in an hour's action off Carrickfergus, Ireland.

Image from Naval Aviation News, October 1957 issue
USS Ranger, 1957–1993
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Aerial view of USS Ranger (CVA 61) 3/4 bow, high oblique. Official USN photograph, USN 1039396, dated October 26, 1957. Released. From US Naval Photographic Center, US Naval Station, Washington DC.

David Buell
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Official US Navy Photograph, #USN-1030785, of an A4D-1 Skyhawk of VA-12 Squadron, the "Flying Ubangis" (also known as the "Kiss of Death" because of their insignia.) The aircraft, BuNo 142179, has just missed the wires while attempting to land aboard USS Ranger (CVA-61), during CARQUAL Operations near Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Photo is dated November 2, 1957.

The "Kiss of Death" was established as VBF-4 on May 12, 1945; redesignated VF-2A on November 15, 1946; redesignated VF-12 on August 2, 1948; and redesignated VA-12 on August 1, 1955. They received their new A4D-1 Skyhawks in April 1957. During this time, VA-12 was part of CVG-1.

Robert M. Cieri
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An A3D-2 Skywarrior assigned to VAH-6 "Fleurs" approaches for a landing aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CVA-61), April 23, 1958. US Navy photo (DVIC id: DN-SC-88-06693.)

This particular aircraft, BuNo 142401, was converted to the KA-3B tanker version in 1967.

Defense Visual Information Center
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USS Ranger (CVA-61) underway circa 1957, location unknown. Official U.S. Navy photo.

From Jane's Fighting Ships, 1960–61 and 1961–62 editions.

Robert Hurst
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USS Ranger (CVA-61), circa June 1958, with Carrier Air Group 14.

Image courtesy of
Larry Blumenthal, PH3, 1957-61.
"US Navy Photos"
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USS Ranger (CVA-61) catapults four F8U Crusader jet fighters in quick succession from her bow and waist catapults, during operations in the eastern Pacific, circa 1958. An F4D Skyray fighter is partially visible in the foreground. Ship at left is USS Thetis Bay (CVHA-1).

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph (# NH 84337).

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Official USN photograph, USN 1038750, from US Naval Photographic Center, US Naval Station, Washington DC. Caption on back reads: "Aerial oblique of the USS Rowan (DD 782) acting as plane guard for the USS Ranger (CVA 61) while enroute for California." It must have been taken sometime between 1958 and 1963.

David Buell
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A bow view of USS Ranger (CVA-61) showing the island superstructure sponson, while at anchor at an unidentified Japanese port, probably in the first half of 1959.

Photo Hajima Fukeya, from "Jane's Fighting Ships," 1959–1960 edition.

Robert Hurst
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Ponchatoula (AO-148) during an UNREP with Ranger (CVA-61), date and place unknown.

US Navy photo from All Hands magazine, April 1959.

Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
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USS Ranger (CVA-61) in front of Diamond Head, Hawaii. The photo was taken by PH2 Mike Herron of OP Division (John Slaughter, Webmaster USS Ranger History & Memorial site, informed us that Mike passed away on 15 March 2013). Ranger was anchored specifically for this shot to be taken. This would have been about mid-January, 1959. Information is from PH2 Ken Estes, who was TAD to OP Div. from VAH-6.

Photo from the Ranger's 1959 Cruise Book (3 January–27 July).

John Slaughter, Webmaster USS Ranger History & Memorial site
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USS Ranger (CVA-61) taking on supplies from USS Pollux (AKS-4).

Photo from the Ranger's 1959 Cruise Book (3 January–27 July), probably taken in the Western Pacific.

John Slaughter, Webmaster USS Ranger History & Memorial site
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USS Ranger (CVA-61) taking on supplies from USS Graffias (AF-29).

Photo from the Ranger's 1959 Cruise Book (3 January–27 July).

John Slaughter, Webmaster USS Ranger History & Memorial site
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USS Ranger (CVA-61) underway off Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 19 July 1959.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph (# 1044215).

From the collection of CDR Thomas B. Ray (USS Essex CV-9),
via Chris Stanley
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USS Ranger (CVA-61) arrives in San Francisco after her first WestPac Cruise, Monday, 27 July 1959. The crew is spelling out "POWER FOR PEACE".

