CORAL SEA DEPLOYMENTS WITH CVG/CVW’S

 

CORAL SEA and Air Wings

(CVG/CVW)

(19 January 1948 to 30 September 1989)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) US

LANTCOM

SoLant

CVBG-5

C

19 Jan 1948

5 Apr 1948

Training

1st FWFD

78-days

Shakedown Cruise

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Caribbean Sea for West Indies and Panama Canal

 

CVBG-5 redesignated CVG-6 on 27 July 1948

 

Squadrons: VF-5B (*2), F4U-4 and F6F-5P; VF-6B (*3), F4U-4 and F6F-5P; VA-5B (*3) (*5) (*6) (*7), AD-1 and VA-6B (*8), AD-1.

 

(*1) CVBG-5 redesignated CVG-6 on Jul. 27, 1948; (*2) VF-5B redesignated VF-61 on Jul. 28, 1948; (*3) VF-6B redesignated VF-62 on Jul. 28, 1948; (*4) VA-5B redesignated VA-64 on Jul. 27, 1948; (*5) VA-64 redesignated VC-24 on Apr. 8, 1949; (*6) VC-24 redesignated VS-24 on Apr. 20, 1950; (*7) VS-24 disestablished on Jun. 1, 1956; and (*8) VA-6B redesignated VA-65 on Jul. 27, 1948.

Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 and 76

USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) - US

LANTCOM  & 6th

Lant

1st Med

SOLant

Carib

CVAG-17 CVG-17

CVEG-2

CVEG-8

R

AL

C

SL

5 Jun 1948

6 Aug 1948

2nd FWFD

63-days

First overseas deployment with Annapolis midshipmen embarked, the carrier, her air group, CVEG-2 (SL) CVEG-8, a composite of an escort carrier group and two squadrons from CVG-l7 (R), cleared Hampton Roads on the 7 th, in company with TF 84 formed around the USS Missouri (BB-63), on her Midshipman Cruise to the Mediterranean Sea deployment.

 

Ports of call include: Lisbon, the capital city and largest city of Portugal and is the westernmost large city located in Europe, as well as its westernmost capital city and the only one along the Atlantic coast. It lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus River; Golfe-Juan (Occitan: Lo Gorg Joan, Lo Golfe Joan) is a seaside resort on France's Côte d'Azur. The distinct local character of Golfe-Juan is indicated by the existence of a demonym, "Golfe-Juanais," which is applied to its inhabitants and Gibraltar, a British overseas territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean.

 

CVAG-17 redesignated CVG-17 on Sep.1, 1948 (*1);

 

Squadrons: VF-17A (*2), FH-1; VF-18A (*3) (from CVG-17), F4U-4 / F6F-5P; VA-17A (*4) (*5) (from CVG-17), SB2C-5; VA-18A (*6) (from CVG-17), TBM-3E/3J/3Q and VA-2E (from CVEG-2), TBM-3E/3J.

 

(*1) CVAG-17 redesignated CVG-17 on Sep. 1, 1948; (*2) VF-17A redesignated VF-171 on Aug. 11, 1948; (*3) VF-18A redesignated VF-172 on Aug. 11, 1948; (*4) VA-17A redesignated VA-174 on Aug. 11, 1948; (*5) VA-174 disestablished on Feb. 25, 1950 and (*6) VA-18A redesignated VA-175 on Aug. 11, 1948. Note: 07/06/48–06/0848:  CVG-17 embarked (tail code R) is reported as air wing by DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY—NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER (Ref. 29 Carrier deployments 1946—1990) and Ref. 43 reports CVEG-8, a composite of an escort carrier group and two squadrons.  Ref. 34 and 35 report CVEG-2)

Her first Med Cruise as reported by the unoffoical navy site http://www.navysite.de/cvn/cv43deploy.htm and Coral Sea sailed from Norfolk 7 June 1948 for a midshipmen cruise to the Mediterranean and Caribbean, and returned to Norfolk 11 August as stated by the U.S. Navy http://www.navy.mil/navydata/nav_legacy.asp?id=59  –   So the cruise book history page is in correct in stating that 1949 Med Cruise was no. one http://www.navy.mil/navydata/nav_legacy.asp?id=59).

Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 and 76

USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) US

LANTCOM  & 6th

Lant

2nd  Med

Lant

CVG-2

M

3 May 1949

25 Sep 1949

Europe

3rd FWFD

146-days

Port of calls included: Augusta and Palermo, Sicily; and Naples, Leghorn, Rapatto, Italy (1 to 27 June 1949), making a long port call at Cannes, France during July 4th, followed by port calls at Istanbul, Turkey on 1 August 1949, Souda Bay, Crete on 15 August 1949, Naples; Cannes and Gibraltar and Newport, R.I. before the end of August 1949. Ports of call include: Augusta, Sicily, a town and comune in the province of Syracuse, located on the eastern coast of Sicily (Italy) (The city is one of the main harbours in Italy); Palermo, a city in Insular Italy, the capital of both the autonomous region of Sicily and the Province of Palermo; Naples, the capital of Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy; Livorno (Italian: [liˈvorno] ((English traditionally Leghorn (/lɛɡˈhɔrn/, /ˈlɛɡɔrn/)) is a port city on the Ligurian Sea on the western coast of Tuscany, Italy. It is the capital of the Province of Livorno; Rapatto, Italy; Cannes (French pronunciation: ​[kan], in Occitan Canas) is a city located on the French Riviera (It is a commune of France located in the Alpes-Maritimes department, a busy tourist destination and host of the annual Cannes Film Festival, Midem, and Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity); Athens, the capital and largest city of Greece; Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey; Suda Bay, a bay and natural harbour near the town of Souda on the northwest coast of the Greek island of Crete, Greece; Gibraltar, a British overseas territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean; and Newport, RI.

 

Squadrons: VF-21 (*1), F4U-4; VF-22 (*2), F4U-4; VF-23, F4U-4; VA-24 (*3), F4U-4; VA-25 (*4), AD-1; VC-4, AD-1Q; VC-12, TBM-3 / TBM-3W; VC-20, F4U-5 / AD-1Q; VC-62, F4U-5P and HU-2, HO3S-1.

 

(*1) VF-21 redesignated VA-43 on Jul. 1, 1959; (*2) VF-22 disestablished on Jun. 6, 1958; (*3) VA-24 redesignated VF-24 on Dec. 1, 1949 and (*4) VA-25 redesignated VA-65 on Jul. 1, 1959.

Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 and 76

USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) 2nd & 6th

Lant

3rd Med

Lant

 

CVG-17

R

9 Sep 1950

1 Feb 1951

Korean War Started 

Europe

4th FWFD

146-days

Coral Sea was the first carrier to deploy with the non-nuclear parts for an A-bomb, while pilots of VF-171 & VF-172 operated Banshee F2H-2s, the first major deployment for the Banshee F2H-2, commencing on 9 September 1950.

 

Port of calls included: Herakelton, Crete in between in fleet exercises. Returning to sea, she operated near Suda Bay and Sicily again before visiting Algiers and Oran, and departed the Algiers, Algeria and Oran, Morocco on 22 January 1951 for return to the United States. Ports of call include: Gibraltar, a British overseas territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean; Golfo Aranci (Gallurese: Figari, Sardinian: Figari) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Olbia-Tempio in the Italian region Sardinia, located about 200 kilometres (120 mi) north of Cagliari and about 13 kilometres (8 mi) northeast of Olbia; Augusta, Sicily, a town and comune in the province of Syracuse, located on the eastern coast of Sicily (Italy) (The city is one of the main harbours in Italy); Golfe-Juan (Occitan: Lo Gorg Joan, Lo Golfe Joan) is a seaside resort on France's Côte d'Azur. The distinct local character of Golfe-Juan is indicated by the existence of a demonym, "Golfe-Juanais," which is applied to its inhabitants and Gibraltar, a British overseas territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean; Cannes (French pronunciation: ​[kan], in Occitan Canas) is a city located on the French Riviera (It is a commune of France located in the Alpes-Maritimes department, a busy tourist destination and host of the annual Cannes Film Festival, Midem, and Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity); Suda Bay, a bay and natural harbour near the town of Souda on the northwest coast of the Greek island of Crete, Greece; Phaleron Bay, a bay of the Aegean Sea on the coast of Attica, Greece; Taranto, a coastal city in Apulia, Southern Italy, the capital of the Province of Taranto and is an important commercial port as well as the main Italian naval base; Livorno (Italian: [liˈvorno] ((English traditionally Leghorn (/lɛɡˈhɔrn/, /ˈlɛɡɔrn/)) is a port city on the Ligurian Sea on the western coast of Tuscany, Italy. It is the capital of the Province of Livorno; Naples, the capital of Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy; Algiers, the capital and largest city of Algeria and Oran (Arabic: وهران‎, Wahrān; Berber: ⵡⴻⵀⵔⴰⵏ) is a major city on the northwestern Mediterranean coast of Algeria, and the second largest city of the country on 22 January 1951 for return to the United States.

 

Squadrons: VF-171, F2H-2; VF-172, F2H-2; VF-173, F4U-5; VF-174, F4U-5; VA-175, AD-4; HEDRON - 2nd MAW Det.; F4U-5P; VC-4 Det. 6, F2H-2/F4U-5N; VC-33 Det. 6, AD-4N/4Q; VC-12, AD-3W / AD-4W and HU-2, HO3S-1.

Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 and 76

USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) 2nd & 6th

Lant

4th Med

Lant

 

CVG-1

T

20 Mar 1951

6 Oct 1951

Korean War Continues 

Europe

5th FWFD

201-days

1st major North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) exercise, Beehive I, with British, French, Greece, Turkey and Italian ships.

 

Port of calls included: Italy, France, Greece, Turkey and Lisbon, Portugal before her return to Norfolk, Va. Ports of call include: Italy (ˈɪtəli/; Italian: Italia [iˈtaːlja]), officially the Italian Republic (Italian: Repubblica italiana), is a unitary parliamentary republic in Southern Europe; France (fræns/; French: [fʁɑ̃s], officially the French Republic (French: République française [ʁepyblik fʁɑ̃sɛz]), is a unitary sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories; Greece (Greek: Ελλάδα, Elláda, pronounced [eˈlaða], officially the Hellenic Republic (Ελληνική Δημοκρατία [eliniˈci ðimokraˈti.a] Ellīnikī́ Dīmokratía) and known since ancient times as Hellas (/ˈhɛləs/; Greek: Ελλάς), is a country in Southern Europe and Balkans; Turkey (ˈtɜr.ki/; Turkish: Türkiye, pronounced /tyrkije/), officially the Republic of Turkey (Turkish: Türkiye Cumhuriyeti, pronounced /tyrkije d͡ʒumhurijeti, is a contiguous transcontinental parliamentary republic largely located in Western Asia with the portion of Eastern Thrace in Southeastern Europe and Lisbon, the capital city and largest city of Portugal and is the westernmost large city located in Europe, as well as its westernmost capital city and the only one along the Atlantic coast. It lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus River; and Lisbon, the capital city and largest city of Portugal and is the westernmost large city located in Europe, as well as its westernmost capital city and the only one along the Atlantic coast. It lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus River.

 

Squadrons: VF-11, F2H-2; VF-12, F2H-2; VF-13, F4U-5; VF-44, F4U-5; VA-15, AD-4 / AD-4L; VC-4 Det. 6, F4U-5N / 5NL; VC-12 Det. 6, AD-4W; VC-33 Det. 6, AD-4N; VC-62, F8F-2P and HU-2 Det. 6, HO3S-1. Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 and 76

USS Coral Sea (CVB/CVA-43) 2nd & 6th

Lant

5th Med

Lant

 

CVG-4

F

19 Apr 1952

12 Oct 1952

Korean War Continues 

Europe

6th FWFD

177-days

Exercise Beehive II

 

Reclassified hull classification symbol CVA-43 on 1 October 1952.

 

Ports of call include: Italy (ˈɪtəli/; Italian: Italia [iˈtaːlja]), officially the Italian Republic (Italian: Repubblica italiana), is a unitary parliamentary republic in Southern Europe; France; French: [fʁɑ̃s], officially the French Republic (French: République française [ʁepyblik fʁɑ̃sɛz]), is a unitary sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories; Greece (Greek: Ελλάδα, Elláda, ponounced 

[eˈlaða], officially the Hellenic Republic (Ελληνική Δημοκρατία [eliniˈci ðimokraˈti.a] Ellīnikī́ Dīmokratía) and known since ancient times as Hellas (/ˈhɛləs/; Greek: Ελλάς), is a country in Southern Europe and Balkans; Turkey (ˈtɜr.ki/; Turkish: Türkiye, pronounced /tyrkije/), officially the Republic of Turkey (Turkish: Türkiye Cumhuriyeti, pronounced, is a contiguous transcontinental parliamentary republic largely located in Western Asia with the portion of Eastern Thrace in Southeastern Europe and Lisbon, the capital city and largest city of Portugal and is the westernmost large city located in Europe, as well as its westernmost capital city and the only one along the Atlantic coast. It lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus River; and Lisbon, the capital city and largest city of Portugal and is the westernmost large city located in Europe, as well as its westernmost capital city and the only one along the Atlantic coast. It lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus River.

 

Squadrons: VMF-211 (*1), F4U-4; VF-62, F2H-2; VF-43, F4U-4; VF-44, F4U-4; VA-15, AD-4; VC-4 Det., F4U-5N; VC-12 Det. 6, AD-4W; VC-33 Det. 6, AD-4N; VC-62 Det. 6, F2H-2P and HU-2 Det. 6, HUP-1.

 

(*1) While operating aboard the USS Coral Sea in 1952 and (*1) VMF-211 was redesignated VMA-211.

Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 and 76

USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) 2nd & 6th

Lant

6th Med

Lant

 

CVG-8

E

26 Apr 1953

21 Oct 1953

Korean War

Ended 06/27/1953

Europe

7th FWFD

179-days

Exercise Black Wave

 

Oran, a major city on the northwestern Mediterranean coast of Algeria, and the second largest city of the country from 7 to 9 May 1953; Cagliari (Italian: [ˈkaʎʎari] - Sardinian: Casteddu; Latin: Caralis) is an Italian municipality and the capital of the island of Sardinia, an Autonomous Region of Italy (Cagliari's Sardinian name Casteddu literally means castle) from 12 to 18 May 1953; Marseille (UK /mɑrˈs/; French: [maʁ.sɛj], locally: [mɑχˈsɛjə]; Occitan: Marselha [maʀˈsejɔ, maʀˈsijɔ]; also Marseilles in English), known in antiquity as Masalia, Massalia or Massilia (from Greek: Μασσαλία; [probably adapted from an existing language related to Ligurian) is the second largest city in France, after Paris, with a population of 850,636 (January 2011) on a land area of 241 km2 (93 sq mi) from 23 to 27 May 1953; Golfe-Juan (Occitan: Lo Gorg Joan, Lo Golfe Joan) is a seaside resort on France's Côte d'Azur. The distinct local character of Golfe-Juan is indicated by the existence of a demonym, "Golfe-Juanais," which is applied to its inhabitants from 27 May to 2 June 1953; Taranto, a coastal city in Apulia, Southern Italy, the capital of the Province of Taranto and is an important commercial port as well as the main Italian naval base (Taranto (Italian pronunciation: [ˈtaːranto]; early Italian: Tarento from Latin: Tarentum; Ancient Greek: Τάρᾱς Tarās; Modern Greek: Τάραντας Tarantas; Tarantino "Tarde") is a coastal city in Apulia, Southern Italy. It is the capital of the Province of Taranto and is an important commercial port as well as the main Italian naval base from 8 to 16 June 1953; Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain and Malaga, a city and a municipality, capital of the Province of Málaga, in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, Spain from 23 to 30 June 1953. Rear Admiral Edgar Allen Cruise, Carrier Division Six, broke his flag in Coral Sea in mid 1953, relieving Rear Admiral Charles R. Brown who assumed command on 9 April 1952. Admiral Brown assisted in commissioning the Navy’s first carrier, the USS Langley (CV-1). Captain G. L. Kohr, USN, relieved Captain William O. Burch, Jr. as Chief of Staff, Carrier Division Six in Coral Sea in mid 1953, while Captain Burch, Jr. served since 8 July 1952. Coral Sea made a port of call at Genoe or Genoa pron, the capital of Liguria and the sixth largest city in Italy from 2 to 7 July 1953; Cannes (French pronunciation: ​[kan], in Occitan Canas) is a city located on the French Riviera (It is a commune of France located in the Alpes-Maritimes department, a busy tourist destination and host of the annual Cannes Film Festival, Midem, and Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity) from 8 to 15 July 1953; Rhodes, an island in Greece, located in the eastern Aegean Sea and is the largest of the Dodecanese islands in terms of both land area and population Genoe or Genoa pron, the capital of Liguria and the sixth largest city in Italy from 22 to 29 July 1953; Thessaloniki, (Greek: Θεσσαλονίκη [θesaloˈnici], also known as Thessalonica or Salonica, is the second-largest city in Greece and the capital of Greek Macedonia, the administrative region of Central Macedonia and the Decentralized Administration of Macedonia and Thrace from 30 July to 3 August 1953. In July 1951, Captain Caldwell reported as Chief of Staff, Commander Carrier Division Six, in Coral Sea. He was next ordered to the Naval War College at Newport, R.I. He returned to the Coral Sea as CO in August 1953. Coral Sea made a port of calls at Naples, the capital of Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy from 7 to 11 August 1953; La Spezia (Italian: [la ˈspɛtsi̯a] Spèza in the local dialect of Ligurian), at the head of the Gulf of La Spezia in the Liguria region of northern Italy, is the capital city of the province of La Spezia. Located between Genoa and Pisa on the Ligurian Sea, it is one of the main Italian military and commercial harbours and hosts the arsenal of the Italian Navy from 19 to 24 August 1953; Naples, the capital of Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy from 25 to 29 August 1953; Valaencia, the capital of the autonomous community of Valencia and the third largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona; Genoe or Genoa pron, the capital of Liguria and the sixth largest city in Italy from 5 to 14 September 1953; Genoe or Genoa pron, the capital of Liguria and the sixth largest city in Italy from 21 to 25 September 1953; Cannes (French pronunciation: ​[kan], in Occitan Canas) is a city located on the French Riviera (It is a commune of France located in the Alpes-Maritimes department, a busy tourist destination and host of the annual Cannes Film Festival, Midem, and Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity) from 25 to 29 September 1953 and Palermo, a city in Insular Italy, the capital of both the autonomous region of Sicily and the Province of Palermo from 9 to 10 October 1953. Ports of call include: Oran, Algeria; Cagliari, Italy; Marseille, France; Golfe-Juan (Occitan: Lo Gorg Joan, Lo Golfe Joan) is a seaside resort on France's Côte d'Azur; Taranto, a coastal city in Apulia, Southern Italy; Tarantino "Tarde") is a coastal city in Apulia, Southern Italy; Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain and Malaga, a city and a municipality; Genoe, Italy; Cannes, France; Rhodes, an island in Greece, Italy; Thessaloniki, Greece; Naples, Italy; La Spezia,  Italy; Naples, Italy; Valaencia, Spain; Genoe, Italy; Cannes, France and Palermo, Sicily and the Province of Palermo.

