CVA-59 USS Forrestal Patch


US NAVY SHIPS THE USS FORRESTAL CVA-59 PATCH (CVA-59: dp. (1)56,000, 1. 1,046', b. 129'4', ew. 252' s. 33 k.; cpl. 4,000+; a. 8 5' 54 eal.; cl. Forrestal) Forrestal (CVA-59) was launched 11 December 1954 by Newport News Shipbuildingand Drydock Co. Newport News, Va.; sponsored by Mrs. James V Forrestal,widow of Secretary Forrestal; and commissioned 1 October 1955, Captain R.L. Johnson in command. From her home port, Norfolk, Va., Forrestal spent the first year of her commissioned service in intensive training operations off the Virginia Capes and in the Caribbean. An important assignment was training aviators in theuse of her advanced facilities, a duty on which she often operated out ofMayport, Fla. On 7 November 1956, she put to sea from Mayport to operatein the eastern Atlantic during the Suez Crisis ready to enter the Mediterranean should her great strength be necessary. She returned to Norfolk 12 Decembert o prepare for her first deployment with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean,for which she sailed 15 January 1957. On this, as on her succeeding tours of duty in the Mediterranean, Forrestalvisited many ports to allow dignitaries and the general public to come aboardand view the tremendous power for peace she represented. For military observers,she staged underway demonstrations to illustrate her capacity to bring airpower to and from the sea in military operations on any scale. She returned to Norfolk 22 July 1957 for exercises off the North Carolina coast in preparation for her first NATO Operation, 'Strikeback,' in the North Sea.This deployment, between 3 September and 22 October, found her visitingSouthampton England, as well as drilling in the highly important task ofcoordinating United States naval power with that of other NATO nations. The next year found Forrestal participating in a series of major fleet exercises, as well as taking part in experimental flight operations. During the Lebanon Crisis of summer 1958, the great carrier was again called upon to operate in the eastern Atlantic to back up naval operations in the Mediterranean. She sailed from Norfolk 11 July to embark an air group at Mayport 2 days later, then patrolled the Atlantic until returning to Norfolk 17 July. On her second tour of duty in the Mediterranean, from 2 September 1958to 12 March 1959, Forrestal again combined a program of training, patrol,and participation in major exercises with ceremonial hospitality and public visiting. Her guest list during this cruise was headed by Secretary of Defense N. H McElroy. Returning to Norfolk, she continued the never ending task of training new aviators, constantly maintaining her readiness for instantreaction to any demand for her services brought on by international events.Visitors during the year included King Hussein of Jordan. Forrestal again brought her imposing presence to the 6th Fleet between28 January 1960 and 31 August visiting the ports usual to a Mediterranean deployment as well as Split, Yugoslavia. Again she was open for visitorsat many ports, as well as taking part in the patrol and training schedule of the 6th Fleet. Upon her return to the United States, she resumed herschedule of east coast and Caribbean operations for the remainder of the year. The Forrestal was stricken from the Navy List 11 Sep 1993; At the Naval Education and Training Center, Newport, R.I., 14 Sept. 1998 on hold as museum donation. - TWILL FLAT EDGE WITH PLASTIC BACKING FOR IRON ON CONVENIENCE

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