During May 1940 remained in Boston for fitting out, before she got underway on June 5, 1940 for calibration tests on her radio direction finder gear. Planes from Wasp and her sister carriers provided close air support for the marines and soldiers who stormed ashore on 21 July. Following a yard period which lasted from 10 January through 17 February, the carrier conducted exercises as part of the White Task Group in the Bermuda operating area. On 18 February, Wasp departed Boston, bound for England, and arrived at Portsmouth on 1 March. But for Lieutenant Colonel Doolittle's Tokyo raid from Hornet (CV-8) on 18 April 1942 and the daring war patrols of Pacific Fleet submarines, this carrier foray was the United States Navy's closest approach to the Japanese home islands up to that point in the war. During this exercise, the Soviet intelligence collection vessel, Agi Traverz, entered the operation area, necessitating a suspension of the operation and eventual repositioning of forces. TG 38.1 refueled the following day and, on 22 October, set a course for Ulithi to rearm and provision. Log into Facebook to start sharing and connecting with your friends, family, and people you know. Planes left the carriers at dawn on 1 March, and throughout the day, they hammered and photographed the islands of the Ryūkyū group. Silvertower brought together surface, air, and subsurface units of several NATO navies. The American sloop then attempted to take another ship in the convoy, but Armada chased her off. In December, Wasp conducted a carrier qualification mission in the Jacksonville operations area which lasted through 10 December. Wasp began 1969 in her home port of Quonset Point. , When the carriers spotted the first returning plane at 2030 that night, Rear Admiral J. J. Clark defied the menace of Japanese submarines by ordering all lights to be turned on to guide the weary fliers home. On 7 July another vessel came across Jenny and reported that her masts were cut away and she was full of water. Then—with the American fast carriers out of the way—heavy Japanese surface ships were to debouch into Leyte Gulf from two directions: from the south through Surigao Strait and from the north through San Bernardino Strait. The bomb penetrated the flight deck and the armor-plated hangar deck, and exploded in the crew's galley. Wasp was lost, cause unknown, in the Atlantic in early autumn, 1814. A period of restricted availability began on 10 October and was followed by operations in the Virginia Capes area until 22 November. On 30 October, Wasp moved to the naval shipyard in New York, to have extra accommodations installed for transportation of troops returning from the Pacific. Gemini IV was the mission of the first American to walk in space, Ed White. The ship was laid down on 18 March 1942 at Quincy, Massachusetts, by the Bethlehem Steel Company, and renamed Wasp on 13 November 1942, shortly after the sinking of the previous Wasp. Her fourth victim, 171-ton galiot Henrietta, which she took on 23 June 1814, was given up to the prisoners Wasp had thus far taken. On 12 September 1814, she encountered Three Brothers, a brig, and scuttled her. Because of their greater range, the Japanese aircraft managed to obtain some knowledge of Spruance's ships, but American scout planes were unable to find Ozawa's force. , After taking prisoners on board, setting fire to Reindeer, and watching her explode, Wasp set course for Lorient, France. A Visitors' Day was held, and over 15,000 Germans were recorded as visitors to the carrier. While the carrier was carrying out this duty, a television film crew from the National Broadcasting Company was flown to Wasp on 21 March and stayed on the ship during the remainder of her period at sea, filming material for a special color television show to be presented on Armed Forces Day. She was retired in 1972, and sold for scrap in 1973. Built at Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts. After the Tachen evacuation, Wasp stopped at Japan before returning to San Diego in April. , "CV-18" redirects here. Following upkeep at Boston, the ship participated in the Gemini XII recovery operation from 5 to 18 November 1966. On 20 June 1991, Wasp departed homeport for her maiden six-month Mediterranean deployment. After refresher training in the Caribbean, Wasp departed Norfolk on 16 September 1953 to participate in the North Atlantic NATO Exercise "Mariner" before entering the Mediterranean. This page was last edited on 3 November 2020, at 21:35. Then, as a grand finale, cruisers from the force's screen shelled Iwo Jima for two and one-half hours. The exercise was terminated on 5 August. This at-sea period marked the first time her force operated together as a team. A week later, the carrier got underway to participate in NATO Exercise Night Patrol with units from Canada, the Netherlands, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and West Germany. During exercises in Scandinavian waters, the carrier was shadowed by Soviet naval craft and aircraft. Decommissioning ceremonies were held on 1 July 1972. Wasp returned to Boston on 7 April, remained in port four days, then sailed to Earle, New Jersey, to offload ammunition prior to overhaul. After off-loading the special Gemini support equipment, Wasp spent 10 days making ready for her next period at sea. On 6 September, Wasp, now assigned to Vice Admiral John S. McCain, Sr.'s TG 38.1, began three days of raids on the Palaus. They did manage to score a single bomb hit on South Dakota, but that solitary success did not put the battleship out of action. She returned to Boston on 4 May and remained there until 14 May, when she got underway for refresher training in waters between Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and Kingston, Jamaica, before returning to her home port on 3 June 1964.. On 12 March, President Ramon Magsaysay of the Republic of the Philippines came on board to observe air operations as a guest of American Ambassador Raymond A. Spruance. Bombing sorties, directed primarily at aircraft factories in Tokyo, followed, but clouds hid many of these plants, forcing some planes to drop their bombs on secondary targets. The carrier welcomed 1970 moored in her home port of Quonset Point, but traveled over 40,000 mi (60,000 km) and was away from home port 265 days. From August through October, Wasp visited Newport, Rhode Island, New York City, and Naval Weapons Station Earle in New Jersey, then conducted a dependents' cruise, as well as a reserve cruise, and visitors cruises. As the force neared Marcus, it split, sending San Jacinto north to search for Japanese picket boats while Wasp and Essex launched strikes on 19 and 20 May, aimed at installations on the island. The carrier came into Norfolk, Virginia, on 6 April to embark members of her crew from the Antisubmarine Warfare School. Following that, she assisted with another operation off the coast of Kuwait. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin Powell landed on the ship that April for a discussion of military tactics taking place in and around Mogadishu. Laid down April 1, 1936. On 25 August 1945, a severe typhoon, with winds reaching 78 kn (140 km/h), engulfed Wasp and stove in about 30 ft (9 m) of her bow. Noteworthy during this period was the celebration of her 58,000th carrier landing on 10 February 1967 as Ensign Donald Koch carrier qualified with two touch-and-gos and six arrested landings in a T-28C. In the summer of 1948, Wasp was taken out of the reserve fleet and placed in the New York Naval Shipyard for refitting and alterations to enable her to accommodate the larger, heavier, and faster planes of the jet age. After a two-day visit to New York, Wasp arrived in Boston on 1 September and underwent upkeep until 19 September. During the night, Mitscher turned the carriers toward the Volcano Islands to be on hand to provide air support for the Marines who would land on beaches of Iwo Jima on the morning of 19 February. After refresher training at Bermuda, she stopped briefly at Rota, then proceeded to the Mediterranean for participation in the National Week VIII exercises with several destroyers for the investigation of known Soviet submarine operating areas. When darkness stopped their attack, the American aircraft had sunk superbattleship Musashi and had damaged several other Japanese warships. During the summer, the ship conducted search and rescue operations for an Air Force C-121 plane which had gone down off Nantucket. TF 58 sortied on 10 February, held rehearsals at Tinian, and then headed for Japan. She then cruised the Mediterranean, visiting ports in Spain, France, and Italy, and returned home on 18 December. In naming CV-18 "Wasp", the Navy honors eight previous ships, dating to the American Revolution, which have borne this illustrious name. Surrounded by downed planes and abandoned helmets, the destroyed ship, whose exact location is under wraps, has been preserved for decades in the seas warm waters. She carried out two successful raiding voyages against British trade during the summer of 1814, in the course of which she fought and defeated three British warships. 2) was blown overboard by the explosion. On 15 May, the veteran conducted a dependents' day cruise, and one month later, participated in Exercise Rough Ride at Great Sound, Bermuda, which took her to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Operating along the Eastern Seaboard, she recovered the Gemini IV astronauts James McDivitt and Ed White and their spacecraft on 7 June after splashdown. She arrived back at Quonset Point on 4 November. After steaming to waters east of Luzon, TG 58.1 began to launch strikes against that island on the 18th and continued the attack the following day, hitting Manila for the first time since it was occupied by the Japanese early in the war. Learning of the lack of Japanese air defenses in the southern Philippines enabled Allied strategists to cancel an invasion of Mindanao which had been scheduled to begin on 16 November. Admiral Soemu Toyoda, the commander in chief of Japan's Combined Fleet, activated plan Sho-Go-1, a scheme for bringing about a decisive naval action off Leyte, the Battle of Leyte Gulf. While these raids did little damage to the Japanese Center Force, they did strengthen Kurita's decision to retire from Leyte. A kamikaze hit Lexington during the operation. Two days later, the Fast Carrier Task Force—redesignated TF 38—sortied for the Palaus. Planes from all three carriers pounded that island on 24 May and were sufficiently effective to neutralize that base. Wasp reached Lisbon on 25 May 1970 and dropped anchor in the Tagus River. Four days later, Wasp became the flagship of Task Group Bravo, one of two new antisubmarine defense groups formed by the commander in chief of the Atlantic Fleet. USS Wasp at Ulithi atoll on 8 December 1944 TF 38 sortied from Ulithi on 10 and 11 December and proceeded to a position east of Luzon for round-the-clock strikes against air bases on that island from 14 through 16 December to prevent Japanese fighter planes from endangering landings on the southwest coast of Mindoro scheduled for 15 December. The carrier anchored near Plymouth on 28 August, and two days later, sailed for her home port. The overworked Fast Carrier Task Force then headed for Ulithi and entered that lagoon on 26th. , Wasp returned to the Philippines a little before midmonth and continued to send strikes against targets in the Philippines until 26 October when the Army Air Forces assumed responsibility for providing air support for troops on Leyte. The venerable American men-of-war crossed Nishimura's "T" and all but annihilated his force. After taking part in the NATO Exercise Mainbrace at Greenock, Scotland, and enjoying a liberty period at Plymouth, Wasp headed home and arrived at Norfolk early on the morning of 13 October 1952. , After a plane from Hornet landed on Lexington, Mitscher gave pilots permission to land on any available deck. Wasp then returned to her home port. TF 38 then retired to Ulithi. Many other merchant ships were damaged as were hangars, barracks, warehouses, industrial plants, and ammunition dumps. Four days later, departed for the Caribbean with destroyer USS Morris. Jenny had been sailing from Leghorn to St Petersburg when Wasp captured her. Embarked in Wasp were some 66 persons from NASA, the television industry, media personnel, an underwater demolition recovery team, and a Defense Department medical team.