 

Squadrons: VF-81 (*1), F9F-5; VMF-122, F9F-5; VF-83 (*2), F9F-5; VA-85, AD-4; VC-4 Det. 6, F4U-5N / F2H-3; VC-8, AJ-1 (A-2A); HEDRON - 2nd MAW Det., F2H-2B; VC-62 Det. 6, F2H-2P; VC-33 Det. 6, AD-4B / AD-4N & AD-3Q; VC-12 Det. 6, AD-4W and HU-2 Det. 6, HUP-1. (*1) VF-81 redesignated VA-66 on Jul. 1, 1955 and (*2) VF-83 redesignated VA-83 on Jul. 1, 1955.

 

Reclassified hull classification symbol CVA-43 on 1 October 1952.

Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 and 76

USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) 2nd & 6th

Lant

7th Med

Lant

CVG-10

P

7 Jul 1954

20 Dec 1954

Europe

8th FWFD

167-days

Gibraltar, a British overseas territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean from 24 to 25 July 1954; Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain and Malaga, a city and a municipality, capital of the Province of Málaga, in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, Spain from 3 to 8 August 1954; Thessaloniki, (Greek: Θεσσαλονίκη [θesaloˈnici], also known as Thessalonica or Salonica, is the second-largest city in Greece and the capital of Greek Macedonia, the administrative region of Central Macedonia and the Decentralized Administration of Macedonia and Thrace from 20 to 24 August 1954; Athens, Greece from 25 to 30 August 1954; Cannes (French pronunciation: ​[kan], in Occitan Canas) is a city located on the French Riviera (It is a commune of France located in the Alpes-Maritimes department, a busy tourist destination and host of the annual Cannes Film Festival, Midem, and Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity) from 10 to 17 September 1954; Lisbon, the capital city and largest city of Portugal and is the westernmost large city located in Europe, as well as its westernmost capital city and the only one along the Atlantic coast. It lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus River from 20 to 27 September 1954; Valaencia, the capital of the autonomous community of Valencia and the third largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona; Naples, the capital of Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy from 2 to 7 October 1954; hosting Generalissimo Francisco Franco when he visited Coral Sea as she lay off Valencia, Spain from 2 to 7 October 1954; Naples, the capital of Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy from 13 to 21 October 1954; Marseille (UK /mɑrˈs/; French: 

[maʁ.sɛj], locally: [mɑχˈsɛjə]; Occitan: Marselha [maʀˈsejɔ, maʀˈsijɔ]; also Marseilles in English), known in antiquity as Masalia, Massalia or Massilia (from Greek: Μασσαλία; [probably adapted from an existing language related to Ligurian) is the second largest city in France, after Paris, with a population of 850,636 (January 2011) on a land area of 241 km2 (93 sq mi) from 27 October to 4 November 1954; Beirot, the capital and largest city of Lebanon from 11 to 16 November 1954; Athens, Greece from 18 to 22 November 1954; Genoe or Genoa pron, the capital of Liguria and the sixth largest city in Italy from 29 November 1954 to 6 December 1954 and Gibraltar, a British overseas territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean from 10 to 11 December 1954. Ports of call include: Gibraltar, a British overseas territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain; Thessaloniki, Greece; Athens, Greece; Cannes, France; Lisbon, Portugal; Valaencia, Spain; Naples, Italy; Marseille, France; Beirot, Lebanon; Athens, Greece; Genoe, Italy and Gibraltar.

 

Squadrons: VF-11, F2H-4 (F-2D); VF-62 (*1), F2H-4 (F-2D); VF-103, F9F-6 (F-9F); VA-104, AD-6 (A-1H); VC-9 Det. 31 (*2), AJ-1 (A-2A); VC-62 Det. 31-54, F2H-2P; VC-12 Det. 31, AD-4W; VC-33 Det. 31, AD-4N; VC-5 (*3), AJ-1 (A-2A) and HU-2 Det. 31, HUP-2 (UH-25B).

 

“CVG-10 embarked major air group change was the addition of VF-103 nuclear-capable F9F-8B Cougars.  Remained a ‘jet air wing,’ hut was a mix of newer McDonnell F2-H4s, F2H-2s” (Ref. 43).

 

*Red Rippers Commissioned 1927

(*3) were late arrivals to the Coral Sea on this Med Cruise. These twin engine heavy attack bombers saw action both as tankers for the “gulpers” of VF-11 and as delivers of special weapons, mining and radar reconnaissance. The crew of the “Savage” consists of pilot, bombardier-navigator and radioman. These long range carriers of destruction greatly increased Coral Sea’s battle effectiveness.

http://navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv43-54/161.htm

Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 and 76

USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) 2nd & 6th

Lant

8th Med

Lant

CVG-17

R

5 Mar 1955

29 Sep 1955

Europe

9th FWFD

209-days

Ports of call include: Gibraltar, a British overseas territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean; Lisbon, the capital city and largest city of Portugal and is the westernmost large city located in Europe, as well as its westernmost capital city and the only one along the Atlantic coast. It lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus River; Naples, the capital of Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy and Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey.

 

Squadrons: VF-171 (*1), F2H-3P; VF-172 (*2), F2H-2; VMF-122, FJ-2; VA-175 (*3), AD-6 (A-1H); VC-8, AJ-1 (A-2A); VC-12 Det. 31 (*5), AD-5W; VC-33 Det. 31 (*6), AD-5N (A-1G) / AD-3Q; VC-62 Det. 31(*7), F2H-2P and HU-2 Det. 31, HUP-2.

 

(*1) VF-171 disestablished on Mar. 15, 1958; (*2) Redesignated VA-172 on 1 November 1955; (*3) VA-175 disestablished on Mar. 15, 1958; (*4) VC-8 redesignated VAH-11 on Nov. 1, 1955; (*5) VC-12 redesignated VAW-12 on Jul. 2, 1956; (*6) VC-33 redesignated VA(AW)-33 on Jul. 2, 1956 and (*7) VC-62 redesignated VFP-62 on Jul. 2, 1956.

Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 and 76

USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) 2nd & 6th

WestLant

CVG-10

P

23 Jul  1956

Aug  1956

Training

Local Operations in the Western Atlanta

 

Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 and 76

USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) 2nd & 6th

Lant

9th Med

Lant

CVG-10

P

13 Aug 1956

11 Feb 1957

Europe

10th FWFD

183-days

Sardinia Suez crisis patrol, participating in two NATO exercises to include Exercise Whipsaw - Suez Crises

 

Ports of call include: Gibraltar, a British overseas territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean; Madrid (/məˈdrɪd/, spanish:  [maˈðɾið], locally: [maˈðɾiθ, -ˈðɾi]) is the capital and largest city of Spain and Port de Pollença (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈpɔrd də poˈʎɛnsə]) (Puerto Pollensa in Castilian Spanish) is a small town in northern Majorca, Spain, situated on the Bay of Pollença. It is located about 6 km east of the inland town of Pollença and two kilometres southeast of Cala Sant Vicenç. The Cap de Formentor is connected to Port de Pollença via a 13.5 km road; and Gibraltar, a British overseas territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean; Cannes (French pronunciation: ​[kan], in Occitan Canas) is a city located on the French Riviera (It is a commune of France located in the Alpes-Maritimes department, a busy tourist destination and host of the annual Cannes Film Festival, Midem, and Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity). Saliors toured the City of Grosse near Cannes, central to France’s perfume industry). Saliors visited the The Cote d’ Azur, Monte Carlo (French pronunciation: ​[kot daˈzyʁ]; Occitan: Còsta d'Azur; literally: Azure Coast), often known in English as the French Riviera, is the Mediterranean coastline of the southeast corner of France, also including the sovereign state of Monaco. There is no official boundary, but it is usually considered to extend from the Italian border in the east to Saint-Tropez, Hyères, Toulon, or Cassis in the west, Paris and Monaco - mɒnək/, officially the Principality of Monaco (French: Principauté de Monaco (French pronunciation: ​[pʁɛ̃sipote də monako]); Monégasque: Principatu de Múnegu; Italian: Principato di Monaco; Occitan: Principat de Mónegue), is a sovereign city-state and microstate, located on the French Riviera in Western Europe. It is bordered by France on three sides; one side borders the Mediterranean Sea. Montego Bay, Jamaica, the capital of the parish of St. James and the second largest city in Jamaica by area and the fourth by population (after Kingston, Spanish Town and Portmore); Genoe or Genoa pron, the capital of Liguria and the sixth largest city in Italy; Rome (/ˈrm/, Italian: Roma [ˈroːma] (listen), Latin: Rōma) is a city and special comune (named "Roma Capitale") in Italy. Rome is the capital of Italy and region of Lazio; Naples, the capital of Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy; Taranto, a coastal city in Apulia, Southern Italy, the capital of the Province of Taranto and is an important commercial port as well as the main Italian naval base; Taranto (Italian pronunciation:

 [ˈtaːranto] (listen); early Italian: Tarento from Latin: Tarentum; Ancient Greek: Τάρᾱς Tarās; Modern Greek: Τάραντας Tarantas; Tarantino "Tarde") is a coastal city in Apulia, Southern Italy. It is the capital of the Province of Taranto and is an important commercial port as well as the main Italian naval base; Palermo, a city in Insular Italy, the capital of both the autonomous region of Sicily and the Province of Palermo, Italy; Augusta, Sicily, a town and comune in the province of Syracuse, located on the eastern coast of Sicily (Italy) (The city is one of the main harbours in Italy) and sailors visited Athens, the capital and largest city of Greece; Istanbul (/ˌɪstænˈbl/; Turkish: İstanbul [isˈtanbuɫ]) is the largest city in Turkey, constituting the country's economic, cultural, and historical heart. Istanbul is a transcontinental city in Eurasia, with its commercial and historical centre lying on the European side and about a third of its population living on the Asian side of Eurasia.

