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U.S.S. TARAWA

(CV-40)


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Named for the Second World War battle of Tarawa, the aircraft carrier USS Tarawa was built at Norfolk, Virginia. After being commissioned in December of 1945, she joined the Pacific Fleet in July of the next year. For the next year, she served in the Pacific, then went back to secure the US west coast. She returned to the east coast after a world cruise beginning in late 1948. The ship was taken out of commission in June of 1949.

She was recalled in February 1951. During the Korean War, she had duty in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. In October 1952, her designation was changed to CVA-40. For a year, starting in September 1953, the ship cruised east through the Mediterranean and into the Far East waters.

Tarawa returned to the east coast in late 1954 where she was converted for anti-submarine aircraft support. This changed her designation to CVS-40 when she came back into service in January 1955. For the next five years, the ship cruised the east coast and Caribbean conducting anti-submarine and helicopter exercises. In May 1960, the ship was decommissioned the second time and sent to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.

In 1967, the ship was removed from service completely.

CV-40 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAR1944-Keel Date: 1 MAR 1944
at Norfolk Naval Shipyard Norfolk Virginia
MAY1945-Launch Date: 12 MAY 1945
DEC1945-Commissioned: 8 DEC 1945
JAN1946-DEC1946Accident
OCT1948-FEB1949world cruise
OCT1948-MAR1949World cruise
FEB1951-FEB1951Recommisioning
MAY1951-MAY1951North Atlantic
DEC1951-JUN1962Mediterranean
JUL1953-Shellback Initiation - 14 JUL 1953 - Pacific Ocean
JUL1953- Shellback Initiation - 14 JUL 1953 - Atlantic Ocean
NOV1953-SEP1954Circumnavigation around the world
JAN1954-JAN1955Mediterranean
JAN1954-JAN1955Mediterranean
FEB1954-Shellback Initiation - 7 FEB 1954 - Indian Ocean
FEB1954-Shellback Initiation - 7 FEB 1954 - Pacific Ocean
FEB1954-MAR1954Korea
FEB1954- Shellback Initiation - 7 FEB 1954 - Pacific Ocean
FEB1954- Shellback Initiation - 7 FEB 1954 - Atlantic Ocean
APR1954-MAY1954First Battle of Midway celebration Sidney Australia and New Zela
MAY1956-Shellback Initiation - 31 MAY 1956 - Atlantic Ocean
MAY1956-JUL1956North Atlantic
NOV1956-NOV1956North Atlantic
JAN1957-MAR1957North Atlantic
JUL1957-JUL1957Guantanamo Bay
AUG1957-OCT1957Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
AUG1958-Shellback Initiation - 16 AUG 1958 - Atlantic Ocean
MAY1960-Decommissioned: 13 MAY 1960

CV-40 General Specifications

Class: Essex-class aircraft carrier

Named for: Battle of Tarawa

Complement: 3448 Officers and Enlisted

Length: 888 feet

Draft: 28 feet 7 inches

Flank Speed: 33 knots