If you have any idea what the symbol or outline is, please let us know. Paul Dixon, W.C. Fields and Rick Baker (thank you!) believe they are probably the Naval Aviators' "Wings of Gold." Claude (V-4 Div., USS Ranger 1957–1961) was there,"in one of the letters in 'Power for Peace,' and corroborates it.

Fred J. Johnson, however, comments: "I was on Ranger during this picture and the symbol is a dove as I remember, but I am 72 now and perhaps I do not remember so well anymore. I was a plane captain in Squadron VF-142, 'World Famous Fighting Falcons' which flew the F8U."

Courtesy of
William T. Larkins
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"Aerial view of USS Ranger (CVA-61)." From the NAVSEA Journal.

Donald Rehg comments: "This photo was taken after ORI for 1960 cruise, departing Pearl Harbor for transit to join TF-77 with CAG-9 aboard. I was standing bridge special sea and anchor detail."

Bob Bush
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In Memory of My Brother, My Friend and My Shipmate
David Gerald Priolo ABH3 USN - 28 April 1940 to 24 August 2010

US Navy June 1959 to June 1963
US Naval Training Center San Diego, CA. 1959
NAS Miramar 1959 to 1961
USS Ranger (CVA-61) 1961 to 1963

Gary Philip Priolo
NAVSOURCE
David G. Priolo

Four F8U-2 Crusaders assigned to Fighter Squadron (VF) 91 "Red Lightnings" fly over USS Ranger (CVA-61), sometime between 1960 and 1962. Official U.S. Navy photograph, courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.

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USS Ranger (CVA-61) at sea during her third deployment to the western Pacific, 26 August 1961. Among the planes parked on her flight deck are eight A3D twin-engine jet bombers assigned to VAH-6 "Fleurs," based at NAS Whidbey Island.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97686).

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CVA-61 Ranger, CVA-31 Bon Homme Richard, CVA-63 Kitty Hawk
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"Three big carriers tied up at [Hunters Point] Shipyard's waterfront make an impressive sight. They are from left: USS Ranger (CVA-61), Berths 6 & 7; USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31), Berths 8 & 9, and USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63), Berths 10 & 11." April 1962.

Ron Reeves
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Firedrake (AE-14) replenishing Coontz (DLG-9) to starboard and Ranger (CVA-61) to port, during a WESTPAC deployment in the early 1960s. U.S. Navy photo.

EMC(SW) Brian Kroenung
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Gathering of Carrier Air Group (CVG) 9 commanding officers with Captain George C. Duncan, skipper of the carrier USS Ranger (CVA-61), 1962–1963.

Bill Gonyo
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USS Bellatrix (AF-62) replenishing USS Ranger (CVA-61), 1963.

Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
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USS Ranger (CVA-61) underway with Carrier Air Group 9 (CVG-9), circa 1963.

Mike Donegan, Navydaze.com
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"In the 1960s, U-2s could not reach certain remote targets because political difficulties prevented basing the aircraft in some foreign nations. The CIA and U.S. Navy, therefore, studied the idea of launching U-2s from aircraft carriers."

Project Whale Tale fitted a few U-2s with arresting hooks like the one on display here [NS026184a]. The hooks would snag cables strung across aircraft carrier decks and 'capture' aircraft, bringing them to a quick stop. The small black plate on the shaft shows that this hook was used in five landings, and could be used up to 20 times."

"To withstand rough carrier landings, Project Whale Tale U-2s were given stronger landing gear, and also wing spoilers to overcome the U-2's tendency to glide instead of landing on the carrier deck. Some later U-2s had folding wings to take up less storage room on the ship."

The first U-2 takeoff from a carrier took place on Aug. 5, 1963, from the USS Kitty Hawk, off San Diego, Calif. The first U-2 carrier landing occurred on March 2, 1964, aboard the USS Ranger. Carrier operations were limited, however, because of the expense and slowness of deploying ships to areas from which information was urgently needed. Only one operational U-2 reconnaissance mission was flown from a carrier, an observation of French nuclear tests in May 1964 [(Mururoa Atoll)] from USS Ranger in the Pacific Ocean."

(Text courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.)

Bob Canchola, BT,
USS Oriskany 1971–73
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USS Ranger (CVA-61) departs San Francisco on 5 August 1964, en route to Hawaii and the South China Sea, and what would be her first Vietnam tour. The three North American Vigilantes visible in this photo show their folding wings and fin tips. They were assigned to squadron RVAH-5, "Savage Sons," and were from the batch of A-5B's converted to RA-5C standard.

Photo courtesy of North American Aviation Inc., from "United States Navy Aircraft since 1911," by Gordon Swanborough and Peter M. Bowers; partial text from "RA-5C Vigilante Units in Combat," by Robert R. "Boom" Powell.

Robert Hurst
CVA-61 Ranger
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Mess cook cleans "coppers" in the carrier's galley, during operations in the South China Sea in August 1964. Photographed by JOC R.D. Moeser.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph (# USN 1142206).

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A-4C Skyhawks being serviced aboard USS Ranger (CVA-61); in the distance are the carriers Coral Sea (CVA-43) and Hancock (CVA-19) with screening destroyers. Photo was taken in early 1965 when the carriers of the Seventh Fleet began sustained bombing operations against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces in South Vietnam (USN).

Photo and text from "Aircraft Carriers," by Norman Polmar.

Robert Hurst
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Conducting an Underway Replenishment (UNREP) with an unidentified auxiliary and destroyer USS Agerholm (DD-826).

Photo from the Ranger's 1964–65 Cruise Book (5 August 1964–6 May 1965).

John Slaughter, Webmaster USS Ranger History & Memorial site
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USS Ernest G. Small (DDR-838) during her 1964–65 WestPac deployment, as seen from USS Ranger (CVA-61).

Photo from the Ranger's 1964–65 Cruise Book (5 August 1964–6 May 1965).

John Slaughter, Webmaster USS Ranger History & Memorial site
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USS Ranger (CVA-61) maneuvers at high speed, sometime in the second half of the 1960s.

John Slaughter, Webmaster USS Ranger History & Memorial site, who was aboard Ranger, 1968–70, comments: "you can see what appears to be an AE in the background and a DD off to Ranger's port quarter. My guess is that Ranger had just unrepped and was heading back to take up station. In my two years aboard, both in deck division and later having to go on working parties during unreps, I do not remember us ever unrepping from an AE anywhere but while on Yankee Station."

Robert Hurst
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Mark 117, 500-pound and 750-pound bombs lined up on the carrier's flight deck, awaiting loading on aircraft for strikes on North Vietnam. Photographed in the South China Sea by JOC Robert S. Moeser and PH1 Jean C. Cote during February and March 1965.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph (# USN 1110198).

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CVA-43 Coral Sea
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USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) steams past USS Ranger (CVA-61) in the South China Sea, 24 March 1965, during the early days of the air campaign against North Vietnam.

Aircraft in the foreground is a North American RA-5C Vigilante reconaissance plane (BuNo 149313) assigned to RVAH-5 "Savage Sons." Planes parked beyond it include McDonnell F-4B Phantom II fighters and Douglas A-1 Skyraider attack aircraft. Photographed by JOC R.D. Moeser, USN.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph (# USN 1110187-C).

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Task Force 77
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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."

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USS Ranger (CVA-61) underway during her second WestPac/Vietnam cruise, December 10, 1965–August 25, 1966. Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW-14) deployed with the ship.

NS026144: an F-4B Phantom II of VF-142 "Ghostriders" about to catch the wire.

Photos from Angelo Romano's NAVA Collection nava.archives@libero.it
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ABE3 Clark David Franklin, U.S. Navy, 7 November 1942–24 April 1966. Alamogordo, NM.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate Third Class Franklin died aboard USS Ranger (CVA-61) in the Gulf of Tonkin. The ship was preparing to launch the first strike of the day against targets in South Vietnam when Franklin moved underneath an aircraft to help a crewman who was experiencing difficulty hooking the aircraft to a catapult. The catapult fired, and Franklin was killed instantly.

Franklin's death was originally ruled a training accident but was recently acknowledged as a death in a combat-related mission, qualifying Franklin for a spot on The Wall. His name was inscribed on The Wall on 5 May 2013, Panel 15E, Row 94.

Arturo Canales.
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USS Ranger (CVA-61) underway, circa 1967, location unknown.

Robert Hurst
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Paricutin (AE-18) and Ranger (CVA-61) during underway replenishment, circa 1967-69.

US Navy photo.

Jack Dudenhoefer SM3 USN USS Paricutin
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USS Ranger (CVA-61), with Carrier Air Wing 2 (CVW-2), passes under the Golden Gate Bridge, at 1110 on 4 November 1967, bound for WestPac and her third Vietnam cruise.

Visible on the flight deck are F-4B Phantom IIs of VF-21 "Free Lancers" and VF-154 "Black Knights"; A-4C Skyhawks of VA-22 "Fighting Redcocks"; A-7A Corsair IIs of VA-147 "Argonauts"; A-6A Intruders of VA-165 "Boomers"; a Skywarrior (aft); an RA-5C Vigilante of RVAH-6 "Fleurs"; E-2A Hawkeyes of VAW-115 "Willy Dogs"; and a single UH-2C Sea Sprite helicopter of HC-1 Det. 61 "Pacific Fleet Angels."

Courtesy of
William T. Larkins
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USS Ranger (CVA-61) launches a bomb-laden A-7A Corsair II attack aircraft from one of her waist catapults, during operations in the Gulf of Tonkin in January 1968. Photographed by PH1 Donald F. Grantham.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph (# USN 1130916).

Scott Dyben
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USS Ranger (CVA-61) departs Puget Sound for San Francisco, 29 July 1968, following a shipyard availability.

David Buell
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Note on Ranger's Sixth Vietnam Cruise:

According to DANFS: "Ranger spent the rest of the summer engaged in operations off the west coast, departing for her sixth WestPac cruise 27 September [1970]. She returned to Alameda 7 June 1971".

According to a former Ranger sailor these dates are incorrect: "we left on Tuesday, October 27, 1970. The cruise book even has that date. [...] We left Japan on June 7, 1971 and arrived home on Thursday June 17, 1971".

Images at left show (top to bottom):

  • The 1970-71 Cruise Book, page 2.
  • "Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons" (published by the Naval Historical Center), Vol. 1, Appendix 3, page 529.
  • "United States Naval Aviation 1910-1995" (published by the Naval Aviation History Office), Appendix 26, page 713. [Contributed by Fabio Peña].

Ken Estes, webmaster of the USS Ranger Museum Foundation and USS Ranger CV-A 61
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A Ling-Temco-Vought A-7E Corsair II from VA-113 "Stingers" recovering aboard USS Ranger (CVA-61), possibly in 1970–71.

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
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Two photos of A-7E Corsair IIs attached to VA-25 "Fist of the Fleet" deployed aboard USS Ranger (CVA-61), during the carrier's 6th Vietnam cruise, 27 October 1970–17 June 1971.

The color photo may have been taken shortly before the deployment.

(Thanks to Scott L. Smith, "Fist of the Fleet" historian, for dating the pictures. More information about this deployment can be found at the Squadron history web site.)

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
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USS Ranger (CVA-61) passing under the San Francisco Bay Bridge on her return to the States on 17 June 1971. This is from the 1970–71 Cruise Book.

John Slaughter, Webmaster USS Ranger History & Memorial site
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An aerial view of Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, Calif., with three docked aircraft carriers: USS Ranger (CVA-61), in dry dock; USS Hancock (CVA-19), left; and USS Coral Sea (CVA-43). Photo by LT A. Legare, 25 August 1971. Available from DefenseImagery.mil (photo #DN-SC-85-11135).

Robert M. Cieri

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A Vietnam cease-fire was announced on 23 January 1973 and came into effect on the 27th. The carriers USS Oriskany (CVA-34), USS Ranger (CVA-61), USS Enterprise (CVAN-65), and USS America (CVA-66) were on Yankee Station and cancelled all combat sorties.

On Sunday, 28 January 1973, all four carriers, along with a DD/DE screen, steamed together for a photo exercise.

This is Ranger, with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, as seen from Oriskany, with CVW-19.

Bob Canchola, BT,
USS Oriskany,
1971–1973

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A bow view of the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CVA-61), equipped with part of the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program system. Although the photo is dated 23 November 1981, Air Wing composition indicates it was actually taken circa 1974–75. Official photograph, available from DefenseImagery.mil, # DF-ST-83-02600.