 

Note: Ports of call were collected from the 1956 to 1957 ports of call map. Note: Ports of call were collected from the 1956 to 1957 Ports of call map. Coral Sea stayed off the coast of the Suez Canal for almost 30 days (from late October through 23 November 1956, she remained on station at points Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Moses off the Suez Canal.

 

Squadrons: VF-11 (*1), F2H-4 (F-2D); VF-103, F9F-8B (AF-9J); F9F-8B (AF-9J); VA-104 (*2), AD-6 (A-1H); VAH-11 Det. 31, AJ-1; VAW-12 Det. 31, AD-5W (EA-1E); VA(AW)-33 Det. 31 (*3), AD-5N (A-1G); VFP-62 Det. 31, F2H-2P and HU-2 Det. 31, HUP-2 (UH-25B).

 

(*1) VF-11 disestablished on Feb. 15, 1959; (*2) VA-104 disestablished on Mar. 31, 1959 and (*3) VA(AW)-33 redesignated VAW-33 on Jun. 30, 1959

 

*VFP or VF(P) - Light photographic reconnaissance squadron or photographic reconnaissance squadron or photographic reconnaissance squadron (light) or light photographic squadron.

 

“The CVG-10 deployment remained a ‘jet air wing’” (Ref. 43).

Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 and 76

USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) Pacific

SoLant

SoPac via Cape Horn Western Pacific

   ?

   ?

26 Feb 1957

15 Apr 1957

Home Port transfer to the West Coast

11th FWFD

49-days

Southern Atlantic, Southern and Western Pacific Cruise

USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) Pacific

EastPac

   ?

   ?

11 Mar  1960

1 Apr 1960

Cruise

Puget Sound Naval Ship Yard, Bremerton, Wa. to Alameda, Ca. via Vancouver, B.C.

USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) Pacific & 7th

1st WestPac 1st VEF

1st SCS

CVG-15

NL

19 Sep 1960

27 May 1961

Vietnam

12th FWFD

251-days

Ports of call include: Pearl Harbor, Hi.; Iwakuni, a city located in Yamaguchi, Japan; Yokosuka, Japan, a city in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, covering an area of 100.7 km² and is the 11th most populous city in Greater Tokyo, 12th in the Kantō region; Sasebo, a city in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan; Kobe, Japan, the fifth-largest city in Japan and is the capital city of Hyōgo Prefecture on the southern side of the main island of Honshū, approximately 30 km (19 mi) west of Osaka; Okinawa Island (沖縄本島, Okinawa-hontō?, alternatively 沖縄島 Okinawa-jima; Okinawan: 沖縄/うちなー Uchinaa or 地下/じじ jiji;[1] Kunigami: ふちなー Huchináa) is the largest of the Okinawa Islands and the Ryukyu (Nansei) Islands of Japan. The island has an area of 1,201.03 square kilometers (463.72 sq mi). It is roughly 640 kilometres (400 mi) south of the rest of Japan. The city of Naha, the capital of Okinawa Prefecture, is located there; Hong Kong, situated on China's south coast and, enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea; and Leyte Pier, NAS Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines, U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay, a bay forming part of Luzon Sea on the west coast of the island of Luzon in Zambales, Philippines, about 100 kilometers northwest of Manila Bay and is a major ship-repair, supply, and rest and recreation facility of the United States Navy located in Olongapo, Zambales, Philippines.

 

Squadrons: VF-151, F3H-2 (F-3B); VA-152, AAD-6 (A-1H); VA-153, A4D-2N (A-4C); VF-154, F8U-1E (F-8B); VA-155, A4D-2 (A-4B); VMA-324, A4D-2 (A-4B); VAW-13 Det. D, WF-2 (E-1B); VMA-121 (*2), A4D-2 (A-4B); VAH-2*, A3D-2 (A-3B); VFP-61 Det. D (*3), F8U-1P (RF-8A) and HU-1 Det. D, HUP-2 (UH-25B).

 

(*1) VMA-324 deployed aboard CVA-43 until Mar. 1961 from Nov. 1960; (*2) VMA-121 deployed aboard CVA-43 until Apr. 1961 from Nov. 1960 and (*3) VCP-61 redesignated VAP-61 on Jul. 1, 1961. *Made the 100,000 arrested landing – 10/23/1961.

 

“Composition for CVG-15 onboard Coral Sea for her first “Westpac” since her 1st conversion indicated the recent major evolutionary changes in the U.S. Navy's carrier striking power. VF-151 embarked with F3H-2 Demons to pair with VF-l54 F8U-lE” (Ref. 43).

 

Crusaders. VA-153 A4D-2N and -155 A4D-2 Skyhawks. VA-152 provided AD-6 ‘Spads,’ and VAH-2 introduced the A3D-2 Skywarrior to CVA-43. Another newcomer was VAW-13, Det Delta's WF-2 ‘Willy Fudd’” (Ref. 43).

Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 and 76

USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)

Pacific & 7th

2nd WestPac

2nd VEF

2nd SCS

   CVG-15

 

12 Dec 1961

17 Jul 1962

Vietnam

13th FWFD

149-days first  CVA in the Bering Sea

Ports of call include: Kobe and Sasebo in Japan commencing on 1 February 1962, departing Sasebo she headed for Yokosuka, Japan when on 13 March 1962, a Demon, F3H, was catapulted while at anchor on board Coral Sea at Yokosuka, Japan, conducting operations in between visits at Hong Kong on 27 May 1962 and on 3 June 1962, she became the first CVA in the Bering Sea. Ports of call include: Pearl Harbor, Hi.; Leyte Pier, NAS Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines, U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay, a bay forming part of Luzon Sea on the west coast of the island of Luzon in Zambales, Philippines, about 100 kilometers northwest of Manila Bay and is a major ship-repair, supply, and rest and recreation facility of the United States Navy located in Olongapo, Zambales, Philippines; Sasebo, a city in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan; Yokosuka, Japan; Kobe, Japan, the fifth-largest city in Japan and is the capital city of Hyōgo Prefecture on the southern side of the main island of Honshū, approximately 30 km (19 mi) west of Osaka; and Hong Kong, situated on China's south coast and, enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea.

 

Squadrons: VF-151, F3H-2 (F-3B); VA-152, AD-6 (A-1H); VA-153, A4D-2 (A-4B); VF-154, FF8U-2N (F-8D); VA-155, A4D-2 (A-4B); VAH-2, A3D-2 (A-3B); VAW-13 Det. D, AD-5Q (EA-1F); VAW-11 Det. D, WF-2 (E-1B); VFP-63 Det. D, F8U-1P (RF-8A) and HU-1 Det. D, HUP-3 (UH-25C).

 

“CVW-l5 reflected the latest ‘stale-of-the-art’ carrier air power technology. VF-151 had traded in its Demons for F-4H Phantom IIs to compliment VF-154 F-8Ds. The light attack squadrons had been reduced to VA-153 and -155 flying more capable A-4C and Es, respectively. VA-165 was now onboard with A-1H/Js, while VAH-2 remained with A-3Bs” (Ref. 43).

 

*VFP or VF(P) - Light Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron or Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron or Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (Light) or Light Photographic Squadron.

Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 and 76

USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)

Pacific & 7th

EastPac

CVG-15

NL

2 Feb 1963

2 Mar 1963

Training Ops

“CVW-l5 reflected the latest ‘stale-of-the-art’ carrier air power technology. VF-151 had traded in its Demons for F-4H Phantom IIs to compliment VF-154 F-8Ds. The light attack squadrons had been reduced to VA-153 and -155 flying more capable A-4C and Es, respectively. VA-165 was now onboard with A-1H/Js, while VAH-2 remained with A-3Bs” (Ref. 43).

 

*VFP or VF(P) - Light Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron or Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron or Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (Light) or Light Photographic Squadron.

Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 and 76

USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)

Pacific & 7th

3rd WestPac

Southern Indian Ocean

CVW-15 (*1)

NL

3 Apr 1963

25 Nov 1963

Australia

14th FWFD

237-days

Ports of call include: Pearl Harbor, Hi.; Sydney, the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia. It is on Australia's south-east coast, on the Tasman Sea; Guam, an organized, unincorporated territory of the United States in the western Pacific Ocean, with the island's capital is Hagåtña (formerly Agaña). Guam is the largest and southernmost of the Mariana Islands; Leyte Pier, NAS Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines, U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay, a bay forming part of Luzon Sea on the west coast of the island of Luzon in Zambales, Philippines, about 100 kilometers northwest of Manila Bay and is a major ship-repair, supply, and rest and recreation facility of the United States Navy located in Olongapo, Zambales, Philippines; Manila, Republic of Philippines, the capital city of the Philippines, is one of the sixteen cities (along with the municipality of Pateros) that comprise the national capital region called Metro Manila, located on the eastern shore of Manila Bay and is bordered by the cities of Navotas and Caloocan to the north; Quezon City to the northeast; San Juan and Mandaluyong to the east and Makati to the southeast, and Pasay to the south; Hong Kong, situated on China's south coast and, enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea; Sydney, Austrilla; Yokosuka, Japan, a city in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, covering an area of 100.7 km² and is the 11th most populous city in Greater Tokyo, 12th in the Kantō region; Okinawa Island (沖縄本島, Okinawa-hontō?, alternatively 沖縄島 Okinawa-jima - Okinawan: 沖縄/うちなー Uchinaa or 地下/じじ jiji; Kunigami: ふちなー Huchináa) is the largest of the Okinawa Islands and the Ryukyu (Nansei) Islands of Japan. The island has an area of 1,201.03 square kilometers (463.72 sq mi). It is roughly 640 kilometres (400 mi) south of the rest of Japan. The city of Naha, the capital of Okinawa Prefecture, is located there; Beppu, Japan, a city in Ōita Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan, at the west end of Beppu Bay; Iwakuni, a city located in Yamaguchi, Japan; and Sasebo, a city in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan.

 

Squadrons: VF-151, F3H-2 (F-3B); VA-152, AD-6 (A-1H); VA-153, A4D-2 (A-4B); VF-154, FF8U-2N (F-8D); VA-155, A4D-2 (A-4B); VAH-2, A3D-2 (A-3B); VAW-13 Det. D, AD-5Q (EA-1F); VAW-11 Det. D, WF-2 (E-1B); VFP-63 Det. D, F8U-1P (RF-8A) and HU-1 Det. D, HUP-3 (UH-25C).

 

(1*) CVG-15 redesignated CVW-15 on 20 December 1963

 

*VFP or VF(P) - Light Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron or Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron or Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (Light) or Light Photographic Squadron

Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 and 76

USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)

Pacific & 7th

4th WestPac

3rd SCS

1st Vietnam Combat

CVW-15

NL

7 Dec 1964

1 Nov 1965

Vietnam Conflict/War

15th FWFD

330-days

Operation Rolling Thunder

 

Ports of call include: Pearl Harbor, Hi.; Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines; Leyte Pier, NAS Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines, U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay, a bay forming part of Luzon Sea on the west coast of the island of Luzon in Zambales, Philippines, about 100 kilometers northwest of Manila Bay and is a major ship-repair, supply, and rest and recreation facility of the United States Navy located in Olongapo, Zambales, Philippines; Hong Kong, situated on China's south coast and, enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea; Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines; Yokosuka, Japan, a city in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, covering an area of 100.7 km² and is the 11th most populous city in Greater Tokyo, 12th in the Kantō region; and Buckner Bay, Okinawa Island (沖縄本島, Okinawa-hontō?, alternatively 沖縄島 Okinawa-jima; Okinawan: 沖縄/うちなー Uchinaa or 地下/じじ jiji;[1] Kunigami: ふちなー Huchináa) is the largest of the Okinawa Islands and the Ryukyu (Nansei) Islands of Japan. The island has an area of 1,201.03 square kilometers (463.72 sq mi). It is roughly 640 kilometres (400 mi) south of the rest of Japan. The city of Naha, the capital of Okinawa Prefecture, is located there and Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines (Source: Coral Sea Command History for 1 Oct 1964 – 31 Mar 1965 and ref. 43 & 72). Note: There are no history records for the period Apr 1965-Dec 1965.

 

Squadrons: VA-151, A-4B; VA-165, A-1H/J; VF-153, A-4C; VF-154, F-8D; VA-155, A-4E; VAH-2, A-3B; VAW-11 Det. D, E-1B; VFP-63 Det. D, RF-8A; HU-1 Det. D+, HU2K-1 (UH-2A) / HU2K-1U (UH-2B); HC-1 Det. A, UH-2A & UH-2B; VAP-61 Det.*, A3D-2P (RA-3B); VQ-1 Det.*, A-3 (EA-3B); VAW-13 Det.*, EA-1F and VMCJ-1 Det.*, RF-8A.

 

“CVW-l5 reflected the latest ‘stale-of-the-art’ carrier air power technology. VF-151 had traded in its Demons for F-4H Phantom IIs to compliment VF-154 F-8Ds. The light attack squadrons had been reduced to VA-153 and -155 flying more capable A-4C and Es, respectively. VA-165 was now onboard with A-1H/Js, while VAH-2 remained with A-3Bs” (Ref. 43).

 

VFP or VF(P) - Light Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron or Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron or Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (Light) or Light Photographic Squadron.

+Redesignated HC-1 Det D on 1 Jul 1965.

*These squadron detachments were not aboard the carrier for the entire deployment.

 

USS Richmond K. Turner (CG-20) and USS Joseph Strauss (DDG-16).

Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 & 76

USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)

Pacific & 7th

5th WestPac

4th SCS

2nd Vietnam Combat

CVW-2

NE

29 Jul 1966

23 Feb 1967

Vietnam Conflict/War

16th FWFD

210-days

Ports of call include: Yokosuka, Japan; Subic Bay, Philippines; Yokosuka, Japan, a city in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, covering an area of 100.7 km² and is the 11th most populous city in Greater Tokyo, 12th in the Kantō region; Subic Bay, Philippines; Subic Bay, Philippines; H Hong Kong, situated on China's south coast and, enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea; Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines, U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay, a bay forming part of Luzon Sea on the west coast of the island of Luzon in Zambales, Philippines, about 100 kilometers northwest of Manila Bay and is a major ship-repair, supply, and rest and recreation facility of the United States Navy located in Olongapo, Zambales, Philippines and Yokosuka, Japan (Source: Coral Sea Command History Report for above ports of call and ref. 43 & 72).

 

Squadrons: VF-21, F-4B; VA-22, A-4C; VA-23, A-4E; VF-154, F-4B; VA-25, A-1H; VAH-2 Det. A, A-3 (KA-3B); VAW-11 Det. A, E-2A; VFP-63 Det. A, RF-8G; HC-1 Det. A, UH-2A & UH-2B / HU2K-1 (UH-2A) / HU2K-1U (UH-2B); VQ-1 Det.*, EA-3B and VAP-61 Det.*, RA-3B.

 

(*1) VAW-11 redesignated VAW-111 on Apr. 20, 1967.

 

“USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) with CVG-2 embarked (tail code NE) had two Phantom squadrons, as the F-8 had been replaced on the ‘big deck’ carriers by the F-4B. Additionally CVW-2 brought VAW-1l's Grumman E-2A/B Hawkey's aboard replacing the Willy Fudd” (Ref. 43).

 

VAW-13's records for 1966 do not specify the carriers they operated aboard.  However, the records indicate VAW-13 Det 1 (located at Cubi Point, P.I.) provided detachments in support of fleet strikes from the carriers on Yankee Station.

VAW-13 did not submit a Command History Report for 1967, consequently, it is not possible to verify all the squadron's detachments operating aboard carriers on Yankee Station in 1967.

*These squadron detachments were not aboard the carrier for the entire deployment.

**VQ-1's Command History Report for 1967 did not identify the detachments or carriers they operated from in support of combat operations against Vietnam.

Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 and 76

USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)

Pacific & 7th

6th WestPac

5th SCS

3rd Vietnam Combat

CVW-15

NL

26 Jul 1967

6 Apr 1968

Vietnam Conflict/War

17th FWFD

256-days

Ports of call include: Pearl Harbor, Hi.; Yokosuka, Japan, a city in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, covering an area of 100.7 km² and is the 11th most populous city in Greater Tokyo, 12th in the Kantō region; Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines, U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay three consecutive visit. (Source: Coral Sea Command History Report for above ports of call and ref. 43 & 72).

 

Squadrons: VF-151, F-4B; VF-161, F-4B; VA-153, A-4E; VA-25, A-1H/J; VA-155, A-4E; VAH-2 Det. 43, A-3 (KA-3B); VAW-13 Det. 43, A-1 - EA-1F; VAW-116, E-2A; VFP-63 Det. 43, RF-8G; HC-1 Det. 43, UH-2A/B and VAP-61 Det.*, RA-3B.

 

(*1) VAH-2 redesignated VAQ-132 on Nov. 1, 1968.

 

“Significant change for CVW-15 this cruise was the addition of VF-161, providing the wing with all F-4Bs” (Ref. 43).

 

*VAW-13 did not submit a Command History Report for 1967; consequently, it is not possible to verify all the squadron’s detachments operating aboard carriers on “Yankee Station” in 1967.  On 20 April 1967 Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 111 (VAW-111) was established and VAW-11 detachments became part of VAW-111.  VAW-11 Det Q became VAW-111 Det 20.

HC-7 was established on 1 September 1967.  In 1968 an HC-7 detachment was formed and given the mission of maintaining year-round combat configured helos aboard carriers and other ships operating on “Yankee Station” for combat search and rescue missions.  The 1968 Command History Report for HC-7 does not identify all the specific ships that detachment 110 operated aboard.

