USS Ticonderoga (CV-14)

Ticonderoga shortly after commissioning. Photo in the collection of the U.S. Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation.

Nation
Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1943
Launched
1944
Commissioned
1944
Decommissioned
1973
AD/BC
AD
History

The sixth Essex-class aircraft carrier, USS Ticonderoga served in the Pacific during World War II, and earned five battle stars. Commissioned 8 May, 1944, Ticonderoga spent the next six months working up, and conducting training and underway replenishment experiments. She joined the Philippine Campaign in November, flying air cover and ground attack missions. Ticonderoga conducted air strikes against occupied Indochina and Hong Kong in January, but was struck by two kamikazes on the 21st, putting her out of action until May. Ticonderoga joined in on the air raids on Japan through the end of the War. She made Magic Carpet runs to bring home Allied servicemen until early 1946, and was decommissioned the following year. After an extensive modernization, Ticonderoga was recommissioned in 1954. She missed Korea, but was involved in the Gulf of Tonkin incidents in August, 1964, that led to the Vietnam War. Ticonderoga earned 12 battle stars for action in Vietnam. In late 1969, Ticonderoga was refitted as an anti-submarine carrier (CVS), and she participated in the space program, retrieving the Apollo 17 and Skylab 2 astronauts after their missions. Ticonderoga decommissioned in 1973, and was sold for scrap two years later.

Bonus Photos

Ticonderoga and her Sea King Helicopter recovering the Apollo 17 command module on 19 December, 1972. National Aeronautics and Space Administration photo.

Bonus Information

Fun Fact: Ticonderoga was originally to be named Hancock, but the name was changed before launching. One-third of the completed Essex class carriers had their names changed before completion.