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(later CVU-64)

USS Tripoli (CVE-64)
Contributed and digitally enhanced by Wolfgang Hechler

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Victor - Tango

Displacement 7,800 Tons, Dimensions, 512' 3" (oa) x 65' 2" x 22' 4" (Max)
Armament 1 x 5"/38AA 8 x 40mm, 12 x 20mm, 27 Aircraft.
Machinery, 9,000 IHP; 2 Skinner, Uniflow engines, 2 screws
Speed, 19 Knots, Crew 860.

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World War II
CVE-64 Tripoli

USS Tripoli departs Hampton Roads, May 24, 1944 with Composite Squadron 6 (VC-6; 12 Avengers and 9 Wildcats) aboard. She is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 4A (although there are deviations from the original Bureau of Ships design drawing).

"Note the HF/DF mast for North Atlantic ASW and the flat hangar deck, indicated by the straight line of the outboard sponsons. The prominent hangar-deck sponsons were used primarily for refueling at sea, the CVEs carrying substantial loads of cargo oil for destroyers and escort destroyers."

Photo and text in quotes from U.S. Aircraft Carriers: An Illustrated Design History, by Norman Friedman.

Robert Hurst
CVE-64 Tripoli

USS Tripoli (CVE-64) anchored at an unknown location circa 1944.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No.1986.150.003.052.

Mike Green
The 1950s
CVE-64 Tripoli

Tripoli, date and location unknown.

©Corveleyn Roger, courtesy of, via Ron Reeves
CVE-64 Tripoli

USS Tripoli (CVE-64) underway circa 1953, location unknown.

Robert Hurst
CVE-64 Tripoli

Tripoli, operated by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) and with a deck load of USAF North American F-86D Sabre fighters, circa 1954.

Master Chief Boatswain's Mate Carl M. Brashear, USN, served aboard Tripoli, November 1951–March 1955. BMCM(MDV) Brashear (1931–2006) was a pioneer in the Navy as the first black deep-sea diver, the first black Master Diver and the first Navy diver to be restored to full active duty as an amputee, the result of a leg injury he sustained during a salvage operation in January 1966, off the coast of Spain. His life story was immortalized on the big screen in the movie "Men of Honor" (2000). USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7) is named after him.

CVE-64 Tripoli
41k As an aircraft transport. Ted Stone photo. Haze Gray & Underway
CVE-64 Tripoli

USS Tripoli (CVE/CVU-64) underway, probably during the middle 1950s, while transporting Republic F-84 Thunderjet fighters. This image was received by the Naval Photographic Center in December 1959, but was taken several years earlier.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command (# NH 106568).

Naval History & Heritage Command, via Robert Hurst

For more information and photos of this ship, see:

Read the USS TRIPOLI (CVE-64 / CVU-64) DANFS History entry

Crew Contact
Contact: Mr. James G Metts
Address: 1103 N 22nd St
Nederland, TX, 77627-5731
Phone: 409-722-1468
Reunion Information
Web site: USS Tripoli CVE64 and LPH10 Website

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