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Page last updated on Jan 20, 2017.
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This page is a collection of photographs that include intercepts, bomb damage assesments, spy ships and anything else having to do with the "bad guys" that USS Coral Sea has encountered over the years.

[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - David Herron]
# 2530
1965 - Two F-4 Phantoms of VF-151 inbound over South Vietnam.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - US Navy]
# 997
Oct 28, 1969 - A Russian trawler, GIDROFON (Soviet AGI, shadows USS CORAL SEA (CVA-43) in the Gulf of Tonkin.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - US Navy]
# 3737
Oct 28, 1969 - The Soviet intelligence trawler Gidrofon underway with the attack aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea (CV-43) and her escort ships in the background.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - US Navy]
# 2531
1972 - Two McDonnell Douglas F-4B Phantom II fighters of fighter squadron VF-111 Sundowners (foreground) and VF-51 Screaming Eagles drop four Mk 82 (500 lb/227 kg) bombs each in 1971/72. Both aircraft were deployed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) during a deployment to Vietnam in 1971/72. The F-4Bs are also armed with AIM-9D Sidewinder missiles. The relatively small weapons load was typical for Coral Sea due to the limited catapult capacity.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Dan Sauceda]
# 2535
Apr 1972 - A-6 Intruders from VMF-224 pass a Junk as they head into North Vietnam in the first Alpha Strike at Hiaphong Harbor.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Peter Morris]
# 2533
Mar 10, 1977 - Two McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantoms of fighter squadron VF-194 Red Lightnings intercept a soviet Tu-95 Bear reconnaissance plane on 10 March 1977. VF-194 was assigned to Carrier Air Wing Fifeteen (CVW-15) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea (CV-43). Note the experimental camouflage scheme of the Phantoms. The crew of the F-4S nearer to the camera was William Dvorak/J.T. Walior, the other was Don Duffington/Wayne Cheatum.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NMNA - Robert L. Lawson]
# 550
1980 - An A-7E Corsair II of Attack Squadron (VA) 27 intercepts a Soviet Il-38 patrol aircraft that was flying in the vicinity of the carrier Coral Sea (CV 43) steaming in the North Arabian Sea, circa 1979. Such scenes were common during the Cold War as Soviet aircraft sought to keep track of U.S. carriers around the world.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Mike Chlebowski]
# 2526
1980 - This is an AN-12 Cub (similar to a US C-130 Hercules). It can be used as a medium/long range maritime surveillance aircraft--and some were fitted with ECM (electronic Countermeasures) or ELINT (electronic Intelligence) equipment--this one appears to be a "garden variety" simply performing long range recon. - Bruce Gereber
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Mike Chlebowski]
# 2527
1980 - From Mike Chlebowski: "I've also got tanker pictures(reco photo) from the F-8's showing all the oil tankers running on empty. I don't think too many people know we also cut flow of oil out of the gulf for a while while we were there..."

This in fact is a cargo vessel. Note the cranes located amidships and the kingposts located on the front of the superstructure and near the bow. Tankers do not feature this type of equipment--cargo vessels do. The comment regarding reducing the flow of oil is a true statement--and was not well publicized. - Bruce Gerber
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Mike Chlebowski]
# 2528
1980 - An F-4 Phantom of VMFA-531 intercepts a TU-95 Bear (probably D variant).

