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Friday, February 11, 2011

USS Lexington CV-16

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This is the USS Lexington (CV-16). My uncle served on the 4th USS Lexington (CV-2) and talked about the search for Amelia Earhart in 1937. Even though he technically did not serve on this ship, we had a wonderful time roaming her. (Sorry about the pic, it was taken through the Jeep side vinyl window.)

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The stern or aft of the ship, near the entrance ramp.

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The location from where we shot the first pic. The approach ramps on steeper than they look. Cars were sliding backwards down the ramps the week before in the freezing rain.

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The Rising Sun Flag on the island marks the location of a kamikaze strike during the Battle of Leyte Gulf 1944.

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It is interesting to note the length of service of this ship, all the way from wood and cloth built aircraft to this F2H Banshee jet aircraft. To its left, is a most impressive A-6 Intruder, a workhorse of naval aviation during the Vietnam War and a center piece of the Flight of the Intruder novel.

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The USS Lexington carried decent defensive weapons, especially Five inch / 38 Caliber Guns.

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A hell of a place to be for a 18-20 year kid firing this thing at 20 rounds per minute. This is a twin installation.

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My uncle was a cook on Lexington CV-2, not this ship. I imagine working here was not an easy job, feeding several thousand people every day.

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If you look closely you see the big kettles from the starboard side of the kitchen (or is it galley).

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Two feeding lines filled with impatient and hungry sailors. This ship was the first to have females on board in the Navy.

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Speaking of women, this one needs to read the signs.

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Need a pain killer for the job?

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Got a broken bone from that Master Chief kicking you in the pants?

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How about an eye exam to keep from smacking your head on the bulkheads?

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Emergency operations, need an IV?

We had a grand time touring this ship. The last carrier we had toured was the USS Nimitz before she was commissioned in the mid 70s. We recommend a visit if you are in the vicinity.

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