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US Navy - Aircraft Carrier
CV 33 / CVA 33 / CVS 33 - USS Kearsarge
 
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Type, class: Aircraft Carrier, Essex class (long hull)
Builder: New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, USA
 
STATUS:
Awarded:

Laid down: March 1, 1944 (CV 32)
Launched: May 5, 1945
Commissioned: March 2, 1946
Decommissioned: June 16, 1950
SCB-27A modernization: 1950-52
Recommissioned: February 15, 1952
reclassified CVA 33 in 1953
SCB-125 modernization: 1956-57
reclassified CVS 32 in October 1958
Decommissioned: February 13, 1970
Fate: sold for scrap in 1974 / scrapped
 
Namesake: USS Kearsarge (1861)
Ships Motto: ?
Technical Data: see: INFO > Essex class Aircraft Carrier - CV
 
Deployments - Carrier Air Groups/Wings embarked:
 

CV 33 
June 1947 - August 1947
with Attack Carrier Air Group 3 (CVAG-3) - Atlantic Ocean
 June 1948 - October 1948 with Attack Carrier Air Group 3 (CVAG-3) - Mediterranean Sea
August 1952 - March 1953 with Carrier Air Group 101 (CVG-101) - Pacific Ocean , Korean War
 
CVA 33
July 1953 - January 1954
with Carrier Air Group 11 (CVG-11) - Pacific Ocean
October 1954 - May 1955 with Carrier Air Group 11 (CVG-11) - Pacific Ocean
October 1955 - May 1956 with Carrier Air Group 5 (CVG-5) - Pacific Ocean
August 1957 - April 1958 with Air Task Group 3 (ATG-3) - Pacific Ocean
 
CVS 33
September 1959 - March 1960
with Commander Carrier Division 14 (ComCarDiv-14) - Pacific Ocean
July 1960 - September 1961 (with interruptions) with Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group 53 (CVSG-53) - US West Coast+ Western Pacific Ocean
August 1962 - October 1962 with Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group 53 (CVSG-53) - Mercury-Atlas 8 capsule recovery
November 1962 - February 1963 (with interruptions) with Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group 53 (CVSG-53) - local operations US West Coast
April 1963 - May 1963 with Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group 53 (CVSG-53) - Mercury-Atlas 9 capsule recovery
June 1963 - December 1963 with Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group 53 (CVSG-53) - Western Pacific
February 1964 - May 1964 (with interruptions) with Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group 53 (CVSG-53) - local operations US West Coast
June 1964 - December 1964 with Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group 53 (CVSG-53) - Western Pacific, Vietnam War
June 1966 - December 1966 with Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group 53 (CVSG-53) - Western Pacific, Vietnam War
August 1967 - April 1968 with Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group 53 (CVSG-53) - Western Pacific, Vietnam War
March 1969 - September 1969 with Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group 53 (CVSG-53) - Western Pacific, Vietnam War

 
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CVS 33 USS Kearsarge (1958-70)

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USS Kearsarge (CVS 33) with Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group 53 (CVSG-53) embarked - June 1969

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USS Kearsarge (CVS 33) with Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group 53 (CVSG-53) embarked - March 1968

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USS Kearsarge (CVS 33) with Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group 53 (CVSG-53) embarked - July 1966

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USS Kearsarge (CVS 33) with Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group 53 (CVSG-53) embarked - December 1965

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USS Kearsarge (CVS 33) with Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group 53 (CVSG-53) embarked - October 1964

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USS Kearsarge (CVS 33) with Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group 53 (CVSG-53) embarked - August 1964

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USS Kearsarge (CVS 33) during the Mercury 9 / Faith 7 capsule recovery - May 1963

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USS Kearsarge (CVS 33) during the NASA Mercury-Atlas 8 recovery mission - October 1962

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USS Kearsarge (CVS 33) during the NASA Mercury-Atlas 8 recovery mission - October 1962

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USS Kearsarge (CVS 33) with Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group 53 (CVSG-53) embarked - September 1962

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USS Kearsarge (CVS 33) enters the new Dry Dock No. 6 of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Washington - circa 1962

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USS Kearsarge (CVS 33) with Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group 53 (CVSG-53) embarked - 1959-60

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USS Kearsarge (CVS 33) - 1960's

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USS Kearsarge (CVS 33) - Kobe, Japan - 1959
On deck are four Sikorsky HSS-1 Seabats of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron HS-6 "Indians",
eleven Grumman S2F-1 Tracker of Anti-Submarine Squadron VS-21 "Lightning Bolts"
and two Douglas AD-5W Skyraider of airborne Early Warning Squadron VAW-13 Det.A "Zappers"


CVA 33 USS Kearsarge (1953-58)

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USS Kearsarge (CVA 33) with Air Task Group 3 (ATG-3) embarked - circa 1958

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USS Kearsarge (CVA 33) with Air Task Group 3 (ATG-3) embarked - 1957-58

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USS Kearsarge (CVA 33) with Air Task Group 3 (ATG-3) embarked - circa 1957

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USS Kearsarge (CVA 33) with Air Task Group 3 (ATG-3) embarked - circa 1957

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USS Kearsarge (CVA 33) with Air Task Group 3 (ATG-3) embarked - circa 1957

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USS Kearsarge (CVA 33) with Air Task Group 3 (ATG-3) embarked - circa 1957

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USS Kearsarge (CVA 33) with Air Task Group 3 (ATG-3) embarked - 1957-58

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USS Kearsarge (CVA 33) - circa 1955

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USS Kearsarge (CVA 33) with Carrier Air Group 11 (CVG-11) embarked - circa 1955

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USS Kearsarge (CVA 33) - circa 1955

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USS Kearsarge (CVA 33) with Carrier Air Group 11 (CVG-11) embarked - 1954

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USS Kearsarge (CVA 33) after overhaul at San Francisco Naval Shipyard - July 1954

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USS Kearsarge (CVA 33) after overhaul at San Francisco Naval Shipyard - July 1954

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USS Kearsarge (CVA 33) after overhaul at San Francisco Naval Shipyard - July 1954

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USS Kearsarge (CVA 33) after overhaul at San Francisco Naval Shipyard - July 1954

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USS Kearsarge (CVA 33) after overhaul at San Francisco Naval Shipyard - July 1954

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USS Kearsarge (CVA 33) after overhaul at San Francisco Naval Shipyard - July 1954

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USS Kearsarge (CVA 33) after overhaul at San Francisco Naval Shipyard - July 1954

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USS Kearsarge (CVA 33) after overhaul at San Francisco Naval Shipyard - July 1954

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USS Kearsarge (CVA 33) after overhaul at San Francisco Naval Shipyard - July 1954

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USS Kearsarge (CVA 33) after overhaul at San Francisco Naval Shipyard - July 1954

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USS Kearsarge (CVA 33) after overhaul at San Francisco Naval Shipyard - July 1954

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USS Kearsarge (CVA 33) after overhaul at San Francisco Naval Shipyard - July 1954

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USS Kearsarge (CVA 33) with Carrier Air Group 11 (CVG-11) embarked - circa 1954

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USS Kearsarge (CVA 33) with Carrier Air Group 11 (CVG-11) embarked  at NAS North Island, California - July 1953

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USS Kearsarge (CVA 33) with Carrier Air Group 11 (CVG-11) embarked - circa 1953


CV 33 USS Kearsarge (1946-53)

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USS Kearsarge (CV 33) with Carrier Air Group 101 (CVG-101) embarked - September 1952

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USS Kearsarge (CV 33) after her SCB-27A modernization - April 1952

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USS Kearsarge (CV 33) with Carrier Air Group 101 (CVG-101) embarked - 1952

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USS Kearsarge (CV 33) after her SCB-27A modernization - mid 1950's

