My last Naval Reserve active duty stint was 3 weeks on board CVN-75, USS Harry S Truman during the the summer of 2009. It was an absolute kick in the pants to get back out in that environment and for a born and bred carrier guy like me (between my Dad and me we’ve worked on/flown on at least 13 carriers: CVs 11, 14, 26, 34, 42, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 71, 73, 75), it was sweet nectar for this naval flight officer’s soul.
Sad to say the first 8 are ex-carriers now and 6 of those 8 are razor blades, having been broken up into scrap metal. The other two of those 8, ENTERPRISE and KENNEDY are awaiting likely a similar fate while in storage shipyards on the east coast.
Here are those 13 carriers, dating from my dad’s first recorded carrier landing in an SNJ Texan on 21 Dec 1954 on board the USS MONTEREY (CV-26) until my last carrier duty as a staff officer on board USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN-75) 55 years later.