Correction from Miguel Vargas-Caba: Actually it is a TU-95MS-6, better known by its NATO codename as "Bear H". The TU-95RTs (NATO: "Bear D"), was the most iconic of all the TU-95s encountered by our aircraft carriers, and was distinguished by the two bulbous antenna covers, one under the nose and a larger one under the belly, to cover its navigation and search and targeting radar.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Mike Chlebowski]
# 2529
1980 - Russian spy ships. Probably--the vessel on the left is a fishing trawler (routinely converted to AGI (Intelligence Collection Vessel) by the Russians; and the vessel on the right is most likely another converted fishing vessel, although probably configured as an AGS (Auxiliary Survey Vessel). Both routinely provide surveillance of US Navy vessels -- attempting to hide behind the innocuous appearance as "fishing vessels."
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bill Moore]
# 2536
1980 - Russian fly over during Indian Ocean cruise in 1980. VMFA-323 escorting.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bruce Henion]
# 2540
1980 - Russian Navy DDG and trawler.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bruce Henion]
# 2545
1980 - Russian tanker.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Mark Gadomski]
# 3085
1980 - An F-4 Phantom of VMFA-323 intercepts a Russian TU-95 Bear.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bill Moore]
# 3493
1980 - An F-4N of the VMFA-323 Death Rattlers intercepts a Russian IL-78 May near USS Coral Sea CV-43.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - US Navy]
# 3856
1980 - An RF-8G from VFP-63 fly's over a Russian ship that is shadowing Coral Sea.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bruce Henion]
# 2542
Feb 1980 - Russian trawler.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bruce Henion]
# 2547
Feb 1980 - Russian spy ship.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bruce Henion]
# 2539
Mar 1980 - Russian IL-38 May.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bruce Henion]
# 2548
Mar 1980 - Russian spy ship.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - US Navy]
# 158
Mar 10, 1980 - A port bow view of a Soviet Kashin class destroyer passing near the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV 43) during her 1979-1980 deployment.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bruce Henion]
# 2543
Apr 1980 - Russian spy ship.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bruce Henion]
# 2544
Apr 1980 - Russian navy frigate and cargo ship.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bruce Henion]
# 2546
Apr 1980 - Russian spy ship.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bruce Henion]
# 2549
Apr 1980 - Russian spy ship.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bruce Henion]
# 2538
Jun 1980 - Russian AN-12 Cub.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bruce Henion]
# 2541
Apr 1980 - Russian trawler.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - US Navy]
# 973
1981 - An A-7E of the VA-97 Warhawks intercepts a Russian IL-78 May over the USS Coral Sea CV-43.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Mark Gadomski]
# 3336
Sep 1981 - A Russian TU-95 Bear overflys the USS Coral Sea. An F-4N Phantom of the VF-21 Freelancers intercepts.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 1008
Oct 10, 1981 - An air-to-air right side view of a Soviet Il-38 Ilyushin aircraft, NATO designation "May," and a U. S. Navy A-73 Corsair II aircraft from Attack Squadron 27 (VA-27) assigned to Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW-14). The smaller U.S. Navy aircraft is being piloted by LCDR Dave Park.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - US Navy]
# 2551
Oct 10, 1981 - An air-to-air view of a Soviet Il-38 Ilyushin aircraft, NATO designation "May," and a U. S. Navy A-7E Corsair II aircraft from Attack Squadron 27 (VA-27) assigned to Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW-14). (Image Source - Robert L. Lawson / Naval Aviation Museum)
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Chuck May]
# 2534
1985 - This is an Udaloy Class DDG shadowing Coral Sea in the MED. By 1985 most of the Kashin's had been retired, although there were a few still operating.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - US Navy]
# 3527
1985 - A Soviet Tupolev Tu-16 Badger aircraft being escorted by an U.S. Marine Corps McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet aircraft from Marine fighter-bomber squadron VFMA-323 Death Rattlers in 1985. VMFA-323 was assigned to Carrier Air Wing 13 (CVW-13) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea (CV-43) for a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea from 1 October 1985 to 19 May 1986.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - US Navy]
# 2537
1986 - An F/A-18A Hornet of VMFA-323 intercepts a Russian patrol plane over the MED.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - US Navy]
# 3074
Mar 24, 1986 - A Libyan Nanuchka-class corvette burning in the Gulf of Sidra. U.S. Navy Grumman A-6E Intruder aircraft from attack squadrons VA-55(USS Coral Sea) and VA-85 attacked two Nanuchka-class corvettes with Rockeye cluster bombs and AGM-84 Harpoon missiles. One was sunk, the other was towed back to port.



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