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USS Kearsarge (CV 33) with Carrier Air Group 17 (CVG-17) embarked - carrier qualifications - 1949
note the Sikorsky HO3S-1 helicopter from HU-2 'Fleet Angels'

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USS Kearsarge (CV 33) - 1948

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USS Kearsarge (CV 33) with Attack Carrier Air Group 3 (CVAG-3) embarked - 1948

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USS Kearsarge (CV 33) ready for inspection - late 1940's

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USS Kearsarge (CV 33) with Attack Carrier Air Group 3 (CVAG-3) embarked - 1948

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FH-1 Phantom aircraft of NATC on the catapult of USS Kearsarge (CV 33) - August 1947

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USS Kearsarge (CV 33) - 1947

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USS Kearsarge (CV 33) - April 1946
 
 
USS Kearsarge (1861)

... a Mohican-class sloop-of-war, is best known for her defeat of the Confederate commerce raider CSS Alabama during the American Civil War. Kearsarge was the only ship of the United States Navy named for Mount Kearsarge in New Hampshire. Subsequent ships were later named Kearsarge in honor of the ship.


Mount Kearsarge (2937 ft / 895 m asl) is a mountain located in Wilmot, New Hampshire, and Warner, New Hampshire. Two state parks are located at the northern and southern bases of the mountain - Winslow State Park and Rollins State Park, respectively - and the entire mountain is within Kearsarge Mountain State Forest. On a very clear day, skyscrapers in the city of Boston 80 miles (130 km) away are visible from the fire tower on the summit. The summit has remained bare since a 1796 forest fire.

The name of the mountain evolved from a 1652 rendering of the native Pennacook tribal name for the mountain, Carasarga, which it is surmised means "notch-pointed-mountain of pines".
 
USS Kearsarge (CV / CVA / CVS 33):
 
The third Kearsarge (CV-33) was launched 5 May 1945 by the New York Naval Shipyard, New York; sponsored by Mrs. Aubrey W. Fitch; and commissioned 2 March 1946, Captain Francis J. McKenna in command.

Kearsarge arrived at her homeport Norfolk 21 April 1946, and for the next year engaged in training operations along the East Coast and Caribbean. She cleared Norfolk 7 June 1947 on a midshipmen training cruise to the United Kingdom. Upon her return to the United States in August, the carrier engaged in maneuvers for 10 months before departing Hampton Roads 1 June 1948 for duty with the 6th Fleet. During her tour in the Mediterranean, units of the 6th Fleet were placed on alert to insure peace in the Arab-Israeli area. Kearsarge returned Quonset Point, R.I., 2 October and operated along the Atlantic Coast and the Caribbean until 27 January 1950 when she sailed for the West Coast. The carrier arrived Puget Sound Navy Yard 23 February and decommissioned there 16 June 1950 for a modernization overhaul that would enable her to handle new jet aircraft.

Kearsarge recommissioned 15 February 1952, Captain Louis B. French in command. Following shakedown the carrier cleared San Diego 11 August for intensive flight training in the Hawaiian Islands. Her readiness complete, she sailed for the Far East to engage in combat missions in the Korean war. Arriving Yokosuka 8 September, Kearsarge joined the fast carrier Task Force 77 off the east coast of Korea 6 days later. For the next 5 months the carrier's planes flew nearly 6,000 sorties against Communist forces in North Korea, unleashing considerable damage on enemy positions. She completed her tour in late February 1953, returning to her home-port, San Diego 17 March. While serving in Korea her classification was changed to CVA-33.

Kearsarge sailed again for the Far East 1 July 1953 and operated with the 7th Fleet fast carrier force during the uneasy truce in Korea. The "Mighty Kay" also kept watch over the Formosa Straits to prevent the Communists from interfering with the Chinese Nationalists on Taiwan. Kearsarge returned San Diego 18 January 1954 to resume training operations off California. Clearing San Diego 7 October, she steamed toward her third deployment to the Far East. While operating with the 7th Fleet, the carrier stood by to assist the Nationalist Chinese in the evacuation of the Tachen Islands. From 6 to 13 February 1955 Kearsarge supported units of the fleet in the successful evacuation of 18,000 civilians and 20,000 military personnel from the islands. Her cruise ended at San Diego 12 May and for the next 3 years operated on the annual deployment schedule to the Far East and training operations off California.

