WASP CVS 18

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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.

    Essex (Short Hull) Class Carrier
    Keel Laid 18 March 1942
    Launched 17 August 1943 as ORISKANY
    Renamed 26 September 1942

  1. USS WASP CV-18
    Commissioned 24 November 1943 - Decommissioned 19 November 1946
    Recommissioned 10 September 1951 following modernization

  2. USS WASP CVA-18
    Redesignated Attack Carrier (CVA) 1 October 1952

  3. USS WASP CVS-18
    Redesignated Anti-submarine Carrier (CVS) 1 November 1956
    Decommissioned 1 July 1972

    Struck from Naval Register 1 July 1972
    Sold 21 May 1973 for scrap
GregCiesielski Wasp CV18 19931124 1 Crest.jpg

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Wasp CVS-18 Covers Page 1    (1943-72)

 

Postmarks

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Killer Bar Text

Postmark
Date
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Cover Image

Post office established November 24 1943 - Disestablished February 17 1947


 

Locy Type
2(n) (CV)

1946-01-28

JonBurdett wasp cv18 19460128 pm.jpg
JonBurdett wasp cv18 19460128.jpg

As CV-18


 

Locy Type
2z

1944-12-29

JonBurdett wasp cv18 19441229r pm.jpg
JonBUrdett wasp cv18 19441229.JPG

As CV-18. Censored, WWII use


 

Locy Type
2rtz

1945-09-30

JonBurdett wasp cv18 19450930 pm.jpg
JonBurdett wasp cv18 19450930.jpg

As CV-18


 

Locy Type P

"NAVY /
DAY /
BOSTON"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. W-12

1945-10-27

JonBurdett wasp cv18 19451027 pm.jpg
JonBurdett wasp cv18 19451027.jpg

As CV-18



Post office reestablished September 10 1951 - Disestablished June 22 1972


 

Locy Type
2(n+) (CVS,USS)

1965-03-15

JonBurdett wasp cvs18 19650315 pm.jpg
JonBurdett wasp cvs18 19650315.jpg

As CVS-18


 

Locy Type 2r

1951-10-09

JonBurdett wasp cv18 19511009 pm.jpg
JonBurdett wasp cv18 19511009.jpg

CV-18. Cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson.


 

Locy Type
2pr

1952-05-15

Bunter Wasp CVS 18 19520515 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Wasp CVS 18 19520515 1 front.jpg

As CV-18


 

Locy Type
2t(n+u)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. W-12b

1963-01-25

GregCiesielski Wasp CV18 19630125 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Wasp CV18 19630125 1 Front.jpg

As CVS-18


 

Locy Type
2t(n+u)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. W-12c

1964-05-16

JonBurdett wasp cvs18 19640516 pm.jpg
JonBurdett wasp cvs18 19640516.jpg

As CVS-18


 

Locy Type
2t(n+u) (USS)

1972-02-23

JonBurdett wasp cvs18 19720223 pm.jpg
JonBurdett wasp cvs18 19720223.jpg

As CVS-18


 

Locy Type
7tnu
(Large Letters)

1966-06-06

JonBurdett wasp cvs18 19610508 pm.jpg
JonBurdett wasp cvs18 19610508.jpg

As CVS-18


 

Locy Type
7tnu
(Small Letters)

1966-06-06

JonBurdett wasp cvs18 19660606-1 pm.jpg
JonBurdett wasp cvs18 19660606-1.jpg

As CVS-18


 

Locy Type
9efu

1952-05-15

Bunter Wasp CVS 18 19520515 1 pm2.jpg
Bunter Wasp CVS 18 19520515 1 front.jpg

As CV-18



USPS Pictorial Postmark


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

"Stinger Station"

Quincy, MA

1993-11-24

GregCiesielski Wasp CV18 19931124 1 Front.jpg

No Image

50th Anniversary of Commissioning, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS

 

Other Information

USS WASP earned the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon (2 awards), the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, the China Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 8 Battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal w/ "Europe" clasp, the National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3 awards), the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon and the Philippine Liberation Medal (2 stars) during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Honoring the USS WASP CV-7. A wasp is any of numerous winged hymenopterus insects possessing smooth, slender bodies, and an abdomen attached by a narrow stalk. They have well developed wings, biting mouthparts, and often administer painful stings.

Eleven ships of the US Navy have borne the name WASP - USS Wasp (1775 Merchant Schooner), USS Wasp (1807 Sloop), USS Wasp (1810 Schooner), USS Wasp (1813 Sloop),
USS Wasp (1814 Sloop-of-War), USS Wasp (1865 Sidewheel Gunboat), USS Wasp (1893 Armed Yacht), USS Wasp SP-1159, USS Wasp CV-7, USS Wasp CVS-18 and USS Wasp LHD-1.

The ships sponsor was Miss Julia M. Walsh, the sister of Senator David I. Walsh of Massachusetts

 


 

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