VQ - Electronic Countermeasures Squadron and or Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron. VQ-1's Command History Report for 1967 did not identify the detachments or carriers they operated from in support of combat operations against Vietnam.

**VAP-61's Command History Report for 1968 indicated continued support of 7th Fleet carriers on “Yankee Station.”  However, the squadron's report does not identify the detachments deployed aboard carriers in “WestPac” during 1968.

 

USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) sixth “WestPac” saw the last cruise of A-1 Skyraider by VA-25.

Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 & 76

USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) - Pacific

EastPac

CVW-15

NL

Jul 1968

18 Aug  1968

Training Ops

*These squadron detachments were not aboard the carrier for the entire deployment.

Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 & 76

USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)

Pacific & 7th

7th WestPac

6th SCS

4th Vietnam Combat

CVW-15

NL

7 Sep 1968

18 Apr 1969

Vietnam Conflict/War

18th FWFD

224-days

Ports of call include: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Yokosuka, Japan, a city in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, covering an area of 100.7 km² and is the 11th most populous city in Greater Tokyo, 12th in the Kantō region; Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines, U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay, a bay forming part of Luzon Sea on the west coast of the island of Luzon in Zambales, Philippines, about 100 kilometers northwest of Manila Bay and is a major ship-repair, supply, and rest and recreation facility of the United States Navy located in Olongapo, Zambales, Philippines twice; Yokosuka, Japan; Sasebo, Japan; Singapore; Subic Bay, Philippines; Hong Kong; Subic Bay, Philippines and Yokosuka, Japan (Source: Coral Sea Cruise Report for above ports of call and ref. 43 & 72).

 

Squadrons: VF-151, F-4B; VF-161, F-4B; VA-153, A-4F; VA-52, A-6A; VFP-63 Det. 43, RF-8G; VA-216, A-4C; VAW-116, E-2A; VAW-13 Det. 43 (*1), EKA-3B; VAH-10 Det. 43 (*2), KA-3B and HC-1 Det. 43, UH-2C.

 

(*1) VAW-13 redesignated VAQ-130 on Oct.1, 1968 and (*2) VAH-10 redesignated VAQ-129 on Sep.1, 1970.

 

“CVW-15 operated advanced models of its aircraft such as VA-153's A-4Fs and this time with two Whale units, VAQ-130 Det. 43 "electric" EKA-3Bs and VAH-10 Det 43's KA-3B tankers” (Ref. 43).

 

VAW was designated Carrier Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron in 1968 - Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 1969 until Present

VAP-61's Command History Report for 1968 indicated continued support of 7th Fleet carriers on Yankee Station.  However, the squadron's report does not identify the detachments deployed aboard carriers in WestPac during 1968.

VQ-1 detachments continued to support carrier operations in Vietnam, however, the 1968 Command History Report for VQ-1 does not mention any detachments that were aboard carriers operating on Yankee Station.

In 1968 an HC-7 detachment was formed and given the mission of maintaining year-round combat configured helos aboard carriers and other ships operating on “Yankee Station” for combat search and rescue missions. The 1968 Command History Report for HC-7 does not identify all the specific ships that detachment 110 operated aboard.

On 1 October 1968, VAQ-13 and its detachments were redesignated VAQ-130.

VQ-1 and VAP-61 detachments provided support from DaNang Air Base, Republic of South Vietnam, for Fleet carriers operating on Yankee Station in 1969.

*These squadron detachments were not aboard the carrier for the entire deployment.

Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 & 76

USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)

Pacific & 7th

8th WestPac

7th SCS

5th Vietnam Combat

CVW-15

NL

23 Sep 1969

1 Jul 1970

Vietnam Conflict/War

19th FWFD

282-days

Ports of call include: Pearl Harbor, Hi.; Yokosuka, Japan twice; Subic Bay, Philippines twice; Sasebo, Japan twice; Subic Bay, Philippines; Sasebo, Japan; Subic Bay, Philippines twice; Hong Kong, situated on China's south coast and, enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea; Yokosuka, Japan, a city in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, covering an area of 100.7 km² and is the 11th most populous city in Greater Tokyo, 12th in the Kantō region; Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines, U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay, a bay forming part of Luzon Sea on the west coast of the island of Luzon in Zambales, Philippines, about 100 kilometers northwest of Manila Bay and is a major ship-repair, supply, and rest and recreation facility of the United States Navy located in Olongapo, Zambales, Philippines; and Sydney, Australia, the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia. It is on the south-east coast of the Tasman Sea (Source: Coral Sea Command History Report for above ports of call and ref. 43 & 72).

 

Squadrons: VF-151, F-4B; VF-161, F-4B; VA-82, A-7A; VA-86, A-7A; VA-35, A-6A; VFP-63 Det. 43, RF-8G; VAQ-135, EKA-3B / A-3 (KA-3B); VAW-116, E-2A and HC-1 Det. 43, UH-2C.

 

(*1) HC-1 Det. 43 redesignated HC-1 Det. 9 on Oct. 1, 1969.

 

“For this cruise Coral Sea operated for the first time with the A-7A Corsair, brought on board by VA-82 and -86 from the East Coast” (Ref. 43).

 

VFP or VF(P) - Light Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron or Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron or Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (Light) or Light Photographic Squadron.

VQ-1 and VAP-61 detachments provided support from DaNang Air Base, Republic of South Vietnam, for Fleet carriers operating on Yankee Station in 1969.

 

“For this cruise Coral Sea operated for the first time with the A-7A Corsair, brought on board by VA-82 and -86 from the East Coast” (Ref. 43).

Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 & 76

USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) - Pacific

EastPac

CVW-15

NL

Sep  1971

Oct 1971

Training Ops

Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 & 76

USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)

Pacific & 7th

9th WestPac

8th SCS

6th Vietnam Combat

CVW-15

NL

12 Nov 1971

17 Jul 1972

Vietnam Conflict/War

20th FWFD

249-days

Operation Freedom Porch and Operation Pocket Money

 

Ports of call include: Pearl Harbor, Hi.; Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines, U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay, a bay forming part of Luzon Sea on the west coast of the island of Luzon in Zambales, Philippines, about 100 kilometers northwest of Manila Bay and is a major ship-repair, supply, and rest and recreation facility of the United States Navy located in Olongapo, Zambales, Philippines and Hong Kong, situated on China's south coast and, enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea.

 

Squadrons: VF-51, F-4B; VF-111, F-4B; VA-22, A-7E; VA-94, A-7E; VMA(AW)-224, A6-A/B/KA-6D; VFP-63 Det.5, RF-8G; VAQ-135 Det. 3, EKA-3B; HC-1 Det. 6, SH-3G; VAW-111 Det. 4, E-1B and HC-7 Det. 110*, HH-3A.

 

VFP or VF(P) - Light Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron or Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron or Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (Light) or Light Photographic Squadron.

*These squadron detachments were not aboard the carrier for the entire deployment.

 

USS Waddell (DDG-24) joined USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) as part of her task force.

Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 & 76

USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)

Pacific & 7th

10th WestPac        9th SCS

1st Vietnam Peace Keeping

CVW-15

NL

9 Mar 1973

8 Nov 1973

Vietnam Conflict

21st FWFD

245-days

Ports of call include: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines, U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay twice; Manila, Republic of Philippines, the capital city of the Philippines; Sasebo, a city in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan; Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines three times; Hong Kong, situated on China's south coast and, enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea; Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines; Manila, Republic of Philippines, the capital city of the Philippines, is one of the sixteen cities (along with the municipality of Pateros) that comprise the national capital region called Metro Manila, located on the eastern shore of Manila Bay and is bordered by the cities of Navotas and Caloocan to the north; Quezon City to the northeast; San Juan and Mandaluyong to the east and Makati to the southeast, and Pasay to the south; U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay, a bay forming part of Luzon Sea on the west coast of the island of Luzon in Zambales, Philippines, about 100 kilometers northwest of Manila Bay and is a major ship-repair, supply, and rest and recreation facility of the United States Navy located in Olongapo, Zambales, Philippines; Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines four times; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (Source: CVW-15 History Report for above ports of call and ref. 43 & 72).

 

Squadrons: VF-51, F-4B; VF-111, F-4B; VA-22, A-7E; VA-94, A-7E; VA-95, A-6A / A-6B / KA-6D; VFP-63 Det. 5, RF-8G; VAQ-135 Det. 3, EKA-3B; VAQ-130 Det. 2, EKA-3B; HC-1 Det. 6, SH-3D; VAW-111 Det. 4, E-1B; and HC-7 Det. 110*, HH-3A.

 

(*1) VAQ-135 Det. 3 redesignated VAQ-130 Det. 2 on Aug. 25, 1973.

 

“Significant changes for CVW-15 for this cruise were the A-7Es of VA-22 and -94 and 4 HC-l Det 6's SH-3G Sikorsky Sea Kings” (Ref. 43).

 

VAQ-135 Detachments 3 and 5 were transferred on 25 August 1973 to VAQ-130.  VAQ-135 Det. 3 became VAQ-130 Det. 2 and VAQ-135 Det. 5 became VAQ-130 Det. 5.

VFP or VF(P) - Light Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron or Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron or Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (Light) or Light Photographic Squadron.

HC-7 Det. 110 was not aboard the carrier for the entire deployment.

 

USS Sterett (CG-31); USS Waddell (DDG-24); USS Reasoner (FF-1063) and USS Camden (AOE-2) joined USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) as part of her task force.

