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I spent 25 years in the Navy and worked the flight deck on four different Carriers. The old 27 Charlie carriers pitched like that all the time. They were much smaller than the Super Carriers but still handled big, fast aircraft. The Viet Nam era pilots would fly in a monsoon to their target, have Sams and AAA fired at them and then come home in the dark to a pitching rolling deck so they could get a few hours sleep and do it all again the next day. And they had no GPS to guide them.
 

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Jerrschmidt, what class carries where they?? Same a the Kittyhawk and Forrestal and Saratoga??
 

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Jerrschmidt, what class carries where they?? Same a the Kittyhawk and Forrestal and Saratoga??
27 Charlie carriers were the old WW2 ships like Wasp, Intrepid, and Essex. I was on Bon Homme Richard for three 1/2 years during the Viet Nam war. I also served on USS Constellation and put both the USS Independence and USS Enterprise into commission.

The 27 Charlie conversion was the addition of the angle deck, Steam catapults and a bunch of other stuff.

Bon Homme Richard
 

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Ohh nice!!!!! same kinda thing the did to the Iowa Class BB then. