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USS LONG ISLAND   (AVG-1)
(later ACV-1 and CVE-1)



Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Quebec - Kilo

Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Defense Service Medal ("Fleet" clasp)
2nd Row: American Campaign Medal / Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1 star) / World War II Victory Medal

Long Island Class Escort Carrier
Ordered Laid down Launched Commissioned Decommissioned Stricken
(see below) 7 Jul 1939 11 Jan 1940 2 Jun 1941 26 Mar 1946 12 Apr 1946
Builder: Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Chester, Pa.

Specifications
(As converted, 1941)
Displacement: 7,886 tons standard; 13,499 tons full load
Dimensions (wl): 465' x 69.5' x 25.75'  /  141.7 x 21.2 x 7.8 meters
Dimensions (max.): 492' x 102'  /  150 x 31.1 meters
Armor: None
Power plant: 4 Busch-Sulzer diesels (7-cylinder); 1 shaft; 8,500 bhp
Speed: 16.5 knots
Endurance:
Armament: 1 single 5"/51 gun mount; 2 single 3"/50-cal gun mounts; 4 .50-cal machine guns
Aircraft: 21
Aviation facilities: 1 elevator; 1 hydraulic catapult
Crew: 970 (wartime figure)

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AVG-1 Long Island
NS0300130
42k

As built (1941) USS Long Island (AVG-1) had a 362' flight deck extending aft from the roof of the pilot house, leaving the forward boat deck uncovered. Since the original flight deck proved unsuccessful, on September 15, 1941 BuShips authorized Norfolk Navy Yard to extend it 77' forward, over the pilot house (compare to NS0300104).

Robert Hurst
AVG-1 Long Island
NS0300130a
89k David Buell
(USN photo)
AVG-1 Long Island
NS0300101
94k

USS Long Island (AVG-1) underway on 8 July 1941, with two F2A fighters parked at the forward end of her flight deck. Note flight deck markings: "LI". The ship is painted in Measure 1 camouflage, with heavy weathering of paint evident on the hull side.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-26567).

NHC
AVG-1 Long Island
NS0300109
102k

USS Long Island (AVG-1) (upper center) underway in company with USS Augusta (CA-31), in left front, off Cape Sable, Nova Scotia, in August 1941. Augusta had President Franklin D. Roosevelt embarked to witness Long Island's operations. Among the other ships present are USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37), partially visible at far right, and USS Meredith (DD-434), steaming astern of Long Island.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-13074).

NHC
AVG-1 Long Island
NS0300122
83k

Officers of Scouting Squadron 201 (VS-201) posing on the flight deck of USS Long Island (AVG-1), 10 September 1941. The squadron Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander William D. Anderson, is seated in the center of the front row. VS-201 was the Navy's pioneer "composite squadron", formed in early 1941 for service on Long Island.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-28406).

NHC
AVG-1 Long Island
NS0300104
79k

Undated. Note her flight deck has been extended forward. Her original flight deck proved unsuccessful and on 15 September 1941 BuShips authorized Norfolk Navy Yard to extend it 77' forward, over the pilot house (compare to NS0300130).

USN
AVG-1 Long Island
NS0300136
150k

USS Long Island (AVG-1), port side, Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA., 18 October 1941. Photo serial 2037(41).

David Buell
AVG-1 Long Island
NS0300123
72k

Commander Donald B. Duncan, USN, first Commanding Officer, USS Long Island (AVG-1) on his ship's flight deck, at Norfolk, Virginia, 26 October 1941. Note the temporary mast, with what appear to be portable rigging anchors resting on deck.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-28405).

NHC
AVG-1 Long Island
NS0300108
53k

USS Long Island (AVG-1) photographed in Measure 12 (Modified) camouflage, November 1941. Planes on her flight deck include seven Curtiss SOC-3A scout observation types and one Brewster F2A fighter.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives (# 19-N-27986).

NHC
AVG-1 Long Island
NS0300111a
62k

Curtiss SOC-3A Seagull scout-observation plane, of Scouting Squadron 201 (VS-201) parked on the flight deck of USS Long Island (AVG-1), 16 December 1941. Note depth bomb carried below the plane's fuselage, and practice bomb rack below the port wing.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-413479-A).

Robert Hurst
AVG-1 Long Island
NS0300111
55k

Curtiss SOC-3A Seagull scout-observation plane, of Scouting Squadron 201 (VS-201) parked on the flight deck of USS Long Island (AVG-1), 16 December 1941. Note depth bomb carried below the plane's fuselage, and practice bomb rack below the port wing.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-413479-B).

NHC
AVG-1 Long Island
NS0300111b
110k

Curtiss SOC-3A Seagull scout-observation plane, of Scouting Squadron 201 (VS-201) parked on the flight deck of USS Long Island (AVG-1), 16 December 1941.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-413479-C).

Robert Hurst
AVG-1 Long Island
NS0300112
61k

View on the flight deck while operating in the vicinity of Argentia, Newfoundland, January 1942. This was the only time Long Island operated in such northern areas. Planes parked on the carrier's snowy flight deck, behind the palisade, are Curtiss SOC-3A Seagull types.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-13129).

NHC
AVG-1 Long Island
NS0300119
68k

View of the ship's masthead, with SC radar antenna and anemometer, 13 March 1942.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-413462).

NHC
AVG-1 Long Island
NS0300120
104k

View on the hangar deck, looking aft over the elevator pit, 28 March 1942. Three Vought SB2U scout bombers are present, embarked for carrier qualifications. Note propellers on deck, and cowling removed from the SB2U at left. The plane in center is marked "S-75".

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-16967).

NHC
AVG-1 Long Island
NS0300113
57k

Lieutenant Commander Lex L. Black, Commanding Officer of squadron VGS-1, makes the ship's 2000th landing, 20 April 1942. He is flying a Curtiss SOC-3A Seagull scout-observation aircraft. Note lowered flaps and deployed leading edge slats on the upper wing.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-14256).

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AVG-1 Long Island
NS0300114
80k

Curtiss SOC-3A Seagull scout-observation planes, of the carrier's embarked squadron, VGS-1, parked on the flight deck, 10 May 1942.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-14521).

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AVG-1 Long Island
NS0300141
108k

A Curtiss SOC-3A Seagull scout-observation plane, of squadron VGS-1, is launched by catapult from USS Long Island (AVG-1), 21 May 1942.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-14549).

Robert Hurst
CVE-1 Long Island
NS0300106
100k

Moored at Naval Air Station, North Island, California, on 2 June 1942, shortly before she sortied with Task Force ONE under Vice Admiral William S. Pye. Aircraft on deck include six Grumman F4F-4 fighters and three Curtiss SOC-3A of squadron VGS-1.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-31839).

Scott Dyben
Long Island
NS0300140
82k

AVG-1 Long Island. From U.S. Naval Ships & Aircraft (ONI 54-R), issued 12 June 1942.

See also NS0303014.

Tommy Trampp
AVG-1 Long Island
NS0300121a
298k

A Curtiss SOC-3A Seagull scout-observation plane landing aboard USS Long Island (AVG-1), 17 June 1942. Note bomb (or anti-submarine depth bomb) carried on the plane's centerline rack, and arresting gear wires on the carrier's flight deck.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-14257).

NHC
AVG-1 Long Island
NS0300121
100k

Crewmen spotting a Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat fighter on the ship's hangar deck, 17 June 1942. Several other F4F-4s are present, as are Curtiss SOC-3A Seagull scout-observation planes. All are from squadron VGS-1.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-14524).

NHC
AVG-1 Long Island
NS0300115
66k

A Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat fighter on the catapult, ready for take-off, 17 June 1942. Several more F4F-4s are waiting their turn for launch. All planes are from squadron VGS-1. Note that Long Island's catapult runs diagonally across the flight deck, from starboard toward the port bow.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-14548).

NHC
AVG-1 Long Island
NS0300102
63k

USS Long Island (AVG-1) at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on 17 July 1942, with at least eight SBD scout bombers and one TBF torpedo plane parked on her flight deck. She is painted in camouflage Measure 12 (Modified), and wears an unusual number on her bow: "751" (the significance of this number is not known).

Note she did not have an island structure. She was conned from a bridge located forward under the flight deck.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-73390).

NHC
AVG-1 Long Island
NS0300116
88k

A Brewster F2A-3 Buffalo fighter rests in the flight deck gallery walkway after suffering landing gear failure while landing on board USS Long Island (AVG-1), off Palmyra Island, 25 July 1942. This plane is from Marine Fighting Squadron 211 (VMF-211), the last Navy or Marine Corps unit to operate the F2A in a front-line capacity.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-12905).

NHC
AVG-1 Long Island
NS0300125
92k

See above. Note marking "MF-5" on the plane's fuselage and very weathered paint. The carrier's SC radar antenna is visible atop her stub mast at right.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-12906).

NHC
ACV-1 Long Island
NS0300110
125k

Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii. View looking eastward from over Pearl City, with Ford Island in the middle of the view and Diamond Head in the distant center, 1 August 1942.

USS Long Island (AVG-1) and USS Hornet (CV-8) are moored along Ford Island's western side, protected by anti-torpedo nets. The capsized hull of USS Utah (AG-16), a victim of the 7 December 1941 Japanese air raid, is astern of Long Island.

Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of The Honorable James V. Forrestal.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 83996).

Naval History & Heritage Command
ACV-1 Long Island
NS09170101
77k

A Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat fighter is lifted on board USS Long Island (ACV-1) from USS Kitty Hawk (APV-1), at Fila Harbor, New Hebrides, 28 August 1942. This plane was en route to Guadalcanal as part of the second group of U.S. Marine Corps planes to be based at Henderson Field. Note that the F4F's markings appear to have been taped over.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-73394).

