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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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Comment by Richard Bonilla, USS Ranger CV61 on March 20, 2014 at 12:23pm

Chiefs Mess ...  best food on the ship....

Comment by Martin Knight on November 13, 2013 at 10:44pm

Was stationed on the USS Ranger from 1983 to 1987 out of NAS North Island. Master Chief Hobbs was of course the CMC. I worked in G-1 Division, Weapons Elevators. I made Chief while on board. Alot of hard work and good training.

Comment by Mark W. Senda on August 4, 2013 at 1:34pm
During a recent swing through Seattle, I decided to take the ferry over to Bremerton. I knew that the Ranger was sitting in mothballs there and I was anxious to take a peek since I had not seen her since my out-processing in the spring of 1983. Sitting in a row and not far from the main gate to the base the old gal sat, looking sad along side such other memorable ships like the Indy, Connie, And Kitty (all for whatever reason which looked even sadder and in greater stress).
As I went back to the ferry dock and waited for the next run back to Seattle, I walked over to a small bodega who advertised "lumpia". This was another memory from my past days in Subic Bay and brought back even more memories. The whole experience humbled me and left me humming the old Kansas song Dust in the Wind.....
Comment by michael michalak on April 30, 2013 at 7:45pm

the ranger was by far my best command, i was CMAA from sept of'90 until i retired in may of'92.

Comment by Ken Estes on April 5, 2013 at 11:10am

Aloha Terry,

Thank you Terry and all else who contributed.  The Foundation really tried but without $millions vs $'s it could not gain traction.   I have partnered with another Rangerman--John Slaughter, to produce a memorial, History and Reunion website to keep the memories alive.  Thanks to all.


Ranger OP Div, Photo Lab 1959

Comment by Ken Estes on April 5, 2013 at 11:07am

$14 million and a pier to tie up at.   It is too late, unless you have the money and the location--let me know and we will bust buns with Congress to get her saved!

Comment by Francis Kenneth Leach, Jr. on April 4, 2013 at 9:14pm

How much wwould a group have to raise to save the Ranger?

Comment by Terry A. Chapman on April 4, 2013 at 8:53pm
Aloha Ken,
Sorry to hear this. I know you have worked long and hard to get this done, and to have it unravel in the 11th hour is very frustrating. Mahalo for all of your hard work!

Chappy C.
Ranger V-2 85-86
Comment by Ken Estes on April 4, 2013 at 8:33pm

Been a while since I posted (Feb 2011)   This is sad news I bring.  I retired shortly after I made this post, leaving the effort in I hoped better hands.  After 13 years of trying to save Ranger, they had a location and were starting to raise money.  But they forgot one thing--The BNSF RR bridge at Vancouver.  When they could not get through they failed to convience NAVSEA they every had a chance, and NAVSEA pulled the donation hold and posted Ranger for dismantling.  I joined another group and we tried every port that had rejected us in 2001---only to find they still rejected us.  Sorry guys, No Port, No Money and now No Ship.  I hurt to say this as I spent twice as much time to save her as I spent in the Navy.  However there is a great group of guys in the Ranger Reunion Association (  Dues are low cost, message on reuniting shipmates--they have convention every year just to have fun.  Not like  having our ship but.   Oh, about the group in Fairview, they are in the process of changing their name and will attempt to get a smaller ship.

Comment by Francis Kenneth Leach, Jr. on April 4, 2013 at 4:50pm



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