Moments in History

Cool Pic of the day

In celebration of this weekend’s Fleet-week in San Francisco, we bring you this awesome old photo.

50 years ago, 1961, the aircraft carriers USS Intrepid (CV-11), USS Saratoga (CV-60) and USS Independence (CV62) gathered to celebrate Naval Aviation’s 50th birthday.

A neat look back 50 years later as they now celebrate turning 100.

The Essex class Intrepid is now the cornerstone of the famous Intrepid Air and Space Museum in New York City, while both the Forestall class Sara and Indy have been decommissioned and as of this writing are awaiting their fate in shipyards on the east and west coasts respectively.

The bottom carrier (Indy) was this author’s second ship, and where I forged some of my greatest freindships.

One thing that always struck me as odd in the Navy, they tended to celebrate their birthday all year long.

Not a bad idea.

(image courtesy

  • The Professor

    The big naval ships are some of my favourite weapons to admire. BB62 (The New Jersey) is my all-time favourite though. I'd love to be able to visit her and walk her decks. And be glad again that I was never drafted.

    • pj134

      If you ever make it out here, I'll buy you a cheese steak. It's always awesome to see when I go to a concert (Philadelphia's main outdoor concert venue is actually in Camden). Every time it's a "Holy shit" moment. It's worn just about all of the hats a ship can in it's life time. I kind of wish the Naval Yard was still the Naval Yard no matter how much I like Tastykake's and whatever else moves in there. I guess I kind of wish there was an acknowledgement that Hog Island, one of the largest shipyards in the world existed here, if only for four years. That's another story for another day though.

      Fun Fact: I live 26.508 miles from that battleship, its main gun can fire 23.6488636 miles.

  • theTokenGreek

    Love it! I may be desperate to not get stationed on a carrier, but I'm proud to have earned my wings in the hundredth year of my profession.

  • Very cool. One question for everyone ( to lazy to check the googles) is what is the significance to the number a Naval ship gets? I fully grasp the naming but the numbering I haven't looked into.

    • Interesting question. The numbers for carriers are actually sequential, starting with the USS Langley CV1 way back in 1922 with about a dozen hull cancellations after WWII. Thus the USS Lincoln CV72 was something like the 60th active carrier.

      I know most of the other ships follow a similar scheme, but there are some anomalies.

      This could make another interesting post.

      • I learned something today. That means it is time to drink, Thank you!

      • The Navy's numbering scheme certainly made my unexpected encounter with the USS Hawkbill's sail even more surreal:

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        This one's not my photo, but it still illustrates what I didn't quite expect to find next to the highway while passing through Arco, Idaho, a few weeks ago on the way back from Yellowstone.

        • The Professor

          Here's an off-topic sidenote: in a game of darts, that number would be called "clickety-clickety-click". Don't ask why that occurred to me.

          • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

            I think you might get a kick out of this: Yes it IS a talk about the architecture of out houses, with a preceding reception. Sure to be some tasty snacks beforehand! (Thanks to Mark)

          • The Professor

            Tch, Maryland is a bit far for me, but thanks for thinking of me.

  • Charles_Barrett

    The bottom carrier (Indy) was this author’s second ship, and where I forged some of my greatest friendships…

    When your tour of duty was up, did you lament leaving your friend's behind…? Or your friends behind…?

    Old Greek navy & grammar joke; don't mind me…