DefenseImagery.mil
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USS Ranger (CVA-61) underway in the Pacific Ocean, 1 May 1975. Photographed by PH2 Paul Burns. Note round helicopter spots painted on her flight deck.

Ranger was the last of the Forrestals to retain 5"/54 Mk.42 DP mounts. By the time this photo was taken there were only two of them, one on each of the aft sponsons. During a later period in dock (1977-1978) the 5" guns were replaced by three BPDMS launchers. Note that the number of arrester wires had been reduced to four.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97687).

(Thanks to Robert Hurst, who provided additional info).

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USS Hull (DD-945) steaming alongside USS Ranger (CVA-61) in the Pacific Ocean, 25 June 1975.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph (# K-109550).

Hull was conducting tests of the Mark 71 8"/55 Major Caliber Lightweight Gun. Note 8" gun mount forward, and compare its size with that of the two 5"/54 Mark 42 gun mounts aft.

Scott Dyben
CV-61 Ranger
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An elevated port bow view of the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV-61) departing San Diego for deployment in the western Pacific, 30 January 1976. The ship is passing Pt. Loma.

U.S. Navy photograph by PHCS R.L. Lawson, available from DefenseImagery.mil, (# DN-SC-86-00157).

DefenseImagery.mil
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Underway at sea, circa 1978. This photograph was received by the Naval Photographic Center in May 1978.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (photo # NH-97688).

USN
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Neodesha (YTB-815) assisting USS Ranger (CV-61) out of her berth at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, HI, in September 1980.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, photo # 1996.488.064.042.

Mike Green
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The Welcome Aboard book that Reith received in I Division in 1981, when he checked in to the command.

HTC Reith D. Walls II (Ret.)
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A vertical view of the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV-61) underway in the Pacific Ocean, 15 June 1981. US Navy photo (DVIC id: DNSN8506135).

Defense Visual Information Center
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A starboard quarter view of USS Ranger (CV-61). Sailors man the rails as the carrier enters Pearl Harbor, HI. Photo is dated March 1, 1982 but it might have been actually taken in April. US Navy photo (DVIC id: DN-SC-82-07170).

Defense Visual Information Center
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Aerial starboard bow view of part of Task Group 70 underway in the Philippine Sea, May 1982, during Exercise Readex '82. Ships are, left to right: a Knox-class frigate; the combat stores ship USS San Jose (AFS-7), see photo NS024159; the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV-61); a Spruance-class destroyer; the guided missile destroyer USS Joseph Strauss (DDG-16), see photo NS024159; a Mispillion-class "jumboized" fleet oiler, possibly USNS Mispillion (T-AO-105) herself; the command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19); the aircraft carrier USS Midway (CV-41); a Leahy-class guided missile cruiser, possibly USS Reeves (CG-24); a Spruance-class destroyer; and a Knox-class frigate. US Navy photo by PH1 Barbante (DVIC id: DN-ST-82-07480).

Defense Visual Information Center
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Eleven photos of USS Ranger (CV-61) while on her 1982 WestPac-Indian Ocean deployment, 7 April–18 October. Scanned from the 1983 Command calendar (original size is 8" x 11").

Crew members form the words "Top Gun 25" on the flight deck of Ranger, underway in the Pacific Ocean, August 1982, to commemorate the carrier's 25th Anniversary. "Top Gun" was Ranger's nickname.

HTC Reith D. Walls II (Ret.)
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Launching an A-6E Intruder (squadron VA-145 "Swordsmen"). Carrier Air Wing 2 (CVW-2), tail code "NE."

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Launching an A-7E Corsair II (squadron VA-113 "Stingers").

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Launching an E-2C Hawkeye (squadron VAW-116 "Sun Kings").

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Preparing to launch the ship's COD (Carrier On-board Delivery) plane.

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Fly-by.

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FOD (Foreign Object Damage) walkdown.

HTC Reith D. Walls II (Ret.)
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Pearl Harbor.

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Underway.

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Underway replenishment.

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Replenishing a Knox-class frigate.

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25th Anniversary Program, August 10, 1982.

Robert M. Cieri
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Silver Anniversary Plaque, USS Ranger (CV-61), 10 August 1957–10 August 1982.

