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U.S.S. CONSTELLATION

(CV-64)

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CV-64 USS CONSTELLATION

USS Constellation was named for the configuration of 15 stars on the original United States Flag. The third by this name, the ship was built at the New York Naval Shipyard in Brooklyn. She was originally christened Oct. 8, 1960. A tragic fire in December of that year caused 50 deaths. After repairs were undertaken, the ship was commissioned Oct. 17, 1961. After initial trials in the Atlantic, the ship was sent to the Pacific. She made multiple trips to support combat operations in Southeast Asia. She engaged enemy fighters on numerous occasions.

Following the Vietnam War
After the Vietnam War ended, the ship underwent a major overhaul. The newly configured ship reentered operations and was sent to the Persian Gulf. She was there when the Iran revolution broke out and the American hostages were taken.

Known affectionately as “Connie,” Constellation continued her voyages for the next twenty plus years. The 1980’s saw her make routine voyages in the Pacific. In July 1990, Connie entered the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for a three-year major overhaul. In May 1993, she sailed back to the Pacific to resume her duties. In 1995, she took up station in the Persian Gulf to patrol the “no-fly” zone. She did this again in 1997. In 1999, she was sent to Korea to monitor escalating tensions.

She participated in the second invasion of Iraq. On Aug. 7, 2003, the ship was decommissioned.

