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U.S.S. PHILIPPINE SEA

(CV-47)

CALCEUS ATER

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USS Philippine Sea was built in Quincy, Massachusetts and was commissioned in May 1946. She was named for the Battle of the Philippine Sea fought in 1944. During her first few years, the ship undertook deployments to the Caribbean, Atlantic and Mediterranean. In 1947, the ship took part in the Antarctic expedition by Rear Admiral Byrd. In May 1950, the ship was sent to the Pacific Fleet.

A couple of months later, the ship was sent to support troops in the Korean combat zone. This was the first of her three deployments to Korea. Between her second and third combat deployments, in October 1952, she received a new designation as CVA-47.

When the Korean War ended, the Philippine Sea had two more tours in the Far East. On one voyage, her crew successfully fought off two Chinese fighters. After that second tour, the ship was converted to anti-submarine support aircraft. Her hull designation changed again to CVS-47. In 1957 and 1958, the ship made two more voyages to the western Pacific.

She was formally decommissioned in December 1958. She served as aircraft transport for the next decade in the Pacific Reserve Fleet. She was struck from the Naval Vessel Register in December 1969.

CV-47 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
AUG 1944 - Keel Date: 19 AUG 1944
at Fore River Shipyard
SEP 1945 - Launch Date: 5 SEP 1945
MAY 1946 - Commissioned: 11 MAY 1946
OCT 1946 - OCT 1946 Shakedown Cruse-Guantanamo Bay Cuba
JAN 1947 - MAY 1947 1st Equator Crossing
JAN 1947 - JAN 1948 Antartic Circle
JAN 1947 - MAY 1947 Panama Canal
JAN 1947 - Shellback Initiation - 11 JAN 1947 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1948 - AUG 1948 Mediterranean
MAY 1950 - MAY 1950 Panama Canal
JUN 1950 - FEB 1951 West Pac
DEC 1950 - FEB 1954 Korea Campaign West Pac
DEC 1951 - AUG 1952 West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC 1951 - JUL 1952 West Pac
JAN 1954 - DEC 1954 West Pac
APR 1955 - NOV 1955 West Pac
MAR 1958 - Shellback Initiation - 31 MAR 1958 - Pacific Ocean
MAR 1958 - Shellback Initiation - 15 MAR 1958 - Pacific Ocean
APR 1958 - MAY 1958 vma332 7th fleet1958 south china sea tosupport evac.of french.
AUG 1958 - SEP 1958 subic bay phillipine islands to south china sea -7th fleet-coast
DEC 1958 - Decommissioned: 28 DEC 1958

CV-47 General Specifications

Class: Essex-class aircraft carrier

Named for: Battle of the Philippine Sea

Complement: 3448 Officers and Enlisted

Length: 888 feet

Draft: 28 feet 7 inches

Flank Speed: 33 knots