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U.S.S. TARAWA

(CV-40)

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Named for the Second World War battle of Tarawa, the aircraft carrier USS Tarawa was built at Norfolk, Virginia. After being commissioned in December of 1945, she joined the Pacific Fleet in July of the next year. For the next year, she served in the Pacific, then went back to secure the US west coast. She returned to the east coast after a world cruise beginning in late 1948. The ship was taken out of commission in June of 1949.

She was recalled in February 1951. During the Korean War, she had duty in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. In October 1952, her designation was changed to CVA-40. For a year, starting in September 1953, the ship cruised east through the Mediterranean and into the Far East waters.

Tarawa returned to the east coast in late 1954 where she was converted for anti-submarine aircraft support. This changed her designation to CVS-40 when she came back into service in January 1955. For the next five years, the ship cruised the east coast and Caribbean conducting anti-submarine and helicopter exercises. In May 1960, the ship was decommissioned the second time and sent to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.

In 1967, the ship was removed from service completely.

CV-40 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAR 1944 Keel Date: 1 MAR 1944
at Norfolk Naval Shipyard Norfolk Virginia
MAY 1945 Launch Date: 12 MAY 1945
DEC 1945 Commissioned: 8 DEC 1945
JAN 1946 - DEC 1946 Accident
OCT 1948 - FEB 1949 world cruise
OCT 1948 - MAR 1949 World cruise
FEB 1951 - FEB 1951 Recommisioning
MAY 1951 - MAY 1951 North Atlantic
JUL 1953 - Shellback Initiation - 14 JUL 1953 - Pacific Ocean
NOV 1953 - SEP 1954 Circumnavigation around the world
FEB 1954 - Shellback Initiation - 7 FEB 1954 - Indian Ocean
FEB 1954 - Shellback Initiation - 7 FEB 1954 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1954 - Shellback Initiation - 7 FEB 1954 - Indian Ocean
FEB 1954 - MAR 1954 Korea
APR 1954 - MAY 1954 First Battle of Midway celebration Sidney Australia and New Zela
MAY 1956 - JUL 1956 North Atlantic
MAY 1956 - Shellback Initiation - 31 MAY 1956 - Atlantic Ocean
NOV 1956 - NOV 1956 North Atlantic
JAN 1957 - MAR 1957 North Atlantic
AUG 1957 - OCT 1957 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
AUG 1958 - Shellback Initiation - 16 AUG 1958 - Atlantic Ocean
MAY 1960 Decommissioned: 13 MAY 1960

CV-40 General Specifications

Class: Essex-class aircraft carrier

Named for: Battle of Tarawa

Complement: 3448 Officers and Enlisted

Length: 888 feet

Draft: 28 feet 7 inches

Flank Speed: 33 knots