During the summer of 1958 Kearsarge was fitted out as an antisubmarine warfare support carrier and reclassified CVS-33. Following intensive training in her new role, the carrier sailed 5 September 1959 for 7th Fleet operations in the Far East. Early in her tour Japan was hit with a violent typhoon, and Kearsarge played an important role in providing relief to the victims. Her planes landed parties of medical and supply units, while her crew and air group donated clothing and money to the distressed people. After participating in SEATO exercises and 7th Fleet operations, she cleared Yokosuka 3 March 1960 for her homeward voyage.
Three days later in stormy waters 1,200 miles off Wake Island, four Russians were rescued after drifting 49 days in disabled landing craft. They were flown back to their country after Kearsarge arrived Alameda, Calif., 15 March; and the carrier received thanks from the Soviet Union for this gesture.

A year of training operations preceded her next deployment from San Diego which began 3 March 1961. The antisubmarine carrier steamed to Southeast Asian waters as the Communists intensified their effort to overthrow the government in Laos. The power and determination of the 7th Fleet was observed by the enemy and the crisis eased. Peace prevailed. After 6 months in the Far East, Kearsarge arrived Puget Sound 1 November for the second phase of her modernization.

Upon completion of repairs and training Kearsarge departed Long Beach 1 August 1962 to station herself in the Pacific missile range as a recovery ship in the Mercury orbital space flight of astronaut Walter Schirra. On October after a flawless flight, the carrier played her role in the "Space Age" by retrieving Schirra and his capsule and returning him to Honolulu for flight back to the States.

Kearsarge resumed training exercises, continuing these for 6 months before arriving Pearl Harbor 29 April 1963 to once again take part in the space program. The carrier repeated her earlier recovery by plucking astronaut Gordon Cooper on 18 May 1963 after he orbited the earth 22 times in his capsule "Faith 7." She returned the space hero to Pearl Harbor, then departed 4 June on her eighth cruise to the Far East. Operations with the 7th Fleet included keeping watch on the unsettled problems in Southeast Asia. Kearsarge returned Long Beach 3 December, for training exercises off California.

Six months later, 19 June 1964 the antisubmarine carrier was deployed on her ninth Far Eastern cruise. Arriving Yokosuka 30 July, Kearsarge was dispatched to the South China Sea, following the North Vietnamese patrol boat attack on U.S. destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin. While U.S. Navy planes destroyed North Vietnam oil and supply depots, Kearsarge provided antisubmarine protection for the 7th Fleet. The decisiveness of American action persuaded the Communists to delay their objectives for the time being; and Kearsarge returned Long Beach 16 December.

After overhaul during the first half of 1965, Kearsarge operated off the West Coast until sailing for the Far East 9 June 1966. Steaming via Hawaii and Japan, she reached "Yankee Station" 8 August and operated off Vietnam through 24 October. The next day she headed for the Kuala Lumpur area and anchored in the Strait of Malacca on the 30th. She returned via Subic Bay to "Yankee Station" 5 November and operated there through the 23d. The next day the carrier started home via Hong Kong and Japan, arriving San Diego 20 December. She operated on the West Coast until departing San Diego 18 August and reached Pearl Harbor 10 days later to prepare for future action.

Made redundant by the general fleet drawdown of the late 1960s and early 1970s, USS Kearsarge was decommissioned 13 February 1970. Following three years in the Reserve Fleet, she was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register in May 1973 and sold for scrapping in February 1974.

