The USS Lexington is an aircraft carrier that was built for the United States Navy during World War II. The builder was the Fore River Shipyard. This was the fifth ship that had been named in the honor of the Revolutionary War Battle of Lexington. The ship was originally suppose to be named Cabot but because the C-2 USS Lexington was lost in battle, they renamed it. The USS Lexington was commissioned in February of 1943 and did extensive service through the Pacific War. The ship was the recipient of 11 battle stars for all its work. The USS Lexington now resides in Corpus Christi, Texas at the museum.
The USS Lexington was
built for use during WWII and is a vintage Essex Class aircraft carrier. She
was a flagship for a majority of her service under Admiral Marc Mitscher. The
submarine was located at Fort Knox being constructed on June 16, 1942 when
the United States decided to change its name, and Knox agreed to it. She
was then launched on September 23, 1942 and commissioned on February 17, 1943
with Captain Felix Stump in command. The ship got its name, The Blue
Ghost, from the Japanese because the ship would appear randomly after
reportedly being sunk. Due to the awareness that Japan was watching the
USS Lexington, she appeared at Pearl Harbor on August 9, 1943.
While in Pearl
Harbor, the ship and its jets air raided the base of Tarawa and Wake
Island between September and October. After these voyages she returned to Pearl
Harbor to prepare for the Gilbert Islands operations. During the raid of the
Gilbert Islands her jets brought down twenty-nine enemy aircrafts. The USS
Lexington was very proactive during WWII. Between battles and task forces she
was always right in the middle of the action. The USS Lexington was
decommissioned at Bremerton, Washington April 23, 1947 and then went into the
National Defense Reserve Fleet. During her decommission she was revamped
and got new parts added to her including a steam catapults. The ship was then
commissioned in August of 1955 under Captain A. S. Heyward. She sailed a 6th
month deployment with the 7th fleet.
The ship continued to
partake in tours with various fleets until she became a training fleet. The USS
Lexington operated out of her home ports in Pensacola, New Orleans, and her now
permanent home, Corpus Christi. The ship prepared the Navy and Marine Corps for
vital operations in Vietnam. She continued this training until November 8, 1991
where she was decommissioned again and struck. Thankfully USS
Lexington did not suffer any major damage, just a small fire. After this
incident, the ship was officially decommissioned in 1991. She was brought to
Corpus Christi in 1992 as a result of fundraising. The USS Lexington now serves
as a naval aviation museum.