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USS WASP   (CV-18)
(later CVA-18 and CVS-18)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Lima - Juliet

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After SCB-27A Modernization
CV-18 Wasp
NS021857
100k

USS Wasp (CVA-18). From Our Navy magazine, First of March, 1954.

Photo was taken circa 1951-1952, just after SCB-27A modernization, with Carrier Air Group 1 (CVG-1) aboard.

Stanley Svec
CV-18 Wasp
NS021886
43k

Four U.S. Navy aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Group (CVG) 1 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CV-18) in 1951–52. The first and last aircraft are Douglas AD-4 Skyraiders, the first being the personal aircraft of the Carrier Air Group Commander ("CAG") while the other aircraft are the planes of the squadron commanders (front to back): next to the AD-4 of the CAG flies a McDonnell F2H-2 Banshee of Fighter Squadron (VF) 12 "Flying Ubangis;" then a Vought F4U-4 Corsair of VF-14 "Top Hatters;" finally an AD-4 of Attack Squadron (VA) 15 "Valions."

Photo from U.S. Navy publication Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons, Volume 1, The History of VA, VAH, VAK, VAL, VAP and VFA Squadrons; Chapter 2, Attack Squadron Histories for VA-1E to VA-23.

Robert Hurst
CV-18 Wasp
NS0218aa
243k

USS Wasp (CV-18) underway with Carrier Air Group (CVG) 1 embarked, 1951–1952. USN photo # 442111.

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
CV-18 Wasp
NS021896
78k

On April 26, 1952 Wasp collided with destroyer minesweeper Hobson (DMS-26) while conducting night flight operations in the Atlantic, en route to Gibraltar. Hobson was cut in two and sank. Rapid rescue operations saved 61 men, but Hobson lost 176 of her crew, including her skipper. Although Wasp sustained no personnel casualties her hull was severely damaged, with a 30 x 50-foot bite gouged out of the bow. With the carrier urgently needed for duty in the Mediterranean, preparations for repairs were begun immediately.

Wasp carefully proceeded to Bayonne, N.J., entered drydock there on 8 May and her damaged bow was cleared out with blow torches. The following day, the bow of aircraft carrier Hornet (CV-12) —then undergoing conversion in Brooklyn, N.Y.— was cut off and floated by barge across the bay. It was fitted into position under Wasp that afternoon, with steel plates to close any remaining gaps, and workers began round-the-clock welding operations. This remarkable repair task, which including replacing 61 lifeboats and refitting the carrier's anchor chain, was completed in only 10 days, enabling the carrier to get underway on 21 May. Shifting south to Norfolk, the crew spent a short three days preparing for deployment and Wasp sailed east across the Atlantic on 24 May.

(NS021896) Wasp entering New York Harbor on 6 May 1952 after her collision with Hobson on 26 April 1952. Photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum (# CVA 18 130X2-5-52).

(NS021896a) Survivors of Hobson being transported aboard a Navy launch on 6 May 1952. Left to right on stretcher are CSC Gene St. Martin and RMSN David D. Sanford. Photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum (# CVA 18 130X4-5-52).

(NS021896b) Survivors of Hobson on the flight deck of Wasp on 6 May 1952. Photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum (# CVA 18 130X6-5-52).

(NS021863) Damaged section of Wasp's bow is shown as water drains from Bayonne drydock. Naval History & Heritage Command photo # NH 97512.

(NS021863b) View of the damaged bow of Wasp on 9 May 1952 in dry dock in Bayonne shipyard. Photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum (# CVA 18 130X6-5-52).

(NS021863a) Cradled Hornet bow is moved into position under Wasp just before the "welding ceremony." From "All Hands" magazine, July 1952 issue.

(See also NS021294.)

Darryl Baker
CV-18 Wasp
NS021896a
192k
CV-18 Wasp
NS021896b
175k
CV-18 Wasp
NS021863
110k Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
CV-18 Wasp
NS021863b
123k Darryl Baker
CV-18 Wasp
NS021863a
125k Stanley Svec
CV-18 Wasp
NS0218ad
104k

USS Wasp (CV-18) with Carrier Air Group (CVG) 1, 9 July 1952.

Photo by Marius Bar, Toulon, France.

Jaume Cifré Sánchez
CVA-18 Wasp
NS021880
54k

USS Wasp (CVA-18) circa 1953.

Official U.S. Navy photo from Jane's Fighting Ships 1958–1959.

Robert Hurst
CVA-18 Wasp
NS021884
108k

USS Wasp (CVA-18) underway during her World Cruise, Norfolk to San Diego, 16 September 1953–1 May 1954, with Carrier Air Group (CVG) 17.

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
CV-18 Wasp
NS021849
121k

USS Wasp (CVA-18) at sea in the Far East, 5 January 1955, at the time of the Tachen Islands evacuation.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97508).

NHC
CVA-18 Wasp
NS021859
172k

USS Wasp somewhere in the Pacific, 1955. We were on board from K-3 [airfield] Korea on way to Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Our squadron VMC-1, USMC was relocating. The carrier was headed to San Diego, then to San Francisco to get a canted deck [1]. This is a shot of the Marine Gun Detachment practicing. I remember when we landed in Hawaii I thought the whole island moved when we docked.

[1] Archive Manager note: Wasp returned to San Diego in April 1955, then entered the San Francisco Naval Shipyard in May for a 7-month conversion and overhaul that included installation of a "canted" flight deck (as it was known at the time) and a "hurricane" bow.

Dick Haas, SGT., USMC
CVA-18 Wasp
NS0218ab
88k

USS Wasp (CVA-18) underway in the mid-1950s. Postcard.

Tommy Trampp
After SCB-125 Modernization
CVA-18 Wasp
NS021897
173k

USS Wasp (CVA-18) at San Diego in 1956.

David Buell
CVA-18 Wasp
NS021899
119k

A U.S. Navy McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee (BuNo 127529, modex H204) of Fighter Squadron (VF) 152 "Fighting Aces" after recovering aboard USS Wasp (CVA-18). VF-152 was assigned to Carrier Air Group (CVG) 15 aboard the aircraft carrier for a deployment to the Western Pacific, 23 April–15 October 1956.

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
CVS-18 Wasp
NS021866
140k

USS Wasp (CVS-18) underway in a photo probably taken in the late 1950s, early in her CVS career, location unknown. Note the early-type landing area markings on her angled deck area.

David Buell
CVS-18 Wasp
NS021883
88k

USS Wasp (CVS-18) departing New York, late 1950s-early 1960s.

Tommy Trampp
CVS-18 Wasp
NS021825
35k

Quonset Point, RI, October 1957.

John Ciesla, AM-3, V-6 Div USS Tarawa (CVS-40)
CVS-18 Wasp
NS021826
33k

Quonset Point, RI, October 1957. Seen from USS Tarawa (CVS-40).

John Ciesla, AM-3, V-6 Div USS Tarawa (CVS-40)
CVS-18 Wasp
NS021830
84k

Quonset Point, RI, October 1957.

John Ciesla, AM-3, V-6 Div USS Tarawa (CVS-40)
CV-18 Wasp
NS021827
93k Wasp underway with helos. Steve Connelly
CV-18 Wasp
NS021815
469k Refueling at sea USN
CVS-18 Wasp
NS0218ae
340k

USS Wasp (CVS-18) off Beirut, Lebanon, August–September 1958.

"On 15 July, the carrier put to sea to patrol waters off Lebanon. Her Marine helicopter transport squadron left the ship five days later to set up camp at the Beirut International Airport. They flew reconnaissance missions and transported the sick and injured from Marine battalions in the hills to the evacuation hospital at the airport. She continued to support forces ashore in Lebanon until 17 September 1958 when she departed Beirut Harbor, bound for home." (Quoted from DANFS.)

Photo by Ron Schafer, who was serving aboard USS Fort Snelling (LSD-30) at the time.

Gary Schafer, son of Ron Schafer
CV-18 Wasp
NS021813
41k South Boston Naval Annex, 1959. © Richard Leonhardt
CVS-18 Wasp
NS021894
167k

"CVS-18-7180-6-8-59 Atlantic Ocean (August 19, 1959)—Burned helicopter being jettisoned overboard after an explosion and fire in Hangar Bay #1 of USS Wasp (CVS-18)."

Note:
"USS Wasp is heavily damaged by an explosion and subsequent fires when a helicopter engine explodes while being tested in hangar bay number 1. The fires and reflashes take over two hours to control. At the time of the accident the Wasp was carrying nuclear weapons. In the first 30 minutes as the fires burned out of control and the forward magazines were flooded, preliminary preparations also were made to flood the nuclear weapon magazine. It was not flooded, however, and 30 minutes later the nuclear weapon magazine reported no significant rise in temperature."

