USS Tarawa (CV 40)

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- Later CVA 40, CVS 40, AVT 12 - Decommissioned -



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  • Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Delta - Tango
  • Tactical Voice Radio Call: "CHARGER"
  • USS TARAWA was one of the ESSEX - class aircraft carriers and the first ship in the Navy to bear the name. On October 1, 1952, the TARAWA was redesignated as CVA 40 after she had been decommissioned from June 30, 1949 - February 3, 1951. On January 10, 1955, TARAWA was redesignated as CVS 40.
  • USS TARAWA was eventually decommissioned on May 13, 1960, and placed in reserve at Philadelphia, Pa. While there, TARAWA was again redesignated when she became AVT 12 in May 1961. On June 1, 1967, her name was struck from the Navy list; and, on October 3, 1968, she was sold to the Boston Metals Corp., Baltimore, Md., for scrapping.

General Characteristics:

  • Awarded: 1942
  • Keel laid: March 1, 1944
  • Launched: May 12, 1945
  • Commissioned: December 8, 1945
  • Decommissioned: May 13, 1960
  • Builder: Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Norfolk, Va.
  • Propulsion system: 8 boilers
  • Propellers: four
  • Aircraft elevators: three
  • Arresting gear cables: four
  • Catapults: two
  • Length: 888.5 feet (270.8 meters)
  • Flight Deck Width: 129.9 feet (39.6 meters)
  • Beam: 101 feet (30.8 meters)
  • Draft: 30.8 feet (9.4 meters)
  • Displacement: approx. 38,500 tons full load
  • Speed: 33 knots