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U.S.S. FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT

(CV-42)

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USS Franklin D. Roosevelt was commissioned on Oct. 27, 1945 and served until October 1977. She was built at the New York Navy Yard. After her initial shakedown voyage, she was deployed with the Eighth Fleet in spring 1946 for major training exercises. Her first deployment to the Mediterranean came later that same year.

As the Cold War began to escalate, she regularly participated in operations with the Sixth Fleet near Southern Europe. She regularly carried conventional and nuclear-armed aircraft. In October 1952, she was reclassified as an attack aircraft carrier. This changed her hull number to CVA-42. From 1954 to 1956, the ship went through a modernization on the US west coast. In November, 1956, the new and improved aircraft carrier returned to the east coast.

For the next decade, Franklin D. Roosevelt made several return trips to the Mediterranean. In March 1961, the ship recorded the 100,000th landing on her deck. The only cruise to the Western Pacific came in late 1966 through early 1967. She underwent a further modernization and then returned to the Mediterranean for many more voyages through the 1970’s. In June 1975, her hull number changed again to CV-42. After completing her 23 voyage, the ship was decommissioned.

CV-42 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
DEC 1943 Keel Date: 1 DEC 1943
at New York Naval Shipyard
APR 1945 Launch Date: 29 APR 1945
OCT 1945 Commissioned: 27 OCT 1945
JAN 1946 - MAR 1946 Middle Pacific
JAN 1946 - Shellback Initiation - 28 JAN 1946 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG 1946 - NOV 1946 Mediterranean
SEP 1948 - JAN 1949 Mediterranean
SEP 1951 - MAR 1952 Mediterranean
JUN 1952 - JUL 1952 Caribbean
JUL 1952 - JUL 1952 Guantanamo Bay
SEP 1952 - SEP 1952 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
SEP 1952 - OCT 1952 Arctic Circle / Scotland / England / Portugal
SEP 1952 - DEC 1952 Mediterranean-Lebanon
MAY 1953 - NOV 1953 Mediterranean
JAN 1954 - MAR 1954 Norfolk-Brazil -UruguayArgentina-around Horn-Peru Panama-S.F.-B
JAN 1954 - JAN 1954 Shellback Initiation
JUL 1956 - Shellback Initiation - 7 JUL 1956 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1956 - Shellback Initiation - 7 JUL 1956 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1957 - MAR 1958 Mediterranean
FEB 1959 - SEP 1959 Mediterranean
FEB 1960 - SEP 1960 Mediterranean
MAR 1961 - OCT 1961 Mediterranean
JAN 1962 - JAN 1963 Mediterranean
SEP 1962 - APR 1963 Mediterranean
MAY 1963 - DEC 1963 Dry Dock
MAY 1963 - NOV 1963 Dry Dock
APR 1964 - DEC 1964 Mediterranean
APR 1964 - DEC 1964 Mediterranean Cruise
JUN 1965 - DEC 1965 Mediterranean
JUL 1966 - Shellback Initiation - 26 JUL 1966 - Atlantic Ocean
JUL 1966 - Shellback Initiation - 4 JUL 1966 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG 1966 - JAN 1967 West Pac
JAN 1967 - Shellback Initiation - 22 JAN 1967 - Indian Ocean
AUG 1967 - JUN 1968 Mediterranean
JAN 1970 - AUG 1970 Mediterranean
JAN 1971 - JUL 1971 Mediterranean
JAN 1972 - APR 1972 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
FEB 1972 - DEC 1972 Mediterranean
APR 1973 - SEP 1973 Dry Dock
SEP 1973 - MAR 1974 Mediterranean
JAN 1975 - JUN 1975 Mediterranean
OCT 1976 - MAY 1977 Mediterranean
SEP 1977 Decommissioned: 30 SEP 1977

CV-42 General Specifications

Class: Midway-class aircraft carrier

Named for: Franklin D. Roosevelt

Complement: 4104 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 45000 tons

Length: 968 feet

Beam: 113 feet

Flank Speed: 33 knots

Final Disposition: Scrapped



USS FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (CV-42)



Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42) was launched 29 April 1945 by New York Naval Shipyard as Coral Sea (CVB-42); sponsored by Mrs. John H. Towers wife of the Deputy Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet; renamed Franklin D. Roosevelt 8 May 1945; and commissioned 27 October 1945 Captain A. Soucek in command. She was reclassified CVA-42 on 1 October 1952.


During her shakedown cruise Franklin D. Roosevelt called at Rio de Janeiro 1 to l1 February 1946 to represent the United States at the inauguration of the Brazilian president Eurico G. Dutra who came aboard for a short cruise. Fleet maneuvers and other training operations in the Caribbean preceded her first deployment to the Mediterranean from 8 August to 4 October during which she was a part of a U.S. Navy force which visited Athens to bolster the government of Greece during its successful f ight against the Communist. She received thousands of visitors during her calls to many Mediterranean ports giving Europeans an opportunity to view this impressive addition to America's seapower for peace. The first opportunity for general visiting by the American public came at New York City during Navy Day celebrations of late October.


Franklin D. Roosevelt operated off the east coast until July 1947 when she entered Norfolk Naval Ship Yard for a prolonged overhaul during which she received improvements to her equipment and facilities. On 13 September 1948 the carrier sailed from Norfolk for a second tour of duty with the Mediterranean forces from which she returned 23 January 1949. During the next 5 years Franklin D. Roosevelt took part in intensive operations off the Virginia Capes along the east coast and in th e Caribbean and made four tours of duty in the Mediterranean. Assigned to extensive conversion at Puget Sound Naval Ship Yard the carrier sailed from Norfolk 7 January 1954. Too large to pass through the Panama Canal she rounded Cape Horn and arrive d at the shipyard 5 March. She was decommissioned there 23 April 1954.


In February 1957 Franklin D. Roosevelt sailed to the Gulf of Maine for cold weather tests of catapults aircraft and other carrier equipment including the "Regulus" guided missile. In July she sailed for the first of three post-conversion cr uises to the Mediterranean completed through 1960. Her assignments in the Mediterranean added NATO exercises to her normal schedule of major fleet operations and found her each year entertaining a distinguished list of guests. A constant emphasis on he r stateside operations was development of advanced tactics and procedures.

[Note: The above USS FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (CV-42) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (CV-42) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]