SARATOGA CV 3

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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Lexington Class Battle Cruiser
    Keel Laid 25 September 1920 as Command Ship CC-3
    Construction suspended 8 February 1922
    Conversion to Aircraft Carrier authorized 1 July 1922, Redesignated CV-3
    Launched 17 April 1925

  1. USS SARATOGA CV-3
  2. Commissioned 16 November 1927 - Decommissioned 15 August 1946

    Sunk 25 August 1946 as target for two atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll

"Invictus Gallus Gladiator"
"Unconquerable Gallant Fighter"

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Saratoga CV-3 Covers Page 1    (1930-1946)

 

Postmarks

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Post Office Established 16 November 1927 - Disestablished 15 August 1946


 

Locy Type 2(n)

(Oct 27 1945)

1945-10-27

Navy Day


 

Locy Type 2(n)

1946-02-18

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (B-BBT)

"25,000 /
LANDINGS!"

1935-03-20

Byrd L. Powell


 

Locy Type
3 (BC-BBT)

"HAPPY /
LANDINGS"

1935-08-10

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-TBT)

"LONG BEACH /
CALIFORNIA"

1939-09-14

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-TBB)

1939-02-18

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (A-TBT)

"50.000 /
LANDINGS"

1940-04-21

Note:


 

Locy Type
3s (B)

1927-11-29

Note:


 

Locy Type
3s (A)

"BRIDGETOWN /
BARBADOS"

1930-04-09

Note:


 

Locy Type
3z (TTT)

1942-03-09

Official Business


 

Locy Type
6g(1)

(25mm dial)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus S-22c

1928-02-08

Sailor's Mail


 

Locy Type 6g

("EARATOGA")

1931-04-15

Note:


 

Locy Type
6gp(1)

(27.5 mm dial)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. S-22d

1934-05-31

Note:


 

Locy Type
7t

1932-10-27

Navy Day, cachet by Harry Ioor


 

Locy Type
7rtz

1942-05-27

Sailor's Mail, Censored


 

Locy Type 8

1928-07-30

Note:


 

Locy Type
9v

1946-04-22

Note:


 

Locy Type
9efw

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. S-22

1946-04-22

Note:


 

Locy Type
9efw

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. S-22e

1939-07-25

N/A

Money Order Stub (receipt)


 

Locy Type
9efw

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. S-22a

1946-07-24

Note:


 

Locy Type 9x

1939-05-02

On piece


 

Locy Type
9xz

1946-04-22

Unlisted as being on ship


 

Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. S-22b

1940-11-16

13th Anniversary, cachet by Walter Lupton



USPS Pictorial Postmark


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

"Ship's Bell Station"

Saratoga Springs NY

1998-09-19

47th Reunion and Welcome Home Celebration. Cachet by the Official Friends Of Saratoga Battlefield Covers

 

Other Information

USS SARATOGA earned the American Defense Service Medal with "Fleet" clasp, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 8 Battle stars and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - The Battles of Saratoga (September 19 and October 7, 1777).

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Olive D. Wilbur, wife of the Secretary of the Navy, Curtis D. Wilbur.

Six ships of the US Navy have borne the name SARATOGA - USS Saratoga (1780, 18-gun Sloop-of-War), USS Saratoga (1814, 26-gun Corvette), USS Saratoga (1842, 22-gun Sloop-of-War), USS Saratoga ACR-2,
USS Saratoga CV-3 and USS Saratoga CV-60.

 


 

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