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USS Lexington CV-16

If you find yourself in Corpus Christi, Texas, I highly suggest a visit to the USS Lexington. The curators of this magnificent vessel have done a marvelous job putting together a fantastic museum by Corpus Christi Bay. I hope to return someday to see and photograph several exhibits that I inadvertently missed on my trip to the Lex.

(From the USS Lexington Museum by the Bay Website) USS Lexington
The USS Lexington, CV-16, is a World War II-vintage aircraft carrier. Commissioned in 1943, she served the United States longer and set more records than any other carrier in the history of naval aviation.

The ship was the oldest working carrier in the United States Navy when decommissioned in 1991. Lexington, an Essex-class carrier, was originally named the USS Cabot. During World War II, the final work on it was being completed at Massachusetts' Fore River Shipyard when word was received that the original carrier named Lexington, CV-2, had been sunk in the Coral Sea. A campaign was launched to change the new carrier's name to Lexington, and the rest is history. The USS Lexington, CV-16, was commissioned on February 17, 1943.

After training maneuvers and a shakedown cruise, Lexington joined the Fifth Fleet at Pearl Harbor. During World War II, the carrier participated in nearly every major operation in the Pacific Theater and spent a total of 21 months in combat. Her planes destroyed 372 enemy aircraft in the air and 475 more on the ground. She sank or destroyed 300,000 tons of enemy cargo and damaged an additional 600,000 tons. The ship's guns shot down 15 planes and assisted in downing five more.

The Japanese reported Lexington sunk no less than four times! Yet, each time she returned to fight again, leading the propagandist Tokyo Rose to nickname her "The Blue Ghost." The name is a tribute to the ship and the crew and air groups that served aboard her.
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USS Lexington from Corpus Christi Beach
USS Lexington from Corpus Christi Beach
USS Lexington from Shoreline Drive
USS Lexington from Shoreline Drive
3 50 Caliber Anti-Aircraft Gun
3" 50 Caliber Anti-Aircraft Gun
Quad 40s Anti-Aircraft
Quad 40s Anti-Aircraft
Mural in the Crew Quarters
Mural in the Crew Quarters
Crew Quarters
Crew Quarters
Crew Mess
Crew Mess
Ordnance Exhibit
Ordnance Exhibit
Engine Room Control Board
Engine Room Control Board
Engine Room - #3 Turbine
Engine Room - #3 Turbine
Engine Room - Reduction Gear
Engine Room - Reduction Gear
Ship's Post Office
Ship's Post Office
Sick Bay - Pharmacy
Sick Bay - Pharmacy
Dental Surgery Room
Dental Surgery Room
Emergency Room
Emergency Room
Flight Surgeon's Office
Flight Surgeon's Office
Surgery
Surgery
Ship's Chapel
Ship's Chapel
Aqueous Film Forming Foam Station
Aqueous Film Forming Foam Station
Aqueous Film Forming Foam Storage
Aqueous Film Forming Foam Storage
Arresting Engine
Arresting Engine
Captain's Quarters
Captain's Quarters
Original USS Lexington Ship Bell
Original USS Lexington Ship Bell
A-4 Skyhawk Cockpit Procedure Trainer
A-4 Skyhawk Cockpit Procedure Trainer
GH-3 Nightingale
GH-3 Nightingale
N3N Yellow Peril
N3N Yellow Peril
SNJ Texan
SNJ Texan
Swimmer Delivery Vehicle
Swimmer Delivery Vehicle
TBM-3 Avenger
TBM-3 Avenger
A7-E Corsair II Night Camera Landing Simulator
A7-E Corsair II Night Camera Landing Simulator
On the Bridge - At the Helm
On the Bridge - At the Helm
On the Bridge
On the Bridge
The Helm from the Bridge
The Helm from the Bridge
Deck from the Bridge
Deck from the Bridge
Superstructure
Superstructure
Attacked!
Attacked!
Warning!!
Warning!!
T-2C Buckeye
T-2C Buckeye
KA-3B Sky Warrior
KA-3B Sky Warrior
KA-3B Sky Warrior 2
KA-3B Sky Warrior 2
T-34B Mentor
T-34B Mentor
AH-1S Cobra
AH-1S Cobra
TA-4F Skyhawk
TA-4F Skyhawk
T-28B Trojan
T-28B Trojan
A-4 (A-4B) Skyhawk
A-4 (A-4B) Skyhawk
F2H-2 Banshee
F2H-2 Banshee
A-6E Intruder
A-6E Intruder
F-4A Phantom II
F-4A Phantom II
F9F-8T Cougar
F9F-8T Cougar
A-7B Corsair II
A-7B Corsair II
F-14A Tomcat
F-14A Tomcat
Life Raft Pods
Life Raft Pods