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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

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
SEP 1957 Keel Date: 14 SEP 1957
at New York Naval Shipyard
OCT 1960 Launch Date: 8 OCT 1960
MAR 1961 - JUN 1963 Mediterranean
OCT 1961 Commissioned: 27 OCT 1961
JAN 1962 - Shellback Initiation - 16 JAN 1962 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN 1962 Shellback Initiation - 15 JAN 1962 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG 1962 - Shellback Initiation - 10 AUG 1962 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG 1962 - Shellback Initiation - 4 AUG 1962 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG 1962 - Shellback Initiation - 4 AUG 1962 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1963 - AUG 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1963 - NOV 1963 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1963 - SEP 1963 West Pac
APR 1964 - FEB 1965 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY 1964 - DEC 1965 Regular Overhaul
MAY 1964 - FEB 1965 West Pac
MAY 1964 - FEB 1965 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1965 - MAY 1966 Dry Dock
DEC 1965 - JUL 1966 Sea Trials
FEB 1966 - JUL 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAR 1966 - NOV 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
APR 1967 - DEC 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
APR 1968 - JAN 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
APR 1969 - JAN 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG 1969 - MAY 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1969 - APR 1970 West Pac
JAN 1971 - AUG 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1971 - JAN 1974 West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT 1971 - JUL 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1973 - OCT 1973 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1973 - OCT 1973 West Pac
JUL 1973 - Shellback Initiation - 30 JUL 1973 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1973 - Shellback Initiation - 30 JUL 1973 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1973 - Shellback Initiation - 30 JUL 1973 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1974 - DEC 1974 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL 1974 - JAN 1977 West Pac
NOV 1974 - NOV 1974 Central Treaty Organization Midlink 74 - Persian Gulf
NOV 1974 - Shellback Initiation - 3 NOV 1974 - Indian Ocean
NOV 1974 - Shellback Initiation - 3 NOV 1974 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1975 - NOV 1976 Regular Overhaul
JAN 1977 - JAN 1978 West Pac
JUL 1977 - Shellback Initiation - 6 JUL 1977 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1977 - Shellback Initiation - 6 JUL 1977 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1977 - Shellback Initiation - 6 JUL 1977 - Pacific Ocean
SEP 1978 - MAY 1979 West Pac-Indian Ocean
JAN 1979 - Shellback Initiation - 9 JAN 1979 - Indian Ocean
APR 1979 - Shellback Initiation - 16 APR 1979 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1980 - OCT 1980 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
FEB 1980 - OCT 1980 West Pac-Indian Ocean
JUN 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 12 JUN 1980 - Indian Ocean
SEP 1981 - MAY 1982 West Pac-Indian Ocean
OCT 1981 - FEB 1982 West Pac-Indian Ocean
NOV 1981 - Shellback Initiation - 7 NOV 1981 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1983 - JAN 1990 West Pac
JAN 1984 - FEB 1985 Dry Dock
FEB 1985 - FEB 1985 Golden Shellback Intiation
MAR 1985 - SEP 1985 West Pac
MAR 1985 - SEP 1985 West Pac-Indian Ocean
MAY 1985 - Shellback Initiation - 15 MAY 1985 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1985 - Shellback Initiation - 12 MAY 1985 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1985 - Shellback Initiation - 18 MAY 1985 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1985 - Shellback Initiation - 18 MAY 1985 - Indian Ocean
MAY 1985 - Shellback Initiation - 18 MAY 1985 - Indian Ocean
MAY 1985 - Shellback Initiation - 15 MAY 1985 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1985 - Shellback Initiation - 12 JUN 1985 - Indian Ocean
JUN 1985 - Shellback Initiation - 12 JUN 1985 - Indian Ocean
MAY 1986 - Shellback Initiation - 15 MAY 1986 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1986 - Shellback Initiation - 15 MAY 1986 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1986 - Shellback Initiation - 15 MAY 1986 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1987 - AUG 1987 West Pac
JAN 1988 - JAN 1990 West Pac
DEC 1988 - JUN 1989 West Pac-Indian Ocean
APR 1989 - Shellback Initiation - 10 APR 1989 - Indian Ocean
JUN 1989 - Shellback Initiation - 6 JUN 1989 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1990 - Shellback Initiation - 21 FEB 1990 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1990 - APR 1990 Cape Horn
FEB 1990 - Shellback Initiation - 12 FEB 1990 - Pacific Ocean
APR 1990 - MAR 1993 Regular Overhaul
MAR 1993 - JUL 1993 Cape Horn
JUN 1993 - Shellback Initiation - 11 JUN 1993 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN 1993 - Shellback Initiation - 11 JUN 1993 - Indian Ocean
NOV 1994 - JUL 1995 West Pac
MAR 1995 - Shellback Initiation - 30 MAR 1995 - Indian Ocean
JUN 1997 - Shellback Initiation - 20 JUN 1997 - Indian Ocean
JUL 1999 - DEC 1999 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV 1999 - Shellback Initiation - 11 NOV 1999 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 2001 - SEP 2001 West Pac
NOV 2002 - JUN 2003 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
AUG 2003 Decommissioned: 6 AUG 2003

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]