 

Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 & 76

USS Coral Sea (CVA/CV-43)

Pacific & 7th

11th WestPac           10th SCS      2nd Vietnam Peace Keeping

CVW-15

NL

5 Dec 1974

2 Jul 1975

Vietnam Conflict

22nd FWFD

210-days

Ports of call include: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines six times; Singaporee, officially the Republic of Singapore, is a Southeast Asian island city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, 137 kilometres (85 mi) north of the equator (An island country made up of 63 islands, it is separated from Malaysia by the Straits of Johor to its north and from Indonesia's Riau Islands by the Singapore Strait to its south); Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines; Perth, Australia, the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia. It is the fourth most populous city in Australia; Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines, U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay; and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (Source:  CVW-15 WestPac Cruise Report for above ports of call and ref. 43 & 72).

 

Squadrons: VF-51, F-4N; VF-111, F-4N; VA-22, A-7E; VA-94, A-7E; VA-95, A-6A/KA-6D; VFP-63 Det. 5, RF-8G; HC-1 Det. 3, SH-3G; RVAW-110 Det. 2, E-1B and VAQ-135, EKA-3B.

 

“Some of the squadrons, such as VAQ, VAW and RVAH designated units, lose their individually assigned tail codes in the late 1960s or early 1970s and are authorized to use the tail codes of their permanently assigned Carrier Air Wing” (Ref. 43).

 

VFP or VF(P) - Light Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron or Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron or Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (Light) or Light Photographic Squadron.

Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 & 76

USS Coral Sea (CV-43) Pacific & 7th

12th WestPac

Yellow Sea

CVW-15

NL

15 Feb 1977

5 Oct 1977

23rd FWFD

233-days

Ports of call include: Pusan, Korea; Subic Bay, R. P. and Yokosuka, Japan and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Ports of call include: Pearl Harbor, Hi.; Leyte Pier, NAS Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines, U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay, a bay forming part of Luzon Sea on the west coast of the island of Luzon in Zambales, Philippines, about 100 kilometers northwest of Manila Bay and is a major ship-repair, supply, and rest and recreation facility of the United States Navy located in Olongapo, Zambales, Philippines; Pusan, the largest port city in South Korea and is located on the southeastern-most tip of the Korean peninsula; and Yokosuka, Japan, a city in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, covering an area of 100.7 km² and is the 11th most populous city in Greater Tokyo, 12th in the Kantō region.

 

Squadrons: VF-191 (*1), F-4J; VF-194 (*2), F-4J; VA-22, A-7E; VA-94, A-7E; VA-95, A-6E/KA-6D; VFP-63 Det. 3, RF-8G; VMAQ 2 Det. A/B, EA-6 A; HC-1 Det. 4, SH-3G; VAW-114, E-2B; and VQ-1 Det., EA-3B.

 

(*1) VF-191 disestablished on Mar. 1, 1978 and (*2) VF-194 disestablished on Mar. 1, 1978.

 

VFP or VF(P) - Light Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron or Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron or Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (Light) or Light Photographic Squadron.

VMAQ-2 EA-6A "electric" Intruders also made a one-time-only appearance for this cruise.

The only cruise CVW-15 operated with F-4J Phantoms embarked.

(*1) disestablished on Mar.1, 1978 & (*2) disestablished on Mar.1, 1978

Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 & 42

USS Coral Sea (CV-43) - Pacific & 7th (1st Arabian Sea)

13th WestPac

1st IO

CVW-14

NK

13 Nov 1979

11 Jun 1980

Middle East

212-days

Iran Hostage crisis

Tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, to strengthen the U.S. Naval presence in the crucial Indian Ocean, sailing in the North Arabian Sea and into the Gulf of Oman to a staging area off the southeast Coast of Iran operating with the 7th Fleet, to strengthen the U.S. Naval presence in the crucial Indian Ocean area as tensions heightened over Iran's taking of 52 American diplomats hostage, in what would turn out to be Operation Eagle Claw (Operation Rice Bowl and Operation Evening Light), the attempt to rescue the US Embassy workers being held hostage in Tehran, Iran, while operating on "GONZO" Station in the North Arabian Sea.

Cheju-Do Islands in the Sea of Japan.

 

Ports of call include: Pearl Harbor, Hi.; Pusan, the largest port city in South Korea and is located on the southeastern-most tip of the Korean peninsula; Leyte Pier, NAS Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines, U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay, a bay forming part of Luzon Sea on the west coast of the island of Luzon in Zambales, Philippines, about 100 kilometers northwest of Manila Bay and is a major ship-repair, supply, and rest and recreation facility of the United States Navy located in Olongapo, Zambales, Philippines; Phattaya Beach, a city in Thailand, a beach resort popular with tourists and expatriates. It is located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, about 165 km southeast of Bangkok within but not part of Amphoe Bang Lamung (Banglamung) in the province of Chonburi; and Singaporee, officially the Republic of Singapore, is a Southeast Asian island city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, 137 kilometres (85 mi) north of the equator (An island country made up of 63 islands, it is separated from Malaysia by the Straits of Johor to its north and from Indonesia's Riau Islands by the Singapore Strait to its south).

 

Squadrons: VMFA-323, F-4N; VMFA-531, F-4N; VA-97, A-7E; VA-27, A-7E; VA-196, A-6E/KA-6D; VAW-113, E-2B; *VFP-63 Det. 2, RF-8G and HC-1 Det. 3, SH-3G.

 

VFP or VF(P) - Light Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron or Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron or Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (Light) or Light Photographic Squadron.

USS Coral Sea (CV-43) Pacific

EastPac

CVW-14

NK

1 Mar  1981

10 Mar  1981

Training Ops

Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 & 76

USS Coral Sea (CV-43) Pacific

EastPac

CVW-14

NK

4 May 1981

6 Jun 1981

Training Ops

Hawaiian Training Cruise

 

VFP or VF(P) - Light Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron or Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron or Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (Light) or Light Photographic Squadron.

 

“The CO of CAG CVW-14 was Cdr. Richard A. Wilson”  (Ref. 34)

Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 & 76

USS Coral Sea (CV-43) Pacific & 7th

14th WestPac 11th SCS       2nd IO

CVW-14

NK

20 Aug 1981

23 Mar 1982

Indian Ocean

25th FWFD

216-days

Ports of call include: Pearl Harbor, Hi.; Leyte Pier, NAS Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines, U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay, a bay forming part of Luzon Sea on the west coast of the island of Luzon in Zambales, Philippines, about 100 kilometers northwest of Manila Bay and is a major ship-repair, supply, and rest and recreation facility of the United States Navy located in Olongapo, Zambales, Philippines; Singaporee, officially the Republic of Singapore, is a Southeast Asian island city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, 137 kilometres (85 mi) north of the equator (An island country made up of 63 islands, it is separated from Malaysia by the Straits of Johor to its north and from Indonesia's Riau Islands by the Singapore Strait to its south); Phattaya Beach, a city in Thailand, a beach resort popular with tourists and expatriates. It is located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, about 165 km southeast of Bangkok within but not part of Amphoe Bang Lamung (Banglamung) in the province of Chonburi; Hong Kong, situated on China's south coast and, enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea; and Sasebo, a city in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan.

 

Squadrons: VF-154, F-4N; VF-21, F-4N; VA-97, A-7E; VA-27, A-7E; VA-196, A-6E/KA-6D; VAW-113, E-2B; VFP-63 Det. 2 (*1), RF-8G and HC-1 Det. 3, SH-3G. (*1) VFP-63 disestablished on Jun.30, 1982.

 

VFP or VF(P) - Light Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron or Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron or Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (Light) or Light Photographic Squadron.

 

“The CO of CAG CVW-14 was Cdr.Richard A. Wilson” (Ref. 34).

Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 & 76

USS Coral Sea (CV-43) Pacific & 7th

15th WestPac 12th SCS

3rd IO

2nd North

Arabian

Sea

1st Suez

Canal

10th Med

3rd Carib

CVW-14

NK

21 Mar 1983

12 Sep 1983

Home Port

transfer to

the East

Coast

Middle East

26th FWFD

176-days

World Cruise (Alameda, Calif. to Norfolk, Va.) on her first Gulf of Aden, Red Sea and Suez Canal Transit.

Global Plate Change on her third cruise to the Caribbean Sea.

 

Ports of call not reported. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4S; VMFP-3 Det., RF-4B; VF-151, F-4S; VA-93, A-7E; VA-56, A-7E; VA-115, A6-E/KA-6D / *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VAQ-136, EA-6B and HC-1 Det. 2, SH-3G. *AN/AAS-33 TRAM (Target Recognition and Attack, Multi-Sensor system.

 

VFP or VF(P) - Light Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron or Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron or Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (Light) or Light Photographic Squadron.

 

USS New Jersey (BB-62); USS Morton (DD-948); USS Meyerkord (FF-1058); USS Francis Hammond (FF-1067); USS John A. Moore (FFG-19) and USNS Mispillion (T-AO-105) joined up with Midway as part of her task force.

 

Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 & 76

USS Coral Sea (CV-43) 2nd & 6th

Lant

10th Med

Lant

CVW-13

AK

1 Oct 1985

19 May 1986

Europe

27th FWFD

231-days

Final Carrier launching of a Navy fleet F-4S Phantom II.

