USS Forrestal (CVA-59)


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I served on board this supper aircraft carrier from 1960 - 1962. I made my first of several Mediterranean Cruises while assigned to the Forrestal. I was advanced to DK3 during this tour.

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DK3 Ken Brown and Ensign Nelson, Disbursing Officer I'm explaining pay calculations to Ensign Nelson, the Disbursing Officer. Notice the old Marchant Calculators. Some of you older DK's may remember these from the 50's & 60's.
S-4 Division (Disbursing Office) Med Cruise 1960-61 S-4 Division (Disbursing Office) Med Cruise 1960-61
L-R, 1st Row; Bastile, Hodson, Welch, Nelson, Dickens, Machingo, 2nd Row; Torres, Stella, Layne, Waldron, Pultz, Pinnel, 3rd Row; Snyder, Rocha, Mallon, Fabinski, Tranosky, Brown
The Forrestal was awarded the Battle Efficiency "E" in 1961. Here the crew is on the flight deck spelling FORRESTAL with a big "E" The Forrestal was awarded the Battle Efficiency "E" in 1961. Here the crew is on the flight deck spelling FORRESTAL with a big "E" Captain White was the Commanding Officer. I'm in this group.
USS Forrestal 31 May 1962 This photo was taken on 31 May 1962.
Charlie Layne Charlie Layne in the S-4 Division berthing compartment writing a letter home.
Richard Rocha and Mike Fabinski Richard Rocha and Mike Fabinski
Source: Richard C. Rocha
Richard Rocha checking the money Richard Rocha checking the money. It takes several million dollars for deployment. If you see a shipmate with "green" fingers on payday, he is probably a Disbursing Clerk.

Source: Richard C. Rocha
Charlie Layne, Richard Rocha and Ernie Salvador Charlie Layne, Richard Rocha and Ernie Salvador
This photo was probably taken in Naples.
Invitation to attend "The Forrestal Ball" at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard on 14 & 15 November 1961 Invitation to attend "The Forrestal Ball" at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard on 14 & 15 November 1961.


The photos below are official U. S. Navy Photographs and were provided by the Naval Historical Center
USS Forrestal CVA-59 taken in 1955 This is probably the very first photo of this super aircraft carrier.
Photographed by W.F. Radcliff, 1955 
USS Forrestal underway on trials, 29 September 1955, just prior to commissioning Underway on trials, 29 September 1955, just prior to commissioning.
Launching aircraft 12 March 1956 Catapults a FJ-3 "Fury" jet fighter from a midships catapult, during shakedown operations, 12 March 1956. Another FJ-3, of Fighter Squadron 21 (VF-21) and a F2H-3 "Banshee" are being readied for launching from the bow catapults.
Forrestal awaiting her turn to refuel, while operating in the Mediterranean Sea during the Jordanian crisis, 29 April 1957 Waiting her turn to refuel, while operating in the Mediterranean Sea during the Jordanian crisis, 29 April 1957. USS Caloosahatchee (AO-98) is ahead, with USS Lake Champlain (CVA-39) and USS Salem (CA-139) alongside.
USS Forrestal enters port at Naples early 1959 Enters port at Naples, Italy, early 1959.
Mount Vesuvius is in the distance.
Two Douglas AD-5W aircraft of squadron VAW-12 fly over the Forrestal, while she was operating with the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea, 25 April 1960 Two Douglas AD-5W aircraft of squadron VAW-12 fly over the carrier, while she was operating with the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea, 25 April 1960.
Crew members fight a series of fires and explosions on Forrestal's after flight deck, in the Gulf of Tonkin, 29 July 1967 Crew members fight a series of fires and explosions on the carrier's after flight deck, in the Gulf of Tonkin, 29 July 1967. Lt. Comdr. John S. McCain III (later a POW and Senator) was onboard when this conflagration took place. Read his account in the history page. 132 lost their lives and several injured.
At anchor in Suda Bay, Crete, June 1978. At anchor in Suda Bay, Crete, June 1978.

Photographed by PH2 Joe Sharp
USS Forrestal underway in 1987, with three F-14s and an A-6 on her catapults Underway in 1987, with three F-14s and an A-6 on her catapults.



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