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USS Ranger CVA-61

Ranger was the first aircraft carrier in the world to be laid down as an angled-deck ship. She was laid down 2 August 1954 by Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Newport News, Virginia, launched 29 September 1956

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Latest Activity: Oct 7, 2016

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Comment by John Boatwright on May 25, 2016 at 8:59pm

Came aboard the RANGER Dec 1978.Reported to V-1 DIV. At the end of 1979 WESTPAC sent to NAS Memphis for A School. Returned to the RANGER and reported to IM-2 DIV.  On board during the mishap near Singapore. in 79. And served in the Indian Ocean campaign in 1980. Awarded the Navy Expiditionary Service Medal.

Comment by Francis Kenneth Leach, Jr. on February 15, 2015 at 11:06pm

Looking for Billy Mitchell JO3

Comment by Dr. Rhiannon A. La Passioneria on February 13, 2015 at 3:28am

The Ranger had 4 Mains and 2 Aux's. She had 4 Screws and 2 Rudders. I saw her in dry dock in Yokuska after the ship wreck in April of 1979. 

Comment by Michael Edward Gentry on February 13, 2015 at 2:46am

Number of screws? I seem to remember the Ranger having 2 screws this was in 72-73 the u-tube tour mentioned 4 screws  and four diesel generators? was she retro fitted?

Comment by Michael Edward Gentry on February 12, 2015 at 1:09am

Dealers, loan sharks and murderers...At the end of Vietnam...most of the enlisted crew were court side enlistees every thing short of murder one...a tough crew...we did get the job done...but it was sort of jail house rules...mind your own with the team....or you might go for a midnight swim...pretty much the Navy anyway....some ports were walking on the wild side as well....

Comment by Michael Edward Gentry on February 12, 2015 at 12:44am

Playing chicken was pretty common during Vietnam unwraps we would get the fuel and bombs on board about the time an east block vessel would bear down on us. We were living on frozen ballast left over from WWII and what the whales brought in.

Comment by Michael Edward Gentry on February 12, 2015 at 12:34am

I was aboard the ranger 72-73 end of the Vietnam war with akron 113

we had general quarters a couple of times our primary battle station was in Haiphong Harbor or within quick strike range to support the blockade I would like to hear from other brown water sailors that served during and in the blockade. I saw a post that asked if anyone remembered a Medic named PAT? ...Petty Officer or chief as I recall known for screaming obscenities if his coffee cup was washed...done every once in a while just for the entertainment...although now I realise that it may have been the beginning of hypertension hope he has done well as I hope all of my shipmates did... 

Comment by AL Nord on September 29, 2014 at 4:03pm

My VAQ squadron from NAS Whidbey Is Wa were aboard the USS Ranger right after it had been retrofitted and the Chief's mess moved to another location. the first day out to sea another Squadron CO tried to catapult the F-4 he was flying with the parking brake engaged. the Catapult was able to move the F-4 and over the angel deck it went as the crew ejected. The black tire skid marks on the deck were about 1/4" thick and stuck to the flight deck like cement. This was in 1977 if I remember correctly.

Comment by Dr. Rhiannon A. La Passioneria on March 31, 2014 at 8:35am

I was an RM2 (CT/ET/SW) DCPO PPO for COMMs. I was there at 0455 5 Apr.1979 when we played chicken with that Russian tanker and lost. I was also there when sailors were being murdered. I got out with my life. I loved the ship bu I hated the Dealers, Loan Sharks and Murderers.

Comment by Paul F. Rosscup on March 21, 2014 at 3:08pm

I did one cruise on the Ranger and it was not a good one. 82-83 cruise, we lost 10 shipmates, a couple of aircraft, we had 3 real general quarters-the first one was when a shipmate got blown overboard the day of flight opts-the rescue copter only found his crannial, next we had a collision with a tanker refueling us, the Capt. decided he wanted to take a 25 degree turn to starboard, where the tanker was at, so from then on he was referred to as "Capt. Crunch and the last and worst was we had a major fire in Engine room 2 that killed 6 shipmates when the fuel flashed. I didn't enjoy my time on the Ranger at all. We were supposed to go to Sydney, Perth and Hobart, Tazmania, but some butthead Marine General thought it would be a good idea to see if a carrier, who was running on 2 screws, could still maintain it's readiness so we stayed on station for almost 4 months. We missed a 6 pack cruuise by about a week. We did manage to get engine 2 repaired and online by the time we got back to the P.I., then we headed back to the states. Worst cruise ever, for me at least.


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