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United States Navy Cruise Book Collection

The United States Navy produces Cruise Books that document the daily life of officers and crew members on voyages or deployments. Primarily a photographic record, the Cruise Books often exceed 500 pages and produce one of the best accounts of their voyages available to the public. Our collection focuses on United States Aircraft Carriers.

CVA-9 USS Essex

Front Cover, The USS Essex (CVA-9) Epic Third Far East Cruise, 1953-1954.

USS Essex CVA-9 Third Far East Cruise 1953-1954

on January 25, 1953, the USS ESSEX sailed from Yokosuka Harbor, bound for home after seven months in Korean waters fighting a war that would never bring victory. Includes Complete Rosters in separate pages (See below).

§ 1 Rosters, USS Essex CVA-9 Third Far East Cruise 1953-1954

§ 1 Rosters, USS Essex CVA-9 Third Far East Cruise 1953-1954

Rosters for the Third Far East Cruise of the USS Essex Aircraft Carrier, 1953-1954. Section 3 Includes Commander Carrier Division Three, Chief of Staff, Carrier Division Three, Commanding Officers, Executive Officer, Administrative Department Officers, X Division, Operations Department Officers, OA Division, OE Division, Ol Division, OL Division, OR Division, OS Division, Navigation Department Officers, N Division, Medical Department Officers, H Division, Dental Department Officers, D Division, Air Department Officers, V-1 Division, V-2 Division, V-3 Division, V-4 Division, V-6 Division, and V-7 Division.

§ 2 Rosters, USS Essex CVA-9 Third Far East Cruise 1953-1954

§ 2 Rosters, USS Essex CVA-9 Third Far East Cruise 1953-1954

Rosters for the Third Far East Cruise of the USS Essex Aircraft Carrier, 1953-1954. Section 3 Includes Helicopter Unit on Detachment Officer-in-Charge, Helicopter Unit One Detachment, Engineering Department Officers, A Division, B Division, E Division, M Division, R Division, Gunnery Department Officers, G-1 Division, G-2 Division, G-3 Division, G-4 Division, and G-5 Division.

§ 3 Rosters, USS Essex CVA-9 Third Far East Cruise 1953-1954

§ 3 Rosters, USS Essex CVA-9 Third Far East Cruise 1953-1954

Rosters for the Third Far East Cruise of the USS Essex Aircraft Carrier, 1953-1954. Section 3 Includes F Division, Marine Detachment Officers, Marine Detachment, Special Weapons Unit Officers, Special Weapons Unit, Supply Detachment Officers, S-1 Division, S-2 Division, S-3 Division, S-4 Division, Commander Air Task Group Two, Fighter Squadron One Hundred Forty-Three, Attack Squadron Fifty Five, Fighter Squadron Twenty Three, Fighter Squadron One Hundred Twenty Three, Composite Squadron Thirty Five Detachment, Composite Squadron Eleven Unit, Composite Squadron Three Team, Composite Squadron Sixty One Photo Detachment, and Honorary Members.

CVA-38 USS Shangri-La

Front Cover, Far East Cruise of USS Shangri-La and Carrier Air Group 11, March through October 1958.

USS Shangri-La and Carrier Group 11 Far East Cruise - March-October 1958

But lo the plague of the liberty-loving sailor was upon them, and it was called Underway Training, and they labored hard that they might win over the plague. And they held man overboard drills, general quarters, inspections, flight operations, administrative inspections, gunnery drills, and a multitude of others. Then ComTra-Pac, son of CinCPacFlt who knew all sayeth unto them, "Ye are ready. Get thou shots and thou gear aboard." And it was so.

Front Cover, USS Shangri-La CVA-38 Far East Cruise - 1959 Cruise Book.

USS Shangri-La CVA-38 Far East Cruise - 1959

This is the story of one cruise in the history of a proud ship. It is a story that covers many thousands of miles and many foreign lands. It is a story of the men who make her a proud ship.

CVA-43 USS Coral Sea

Coral Sea Western Pacific Cruise 1956

1956 Cruise Book USS Coral Sea

Forming a vital part of the Atlantic and Sixth Fleet, she has become a familiar sight in the various ports of the Mediterranean. Her primary peacetime missions are that of training and goodwill.

Coral Sea Cruise Book 1961 Deployment Western Pacific

1961 Cruse Book USS Coral Sea

Carrier Air Group Fifteen Com Car Div Five Western Pacific Cruise 1960-61. The roster of Officers and Crew Members is also available.

CVA-60 USS Saratoga

Saratoga

1958 Cruise Book USS Saratoga

First Deployment for this vessel. The book documents their Mediterranean Cruise.

CVA-61 USS Ranger

Ranger

1960 Cruise Book USS Ranger

Third Deployment for this vessel. The book documents their Western Pacific Cruise.

CVN-65 USS Enterprise

1996 Crise Book USS Enterprise

1996 Crise Book USS Enterprise

On June 28, 1996, Enterprise began its 15th overseas Deployment. The Big E enforced no-fly zones in two of the world's most critical areas, Bosnia-Herzegovina (Operation Joint Endeavor) and Iraq (Operation Southern Watch), flying nearly 5,000 missions.

1998-1999 Arabian Gulf Cruise - USS Enterprise

1998-1999 Cruise Book USS Enterprise

Seventh Deployment for this the USS Enterprise. The book documents their Mediterranean Cruise 98-99 - A visual Record of this Enterprise-Class Nuclear-powered Aircraft Carrier deployment. 696 Pages.

CVN-68 USS Nimitz

Nimitz

1982-1983 Cruise Book USS Nimitz

Sixth Deployment for this Vessel. The book documents their Mediterranean Cruise 1982-1983. It also includes photographs of crew members along with crew activities on and off the carrier.

Nimitz

2002-2003 Cruise Book USS Nimitz

Ninth? Deployment for this vessel. Book documents their Operation Iraqi Freedom cruise from 2002 - 2003. A visual record of this Deployment of this Nuclear-powered Aircraft Carrier. 496 Pages.

CVN-71 USS Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

2003 Cruise Book USS Theodore Roosevelt

Eighth? Deployment for this vessel. Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW 8) Operation Iraqi Freedom 2003 Cruise Book 544 Pages - Similar to an expanded version of the high school yearbook, it provides a visual record of this aircraft carrier's Deployment in 2003. (Two Copies)

 

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