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Online Library of Selected Images:
-- U.S. NAVY SHIPS --

USS Valley Forge (CV-45), 1946-1971 --
Miscellaneous Activities and Operations in 1950-53

Immediately before and after the Korean War, and while "working up" during that conflict, Valley Forge carried out the routine work that comes an aircraft carrier's way: training, shipyard availability and logistics. In early 1950, she ferried aircraft to and from Hawaii, before beginning what then looked like a peacetime deployment to the Far East. In the last part of 1953, after four combat tours in just over three years, Valley Forge was overhauled and then transited the Panama Canal to take up new duties with the Atlantic Fleet.

This page features images of USS Valley Forge's 1950-53 activities that are not Korean War related.

For links to further pictures of Valley Forge's activities and operations in 1950-53, see:
USS Valley Forge -- Korean War Era Actions and Activities -- Selected Views.


For links to additional views related to USS Valley Forge, see:
USS Valley Forge (CV/CVA/CVS-45 and LPH-8) -- Selected Views.

If you want higher resolution reproductions than the digital images presented here, see: "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions."

Click on the small photograph to prompt a larger view of the same image.

Photo #: NH 96975

USS Valley Forge (CV-45)


Crewmen line the carrier's decks to watch Hawaiian hula dancers welcome their ship to Pearl Harbor, 8 April 1950.
Valley Forge brought fighter, bomber and transport planes to replace Hawaii-based aircraft that she was to ferry back to the mainland for overhaul. She was scheduled to sail for San Francisco on 11 April.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the "All Hands" collection at the Naval Historical Center.

Online Image: 115KB; 595 x 765 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 96943

USS Valley Forge (CVA-45)


Approaches the Pedro Miguel Lock while transiting the Panama Canal, circa 18 August 1953. Her deckload includes several TBM, F4U and F2H aircraft and many automobiles.
Photograph was released for publication on 16 September 1953.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

Online Image: 146KB; 740 x 620 pixels

 

For links to further pictures of Valley Forge's activities and operations in 1950-53, see:
USS Valley Forge -- Korean War Era Actions and Activities -- Selected Views.


For links to additional views related to USS Valley Forge, see:
USS Valley Forge (CV/CVA/CVS-45 and LPH-8) -- Selected Views.


If you want higher resolution reproductions than the digital images presented here, see: "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions."


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16 September 1999