HTC Reith D. Walls II (Ret.)
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Vice President George Bush and VADM Crawford Easterling visit the bridge of the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV-61) during a tour of the ship, May 14, 1983. Photo by PHC T. Mitchell, available from the Defense Visual Information Center, id.: DN-SN-83-10202.

Bill Gonyo
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On November 1, 1983, a major fuel and oil fire broke out in an engine room while the ship operated in the North Arabian Sea. Six crewmembers were killed and 35 injured. The fire was reportedly extinguished within an hour and the ship continued operations.

Carlos C. Castellanos
CV-61 Ranger
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117k USS Ranger (CV-61) with Carrier Air Wing Nine (CVW-9), 1983-1984. Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret)
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View from the co-pilot's seat in a Grumman E-2C Hawkeye as it makes its final approach for a landing on board the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV-61)[, late 1980s–early 1990s]. From this viewpoint the angled deck looks far too short and narrow for such a large aircraft to land in. U.S. DoD Photo.

Photo and text from Carriers: The Men and The Machines, by David Miller and Lindsay Peacock.

Robert Hurst
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USS Cook (FF-1083) and USS Ranger (CV-61) underway, January 1987. Airborne is a H-3 Sea King helicopter.

U.S. Navy photo (DVIC id.: #DN-SC-05-06694).

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USS Ranger (CV-61) departing San Diego, California, in February 1987. Photographed by PH3 Wimmer.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97689-KN).

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Crew members form the phrase "We The People" on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV-61), May 1987, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the signing of the constitution of the United States. The Constitution was formally signed on 17 September 1787. The guided missile cruiser USS Long Beach (CGN-9), bottom, and the guided missile frigate USS Lewis B. Puller (FFG-23) were accompanying Ranger.

U.S. Navy photo by PH3 Ron Wimmer (DVIC id.: #DNSC8706761).

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North Island, San Diego, Calif., 4 July 1987.

Photos by Steve Whitby
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North Island, San Diego, Calif., 4 July 1987.

Photos by Steve Whitby
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USNS Hassayampa (T-AO-145) refueling USS Shasta (AE-33) to starboard and USS Ranger (CV-61) to port. From Ranger's 1987 Cruise Book (14 July–30 December).

John Slaughter, Webmaster USS Ranger History & Memorial site
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Crew members spell out "Ranger Thanks America" on the flight deck of USS Ranger (CV-61) to thank all the people who sent letters and cards to the ship. The mail was the result of a letter which appeared in the newspaper column "Dear Abby."

Official U.S. Navy photo by PH2 Wimmer. It is dated 1 December 1988, but may have been actually taken about a year earlier.

David Buell
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A U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber flies by USS Ranger (CV-61), below the carrier's flight-deck level.

This is usually said to have happened in the Persian Gulf, in early 1990, but this is incorrect—Ranger was not in the Persian Gulf "in early 1990." This actually occurred in February 1989 off the coast of Mexico, while Ranger was conducting training for an upcoming WestPac-Indian Ocean deployment (24 February–24 August 1989). By the way, Ranger's next deployment began on 8 December 1990—undisputably, not "early 1990."

Jon W. Godwin (GySgt USMC Ret.)
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Crewmembers man the rails by the carrier's island, as she departs Naval Air Station, North Island, California, on 24 February 1989 to begin a western Pacific deployment. Photographed by PH1 Michael D.P. Flynn.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97691).

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Marines and Sailors of the carrier's crew man the rails as she leaves Honolulu, Hawaii, on 10 March 1989, en route to the western Pacific. Photographed by PH3 Bos. Tug at left is Niantic (YTB-781).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97690-KN).

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USS Ranger (CVA-61) was commissioned at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Aug. 10, 1957, CAPT Charles D. Booth II, in command. Here, three Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 14 (HS-14) SH-3H Sea King helicopters fly in formation past Ranger (then CV-61) as the ship leaves San Diego to begin her WestPac '90 (Gulf War) cruise, Dec. 8, 1990.

US Navy photo by PH2 Henry (available from the Defense Visual Information Center, id.: DN-SC-93-05041).

Alex Tatchin
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A port bow view of USS Ranger (CV-61) being replenished by the fleet oiler USNS Kawishiwi (T-AO 146) in the Pacific Ocean, 19 July 1990.