 

Ports of call include: Naples, the capital of Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy; Trieste, a city and seaport in northeastern Italy and situated towards the end of a narrow strip of land lying between the Adriatic Sea and Italy's border with Slovenia, which lies almost immediately south and east of the city; Catania, an Italian city on the east coast of Sicily facing the Ionian Sea, between Messina and Syracuse and the capital of the homonymous province, and is the second-largest city in Sicily and the tenth in Italy; Palermo, a city in Insular Italy, the capital of both the autonomous region of Sicily and the Province of Palermo; Toulon, a city in southern France and a large military harbor on the Mediterranean coast, with a major French naval base, located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur region, Toulon is the capital of the Var department in the former province of Provence and Malaga, a city and a municipality, capital of the Province of Málaga, in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, Spain; Haifa, the largest city in northern Israel, and the third-largest city in the country; Istanbul (/ˌɪstænˈbl/; Turkish: İstanbul [isˈtanbuɫ]) is the largest city in Turkey, constituting the country's economic, cultural, and historical heart. Istanbul is a transcontinental city in Eurasia, with its commercial and historical centre lying on the European side and about a third of its population living on the Asian side of Eurasia; and Malaga, a city and a municipality, capital of the Province of Málaga, in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, Spain.

 

Squadrons: VF-154, F-4N; VF-21, F-4N; VA-97, A-7E; VA-27, A-7E; VA-196, A-6E/KA-6D; VAW-113, E-2B and HS-12, SH-3G.

Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 & 76

USS Coral Sea (CV-43) 2nd & 6th

Lant

11th Med

Lant

CVW-13

AK

29 Sep 1987

28 Mar 1988

Europe

28th FWFD

182-days

During the crossing the carrier battle group joined the 22nd Marine Amphibious Ready Group (MARG 22) to mark the first time a carrier battle group and a MARG deployed simultaneously. The two groups, fifteen ships and 13,000 men conducted training exercises on the Translant. The two groups passed Gibraltar entering the Mediterranean Sea and participated in a 3-day National Week exercises 88 with ships of the Saratoga Battlegroup, USS Iowa Surface Action Group and MARG 3-87. In all, 35 U.S ships and 25,000 sailors and Marines honed their skills.

2nd Mediterranean Cruise since her reassignment to the 6th Fleet in the Atlantic upon arrival in the 5th Fleet Area, arriving on a World Cruise via the Suez Canal and Med on 12 September 1983, her 11th Med Deployment, having completed nine tours of duty in the Mediterranean (7 June 1948 to 13 August 1956) prior to her 1st conversion (25 January 1960).

 

Ports of call include: Naples, the capital of Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy; Augusta, Sicily, a town and comune in the province of Syracuse, located on the eastern coast of Sicily (Italy). The city is one of the main harbours in Italy; Marseille (UK /mɑrˈs/; French: [maʁ.sɛj], locally: [mɑχˈsɛjə]; Occitan: Marselha [maʀˈsejɔ, maʀˈsijɔ]; also Marseilles in English), known in antiquity as Masalia, Massalia or Massilia (from Greek: Μασσαλία; [probably adapted from an existing language related to Ligurian) is the second largest city in France, after Paris, with a population of 850,636 (January 2011) on a land area of 241 km2 (93 sq mi); Cannes (French pronunciation: ​[kan], in Occitan Canas) is a city located on the French Riviera (It is a commune of France located in the Alpes-Maritimes department, a busy tourist destination and host of the annual Cannes Film Festival, Midem, and Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity); Palma, in full Palma de Mallorca, is the major city and port on the island of Majorca (Mallorca) and capital city of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands in Spain; Benidorm (/ˈbɛnɪdɔrm/, Valencian: [beniˈðɔɾm], Spanish: [beniˈðor]) is a coastal town in Alicante, Spain, on the Western Mediterranean; Alexandria (/ˌælɪɡˈzændrɪə/ or /ˌælɪɡˈzɑːndrɪə/; اسكندرية, pronounced [eskendeˈrejjæ] in Egyptian Arabic) is the second largest city and the second largest metropolitan area in Egypt after Greater Cairo by size and population, extending about 32 km (20 mi) along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in the north central part of the country. It is also the largest city lying directly on the Mediterranean coast; İzmir is a large metropolis in the western extremity of Anatolia and the third most populous city in Turkey, after Istanbul and Ankara. İzmir's metropolitan area extends along the outlying waters of the Gulf of İzmir and inland to the north across Gediz River's delta, to the east along an alluvial plain created by several small streams and to a slightly more rugged terrain in the south; and Haifa, the largest city in northern Israel, and the third-largest city in the country.

 

Squadrons: VFA-131, F/A-18A; VFA-136, F/A-18A; VFA-137, F/A-18A; VA-55, A-6E; VA-65, A-6E; VAW-127, E-2C; VAQ-133, A-6 - EA-6A and HS-17, SH-3H

 

“CVW-13 CAG Capt William Switzer.”  (Ref. 34)

Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 & 76

USS Coral Sea (CV-43) 2nd

Carib

 

CVW-13

AK

19 Apr 1989

 

South America

Dispatched surgical team and medical supplies. VC-8, using SH-3G helicopters, also performed medevac and Logistical Support to Iowa. USS Iowa (BB-61) suffered an explosion in the battleship's number two-gun turret in which 47 crewmembers were killed.

 

(*1) CVW-13 disestablished on Jan.1, 1991

(*2) disestablished on Jan.1, 1991

(*3) disestablished on Sep.30, 1991

(*4) disestablished on Jul.2, 1991

Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 & 76

USS Coral Sea (CV-43) 2nd & 6th

Lant

12th Med

Lant

CVW-13

(*1)

AK

31 May 1989

30 Sep 1989

Europe

29th FWFD

123-days

Evacuation of the American Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon

3rd Mediterranean Cruise since her reassignment to the 6th Fleet in the Atlantic upon arrival in the 5th Fleet Area, arriving on a World Cruise via the Suez Canal and Med on 12 September 1983, her 11th Med Deployment, having completed nine tours of duty in the Mediterranean (7 June 1948 to 13 August 1956) prior to her 1st conversion

(25 January 1960).

 

C Ports of call include: Palma, in full Palma de Mallorca, is the major city and port on the island of Majorca (Mallorca) and capital city of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands in Spain - Benidorm (/ˈbɛnɪdɔrm/, Valencian: [beniˈðɔɾm], Spanish: [beniˈðor]) is a coastal town in Alicante, Spain, on the Western Mediterranean from 20 to 27 June 1989; Marseille (UK /mɑrˈs/; French: [maʁ.sɛj], locally: [mɑχˈsɛjə]; Occitan: Marselha [maʀˈsejɔ, maʀˈsijɔ]; also Marseilles in English), known in antiquity as Masalia, Massalia or Massilia (from Greek: Μασσαλία; [probably adapted from an existing language related to Ligurian) is the second largest city in France, after Paris, with a population of 850,636 (January 2011) on a land area of 241 km2 (93 sq mi) on 30 June 1989; Cannes (French pronunciation: ​[kan], in Occitan Canas) is a city located on the French Riviera (It is a commune of France located in the Alpes-Maritimes department, a busy tourist destination and host of the annual Cannes Film Festival, Midem, and Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity) from 11 to 16 July 1989; İzmir is a large metropolis in the western extremity of Anatolia and the third most populous city in Turkey, after Istanbul and Ankara. İzmir's metropolitan area extends along the outlying waters of the Gulf of İzmir and inland to the north across Gediz River's delta, to the east along an alluvial plain created by several small streams and to a slightly more rugged terrain in the south on 21 July 1989 and Alexandria (/ˌælɪɡˈzændrɪə/ or /ˌælɪɡˈzɑːndrɪə/; اسكندرية, pronounced [eskendeˈrejjæ] in Egyptian Arabic) is the second largest city and the second largest metropolitan area in Egypt after Greater Cairo by size and population, extending about 32 km (20 mi) along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in the north central part of the country. It is also the largest city lying directly on the Mediterranean coast from 29 July to 1 August 1989. Coral Sea carried out contingency operations off strife-torn Lebanon on 1 August 1989, "on station and ready to implement national policy . . ." The evacuation of the American embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, accomplished on short notice, proved "a last superlative footnote" to The Ageless Warrior's chronicle of operations in that historic sea. Coral Sea made a port of call at Antalya, Turkey (Turkish pronunciation: 

[anˈtalja]), is the eighth most populous city in Turkey and the capital of its eponymous province. Located on Anatolia's flourishing southwest coast bordered by the Taurus Mountains, Antalya is the largest Turkish city on the Mediterranean coast from 28 to 31 August 1989; Haifa, the largest city in northern Israel, and the third-largest city in the country from 1 to 4 September 1989; Malaga, a city and a municipality, capital of the Province of Málaga, in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, Spain from 11 to 13 September 1989 and Halifax (/ˈhælɨfæks/), formally the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), is the capital of the province of Nova Scotia, Canada from 21 to 25 September 1989.

 

Squadrons: VMFA-451, FA-18A; VFA-132, FA-18A; VFA-137, FA-18A; VA-55 (*1), A-6E; VA-65, A-6E; VAW-127 (*2), E-2C; VAQ-133, A-6 - EA-6A and HS-17(*3), SH-3H.

 

(*1) CVW-13 disestablished on Jan. 1, 1991; (*2) disestablished on Jan. 1, 1991; (*3) disestablished on Sep. 30, 1991 and (*4) disestablished on Jul. 2, 1991.

Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 & 76

Total Foreign Water Fleet Deployments (FWFD’s) = 29 and 5,615 FWFD days

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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