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 Post subject: August 1964
 Post Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:00 am 

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Does anyone know for sure where the Oriskany was in August 1964 when the Tonkin Gulf incident happen?

Claire G. Veech
R Division DC Shop
Nov 1961 thru May 1965

 Post subject: Re: August 1964
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 12:22 pm 
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Claire, according to the history of the USS Oriskany I have at my site, she was stateside for most of 1964. Here's a few sentences regarding that time period.

Apparently, she was at "...Puget Sound Naval Shipyard that summer..."

Oriskany returned to San Diego on 10 March 1964.

Following a four-month overhaul at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard that summer, during which the aircraft carrier received a new weapons loading system, a fresh coat of paint inside and the usual assortment of voyage repairs, Oriskany returned to San Diego for refresher training and qualifications for Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 16. While VA-152 squadron was equipped with the old familiar A-1 Skyraider, the two other squadrons – VA-163 and 164 – fielded jet-powered Douglas A-4 Skyhawks. The two fighter squadrons, VA-162 and VMF-212, were comprised of LTV F-8 Crusaders. Detachments of helicopters as well as reconnaissance and early warning aircraft filled out the air wing. During this period her flight deck was also used to test the Grumman E-2A Hawkeye, the Navy’s new airborne early warning aircraft. The aircraft carrier also received visits from foreign military officers in the fall of 1964, with 14 students from the Amphibious Warfare School at Coronado, Calif., visiting the ship on 7 October and 80 officers from the Brazilian National War College observing air operations on 13 October. After a holiday stand down, the carrier resumed pre-deployment training in January 1965 that culminating in her participation in Exercise “Silver Lance,” a large amphibious landing exercise carried out between 23 February and 8 March.

Doc's USS Oriskany website
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