U.S. Navy photo by PH3 Bos (#DN-SC-93-05043).

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An overhead view of the fleet oiler USNS Kawishiwi (T-AO 146) conducting an underway replenishment of USS Ranger (CV-61) in the Pacific Ocean, 19 July 1990.

U.S. Navy photo by PH3 Bos (#DN-SC-93-05045).

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A port bow view of the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV-61) as the vessel heads out of San Diego Channel en route to the Pacific Ocean to take part in anti-submarine warfare exercises with USS Ford (FFG-54). The guided missile frigate is astern of Ranger in the channel. Photo is dated 17 March 1991, but on that date Ranger was engaged in operations in support of Operation Desert Storm.

U.S. Navy photo by PHAN Rich (DVIC id.: #DNSC9400475).

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On her way back home after Operation Desert Storm USS Ranger (CV-61) stopped off at Pearl Harbor. This photo sequence shows the aircraft carrier departing Pearl on 1 June 1991—she arrived in San Diego, her homeport, 8 June.

NS140980603: Tuskegee (YTB-806) and Niantic (YTB-781) assist Ranger (photo #DN-SC-93-04704, by PH3 Bos).

NS140981408: Waxahachie (YTB-814) and Tuskegee (YTB-806) assist Ranger (photo #DN-SC-93-04705, by PH3 Bos).

NS140981407: Waxahachie (YTB-814) and Tuskegee (YTB-806) escort Ranger after clearing the Naval Supply Center pier (photo #DN-SC-93-04708, by PH3 Bos).

NS140980604: Waxahachie (YTB-814) and Tuskegee (YTB-806) escort Ranger around the north end of Ford Island (photo #DN-SC-93-04702, by PH3 Bos).

NS140981405: Waxahachie (YTB-814) and Tuskegee (YTB-806) escort Ranger in East Loch, rounding the north tip of Ford Island, with the condo hi-rises in Aiea in the background, on a normal track to leave Pearl Harbor (photo #DN-SC-93-04712, by PH3 Bos).

NS140981409: Waxahachie (YTB-814) escorts Ranger down the north channel (photo #DN-SC-93-04703, by PH3 Bos).

NS140981406: Waxahachie (YTB-814) escorts Ranger as she proceeds past Pearl City Peninsula (photo #DN-SC-93-04709, by PH3 Bos).

NS026157: Ranger is turning to port (more or less south) continuing to round Ford Island after passing Pearl City Peninsula on the left. The U.S. Army Transportation Corps pier is on the right, and the Army's vehicle landing ship CM3 Harold C. Clinger (LSV-2) is moored to the pier (photo #DN-SC-93-04710, by PH3 Bos).

NS140980602: Tuskegee (YTB-806) escorts Ranger down the north channel. The Army's vehicle landing ship CM3 Harold C. Clinger (LSV-2) can be seen on the left, moored to the U.S. Army Transportation Corps pier (photo #DN-SC-93-04711, by PH3 Bos).

NS026157a: Ranger proceeds more or less south between the Waipio Peninsula (foliage in the background) and the far west side of Ford Island, on track to leave Pearl Harbor (photo #DN-SC-92-03668, by OS2 John Bouvia).

NS026157b: Crew members man the rails aboard Ranger as the aircraft carrier departs Pearl Harbor through the channel (photo #DN-SC-92-03669, by OS2 John Bouvia).

(Thanks to John F. Power for his help in identifying the photos.)

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Crew members man the rails aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV-61) as commercial harbor tug Cheryl Anne maneuvers the vessel into port. Ranger was returning to Naval Station, North Island after being deployed in the Persian Gulf area during Operation Desert Storm. San Diego, California, June 8, 1991.

US Navy photo by PH1 Paul Shaw (available from the Defense Visual Information Center, id.: DN-ST-92-00354.)

Bill Gonyo
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Her 24th and final deployment, August 1, 1992 through January 30, 1993 saw Ranger's planes (Carrier Air Wing Two, CVW-2) in action over Iraq (Operation Southern Watch, September-December) and Somalia (Operation Restore Hope, December).

