USS Ticonderoga (CV-14)

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The Ticonderoga as a submarine hunt carrier, 1970
The Ticonderoga as a submarine hunt carrier, 1970

Newport News Shipbuilding

Keel laying February 1, 1943
Launch February 7, 1944
1. Period of service flag
period of service

May 8, 1944 - Jan 9, 1947
Oct 1, 1954 - Sep 1 1973

Whereabouts scrapped
Technical specifications

27,100 ts (1944)
33,000 ts (after conversion)


270.8 m (1944)
272.6 m (after conversion)


45 m (1944)
58.5 m (after conversion)


8.8 m (1944)
9.4 m (after conversion)


3,448 men


150,000 hp


33 knots


16,900 NM at 15 kn


80-100 (1944)

The USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) was an American aircraft carrier of the Essex class . She was commissioned on May 8, 1944 and transferred to the reserve fleet on January 9, 1947 . It was put back into service on September 11, 1954 and operated mostly in the Pacific until its decommissioning on September 1, 1973. The ship was named after the Battle of Ticonderoga .


The Ticonderoga was the first ship of the second group of the Essex class, which is often viewed as an independent Ticonderoga class . This differed from the first group in that it was slightly longer overall. This was due to the much larger frame failure in the foredeck , which gave these ships the wide protruding stem , which is typical for aircraft carriers of the US Navy to this day . The purpose of this measure was to prevent damage to the leading edge of the flight deck in rough seas . In addition, two 40 mm anti-aircraft quadruple mounts could be accommodated at the bow.

The USS Ticonderoga on January 21, 1945 after a kamikaze hit

The USS Ticonderoga was used in the Pacific War against Japan between September 1944 and August 1945 . In January 1945 she was hit by a kamikaze . For the subsequent repair, which lasted until May 1945, the ship had to return to the west coast of the USA.

1952–1954 the USS Ticonderoga was modernized according to the scheme SCB-27C (SCB = Ship Construction Board). The identifier was changed to CVA-14 (= attack carrier). The sister ships , which were also converted according to this scheme, became the Ticonderoga class. The most important difference to the SCB-27A ships was the installation of steam catapults, which also enabled heavy combat aircraft to be launched. Furthermore, among other things, the deck guns were removed and a new island was installed. 1956 to 1957 the Ticonderoga went back to the shipyard and was provided with a sloping deck (SCB-125).

At the beginning of the Vietnam War , it was equipped with light aircraft of the A-4 Skyhawk and F-8 Crusader types . The widespread F-4 Phantom could not be used by the Essex-class carriers.

On December 5, 1965, an A-4 Skyhawk with a B43 atomic bomb fell from an elevator of the USS Ticonderoga into the sea and sank to a depth of 5,000 meters. The pilot drowned. The aircraft carrier was located 130 km east of the Japanese Ryūkyū Islands en route from Vietnam to Yokosuka , Japan. The incident wasn't announced until 1981.

A-7 Corsair replaced the A-4 Skyhawk on the last mission . The Ticonderoga was converted into an anti-submarine carrier between October 20, 1969 and May 28, 1970. Therefore the ID changed from CVA-14 to CVS-14. She drove in this role for another two years until she returned from her last assignment on July 29, 1972. Then at the end of the year it hid the landing capsule of the Apollo 17 lunar mission , just as it had recovered from Apollo 16 in April a good six months earlier . On June 22, 1973, she recovered the capsule and crew from Skylab 2 . It was decommissioned on September 1, 1973. Two months later, it was removed from the register and sold for scrapping on September 1, 1975.

