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USS Lexington

Blue Ghost : Corpus Christi Texas

USS Lexington, nicknamed "The Blue Ghost", is an Essex-class aircraft carrier built during World War II for the United States Navy. Originally intended to be named Cabot, word arrived during construction that the USS Lexington (CV-2) had been lost in the Battle of the Coral Sea.
USS Lexington Museum On The Bay
USS Lexington The Blue Ghost
She was renamed while under construction to commemorate the earlier ship. She was the fifth US Navy ship to bear the name in honor of the Revolutionary War Battle of Lexington. USS Lexington is a valuable national treasure having played a significant role in the nation’s defense for nearly 50 years. Her World War II record is second to none and as a place where Americans died in defense of freedom, she is a memorial worth preserving. She continues to serve today as a museum and educational facility.
USS Lexington Corpus Christi Texas
Tarawa To Tokyo USS Lexington
Aircraft Carrier Museum Corpus Christi Texas

Blue Ghost USS Lexington: Fun Facts
Ø  Launched on 23 September 1942
Ø  Commissioned:         17 February 1943
Ø  Decommissioned:     23 April 1947
Ø  Recommissioned:     15 August 1955
Ø  Decommissioned:     8 November 1991
Ø  The USS Lexington is as tall as a 19 story building and as long as three New York City blocks.
Ø  You could park more than 1,000 automobiles on its flight deck.
Ø  It has more telephones than a city of 5,000.
Ø  It has crossed the equator 13 times.
Ø  It was the first carrier to deploy air-to-surface missiles.
Ø  It has sailed enough miles to circle the globe eight times.
Ø  It has more sleeping spaces than Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.
Ø  It was the first carrier to establish a seagoing high school.
Ø  It can produce enough electricity to power a city of 150,000.
Ø  I was the first ship in U.S. Navy history to have women aboard as crewmembers.

The Blue Ghost Essex-class aircraft
USS Lexington Museum Blue ghost
WWII aircraft carrier and naval museum with airplanes
USS LEXINGTON in Corpus Christi Bay
Lexington was decommissioned in 1991, with an active service life longer than any other Essex-class ship. Following her decommissioning, she was donated for use as a museum ship in Corpus Christi, Texas. In 2003, Lexington was designated a National Historic Landmark.
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