For those who served in the RVAH Community, their families, and friends!

REcently the USS Constellation began her final 140 day journey to Brownsville, Texas via the Straits of Magellan. Upon arrival she will be scrapped.
In August of '66 I cross decked from Ranger to Connie while on Yankee Station. I remained aboard her until December of 1967 when I went in country.
Here is a link fro a short story excerpted from my first book that happened in the Fall of 1967:


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Comment by CDR Bryan Leese on September 13, 2018 at 5:42am

I am researching the IOIC system associated with the RA-5C. I am looking to talk to PH/PTs who worked on the RA-5C onboard systems as well as the IOIC within CVIC. While I am specifically looking at the Mediterranean deployments of the SARATOGA/RVAH-9 and AMERICA/RVAH-5 in 1967 (Six-Day War) and the JF KENNEDY/RVAH-11 and INDEPENDENCE/RVAH-14 in 1973 (Yom Kippur War), I want to talk to anyone who can describe the system's incorporation into the overall intelligence fusion and support to operations. I would like to speak to any intelligence officers or PH/PT that made those deployments.

Sea stories welcomed!

CDR Bryan Leese

National Intelligence University, Bethesda, MD



Comment by Richard Huss on December 1, 2014 at 9:39pm

I really hate to see these old proud bird farms scraped.  I realize that the cost of the preservation of them is astronomical and in many cases just out of the question.  But what will happen should the ned arise that we need one of these old warriors someday?  How much useful life is really left in these old bird farms?  Are they really in that bad of shape that it would not be economically feasable to maintain them?  I'm just glad that my last ship, USS MIDWAY, CV-41, is now a successful museum in San Diego! 

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