Robert M. Cieri
CVS-18 Wasp
NS021894a
202k

"CVS-18-7183-L-8-59 Atlantic Ocean (August 19, 1959)—A view showing the fire damage to Hangar Bay #1 aboard USS Wasp (CVS-18)."

CVS-18 Wasp
NS021894b
195k

"CVS-18-7185-L-8-59 Atlantic Ocean (August 19, 1959)—Another view of the fire damage to Hangar Bay #1 aboard USS Wasp (CVS-18)."

CV-18 Wasp
NS0553516
143k

USS Miller (DD-535) comes alongside USS Wasp (CVS-18) for a refueling demonstration during the carrier's family day cruise, 16 April 1959. Some of Wasp's crew members and their families are observing the evolution.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History & Heritage Command (# NH 98527).

Fred Weiss
CVS-18 Wasp
NS021872
414k

USS Wasp (CVS-18) underway, first half of the 1960s.

Mike Donegan, Navydaze.com
CVS-18 Wasp
NS021860
59k

USS Wasp (CVS-18) underway in the 1960s, location unknown.

Robert Hurst
CV-18 Wasp
NS021802
136k Boston Naval Shipyard, May 1960. © Richard Leonhardt
CVS-18 Wasp
NS021861
100k In mid-July 1960, USS Wasp (CVS-18) was ordered to the South Atlantic where she stood by when civil strife broke out in the newly independent Congo and operated in support of the United Nations airlift. She is seen here coming back from Dakar, July 29, 1960. Official photo from U.S. Navy. Robert T. Tevault Em2,MAA 57-61
CVS-18 Wasp
NS100204912
258k

Aerial view of Boston Navy Yard, looking Southwest, 1 April 1960. Photo taken by a helicopter from Naval Air Station South Weymouth.

Ships and Craft present:

LocationShip (Hull No.)Ship Type
Pier 11USS Wasp (CVS-18)Aircraft Carrier
Dry Dock 5ARD-16Floating Dry Dock
In ARD-16YFND-23Dry Dock Companion Craft
Pier 10Empty 
Pier 9EUSS Macon (CA-132)
YD-196
Heavy Cruiser
Floating Crane
Pier 9WUSS Hugh Purvis (DD-709)Destroyer
Pier 8EUSS Thor (ARC-4)
YPD-24
Cable Layer
Floating Pile Driver
Pier 7EUSS Springfield (CLG-7)Guided Missile Light Cruiser
Pier 7WEmpty 
Pier 6EUSS Perry (DD-844)Destroyer
Pier 6WUSS Mitscher (DL-2)Destroyer Leader
Pier 5EUSS Albany (CG-10)Guided Missile Heavy Cruiser
Pier 5WUSS Yosemite (AD-19)Destroyer Tender
Pier 4EEmpty 
Pier 4WUSS Skywatcher (AGR-3)Radar Picket Ship

U.S. Navy photo, Boston NHP Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-10111).

Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA 02129
CVS-18 Wasp
NS021898
104k

USS Wasp (CVS-18) departs Boston on 22 November 1960.

Photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum (# CVA 18 322X1-11-60).

Darryl Baker
CV-18 Wasp
NS021850
79k

USS Wasp (CVS-18) in formation with destroyers and aircraft of Anti-submarine Task Group Bravo, in the Mediterranean Sea, 19 August 1961. All escorts are Gearing-class DDEs. Planes overhead include ten S2F and two AD-5Ws. Two HSS-1 helicopters are flying just above the ships.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph (# USN 1057640).

NHC
CV-18 Wasp
NS021809
82k Boston, June 1962. © Richard Leonhardt
CV-18 Wasp
NS021805
79k Boston, July 1962. © Richard Leonhardt
CV-18 Wasp
NS021812
81k South Boston Naval Annex, July 4 1962. © Richard Leonhardt
CVS-18 Wasp
NS0218am
108k

USS Wasp (CVS-18), with embarked Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group (CVSG) 52, toward the end of the Cuban missile crisis in late 1962, as she pulls away from the Soviet freighter off her starboard quarter, which had displayed on deck the missiles it was removing from Cuba. Official U.S. Navy photograph.

David A. Rutherford, CAPT, SC, USNR (Ret)
CVS-18 Wasp
NS0218ah
57k

USS Wasp Commanding Officer, CAPT Richard Robinson Fickenscher, Jr., lighting candles and ready to carve a turkey in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the carrier's commissioning, November 1963. U.S. Navy photo, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-14667.

