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USS America CVA-66

The fifth USS America (CVA/CV-66) was one of four Kitty Hawk-class super carriers built for the United States Navy in the 1960s

Veterans: 67
Latest Activity: Jul 9

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Collision at sea

Started by Jack Washburn. Last reply by francis mickey doyle Oct 10, 2013. 1 Reply

1973-75

Started by Jeffrey Marc Nadeau Sr. Apr 24, 2013. 0 Replies

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Comment by Michael Alan Sonntag on July 9, 2019 at 2:48pm

The USS America anchored in the St. John river for four days in May 1977.

Anyone got any pictures of the ship or the area during that time?

One day while on liberty, I walked South of Mayport through some residential neighborhoods and then East to the Atlantic coast.  There was a thunderstorm way out over the Atlantic.  After walking maybe a mile South down the coast, I came to a jetty and there was a huge school of mullet on the South side of the jetty.  It was impressive and the memories are vivid.  Problem is that I find any indication today that such a jetty ever existed at such a location. 

Anyone have any ideas?

Comment by John W Sargent on January 16, 2019 at 11:09am

When the subject comes up, l say. I saw Africa from both ends, became a Shellback. Watched the bomb flashes from the air strikes on Hyong . Adventure that can not be had in the Navy now.  The adventure must be their now only different.  Liberty all over the Med. I have heard that they no longer pay in cash  as they did when I was in. Take it or leave it.

All from the deck of the America CVA 66. Never want shore duty again!

Comment by Donald F. Schaeffer on January 15, 2019 at 10:24pm

Reported aboard while she was completing her major overhaul in Portsmouth Navel Ship Yard, VA.  in 1975.  I was newly married and fresh out of AN/SPS-48A school.  As an FTM1, I was in charge of the newly installed AN/SPS 48A radar system.  We did a South America cruse to serve as a training ship for the Brazilians to equality for carrier landings.  This included crossing the Equator both ways.  There were only about 800 Shellbacks on the way down and about 4,000 on the way home.  Our first deployment to the Med after the yard was the first deployment of the F-14 Tomcat.  It was a good cruse.  Our daughter was born while the ship was in port in Italy.  I detached for shore duty at Dam Neck in 1978.

Comment by Ricky Harvey on September 21, 2018 at 11:05pm
Meant to say in comments that I was just out to see if I knew anybody
Comment by Ricky Harvey on September 21, 2018 at 10:14pm

On board from 75- 77.....A gang just out , was just a dumb kid then , sorry I didn't take full advantage of the opportunity that I had at the time .would sure like to hear from anyone that remembers me. Having said that, great ship even better friends

Comment by David R. Seale on March 12, 2017 at 12:43pm

Deployed on the America in 1972 to 1973 with Squadron VA 86, A-7C planes to Gulf of Tonkin. Was an AQ in the Integrated Weapons Team working on the aircraft and weapons guidance systems.

Comment by Robert D. Fugate on December 16, 2015 at 8:00am

Deployed on the America with VF-102. PR1. 1990-1992.

Comment by Keith Longley on May 26, 2015 at 5:40am

I was onboard from 1987 to 1992. I was in OED Division. Made the Med/IO in 89 and the two back to back cruises in 1990/1991.

Comment by Craig S. Allen on July 16, 2014 at 6:44pm

EM3 assigned to the Arresting Gear from '79-'81. One Med cruise and two trips to St. Thomas...oh yeah, and about a year in dry dock at Portsmouth.

Comment by Paul Basso on February 15, 2014 at 6:57pm

I was an AME-AA attached to VAQ-132. Didn't see much of the cruise or the ship due to mess cooking. Only partial cruise, no more.

 

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