USS Kearsarge (CV-33)

Kearsarge in April, 1946, barely a month after commissioning. US Navy photo.

Nation
Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1944
Launched
1945
Commissioned
1946
Decommissioned
1970
AD/BC
AD
History

Launched on 5 May, 1945, USS Kearsarge (CV-33) was too late to see action in World War II. After commissioning on 2 March, 1946, Kearsarge was active only briefly before decommissioning in 1950, for the SCB-27A modernization. After this was completed in 1952, Kearsarge saw action in the Korean War, and was used in filming The Caine Mutiny in 1953. Kearsarge underwent a second modernization from 1956-57, receiving a new bow, and an angled flight deck. On 6 March, 1960, Kearsarge rescued four Russians adrift in stormy weather, and was later sent the gratitude of the Soviet government, probably the only US Navy ship to receive the honor. In 1962, and 1963, Kearsarge retrieved Wally Schirra and Gordon Cooper from the Pacific after their Project Mercury space flights. She rounded out her career earning five battle stars for service off Vietnam, mainly providing anti-submarine support for the carriers conducting air strikes ashore, and decommissioned on 13 February, 1970. Kearsarge was sold for scrap in 1974.

Bonus Photos

Australian Navy A-4G Skyhawk of 805 Squadron, RAN, onboard Kearsarge in 1969. US Navy photo.