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USS Ticonderoga CV-14/CVA-14/CVS-14


USS Ticonderoga CV-14/CVA-14/CVS-14

USS Ticonderoga (CV/CVA/CVS-14) was one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the United States Navy. The ship was the fourth US Navy ship to bear the name.

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Comment by Larry Qualter on June 29, 2014 at 8:41pm
The Big T Veteran Association is open to all those who served on the Tico! May 13-18,2015 there will be a reunion in Minneapolis!
Take a look at the website
Comment by Marvin L. Eaves on June 29, 2014 at 8:27pm

I served on the Ticonderoga CVA 14-----65,66,67 two west pac cruise I was in E Div. we made and control electricty for the ship. I enjoy my time on board--

Comment by Michael T Tracy on June 9, 2014 at 6:48am

I served on the Ticonderoga CVS-14 from Aug 1971 to Aug 1972.  I was assigned to the Air Borne Radar Repair Shop in AIMD div.  I was aboard for the Apollo 16 recovery mission.  We also deployed in the South China Sea during my service as an ATR-2 there.  I was officially initiated into the mysteries of the ancient deep as a Shell Backs when we crossed the equator during the Apollo 16 recovery mission. 

Comment by Fred McKague, ETC Ret. on January 17, 2012 at 10:38am

Was on the Tico from 55 to 56. I left just after we went into the yard for angle deck conversion. My first ship and first cruise. (9 mo. to the Med.) Left for pre-com to the Uss Ranger CVA-61 in 56. On that first cruise a Banshee missed all 12 wires, bounced and came ripping through the barricade killing 12 guys on the flight deck forward. I was under the plane on the port cat hooking up for a launch. That was the last time we landed and launched at the same time on a straight deck. It still took 8 years before I realized the flight deck was a dangerous place to work. I then went to ET school for a year and switched from AB to ET. The work was safer plus I got $75 bux a mo. pro-pay.

Comment by Kenneth Probus on August 31, 2011 at 11:36am
I was station on the Tico from Feb 1969 to Nov 1972. Worked in the V4 aviation fuels dept for the whole duration. While she was in drydock I volunteered for Appollo 12 pickup on the USS Hornet and then again on the Tico for the Appollo 16 pickup. I miss those years now that I look back.
Comment by David Lee Barbee on May 30, 2011 at 5:39pm
I was aboard Tico from Jan 68 to Jan 71. Flew over and caught the ship in Subic on her way to the Tonkin Gulf, then flew back to San Diego at the end of that deployment to be on hand to prepare for an extended upkeep in Long Beach, then back to WestPac. Never made a deployment on Tico as a a CVS. For my crew that would have been a pleasure cruise after all those Tonkin Gulf air ops. Even though we were ship's company, air ops had a dreaded meaning for my work center.
Are you familiar with the Navy Together We Serve website? If you're interested, google NTWS. It is a free site, but there is a $20.00 annual fee to enjoy all the features. Well worth it to me. If you find your way there, look me up among the membership. I'm not selling the site, but it is a good place to look up past shipmates and keep up with Navy stuff.
Also, I have a lot of Tico photos posted there. Worth a check-out
Comment by Larry Qualter on May 30, 2011 at 2:32pm

David, It is a small world! What years were you on board? I was on '69 to Nov. 5,1970. We worked both the Aviation Hydraulics shop but also airframes and supply when needed. During conversion in Long Beach I was on team responsible for inventory of all aviation gear.

The Hydraulic shop was often called upon to fix the Dental Depts chairs, Equipment in the Bakery and even a few times assisted the Arresting Gear Group with parts. Our shop could fabricate hoses and tubing. Were you aboard when someone put the tie downs around the brake lines? When the ship met heavy swells the lines tore up. We had to fabricate new lines for most of the aircraft so they could fly that day!.

Maybe one day we can attend the Ticonderoga Assoc. reunion and meet in person!

Hope you and yours have a great holiday also! We will when those who went before us are not forgotten!

Comment by David Lee Barbee on May 30, 2011 at 1:27pm
Small world, Larry. I supervised the Hydraulics work center, EAO1, during my time aboard Tico. But hydraulics wasn't all there was to our job. I've often said, everything that went up, down, or sideways and didn't fly, that was our job to keep going.
Our work station was our berthing area, the #3 deckedge aircraft elevator machinery room. Like you said, you learn to sleep. Much like the arresting gear, those elevators could make a lot of noise when they move.
Hope you and your family are having a good holiday weekend.
Comment by Larry Qualter on May 30, 2011 at 12:59pm


Four years ago I took my wife to California driving from San Fransisco to San Diego! We loved what the city had become.

Almost all the bases I flew in to are gone now or changed ownership. Gone are Alameda; El Toro,Long Beach, Changed Ownership Moffett Field and Miramar.Only Lemoore and North Island are untouched! I could not believe the number of ships in San Diego compared to the 60's. I was a great city to be home-ported in  back then.If I had been home-ported for the remainder of my years in the Navy would have stayed in and made it a career. Could not guarantee me that!

The Ticonderoga was a great old ship! I was in the Hydraulic shop near the fantail so it was quiet there when there were no flight operations. My bunk was just under the flight deck under the arresting gear. You learned to sleep.

If I get any more pictures will post them!


Comment by David Lee Barbee on May 30, 2011 at 11:45am
Larry, thanks for posting the photo of Tico heading West.
Much as I enjoy viewing photos of the ship, I also get a kick out of seeing views of San Diego in the back ground. That was my home for the entire twenty years I spent in the service, and all my kids were born there. In that twenty years I pretty much saw San Diego grow and expand into what is was to become today, WAtched the bay bridge as it was being built, witnessed the beginning construction of the Interstate Hiway system through much of San Diego County, the development of Mission Valley into a shopping mecca, forming of the San Diego Charges team, the end of the ferry and water taxis to North Island, the end of the tuna factory which eventually meant the end of the 28th street fleet landing and expansion of NASSCO.
I could go on and on, but the point is, I still miss livng in the area even after being gone these 35 years, and my years aboard Tico were the most productive of all my years in the service.

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