USS Kearsarge CVA-33 Aircraft Carrier Model
Fly off of the USS Kearsarge CVA-33 Aircraft Carrier Model in this handcrafted
wooden model. Each model is carved from wood and handcrafted to provide a piece
Length - 24 inches
USS Kearsarge (CV/CVA/CVS-33) was one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers
completed during or shortly after World War II for the United States Navy. The
ship was the third US Navy ship to bear the name, and was named for a Civil
War-era steam sloop. Kearsarge was commissioned in March 1946. Modernized in
the early 1950s as an attack carrier (CVA), she served in the Korean War, for
which she earned two battle stars. In the late 1950s she was further modified
to become an anti-submarine carrier (CVS). Kearsarge was the recovery ship for
the last two manned Project Mercury space missions in 1962–1963. She completed
her career serving in the Vietnam War, earning five battle stars.
She was decommissioned in 1970, and sold for scrap in 1974.
Construction and commissioning
Kearsarge was one of the "long-hull" Essex-class ships. She was laid down on 1
March 1944 at the New York Navy Yard, and was launched on 5 May 1945, sponsored
by Mrs. Gwyneth Fitch (née Conger), wife of Admiral Aubrey W. Fitch, Deputy
Chief of Naval Operations (Air). Kearsarge commissioned on 2 March 1946, with
Captain Francis J. McKenna in command.
KEARSARGE Original Hull Number (CV-12 Renamed to HORNET): The Chief of Naval
Operations had ordered three Essex-class carriers on 10 May 1940 in
anticipation of Congress passing the Two-Ocean Navy Act, although the ship that
later became Hornet originally had the name Kearsarge with the hull number of
CV-12. The contract to build her was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding on 9
September 1940, and her keel was laid down on 3 August 1942. The seventh Hornet
(CV-8) was sunk in the Battle of Santa Cruz on 26 October 1942, and the CV-12
hull was renamed Hornet shortly afterwards.