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  • 19 Jul 2020 11:12 AM | David Kenney (Administrator)

    It's been a while, so it's time to "freshen" up our web site with a slightly new look to bring it to a more current standard and cleaner interface. 

    This current design has been is use for many years, and since the original hosting company has been acquired by a larger company, they've recommended we transition from this older "legacy" style to a newer one which will function better under newer browsers on today's PC's and Mac machine. This will also allow for smoother customization, if/when needed, to add features we may want in the future.

    We've already tested over 20 theme design options to see which one gives us the best transfer to new menus, etc. but not change the majority of the look n' feel of the site. This should keep pages in the current, familiar format, mostly to reduce any confusion on where items are, etc. 

    The new theme will change the look on the top bar and the navigation menu will drop down from the right as opposed to the current left side you see now. 

    The plan is cut the site over to the new theme the week of July 20 - 26th. The plan is to do it at night to reduce any disruption of access. 

    Once the cut-over is done, you will see the new look by navigating to the page with a newly opened browser. 

    Thank you for your patience as we make this needed change. See you on the other side. 


    Dave Kenney


  • 14 May 2020 9:49 PM | David Kenney (Administrator)

    The Final Mission Patch is back in Stock!!!!

  • 19 Mar 2020 5:21 PM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)

    In recent weeks our country has been fighting a battle with the Coronavirus (COVID19). We have all been affected in one way or another. Between the closing of schools, restaurants, bars and gyms, to the run on toilet paper and food, listening every day to the amount of new cases climbing as the testing increases, the uncertainty of where this is headed and who will be sick next. And of course, the increasing numbers of fatalities. Whether or not we wanted it to, it has changed our lives. It has put a tremendous burden on all of us and left us with a feeling of uncertainty. Everyday life has changed dramatically and has limited our ability to make any plans.

    The Board of Directors of the USS America Carrier Veteran’s Association (CVA) have a responsibility to its members. We understand that you cannot make any plans right now for the future, not knowing what effect this crisis will have in the long term.

    So, the CVA has decided to get out in front of this and is Postponing Reunion 2020.

    This was not an easy decision to make. A lot of thought went into it, with a lot of discussion and email contact within the board of directors, hotel and tour companies. It was decided it was in the best interest of the membership and the CVA to postpone the reunion for at least one year. Our hope is that will be ample time for our government and other officials around the world to have in place controls to maintain the health of all of us on this planet.

    The reunion will still be in Warwick, RI. At the Crowne Plaza. Most likely in Sept. 2021.

    We had a few registrations online and those members will be receiving refunds. If you have already mailed in a registration form and payment, the check will be returned to you. We do not know when we will set an exact date for the reunion, but until then please stay healthy.

    Tom Tramantano


    A word from our Chaplin


    As you are aware our country is going through a very trying time right now,

    and it’s a time to be united and strong!

    For 31 years we took our beloved USS AMERICA, callsign Courage, all over the

    world and during those years we sailed into harm’s way many times.  As always

    we came through those times since we had a great ship and we worked as

    shipmates to get the job done.  Now we must do the same thing for our

    country, by staying strong and healthy for our families.

     So, my prayers for you are to stay courageous, strong, healthy and positive

    and we will bring our “AMERICA” back!

     Until our next reunion, GOD Bless you and your families!

    Rich Fleischer, Chaplin

  • 18 Mar 2020 3:16 PM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)


    Have been canceled until further notice.

    Your Board of Directors will continue to conduct business electronically

  • 14 Nov 2019 4:30 PM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)



    These Plaques are available to Plankowners and Former Crewmembers of the USS AMERICA,

    who are members of the CVA.

    The Plaques feature the ship name USS America CVA 66 and Plankowner or Crewmember engravings.

    The Steel is from elevator #2 of the USS America.

    To order your plaque, contact Walt Waite  the Director of Marketing


  • 13 Nov 2019 8:26 AM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)

    Great turnout for the New York City Centennial Veteran’s Day Parade 2019

    The CVA has marched up Fifth Ave for 19 years

    Thank you:

    Carlos Benavides, Eddie Colon, Mike Sweeney, Ed Waite, Tony Cottone, Peter Schmid, Paul Matthew, Joe Brill, Hal Vandermark, John Saucier, Mike Spataro,  Sal Torres, Edwin Bergstrom, Ray Diaz, Rick Wilson, Carl Mottern,  Harold Neely,  John Stevens, Dave Foley, Guy Frazier,Tom Tramantano, Ed Collins and Harry Rodriguez

  • 15 May 2019 11:08 AM | David Kenney (Administrator)

    JOIN NOW!  and get this exclusive offer - a 6 X 15 vinyl decal that will look GREAT on the rear window of your vehicle, or where-ever you'd like to put it! 

    Don't wait until they're gone!    Join Now and we'll send you this as a FREE GIFT!

    * The decal is white with a clear base so will look best on a dark background. 

  • 18 Oct 2014 7:40 PM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)



    is now in Commission

    On 11 Oct 2014

    Members of the CVA were present to witness her commissioning.


    Afterwards several members of the CVA's Board of Directors had the honor of

    sailing with her to San Diego.


    We are happy to say the AMERICA's spirit is alive and well.

    The crew is a hand picked group of sailors who are all at the top of their rates.

    They all showed us a great deal of respect and allowed us free roam of the ship.

    Captain Hall made sure to do a head count of us to make sure no one stowed away.

    While it is a different Navy from when we served, it is something to very proud of.



  • 11 Jul 2014 11:35 AM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)

    PASCAGOULA, Miss. (NNS) -- The future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) departed in commission without ceremony from Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., July 11 in transit to its homeport of San Diego.

    America is scheduled to be formally commissioned during a ceremony in San Francisco, California Oct. 11, witnessed by the friends and family of the ship's 1,100 plankowners. The Navy officially accepted delivery of the ship from Ingalls Shipbuilding during a ship custody transfer ceremony, April 10.

    America earned commission status after the crew successfully completed the light-off assessment, anti-terrorism force protection certification and crew certification. These are the three major inspections needed before a U.S. Navy warship can get underway for the first time.
    "This is the beginning, but we have a long way to go," said Capt. Robert A. Hall Jr., America's commanding officer, to his crew during an all hands call. "You guys make the foundation. What we do from this point forward will dictate the kind of ship America's going to be, and I'm excited to get out there and introduce her to the fleet."

    America is scheduled to transit U.S. Southern Command's area of responsibility (AOR) throughout the next couple months. During the transit, referred to as "America Visits the Americas," the ship will engage in cooperative maritime security operations with partner nations in order to maintain access, enhance interoperability and build enduring partnerships that foster regional security in the AOR. In addition, America will embark more than 300 Marines assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) South.

    The ship will visit Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Peru as well as Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba while also conducting engagements with other valued partners in the AOR. These nations are valued friends and partners and the visits to these ports will enhance these partnerships. During these port visits, the ship's military and civilian crew may have the opportunity to experience the rich culture of their host nation and to serve as goodwill ambassadors. Additionally many of America's Sailors and Marines will have the chance to volunteer for enhancement projects at local schools, orphanages, and other facilities.

    America is the first ship of its class, replacing the Tawara-class of amphibious assault ships. As the next generation "big-deck" amphibious ship, America is optimized for aviation, capable of supporting current and future aircraft such as the tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey and F-35B Joint Strike Fighter.

    U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command / U.S. 4th Fleet and U.S. Marine Forces South support U.S. Southern Command's joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations in order to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.

  • 16 May 2014 6:57 PM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)

    For any of The America's crew who may have served onboard the Intrepid, here is an opportunity to share your story.

    April 2015 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon. To commemorate this anniversary, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will open a temporary exhibition about the Vietnam War in the spring of 2015. As many of you know so well, Intrepid was one of more than twenty U.S. Navy aircraft carriers deployed to Vietnam. The ship and crew served three tours of duty in the Vietnam War between 1966 and 1969.

    The Intrepid Museum’s exhibition will use the experiences of Intrepid’s crew as a lens for understanding the history of the war with a particular emphasis on the role of the U.S. Navy. The exhibition will use the Museum’s largest artifact undefined the aircraft carrier Intrepid undefined to convey the day-to-day experiences of the sailors, aviators and marines who served on board the ship in the Gulf of Tonkin.

    Click on Read More to see how you can tell your story.


    Information from former crew members will help us bring these spaces to life.

                Did you serve on board Intrepid during the Vietnam War?

    Do you know someone who did?

                Do you have any stories, photographs, documents or other information from this period?

    If you have anything to share, please contact the Museum by email at or by phone at (646) 381-5241.


    The Exhibits/Collections Department

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