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"Ranger's Last Ride," 31 January 1993. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Wolfgang Hechler
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An aerial port side view of Ranger (CV-61), with her Sailors manning the rails and aircraft of Carrier Air Wing 2 (CVW-2) on her deck, as she is nudged into position by harbor tugs Waxahachie (YTB-814), Niantic (YTB-781) and Neodesha (YTB-815), at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, HI, March 8, 1993. US Navy photo by PH3 Bos (DVIC id: DN-SC-05-10867).

(See the Waxahachie and Niantic pages for more photos.)

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Ex-USS Ranger (CV-61) moored at Bremerton, Washington, on 28 August 1998. In the background is ex-USS Midway (CV-41). The photograph was taken from the stern of USS California (CGN-36), which was being formally deactivated.

From Warship Boneyards, by Kit and Carolyn Bonner.

Submitted by Robert Hurst.
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Bremerton, Wash., 2006. Four aircraft carriers (left to right): USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), ex-USS Ranger (CV-61), ex-USS Constellation (CV-64) and ex-USS Independence (CV-62). Also visible in this photo are a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser, a Knox-class frigate and the fast combat support ships ex-USS Sacramento (AOE-1) and ex-USS Camden (AOE-2).

Jack Treutle

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Bremerton, Wash., 2006. Four aircraft carriers (front to back, photo NS026245; left to right, photo NS026245a): ex-USS Independence (CV-62), ex-USS Constellation (CV-64), ex-USS Ranger (CV-61), and USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74). Also visible in these photos are two Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigates, a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser, a Knox-class frigate and the fast combat support ships ex-USS Sacramento (AOE-1) and ex-USS Camden (AOE-2).


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Puget Sound, Tuesday, 8 July 2008.

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A series of five photos taken on Friday, 17 October 2008.

Photos by Bill Ellis.

Submitted by Scott Roche
(USS Ranger '87–89;
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February 2009. Ex-Narwhal (SSN-671) and ex-Drum (SSN-677), foreground; superstructure of a former Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser; ex-Constellation (CV-64), left, and ex-Independence, right, beyond ex-Ranger.

Scott Roche, (USS Ranger '87–89; USS Independence '89–91).

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Aerial view of Bremerton, WA, 10 March 2009. Left to right: ex-Independence (CV-62), ex-Constellation (CV-64), ex-Sides (FFG-14), ex-George Philip (FFG-12), ex-Ranger (CV-61), and ex-Vincennes (CG-49).

Ron Reeves.

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June 2009. Ex-Vincennes (CG-49) and ex-Ranger (CV-61).

Photos by Mike Sweet, via Scott Roche (USS Ranger '87–89; USS Independence '89–91).

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June 2009. Left to right: ex-Independence (CV-62), ex-Constellation (CV-64), ex-Ranger (CV-61), and ex-Vincennes (CG-49).


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June 2009. Ex-Vincennes (CG-49), foreground, and ex-Ranger (CV-61), background. Masts of ex-Sides (FFG-14) and ex-George Philip (FFG-12) can be seen at left, beyond Ranger.


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Series of screen shots from Google Maps pieced together by John Slaughter. Left to right: ex-USS Independence (CV-62), ex-USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), ex-USS Constellation (CV-64), and ex-USS Ranger (CV-61), Bremerton, WA, circa 2010.

John comments: «Indy and Connie are showing signs of weathering. They are both in the early stages of being readied for scrapping. Kitty Hawk is still listed as in reserve. I guess that's in case something disastrous happened to one of the active carriers. Ranger's flight deck is covered with something like a rubber coating about 3" thick to protect it. This is because of the efforts going on to save her as a museum. Less maintenance. I measured Kitty Hawk's flight deck in the picture and then, using that as a scale, I measured the gap between her and Indy. Their flight decks, by my rough estimate, are less than 10' apart.»

John Slaughter, Webmaster USS Ranger History & Memorial site.
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A great model of USS Ranger (CV-61) built by Kenneth Shafer, AT1, USN (Ret.), who retired off Ranger on 30 November 1989. Kenneth plans to eventually build one aircraft from each squadron in Carrier Air Wing 2 (CVW-2) that was aboard Ranger during Kenneth's last cruise in 1989.

Photos by Kenneth Shafer, via Ron Reeves
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Patches
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