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U.S.S. PHILIPPINE SEA

(CV-47)

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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
AUG1944-Keel Date: 19 AUG 1944
at Fore River Shipyard
SEP1945-Launch Date: 5 SEP 1945
MAY1946-Commissioned: 11 MAY 1946
OCT1946-OCT1946Shakedown Cruse-Guantanamo Bay Cuba
JAN1947-Shellback Initiation - 11 JAN 1947 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1947-MAY1947Panama Canal
JAN1947-JAN1948Antarctic Circle
JAN1947-MAY19471st Equator Crossing
FEB1948-AUG1948Mediterranean
MAY1950-MAY1950Panama Canal
JUN1950-FEB1951West Pac
DEC1950-FEB1954Korea Campaign West Pac
DEC1951-AUG1952West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC1951-JUL1952West Pac
JAN1954-DEC1954West Pac
APR1955-NOV1955West Pac
APR1955- Shellback Initiation - 17 APR 1955 - Pacific Ocean
APR1956-JUN1956Dry Dock
APR1956-JUN1956Dry Dock
MAR1958-Shellback Initiation - 31 MAR 1958 - Pacific Ocean
MAR1958-Shellback Initiation - 15 MAR 1958 - Pacific Ocean
APR1958-MAY1958vma332 7th fleet1958 south china sea tosupport evac.of french.
AUG1958-SEP1958subic bay phillipine islands to south china sea -7th fleet-coast
DEC1958-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