Kearsarge received two battle stars for Korean War service.

source: US Naval History & Heritage Command (NHHC)

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another history:


Kearsarge was one of the "long-hull" Essex-class ships. She was laid down on 1 March 1944 at the New York Navy Yard, and was launched on 5 May 1945, sponsored by Mrs. Gwyneth Fitch (née Conger), wife of Admiral Aubrey W. Fitch, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air). Kearsarge commissioned on 2 March 1946, with Captain Francis J. McKenna in command.

KEARSARGE (original hull number CV-12 > renamed to HORNET): The Chief of Naval Operations had ordered three Essex-class carriers on 10 May 1940 in anticipation of Congress passing the Two-Ocean Navy Act, although the ship that later became Hornet originally had the name Kearsarge with the hull number of CV-12. The contract to build her was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding on 9 September 1940, and her keel was laid down on 3 August 1942. The seventh Hornet (CV-8) was sunk in the Battle of Santa Cruz on 26 October 1942, and the CV-12 hull was renamed Hornet shortly afterwards.

Service:

Kearsarge arrived at her home port of Norfolk, Virginia on 21 April 1946, and for the next year engaged in training operations along the East Coast and Caribbean. She cleared Norfolk on 7 June 1947 on a midshipmen training cruise to the United Kingdom.

Upon her return to the United States in August, the carrier engaged in maneuvers for 10 months before departing Hampton Roads on 1 June 1948 for duty with the 6th Fleet. Tragedy marked her steaming. Eighteen Navy personnel and ten Marines were unaccounted for after a 50-foot open launch returning some 90 men to the carrier from liberty swamped in the choppy water of Hampton Roads on 31 May. Sixty-eight were recovered.

During her tour in the Mediterranean, units of the 6th Fleet were placed on alert to insure peace in the Middle East. Kearsarge returned to Quonset Point, Rhode Island on 2 October, and operated along the Atlantic Coast and the Caribbean until 27 January 1950, when she sailed for the West Coast. The carrier arrived Puget Sound Navy Yard on 23 February, and decommissioned there on 16 June 1950 for the SCB-27A modernization overhaul that would enable her to handle new jet aircraft.

Korean War:
Kearsarge recommissioned on 15 February 1952 with Captain Louis B. French in command. Following shakedown, the carrier cleared San Diego on 11 August for intensive flight training in the Hawaiian Islands. Her readiness complete, she sailed for the Far East to engage in combat missions in the Korean War. Arriving at Yokosuka on 8 September, Kearsarge joined the fast carrier Task Force 77 (TF 77) off the east coast of Korea six days later. For the next five months, the carrier's planes flew nearly 6,000 sorties against Communist forces in North Korea, unleashing considerable damage on enemy positions. She completed her tour in late February 1953, returning to her home port of San Diego on 17 March. While serving in Korea her classification was changed to CVA-33.

After returning to San Diego, Kearsarge was used in the filming of the 1954 movie The Caine Mutiny to depict the abortive visit to Admiral William F. Halsey, Jr. aboard his unnamed flagship.

Far East:
Kearsarge sailed again for the Far East on 1 July 1953 and operated with the 7th Fleet fast carrier force during the uneasy truce in Korea. The "Mighty Kay" (after three collisions with other ships in a short period of time, including the cruise ship SS Oriana, Kearsarge was also nicknamed by some "Rammin Rankin's Krashbarge" and "The Mighty Kay-RUNCH") also kept watch over the Formosa Straits to prevent the Communists from attacking the Chinese Nationalists on Taiwan. Kearsarge returned to San Diego on 18 January 1954 to resume training operations off California. Clearing San Diego on 7 October, she steamed toward her third deployment to the Far East. While operating with the 7th Fleet, the carrier stood by to assist the Nationalist Chinese in the evacuation of the Tachen Islands. From 6-13 February 1955, Kearsarge supported units of the fleet in the successful evacuation of 18,000 civilians and 20,000 military personnel from the islands. Her cruise ended at San Diego on 12 May and for the next three years operated on the annual deployment schedule to the Far East and training operations off California.

