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  • 11 Nov 2013 6:59 PM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)

    Once again the CVA was represented by an outstanding group

     

    of former shipmates.

  • 16 Oct 2013 1:08 PM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)
    Special thanks to Geoffrey McDermott for supplying the photos that were once lost with the website crash.  Please visit http://www.ussamerica.org/rest to view the images
  • 27 Sep 2013 12:21 PM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)
    Click here to view.  
  • 05 Aug 2013 10:06 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    If you have an email address @ussamerica.org you'll need to update your pop and smtp addresses to:

    mail2.gohsphere.com

    You can also use that link above to access your email online using Squirrel Mail. 

    Please contact the CVA if you need additional assistance. 

  • 22 Jul 2013 9:46 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    USS AMERICA CARRIER VETERAN’S ASSOCIATION

    REUNION 2014

    VIRGINIA BEACH RESORT AND CONFERENCE CENTER

    2800 SHORE DRIVE

    VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. 23451

    757-481-9000

    SCHEDULE

    TUESDAY SEPT. 9, 2014: REGISTRATION AND WELCOME ABOARD

    WEDNESDAY SEPT. 10, 2014: BROOKWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, OCEANA NAVAL AIR STATION, MILITARY AIR MUSEUM. LUNCH WILL BE AT THE SHIFTING SANDS CLUB, DAM NECK NAVAL INSTALATION.

    THURSDAY SEPT. 11, 2014: NAUTICUS, THE NATIONAL MARITIME CENTER, BATTLESHIP WISCONSIN AND MEMORIAL SERVICE. SPIRIT OF NORFOLK LUNCH CRUISE, NORFOLK RIDING TOUR.

    FRIDAY SEPT. 12, 2014: GENARAL MEETING, BANQUET

    SATURDAY SEPT. 13, 2014: COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG OVERVIEW, JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT.

  • 20 Oct 2012 12:58 PM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)
     20 OCT 2012

     

    To view the video of the christening, click on the photo below.

    Click here to view the DVIDs video of christening

     


  • 11 Oct 2012 9:31 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    ROBERT A. HALL JR.
    CAPTAIN, UNITED STATES NAVY

    A native of Billerica, Massachusetts, Captain Bob Hall graduated from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1984 with a Bachelors degree in Marine Transportation and a USCG Unlimited Third Mates License. As a Merchant Mariner, he shipped out commercially on a variety of vessels to include voyages in the Gulf of Mexico, North Sea, Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean. Captain Hall received his naval commission from OCS in 1989.

    Afloat, Captain Hall most recently served as Commanding Officer in USS PORTER (DDG 78) from December 2006 to June 2008. During his command PORTER earned the prestigious Battle “E” award for exceptional battle readiness and completed a highly successful forward deployment to the CENTCOM theater of operation, conducting anti-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa. Previous sea duties include: Executive Officer in USS NICHOLAS (FFG 47) from December 2001 to May 2003; pre-commissioning Chief Engineer in USS DONALD COOK (DDG 75) from November 1997 to February 2000; and, Chief Engineer in USS PETERSON (DD 969) from October 1995 to August 1997. Commander Hall began his navy career as the Damage Control Assistant and Auxiliaries Officer in USS JOHN HANCOCK (DD 981) from October 1989 to December 1992.

    Ashore, Captain Hall last served as the Executive Assistant (EA) to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Global Force Management, Joint Operations, Plans, Policy and Training (N3N5N7) at U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFFC). Other shore tours include: Lead Maritime Homeland Defense planner at USFFC; National Military Command Center (NMCC) Systems Operations Branch Chief in the Operations Directorate (J-3) on the Joint Staff; and, Naval Weapons Program Analyst on the OPNAV Staff in Washington DC. Additionally, Captain Hall has attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey CA, where he earned a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington DC, where he earned a Masters degree in National Resource Strategy.

    Captain Hall’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards) and numerous unit citations. He is married to the former Kasey Mullen of Bangor, ME and they have been blessed with two children, Andrew and Rebecca.

    Captain Hall is the prospective
    (Captain America)
    Commanding Officer of AMERICA (LHA-6),
    the lead ship of the Navy’s newest ship class
    the 45,000 ton AMERICA-class.

  • 10 Oct 2012 9:37 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)
     

    Those of us that have followed the history of USS America CVA-66 have often heard the tale that the Late President John F. Kennedy specifically asked that CVA-66 be named America, however, no one to our knowledge has been able to document this fact. Recently the Kennedy Library (http://www.jfklibrary.org/) located in Boston Massachusetts released their online archive of President Kennedy’s important papers and records generated during his 1000 days in office. Researching the online archive has allowed us for the first time to confirm this long heard tale that USS America CVA-66 was personally named by JFK! The name suggested for CVA-66 before JFK’s input; USS CONGRESS!

    Other documents include a listing of suggested ships names, requests from a Senate member and other individuals for the selection of USS Williamsburg as the ships name and even a paragraph in a document confirming the selection of USS Constellation to be home ported in San Diego that USS America was expected to replace the Essex Class carrier USS Hancock home ported in Alameda California.

    Many thanks to USS America shipmate Scot Celley for researching and locating these documents which are provided here courtesy of the Kennedy Library. If you wish to see documents directly through the Kennedy Library, the original search link can be accessed here (scroll down quite a few documents): http://www.facebook.com/l/47d43ss6Hu44NqPyj13twpDv7CA;www.jfklibrary.org/Asset-Viewer/Archives/JFKPOF-084-013.aspx

    Special thanks to Tom Trujillo for helping put this together.  Visit Naming the CVA66 to view the letters.

  • 12 Sep 2012 8:00 PM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    PLANKOWNER AND CREWMEMBER PLAQUES

    $25

    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 #1 of the USS America.

    To order your plaque, contact WalWalt Waitet Waite, the ship store manager.

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