Airborne squadron

Grumman Hellcat s on the deck of the Ticonderoga , 1944
The Ticonderoga in 1966 off Vietnam
A Sea King of Ticonderoga holds Apollo 17 in December 1972
June 1944-January 1945
Airborne Squadron CAG-89; Squadrons VF-89 (F6F-5), VFN-105 (F6F-5N), VB-89 (SB2C), VT-89 (TBM)
July 1945-November 1945
Airborne Squadron CAG-87; Squadrons VF-87 (F6F-5), VB-87 (SB2C-4E), VT-87 (TBM-3)
November 4, 1955 to August 2, 1956
Airborne Squadron CVG-3 (Tailcode K); Squadrons VF-31 (F2H-4), VF-32 (F9F-8), VA-66 (F7U-3), VA-35 (AD-6), VAH-5 Det. (AJ-1), VC- 62 Det., VC-33 Det., VC-12 Det., HU-2 Det.
September 16, 1957 to April 25, 1958
Airborne Squadron CVG-9 (NG); Squadrons VF-91 (FJ-3), VF-92 (F2H-3), VA-93 (A4D-1), VF-122 (F3H-2N), VA-95 (AD-7), VAH-2 Det . M (A3D-2), VFP-61 Det. M (F2H-2P), VA (AW) -35 Det. M (AD-5N), VAW-11 Det. M (AD-5W), HU-1 Det. M (HUP-?)
October 4, 1958 to February 16, 1959
Airborne Squadron ATG-1 (NA); Squadrons VF-112 (F3H-2M), VF-52 (F2H-3), VA-151 (FJ-4B), VA-196 (AD-6), VAH-2 Det. H (A3D-2), VFP -61 Det. H, VA (AW) -35 Det. H (AD-5N), VAW-11 Det. H (AD-5W), HU-1 Det. H
March 5, 1960 to October 11, 1960
Airborne Squadron CVG-5 (NF); Squadrons VF-51 (F4D-1), VF-53 (F3H-2), VA-52 (AD-6), VA-56 (A4D-2), VA-55 (A4D-2), VAH-4 Det B (A3D-2), VFP-61 Det. B, VAW-11 Det. B, HU-1 Det. B
May 10, 1961 to January 15, 1962
Airborne Squadron CVG-5 (NF); Squadrons VF-51 (F8U-1), VF-53 (F3H-2), VA-52 (AD-6), VA-56 (A4D-2), VA-55 (A4D-2), VAH-4 Det B (A3D-2), VFP-61 Det. B (F8U-1P), VAW-11 Det. B (WF-2), VAW-13 Det. B (AD-5Q), HU-1 Det. B
January 3, 1963 to July 15, 1963
Airborne Squadron CVG-5 (NF); Squadrons VF-51 (F-8E), VF-54 (F-3B), VA-52 (A-1H), VA-56 (A-4B), VA-55 (A-4C), VAH-4 Det . B (A-3B), VFP-63 Det. B (RF-8A), VAW-11 Det. B (E-1B), HU-1 Det. B (UH-2A)
April 14, 1964 to December 15, 1964
Airborne Squadron CVW-5 (NF); Squadrons VF-51 (F-8E), VF-53 (F-8E), VA-52 (A-1H), VA-56 (A-4E), VA-55 (A-4E), VAH-4 Det . B (A-3B), VFP-63 Det. B (RF-8A), VAW-11 Det. B (E-1B), HU-1 Det. B (UH-2A)
September 29, 1965 to May 13, 1966
Airborne Squadron CVW-5 (NF); Squadrons VF-51 (F-8E), VF-53 (F-8E), VA-52 (A-1H), VA-56 (A-4E), VA-144 (A-4C), VAH-4 Det . B (A-3B), VFP-63 Det. B (RF-8A), VAW-11 Det. B (E-1B), HC-1 Det. B (UH-2A / B)
October 19, 1966 to May 29, 1967
Airborne Squadron CVW-19 (NM); Squadrons VF-191 (F-8E), VA-192 (A-4E), VA-52 (A-1H / J), VF-194 (F-8E), VA-195 (A-4C), VAH- 4 Det. E (A-3B), VFP-63 Det. E (RF-8G), VAW-11 Det. E (E-1B), HC-1 Det. E (UH-2A / B)
November 28, 1967 to August 17, 1968
Airborne Squadron CVW-19 (NM); Squadrons VF-191 (F-8E), VF-194 (F-8E), VA-192 (A-4F), VA-23 (A-4F), VA-195 (A-4C), VAH-4 Det 14 (KA-3B), VFP-63 Det. 14 (RF-8G), VAW-111 Det. 14 (E-1B), VAQ-33 Det. 14 (EA-1F), HC-1 Det. 14 (UH-2A / B)
February 1, 1969 to September 18, 1969
Airborne Squadron CVW-16 (AH); Squadrons VF-111 (F-8H), VF-162 (F-8J), VA-87 (A-7B), VA-25 (A-7B), VA-112 (A-4C), VFP-63 Det . 14 (RF-8G), VAW-111 Det. 14 (E-1B), VAQ-130 Det. 14 (EKA-3B), HC-1 Det. 4 (UH-2C)
July 1970 to August 1971
Airborne Squadron CVSG-53 (NS); Squadrons VS-21 (S-2E), VS-29 (S-2E), VS-35 (S-2E), HS-2 (SH-3D), HS-6 (SH-3D), VAW-111 Det . 4 (E-1B)
May 1971 to November 1971
Airborne Squadron CVSG-59 (NT); Squadrons VS-33 (S-2E), VS-37 (S-2E), VS-38 (S-2E), HS-4 (SH-3D), HS-8 (SH-3D), VAW-111 Det . 4 (E-1B)
May 17, 1972 to July 29, 1972
Airborne Squadron CVSG-53 (NS); Squadrons VS-21 (S-2E), VS-29 (S-2E), VS-35 (S-2E), VS-38 (S-2E), HS-2 (SH-3D), HS-8 ( SH-3D), VAW-111 Det. 3 (E-1B)

Web links

Commons : USS Ticonderoga  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence