HISTORY
SIGNIFICANT DATES
USS CORAL SEA
CVB/CVA/CV-43
AGELESS WARRIOR    THE NATURAL    SAN FRANCISCO'S OWN    BEST IN THE WEST    CORAL MARU
USS Coral Sea Tribute Site
SIGNIFICANT DATES

Contract Awarded
June 14, 1943
Keel Laid - NN&SB Hull #440
July 10, 1944
Hull Half Plated
May 18, 1945
Hull Completely Framed
September 14, 1945
Hull Completely Plated
October 22, 1945
Flight Deck Laid
March 7, 1946
Island House Erected
March 13, 1946
Launched
April 2, 1946
Dry Docked
March 30, 1947
Preliminary Trial Board
July 17, 1947
Builders Dock Trial
August 6-7, 1947
USN Trial Board
September 16-17, 1947
Commissioned USS Coral Sea CVB-43
October 1, 1947
Sea Trials
December 8, 1947
Shakedown Training
January 19 - April 5, 1948
Naval Reserve Training Cruise
May 10-21, 1948
Midshipman Cruise
June 7 - August 6, 1948
Refresher Training
March 18 - April 25, 1949
1ST MED Cruise
May 3 - September 26, 1949
2ND MED Cruise
September 9, 1950 - February 1, 1951
3RD MED Cruise
March 20 - October 6, 1951
4TH MED Cruise
April 19 - October 12, 1952
Redesignated CVA-43
October 1, 1952
5TH MED Cruise
April 26 - October 21, 1953
6TH MED Cruise
July 7 - December 20, 1954
7TH MED Cruise
April 5 - September 29, 1955
8TH MED Cruise - Egyptian Suez Crisis
August 13, 1956 - Februaury 11, 1957
Decommissoned for SCB-110A Modernization
April 24, 1957
Recommissioned
January 25, 1960
1ST WestPac Cruise
September 19, 1960 - May 27, 1961
2ND WestPac Cruise
December 12, 1961 - July 17, 1962
3RD WestPac Cruise
April 3 - November 25, 1963
4TH WestPac Cruise/1ST Combat Cruise - Vietnam
December 7, 1964 - November 1, 1965
5TH WestPac Cruise/2ND Combat Cruise - Vietnam
July 29, 1966 - February 23, 1967
6TH WestPac Cruise/3RD Combat Cruise - Vietnam
July 26, 1967 - April 6, 1968
7TH WestPac Cruise/4TH Combat Cruise - Vietnam
September 7, 1968 - April 18, 1969
8TH WestPac Cruise/5TH Combat Cruise - Vietnam
September 23, 1969 - July 1, 1970
9TH WestPac Cruise/6TH Combat Cruise - Vietnam
November 12, 1971 - July 17, 1972
10TH WestPac Cruise - Vietnam
March 9 - November 8, 1973
11TH WestPac Cruise - Vietnam/SS Mayaguez Rescue/Evacuation of Saigon
December 5, 1974 - July 2, 1975
Redesignated CV-43
June 30, 1975
12TH WestPac Cruise
February 15 - October 5, 1977
13TH WestPac/IO Cruise - Iranian Hostage Rescue Attempt
November 13, 1979 - June 10, 1980
14TH WestPac/IO Cruise
August 20, 1981 - March 23, 1982
Around The World Cruise
March 21 - September 12, 1983
9TH MED Cruise - Libyan Operations
October 2, 1985 - May 19, 1986
10TH MED Cruise
September 29, 1987 - March 28, 1988
11TH MED Cruise - Beirut Evacuation
May 31 - September 30, 1989
Decommissioned
April 30, 1990
Sold For Scrap
May 7, 1993
Scrapping Completed
August 9, 2000

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