File:USS Tarawa (CVA-40) underway at sea on 18 December 1952.jpg

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The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Tarawa (CVA-40) underway at sea on 18 December 1952.
Note: the official description reads "... underway in the Mediterranea Sea, north of the Straits of Messina, Sicily, on 18 December 1952. She has F2H Banshee jet fighters on her catapults." However, this cannot be correct as Tarawa returned from the Mediterranean Sea to the U.S. on 11 June 1952 and left again on 7 January 1953. On neither deployment she carried F2H-2 Banshee fighters. Fighter Squadron 62 (VF-62) flew F2H-2 with the tail code "F" (as shown here). This was the tail code of Carrier Air Group 4 which was deployed to the Mediterranean Sea aboard USS Coral Sea (CVB-43), 19 April to 12 October 1952, and USS Lake Champlain (CVA-39), 26 April to 4 December 1953.
Assuming that the date is correct, the carrier was working up for her coming deployment off the U.S. East Coast.

Source Official U.S. Navy photo NH 97596 from the U.S. Navy Naval History and Heritage Command
Author U.S. Navy
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