USS FORRESTAL CVA-59. Mediterranean Cruise 1958 - 59. U S. Navy Cruise Book, Ens. John - Felstiner.

USS FORRESTAL CVA-59. Mediterranean Cruise 1958 - 59.

(n. p.): [1959]. 1st printing. Unpaginated, though ~ 275 pp. Profusely illustrated with photographic images, some in color. 11-1/4" x 8-5/8". Dark blue cloth binding with silver embossing to front board. Deployment map as front eps. Photographic rear eps. Minor extremity wear. A Nr Fine copy. Item #36878

"The USS Forrestal (CV-59), formerly AVT-59 and CVA-59, is a supercarrier that was named after former Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal and was the lead ship of her class of aircraft carriers. The other carriers of her class were the USS Saratoga, USS Ranger and USS Independence. She superseded Shinano of World War II vintage as the largest aircraft carrier ever built by full load displacement and was the first to specifically support jet aircraft. The ship was affectionately called "The FID", because James Forrestal was the first ever Secretary of Defense, FID standing for "First In Defense". This is also the slogan on the ship's insignia and patch. She was also informally known in the fleet as the "Zippo" and "Forrest Fire" or "Firestal" because of a number of highly publicized fires on board, most notably a 1967 incident in which 134 sailors died and 161 were injured." Forrestal was commissioned 1 October 1955, and remained on the active Navy roles until her decommissioning in September 1993.

This cruise book documents her "second tour of duty in the Mediterranean, from 2 September 1958 to 12 March 1959, where Forrestal again combined a program of training, patrol, and participation in major exercises with ceremonial, hospitality and public visiting. Her guest list during this cruise was headed by United States Secretary of Defense N. H. McElroy." [Wiki].

Scarce: OCLC records 5 institutional holdings.

Price: $225.00

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