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U.S.S. VALLEY FORGE

(CV-45)

FIRST IN PEACE - FIRST IN WAR

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USS Valley Forge was built at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after a war bond fundraiser there. Named for the Revolutionary War encampment of the same name, this ship was commissioned in November 1946. In 1947, she transferred to the Pacific fleet. After making a round the world cruise in the late 1940’s, the ship was deployed to the Western Pacific.

She was the only aircraft carrier in the region when the Korean War broke out in June of 1950. She served four separate combat tours during the next three years. In October 1952, her hull number changed to CVA-45. The ship began to show the age of her design as aircraft became heavier and faster.

Re-designated as an Anti-Submarine Support Carrier
In January 1954, she was re-designated as an anti-submarine support carrier. This changed her hull number to CVS-45. With this change, she moved into the Atlantic and served the next few years there. In 1961, Valley Forge got her fourth designation as an amphibious assault ship. This changed her hull to its final form of LPH-8. She was stationed in the Pacific carrying helicopters for Marines. From 1965 through 1969 she worked supporting combat operations during the Vietnam conflict.

The ship was decommissioned in 1970.

CV-45 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
SEP 1943 - SEP 1943 Keel Date: 14 SEP 1943
at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard
NOV 1946 - NOV 1946 Commissioned: 3 NOV 1946
JAN 1947 - APR 1947 Guantanamo Bay
JAN 1948 - Shellback Initiation - 21 JAN 1948 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1950 - JAN 1952 Inchon Landing
MAY 1950 - JUN 1952 West Pac - Air operations in Korear
NOV 1951 - AUG 1952 Task force 77
APR 1958 - SEP 1959 Task Group Alpha - Helicopter Assualt Development
DEC 1960 - DEC 1960 Mercury Space Shot Recovery
MAR 1961 - JUL 1961 Regular Overhaul
JUL 1961 - JUL 1961 Redesignated LPH-8
JUL 1963 - JAN 1964 FRAM - Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization
AUG 1965 - JUN 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT 1967 - AUG 1968 West Pac - Vietnam
JAN 1969 - SEP 1969 West Pac - Vietnam
JAN 1970 - JAN 1970 Decommissioned: 16 JAN 1970

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