In 1956-57, Kearsarge received the SCB-125 modernization, mainly incorporating a hurricane bow and an angled deck.

During the summer of 1958, Kearsarge was fitted out as an antisubmarine warfare support carrier and reclassified CVS-33. Following intensive training in her new role, the carrier sailed on 5 September 1959 for 7th Fleet operations in the Far East. Early in her tour, Japan was hit with a violent typhoon, and Kearsarge played an important role in providing relief to the victims. Her planes landed parties of medical and supply units, while her crew and air group donated clothing and money to the distressed people. After participating in SEATO exercises and 7th Fleet operations, she cleared Yokosuka on 3 March 1960 for her homeward voyage. Three days later in stormy waters 1,200 miles (1,930 kilometers) off Wake Island, four Russians were rescued after drifting 49 days in disabled landing craft. They were flown back to their country after Kearsarge arrived in Alameda, California on 15 March; and the carrier received thanks from the Soviet Union for this gesture.

A year of training operations preceded her next deployment from San Diego which began on 3 March 1961. The antisubmarine carrier steamed to Southeast Asian waters as the Communists intensified their effort to overthrow the government in Laos. The demonstrations of the 7th Fleet were observed by the enemy and the crisis abated. After six months in the Far East, Kearsarge arrived Puget Sound on 1 November for the second phase of her modernizations.

Project Mercury:
Upon completion of repairs and training, Kearsarge departed Long Beach, California on 1 August 1962 to station herself in the Western Range as a recovery ship in the Project Mercury orbital space flight of astronaut Walter Schirra after splashdown. On 3 October, after a flawless flight, the carrier played her role in the Space Age by retrieving Schirra and his space capsule, Sigma 7, and returning him to Honolulu for flight back to the mainland.

Kearsarge resumed training exercises, continuing these for six months before arriving Pearl Harbor on 29 April 1963 to once again take part in the space program. The carrier repeated her earlier splashdown recovery by plucking astronaut Gordon Cooper on 16 May 1963 after he orbited the Earth 22 times in his capsule Faith 7.

Vietnam:
She returned the space hero to Pearl Harbor, then departed on 4 June on her eighth cruise to the Far East. Operations with the 7th Fleet included keeping watch on the unsettled problems in Southeast Asia. Kearsarge returned to Long Beach on 3 December for training exercises off California.

On 19 June 1964, the antisubmarine carrier was deployed on her ninth Far Eastern cruise. Arriving Yokosuka on 30 July, Kearsarge was dispatched to the South China Sea, following the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, the North Vietnamese patrol boat attack on U.S. destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin in early August 1964. While U.S. Navy planes destroyed North Vietnam oil and supply depots, Kearsarge provided antisubmarine protection for the 7th Fleet. Kearsarge returned to Long Beach on 16 December.

After overhaul during the first half of 1965, Kearsarge operated off the West Coast and appeared in a 1965 episode of Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre entitled "The Admiral," with a number of Douglas A-1 Skyraiders painted in Korean War-period colors on her deck for the production. She departed for the Far East on 9 June 1966. Steaming via Hawaii and Japan, she reached "Yankee Station" on 8 August and operated off Vietnam through 24 October. The next day she headed for the Kuala Lumpur area and anchored in the Strait of Malacca on the 30th. She returned via Subic Bay to "Yankee Station" on 5 November and operated there through the 23rd. The next day, the carrier started home via Hong Kong and Japan, arriving in San Diego on 20 December. She operated on the West Coast until departing San Diego on 18 August and reached Pearl Harbor 10 days later to prepare for future action.

Made redundant by the general fleet drawdown of the late 1960s and early 1970s, Kearsarge was decommissioned on 13 February 1970. Following three years in the Reserve Fleet, she was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register in May 1973 and sold for scrap in February 1974.

source: wikipedia
 
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