CV-64 Deployments - Major Events

Add a CV-64 Shellback Initiation Add a CV-64 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
SEP1957-Keel Date: 14 SEP 1957
at New York Naval Shipyard
OCT1960-Launch Date: 8 OCT 1960
MAR1961-JUN1963Mediterranean
OCT1961-Commissioned: 27 OCT 1961
JAN1962-Shellback Initiation - 15 JAN 1962 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN1962-Shellback Initiation - 16 JAN 1962 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN1962- Shellback Initiation - 15 JAN 1962 - Atlantic Ocean
MAY1962- Shellback Initiation - 20 MAY 1962 - Pacific Ocean
AUG1962-Shellback Initiation - 10 AUG 1962 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG1962-Shellback Initiation - 4 AUG 1962 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG1962-Shellback Initiation - 4 AUG 1962 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1963-NOV1963West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB1963-SEP1963West Pac
JUL1963-MAR1964West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP1963-SEP1967West Pac-Viet Nam
APR1964-FEB1965West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY1964-DEC1965Regular Overhaul
MAY1964-FEB1965West Pac
MAY1964-FEB1965West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP1965-MAY1966Dry Dock
DEC1965-JUL1966Sea Trials
FEB1966-JUL1966West Pac-Viet Nam
MAR1966-NOV1966West Pac-Viet Nam
APR1967-DEC1967West Pac-Viet Nam
APR1967-DEC1967West Pac
APR1968-Shellback Initiation - 27 APR 1968 - Pacific Ocean
APR1968-JAN1969West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY1968-JAN1969West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP1968-SEP1968West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1969-OCT1969West Pac-Viet Nam
APR1969-JAN1970West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG1969-MAY1970West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG1969-MAY1970West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP1969-APR1970West Pac
JAN1970-JAN1980West Pac
JAN1970-JAN1980West Pac
SEP1970-MAR1974West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT1970-JAN1974West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1971-AUG1972West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL1971-JUN1972West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT1971-JUL1972West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1973-OCT1973West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB1973-OCT1973West Pac
FEB1973-OCT1973West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL1973-Shellback Initiation - 30 JUL 1973 - Pacific Ocean
JUL1973- Shellback Initiation - 30 JUL 1973 - Pacific Ocean
MAY1974-JUL1974West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN1974-DEC1974West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL1974-JAN1977West Pac
NOV1974-NOV1974Central Treaty Organization Midlink 74 - Persian Gulf
NOV1974-Shellback Initiation - 3 NOV 1974 - Indian Ocean
NOV1974-Shellback Initiation - 3 NOV 1974 - Pacific Ocean
JUN1975-NOV1976Regular Overhaul
JAN1977-JAN1978West Pac
JAN1977-JAN1978West Pac
JAN1977-JAN1978West Pac-Indian Ocean
JAN1977-JAN1978West Pac
JUL1977-Shellback Initiation - 6 JUL 1977 - Pacific Ocean
SEP1978-MAY1979West Pac-Indian Ocean
SEP1978-MAY1979West Pac-Indian Ocean
JAN1979-Shellback Initiation - 9 JAN 1979 - Indian Ocean
JAN1979-FEB1980West Pac
JAN1979- Shellback Initiation - 9 JAN 1979 - Indian Ocean
APR1979-Shellback Initiation - 16 APR 1979 - Indian Ocean
APR1979-Shellback Initiation - 16 APR 1979 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1980-OCT1980West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN1980-OCT1980West Pac-Indian Ocean
FEB1980-OCT1980West Pac-Indian Ocean
JUN1980-Shellback Initiation - 12 JUN 1980 - Indian Ocean
JUN1980- Shellback Initiation - 12 JUN 1980 - Indian Ocean
SEP1981-MAY1982West Pac-Indian Ocean
OCT1981-FEB1982West Pac-Indian Ocean
NOV1981-Shellback Initiation - 7 NOV 1981 - Pacific Ocean
DEC1981- Shellback Initiation - 18 DEC 1981 - Indian Ocean
JAN1983-JAN1990West Pac
SEP1983-MAR1984Regular Overhaul
JAN1984-FEB1985Dry Dock
JAN1984-JAN1985West Pac
JAN1985-SEP1985West Pac
FEB1985-FEB1985Golden Shellback Intiation
MAR1985-SEP1985West Pac
MAR1985-SEP1985West Pac-Indian Ocean
MAY1985-Shellback Initiation - 12 MAY 1985 - Pacific Ocean
MAY1985-Shellback Initiation - 15 MAY 1985 - Pacific Ocean
MAY1985-Shellback Initiation - 18 MAY 1985 - Indian Ocean
MAY1985-Shellback Initiation - 18 MAY 1985 - Pacific Ocean
JUN1985-Shellback Initiation - 12 JUN 1985 - Indian Ocean
JUN1985- Shellback Initiation - 12 JUN 1985 - Indian Ocean
MAY1986-Shellback Initiation - 15 MAY 1986 - Pacific Ocean
AUG1986-OCT1986NORPAC
FEB1987-AUG1987West Pac
SEP1987- Shellback Initiation - 1 SEP 1987 - Indian Ocean
JAN1988-JAN1990West Pac
DEC1988-JUN1989West Pac-Indian Ocean
APR1989-Shellback Initiation - 10 APR 1989 - Indian Ocean
JUN1989-Shellback Initiation - 6 JUN 1989 - Pacific Ocean
JUN1989-JUL1991Dry Dock
SEP1989-OCT1989PACEX 89 (in NORPAC)
FEB1990-APR1990Cape Horn
FEB1990-Shellback Initiation - 12 FEB 1990 - Pacific Ocean
FEB1990-Shellback Initiation - 21 FEB 1990 - Pacific Ocean
APR1990-MAR1993Regular Overhaul
JAN1991-JAN1998West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAR1993-JUL1993Cape Horn
JUN1993-JUN1993Cape Horn
JUN1993-Shellback Initiation - 11 JUN 1993 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN1993-Shellback Initiation - 11 JUN 1993 - Indian Ocean
FEB1994- Shellback Initiation - 2 FEB 1994 - Pacific Ocean
NOV1994-JUL1995West Pac
MAR1995-Shellback Initiation - 30 MAR 1995 - Indian Ocean
APR1995-Shellback Initiation - 26 APR 1995 - Pacific Ocean
APR1996-JAN1997West Pac
JUN1997-Shellback Initiation - 20 JUN 1997 - Indian Ocean
JUL1999-DEC1999West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV1999-Shellback Initiation - 11 NOV 1999 - Pacific Ocean
JAN2000-DEC2003West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN2000-DEC2003West Pac-Indian Ocean
JAN2001-SEP2001West Pac
MAR2001- Shellback Initiation - 28 MAR 2001 - Pacific Ocean
MAR2001- Shellback Initiation - 28 MAR 2001 - Pacific Ocean
NOV2002-JUN2003West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV2002-JUN2003West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
AUG2003-Decommissioned: 6 AUG 2003
OCT2003-APR2004West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf

CV-64 General Specifications

Class: Kitty Hawk-class aircraft carrier

Complement: 3150 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 61981 tons

Length: 1 088 feet

Beam: 282 feet

Draft: 39 feet



USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64)



The second Constellation (CVA-64) was built by New York Naval Shipyard Brooklyn N.Y.; christened 8 October 1960 by Mrs. C. A. Herter wife of the Secretary of State and commissioned 27 October 1961 Captain T. J. Walker in command.

[Note: The above USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]