Stephen P. Carlson,
Preservation Specialist,
National Parks of Boston,
Boston NHP,
Charlestown Navy Yard,
Boston, MA 02129
CVS-18 Wasp
NS0218ai
84k

USS Wasp (CVS-18) is seen in Dry Dock 3 at the South Boston Annex of the Boston Naval Shipyard on 6 January 1964 during her FRAM overhaul. U.S. Navy photo, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-14630.

Stephen P. Carlson,
Preservation Specialist,
National Parks of Boston,
Boston NHP,
Charlestown Navy Yard,
Boston, MA 02129
CVS-18 Wasp
NS021831
167k

Stern quarter view of USS Wasp (CVS-18) conducting sea trials out of Boston, March 1964. The carrier had just completed her FRAM overhaul (fall 1963–March 1964) at the Boston Naval Shipyard.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, photo # 1996.488.053.017. Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

Mike Green
CVS-18 Wasp
NS021893
182k

The ASW aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CVS-18) underway circa 1964, location unknown. Note A-4 Skyhawk and S-2 Tracker aircraft on her flight deck. Wasp is shown leading two of her escorting destroyers.

Official U.S. Navy photo from Jane's Fighting Ships 1964–1965.

Robert Hurst
CVS-18 Wasp
NS021828
88k

USS Wasp (CVS-18) underway with Task Group Bravo.

Photo taken in the summer of 1964 in the Caribbean (thanks to David A. Rutherford, CAPT, SC, USNR (Ret), for this information.)

Steve Connelly
CV-18 Wasp
NS021804
92k Boston, September 1964. © Richard Leonhardt
CVS-18 Wasp
NS021806
37k Boston, September, 1964. © Richard Leonhardt
CVS-18 Wasp
NS140936702
66k

Wawasee (YTM-367) and USS Wasp (CVS-18) underway in Boston Harbor, 7 September 1964.

© Richard Leonhardt
CVS-18 Wasp
NS021810
54k Boston, September 1964. © Richard Leonhardt
CV-18 Wasp
NS021811
100k Boston, September 1964. © Richard Leonhardt
CVS-18 Wasp
NS0218an
116k

USS Wasp (CVS-18) with Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group (CVSG) 52, 13 November 1964.

Photo by Marius Bar, Toulon, France.

Jaume Cifré Sánchez
CVS-18 Wasp
NS021881
248k

USS Wasp (CVS-18) in her later years, location unknown.

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
CV-18 Wasp
NS021851
89k

Gemini IV Space Flight, June 1965 — The Gemini IV space capsule is lifted aboard USS Wasp (CVS-18) on 7 June 1965, after completing a 62 revolution flight around the Earth in 97 hours and 56 minutes. The spacecraft, crewed by Astronauts James A. McDivitt and Edward H. White, landed about 48 miles short of its target and some 400 miles east of Cape Kennedy, Florida, at 12:12 PM Eastern Standard Time on 7 June. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Gemini IV mission covered over 1,600,000 miles in the longest multimanned space flight yet flown.

Caption information comes from the original NASA caption.

Official National Aeronautics and Space Administration Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97511).

NHC
CV-18 Wasp
NS021803
107k Atlantic, September 1965. © Richard Leonhardt
CVS-18 Wasp
NS021891
88k

USS Wasp (CVS-18) returns to Boston—"On 24 January 1966, Wasp departed Boston for fleet exercises off Puerto Rico. En route, heavy seas and high winds caused structural damage to the carrier. She put into Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, on 1 February to determine the extent of her damages and effect as much repair as possible. Engineers were flown from Boston who decided that the ship could cease 'Springboard' operations early and return to Boston. The ship conducted limited antisubmarine operations from 5 to 8 February prior to leaving the area. She arrived at Boston on 18 February and was placed in restricted availability until 7 March, when her repair work was completed." (Quoted from DANFS.)

UPI photo, 19 February 1966.

Ron Reeves
CVS-18 Wasp
NS0218af
126k

EA-1E (formerly AD-5W) Skyraider ("Guppy"), BuNo 139598, modex GD877, VAW-33 "Night Hawks" Det. 18, aboard USS Wasp (CVS-18) with Carrier Anti-Submarine Air Group (CVSG) 52, somewhere in the West Atlantic, January–May 1966.

Thomas Doll
CVS-18 Wasp
NS021873
86k

USS Wasp (CVS-18) approaches the [Gemini 9] spacecraft of Astronauts Thomas P. Stafford and Eugene A. Cernan [, 6 June 1966, ] after their three-day space mission. Frogmen, flown to the floating capsule by helicopter, have already attached flotation collars to the capsule (NASA photo).

