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M30  USS Kearsarge (CV-33) at the New York Naval Shipyard, 1946

USS Kearsarge (CV-33) at the New York Naval Shipyard, Naval Base Station, Brooklyn, N.Y., 27 March 1946.

The CVE in the background is USS Wake Island (CVE-65).

USS Kearsarge (CV/CVA/CVS-33) was one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers completed during or shortly after

World War II for the United States Navy.

The ship was the third US Navy ship to bear the name, and was named for a Civil War-era steam sloop. Kearsarge was commissioned in March 1946. Modernized in the early 1950s as an attack carrier (CVA), she served in the Korean War,

for which she earned two battle stars.

In the late 1950s she was further modified to become an anti-submarine carrier (CVS). Kearsarge was the recovery ship for the last two manned Project Mercury space missions in 1962–1963. She completed her career serving in theVietnam War, earning five battle stars.