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USS Constellation CV-64

USS Constellation (CV-64), a Kitty Hawk-class supercarrier, was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named in honor of the "new constellation of stars" on the flag of the United States.

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Latest Activity: Jul 15, 2019

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my service on the "Connie"

Started by coy smith. Last reply by Darrell Poole Feb 10, 2013. 1 Reply

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Comment by Brian O'Connor on February 11, 2019 at 1:09am

Served in Constellation for a whopping 5 months while waiting for a school. Worked in 1 AMR and 4MMR for GQ. running the SSTG's. Met her in the yards in Bremerton and brought her south to San Diego, going through OPPE and carrier quals.

Comment by Eric Van Stralen on November 11, 2015 at 1:57pm

I was on the Connie from early 1972 until Jan 1975.   We did a couple deployments to the Tonkin Gulf (Yankee Station for the most part) and a trip to Pakistan.   I helped put together the two cruisebooks.

Comment by Richard Harvey Galloway on September 23, 2014 at 11:18am

Looking for cruise books from years 1965,1966 1968 if you have any my e-mail address is

Comment by Jerry Ballard(sw)SH1Ret on April 28, 2014 at 10:10pm

Comment by Jerry Ballard(sw)SH1Ret on April 28, 2014 at 10:06pm

Paul, Yes you do l, you do qualify shipmate.

Richard, 74 is when I joined the Navy My first ship was the USS Alamo LSD-33 and when they decommissioned it, they sold the ship to a government in South America and when it had a main space fire, the crew jumped overboard and it sunk.

Well, now it's a home for wayward fish

Comment by Richard S. Richardson on April 7, 2014 at 1:31pm

Was aboard 72- 74, OC Division

Comment by Paul F. Rosscup on March 22, 2014 at 4:48am

I only did a 30 day shake out cruise after the '82 cruise, but I was on the Connie so I qualify as a shipmate.

Comment by Jerry Ballard(sw)SH1Ret on September 11, 2013 at 5:30pm

Hi Dalton

Ya that was one wicked cruise... I remember it most because when I got back that year I was Married, and wondering if I was going to have to set another date

hahahah... Maybe I'm nuts, but I would love to go back to sea one more time as long as I can pick the ship........ hahahahahah

Comment by Dalton Ray Phillips on September 10, 2013 at 10:46pm

Jerry - yes I remember that long stint setting off the coast of Saudi Arabia very well. It was while our embassy people were being held hostage in Iran. We had offloaded most of our perishable stores in PI,  in preparation for going home. But the word came through ordering us to head for the Arabian Sea ASAP. Very slim pickings - food wise. We left the PI dragging two screws, but we made our operational commitment. We took a large number of Filipino yard workers with us, to work on putting the engineering plant back together while we set at anchorage off of Saudi Arabia. I saw a big sand storm out there - thirty miles at sea. Brought back memories for me of growing up in west Texas. It took about three weeks for them to get a stores ship out there to replenish our refrigerated/frozen stores. With the heat and the reduced calorie intake, I lost over twenty pounds just during those last two or three months of that cruise.

Comment by Jerry Ballard(sw)SH1Ret on September 10, 2013 at 10:23pm

Hi Michael, Ya David mentioned he did that. He worked up in Fire Control, He's my Brother. and He lives in Iowa now Did he ever tell you that our Great, Great Grandfather was the one who invented the Ballard Block Rifle?

He may not have come to think about it, We discovered this on  Dad even went to the plant where they made them. Sold them to the Calvary during the Civil War


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