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U.S.S. AMERICA

(CV-66)

Dont Tread On Me

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USS America is the third naval ship to be named such. The aircraft carrier was built at Newport News, Virginia, and was commissioned on Jan. 23, 1965. The ship made her first two cruises to the Mediterranean. On her second voyage, the Six Day War broke out. America provided aid and support during this time. After this, the ship was deployed three times to support combat operations in southeastern Asia.

During the latter part of the 1970’s and into the early 1980’s, she was often in the Mediterranean, including during the Lebanon Crisis. In 1986, America was involved with the Libyan confrontation. The carrier sent aircraft to handle Libyan planes sent to attack American ships. Corsairs from the American were sent to hit key targets within Libya.

From late 1986 to early 1988, the ship underwent an extensive overhaul. The rest of 1988 was spent along the east coast and the Caribbean. During the first Iraq war of 1990-1991, she sent over 3000 combat sorties and lost no aircraft. The ship undertook deployments to the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean during the following years. Although scheduled for another major upgrade in the late 1990’s, the Navy ended up sending the ship to retirement early. The ship was formally decommissioned on Aug. 9, 1996.

CV-66 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
NOV 1964 - DEC 1964 Sea Trials
JAN 1965 - JAN 1965 Commisioning
MAY 1965 - MAY 1965 Guantanamo Bay
JUL 1965 - JUL 1965 Dependents Cruise
NOV 1965 - JUN 1966 Mediterranean
JAN 1967 - SEP 1967 Mediterranean
OCT 1967 - APR 1968 Mediterranean
OCT 1967 - APR 1968 Mediterranean
MAR 1968 - DEC 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
APR 1968 - Shellback Initiation - 24 APR 1968 - Atlantic Ocean
APR 1968 - Shellback Initiation - 24 APR 1968 - Atlantic Ocean
NOV 1968 - Shellback Initiation - 27 NOV 1968 - Atlantic Ocean
APR 1970 - Shellback Initiation - 4 APR 1970 - Atlantic Ocean
APR 1970 - DEC 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
APR 1970 - DEC 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
APR 1970 - Shellback Initiation - 24 APR 1970 - Atlantic Ocean
APR 1970 Shellback Initiation - 24 APR 1970 - Atlantic Ocean
APR 1970 - DEC 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY 1970 - Shellback Initiation - 16 MAY 1970 - Atlantic Ocean
APR 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 1 APR 1971 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1971 - DEC 1971 Mediterranean
MAR 1972 - NOV 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN 1972 - Shellback Initiation - 12 JUN 1972 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1972 Shellback Initiation - 12 JUN 1972 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1972 - MAR 1973 West Pac-Viet Nam
NOV 1972 - Shellback Initiation - 3 NOV 1972 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN 1973 - OCT 1974 Mediterranean
FEB 1973 - Shellback Initiation - 23 FEB 1973 - Indian Ocean
FEB 1973 - Shellback Initiation - 24 FEB 1973 - Indian Ocean
JAN 1974 - JUL 1974 Mediterranean
JAN 1974 - AUG 1974 Mediterranean
SEP 1974 - OCT 1974 North Atlantic
SEP 1974 - OCT 1974 North Atlantic
NOV 1975 - DEC 1975 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
APR 1976 - OCT 1976 Mediterranean
APR 1976 - OCT 1976 Mediterranean
JUL 1976 - FEB 1977 Mediterranean
JUN 1977 - Shellback Initiation - 15 JUN 1977 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN 1977 - AUG 1977 South America
JUN 1977 - Shellback Initiation - 17 JUN 1977 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN 1977 - JUL 1977 BRAZILIAN JOINT OPERATIONS
JUN 1977 - Shellback Initiation - 6 JUN 1977 - Atlantic Ocean
JUL 1977 - Shellback Initiation - 10 JUL 1977 - Atlantic Ocean
SEP 1977 - MAR 1978 Mediterranean
OCT 1977 - Shellback Initiation - 15 OCT 1977 - Atlantic Ocean
APR 1978 - NOV 1978 Mediterranean
SEP 1978 - OCT 1978 Sea Trials
APR 1979 - NOV 1979 Mediterranean
JUL 1979 - Shellback Initiation - 10 JUL 1979 - Atlantic Ocean
NOV 1979 - AUG 1980 Overhaul
OCT 1980 - OCT 1980 Guantanamo Bay
JAN 1981 - JAN 1981 Grenada
APR 1981 - NOV 1981 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
MAY 1981 - OCT 1981 Suez Crossing
AUG 1981 - Shellback Initiation - 10 AUG 1981 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG 1981 - Shellback Initiation - 10 AUG 1981 - Indian Ocean
AUG 1981 - Shellback Initiation - 10 AUG 1981 - Indian Ocean
DEC 1982 - MAY 1983 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
FEB 1983 - Shellback Initiation - 26 FEB 1983 - Indian Ocean
APR 1984 - NOV 1984 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
JUN 1984 - Shellback Initiation - 20 JUN 1984 - Indian Ocean
AUG 1985 - SEP 1985 North Atlantic
FEB 1986 - SEP 1986 Mediterranean
FEB 1989 - MAR 1989 North Atlantic
MAR 1989 - MAR 1989 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
MAY 1989 - NOV 1989 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
JUL 1989 - Shellback Initiation - 12 JUL 1989 - Indian Ocean
DEC 1990 - APR 1991 Desert Storm
DEC 1990 - MAR 1991 Desert Storm
DEC 1990 - APR 1991 Desert Storm
DEC 1990 - APR 1991 Desert Storm
JUL 1992 - Shellback Initiation - 27 JUL 1992 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN 1993 - FEB 1994 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
AUG 1993 - FEB 1994 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP 1993 - NOV 1993 black hawk down somalia
NOV 1993 - DEC 1993 Somalia
DEC 1993 - Shellback Initiation - 1 DEC 1993 - Indian Ocean
DEC 1993 - Shellback Initiation - 1 DEC 1993 - Indian Ocean
AUG 1994 - FEB 1995 Panama Canal
AUG 1995 - FEB 1996 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
FEB 1996 - Shellback Initiation - 19 FEB 1996 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1996 - AUG 1996 Decommisioning

CV-66 General Specifications