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What ships have you folks served aboard?

I went on float on the USS Raleigh, LPD-1, for Contingency Marine Air-Ground Task Force 4-88. Mission was escorting reflagged oil tankers in the Persian Gulf, although peace broke out before we got there...MCORPS1 I had the honor of being the team leader for the Mk 38 25mm chain guns in the ship's self-defense loop. The guns had just been added to the deck, they hadn't even slathered nonskid on the weldments yet.

Later I floated aboard the USS Belleau Wood, LHA-3, with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) AKA MEU(SOC). After Desert Shield/Storm, I thought it was the hot ticket for action... then while we were bobbing around in the Pacific, all of my friends went to Somalia. D'OH MCORPS1
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good ship lollypop
 
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How did sthe Ticcondeeroga

How did the Ticonderoga become CV18? When I was aboard her she was CVA14 in 1957.
You are correct wrt the assigned carrier number. The hull number was 14. There were some brass plates in the engine room with the number 18 on it. When I asked about that discrepancy, I was told that there were some name/number swaps while the carriers were under construction. Why or if that was done I cannot say.

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Ship????
I was a Brown Shoe.
VP30 det alpha (P3A)
VP44 (P3A)
HS75 (H3S)
Was an AW1.
I saw a few ships and even landed once on the fantail of an LST for a lunch break.
Does that qualify me as "being on a ship?"
 

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USS Independence CVA 62 E-Div.
 
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