Photo and text from "Aircraft Carriers," by Norman Polmar.

Robert Hurst
CVS-18 Wasp
NS0593121
106k

Sikorsky SH-3A Sea King modex AS66 (BuNo 151556), assigned to HS-11 "Sub Seekers." As of mid-2008, this helo was at the American Helicopter Museum, West Chester, Pa.

USS Wasp (CVS-18) and USS Forrest Sherman (DD-931) refuel from USS Severn (AO-61), in the background. Photo taken on 8 December 1966.

© Richard Leonhardt
CV-18 Wasp
NS021852
115k

USS Wasp (CVS-18) underway, circa early 1967. This photograph was included with a 11 February 1967 USS Wasp press release, concerning her appearance at New Orleans' Mardi Gras festivities.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97509).

This photo was also used for the official US Navy Press Kit Photograph covering the Large Scale Maritime Exercise Silver Tower, September 16–27, 1968: "USS Wasp (CVS-18) (Antisubmarine Warfare Carrier) Flagship Silver Tower ASW Carrier Group One, Rear Admiral Thomas R. McLellan U.S. Navy." (Thanks to Robert M. Cieri.)

NHC
CVS-18 Wasp
NS021889
122k

"Fire aboard the Wasp in Drydock at the Navy Yard in So. Boston[, 10 September 1967]—Photo shows firefighters tearing down fibreglass insulation which smouldered in the Combat Information Center of the Carrier when welder's torch started small fire...This is only picture we could get as was not allowed in area until fire was secured...." Photo by Ray Lussier.

Tommy Trampp
CVS-18 Wasp
NS021864
157k

USS Wasp (CVS-18) at GITMO during ORI, 1968.

Ben Brooks
CVS-18 Wasp
NS021864a
111k
CV-18 Wasp
NS021853
77k

USS Wasp (CVS-18) at sea in the Atlantic, with two SH-3 Sea King helicopters flying by in the foreground, 9 May 1969. Photographed by Ph2 Stabe.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97510).

NHC
CVS-18 Wasp
NS0218ag
136k

USS Wasp (CVS-18), October 1969, Quonset Point, Rhode Island.

Ted was stationed in Davisville, Rhode Island, (Seabees) awaiting orders to Vietnam.

Ted Hendrick
CVS-18 Wasp
NS021892
27k

Grumman S-2E Trackers of Antisubmarine Squadron (VS) 22 warming up their engines aboard USS Wasp (CVS-18), circa 1969–71, location unknown. Photo courtesy of David Bacon, via The World's First Grumman S-2 Tracker Website.

Robert Hurst
CVS-18 Wasp
NS021854
94k

The antisubmarine warfare support carrier USS Wasp (CVS-18) departs May 1970 from the Naval Air Station, Quonset Point, R.I., for a European cruise. US Navy photo by E. F. Capece (# K-83571).

Bill Gonyo
CVS-18 Wasp
NS09065201
713k USS Wasp (CVS-18) during underway replenishment with USS Arcturus (AF-52) in the Atlantic, spring-summer 1970, as seen from USS Garcia (DE-1040). © Steve Singlar, ETCS, USNR-ret.
CVS-18 Wasp
NS021808
77k The photo was taken while on a NATO cruise in the North Atlantic in the Summer of 1970. I took the photo from the USS Garcia (DE-1040) as we were coming along side for a personnel high-line transfer. © Steve Singlar, ETCS, USNR-ret.
CVS-11 Intrepid
NS021175
124k

Aerial view of the Carrier Pier at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, 23 September 1970. It shows USS Intrepid (CVS-11), left and USS Wasp (CVS-18), right.

Official US Navy Photograph (# USN-1151462) by PH3 James Phillips.

Robert M. Cieri
Ex-USS Wasp
CVS-18 Wasp
NS021888
123k

"BOSTON, JULY 10[, 1972]–THE CARRIER WASP HEADS FOR SCRAP HEAP—The USS Wasp, famed aircraft carrier, built in Quincy, Mass., in 1944 is towed into Boston from Quonset, R.I., on it's [sic] final voyage. She will be sold at public auction for scrap. The ship had an impressive record in World War II in the Pacific taking part in major battles at Iwo Jima, Guam, Wake Island and the Philippines. (AP WIREPHOTO) (fcc21650U.S.Navy)"

Ron Reeves

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