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(Larger image (359Kb) contributed by Steve Connelly)

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


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Memorabilia
CV-18 Wasp
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219k Plank Owner's Certificate for Alfred James Lewis, Gunner's Mate Third Class, U.S. Naval Reserve. Jim Lewis, son of Alfred J. Lewis
Patches
CV-18 Wasp
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390k 1954-55 USS Wasp Cruise Patch © Bob Bentley ME3
CV-18 Wasp
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662k USS Wasp 1956 Cruise Patch © Bob Bentley ME3
CVA-18 Wasp
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30k "Task Force 77, 1953 – U.S.A. – North Atlantic – Italy – Suez Canal – Ceylon – Philippines – Japan – China – Korea – Hawaiian Is. – U.S.A. – 1954, U.S.S. Wasp (CVA-18)" Ron Reeves
CV-18 Wasp
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388k Task Group Bravo patch Steve Connelly
CVS-18 Wasp
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Attack Squadron Forty-Four was established as Fighter Squadron Forty-Four (VF-44) on 1 September 1950 and redesignated Attack Squadron (VA-44) on 1 January 1956. Its last three deployments aboard a carrier were with USS Wasp (CVS-18): July–August 1957 (EastLant, Bermuda) with F9F-8 Cougars; September–October 1957 (NorLant, Operation Strikeback), with Cougars; and March–April 1958 (Guantanamo Bay), with A4D-1 Skyhawks.

Tommy Trampp
"Welcome Aboard"
CVA-18 Wasp
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292k Los Angeles, California. CAPT David J. Welsh was Commanding Officer of USS Wasp (CVA-18), 5 May 1954–18 May 1955. Manfred Groth,
U.S. Army (Ret.)
CVA-18 Wasp
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379k
CVA-18 Wasp
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CVA-18 Wasp
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CVS-18 Wasp
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133k Rotterdam, The Netherlands, probably in March 1962. Bauke van der Zijpp
CVS-18 Wasp
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Some Special Menus
 
Xmas Menu, 1944
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Xmas Menu, 1944
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Xmas Menu, 1944
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Xmas Menu, 1944
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Christmas Day Menu, December 25, 1944.

Robert M. Cieri

Miscellany
CVS-18 Wasp
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34k I was on the Wasp from 1959 to 1962. I was a EM-3 and I stood watches on the electric generators often. Another sailor took time to show me this information written on the back of this Generator switchboard #2 plaque. Pat Hastings, EM-3
CVS-18 Wasp
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CVS-18 Wasp
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"Decommissioned"

"The U.S. aircraft carrier Wasp, veteran of many battles in the Pacific during World War II, has been decommissioned in ceremonies at Quonset Point, R.I., Naval Air Station. The ship was 28 years old. — Associated Press Photo."

Ben Brooks
CVS-18 Wasp
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217k

"Jarring Arrival"

"The [decommissioned] aircraft carrier Wasp, tied up at Old Federal Docks in Newark, N.J., earlier yesterday struck a railroad bridge across Newark Bay, ripping off the ship's radar mast (black section atop flight deck alongside superstructure) and a railing. No injuries were reported. The Coast Guard said the 890-foot long Wasp, which was being towed by five tugs, continued through the bridge after leaving a section of its platform hanging from the abutment."

Ben Brooks
CVS-18 Wasp
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138k

Plaque presented to Michael Crawley, Reunion Chairman for 1986.

Tommy Trampp
Models
CVA-18 Wasp
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57k As CVA-18. Courtesy of Joel Rosen, Motion Models
CVS-18 Wasp
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29k As CVS-18. Courtesy of Joel Rosen, Motion Models

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