NHC
ACV-1 Long Island
NS0300117
50k

A Grumman TBF-1 Avenger torpedo plane makes an arrested landing, probably during carrier qualifications in late 1942 or early 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-66735).

NHC
ACV-1 Long Island
NS0300118
66k

A North American SNJ-3 training plane (Bureau # 05470) preparing to take off, during pilot qualification operations off San Diego, California, 28 January 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-66744).

NHC
ACV-1 Long Island
NS0300138
144k

A Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat fighter, equipped with ferry tanks, on USS Long Island's catapult ready for launching, during flight operations on 6 March 1943. Note that the catapult runs diagonally across the flight deck. Planes parked in the background include more F4F-4s and Vought F4U-1s.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-66753).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
ACV-1 Long Island
NS0300139
284k

A Grumman JRF Goose amphibian is hoisted on board USS Long Island (ACV-1) from a seaplane wrecking derrick (YSD), off Palmyra Island, 19 April 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-66769).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
ACV-1 Long Island
NS0300103
102k

USS Long Island (ACV-1) underway with a mixed cargo of airplanes and stores on her flight deck, 25 May 1943. The planes include F4F, SBD and TBF types.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-83216).

NHC
Charger and Long Island
NS0303014
368k

Charger & Long Island-class . From U.S. Naval Ships & Aircraft (ONI 54-R), condensed and printed for FM 30-50, NAVAER 00-80V-57 (Recognition Pictorial Manual of Naval Vessels). Supplement 4 - 4 August 1943.

Photos show HMS Archer, HMS Biter and USS Charger.

See also NS0300140.

Gerd Matthes, Germany
Charger and Long Island
NS0303014a
341k

As above. Top photos show USS Charger (BAVG-4/AVG/ACV/CVE-30).

CVE-1 Long Island
NS0300133
53k

USS Long Island (CVE-1) underway, circa 1944, location unknown. She is camouflaged in Measure 32 Design 9A.

Robert Hurst
CVE-1 Long Island
NS0300131
43k

Puget Sound, February 1944, camouflaged in Measure 32 Design 9A.

Robert Hurst
CVE-1 Long Island
NS0300105
89k April 27, 1944 photo with cargo and planes stowed on the flight deck. USN
CVE-1 Long Island
NS0300107
115k

Photographed on 10 June 1944 by a plane from Naval Air Station, Alameda, California. She has 21 F6F fighters, 20 SBD scout bombers and two J2F utility planes parked on her flight deck. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 9A.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-236393).

Scott Dyben
CVE-1 Long Island
NS0300127
81k

"Escort Aircraft Carrier Long Island." (From a Russian publication).

This drawing shows Long Island in mid-1944, when she was used as an aircraft transport but still retained her arresting gear.

Alex Tatchin
CVE-1 Long Island
NS0300124
31k

Personal letter from Commander Downes to Boatswain's Mate Louis Alonzo Harris, 1945.

Dale Harris, son of BM Louis Alonzo Harris
CVE-1 Long Island
NS0300126
126k

Boatswain's Mate Louis Alonzo Harris (1925-1982).

Dale Harris, son of BM Louis Alonzo Harris
Commercial Service
CVE-1 Long Island
NS0300129
94k The Seven Seas (ex-USS Long Island) in Bremerhaven, Germany. Undated. Photo by H.J. Mayburg. Submitted by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
CVE-1 Long Island
NS0300134
149k

Newspaper clip of Seven Seas, ex-USS Long Island, leaving New York for Bremerhaven, Germany in 1957. She is shown in full finery, inaugurating a new extended service that included calls at New York.

Submitted by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
CVE-1 Long Island
NS0300132
71k

The passenger vessel Seven Seas, ex-USS Long Island, underway, date unknown. This picture was published in a Bremen Port promotion brochure in 1960.

Submitted by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
CVE-1 Long Island
NS0300128
91k The passenger vessel Seven Seas (ex-USS Long Island) arriving in Bremerhaven, coming in from Canada, August 1961. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
Seven Seas
NS0300137
144k

Seven Seas, ex-USS Long Island, at the pier in Bremerhaven, Germany, 1963. Newspaper photo.

Gerhard Mueller-Debus
Seven Seas
NS0300142
82k

Seven Seas, ex-USS Long Island, New York City, November 1964.

Tommy Trampp
Seven Seas
NS0300135
287k

Seven Seas, ex-USS Long Island, laid up in Bremerhaven, Germany, in late 1967 or early 1968, just prior to being handed over to her new Dutch owners, who used her as a floating hostel.

Gerhard Mueller-Debus

For more photos and information about this ship, see:

View the USS Long Island (AVG-1 / ACV-1 / CVE-1)
DANFS History entry located on the Hazegray & Underway Web Site.

Crew Contact and Reunion Information Web Sites
U.S.Navy Memorial Foundation
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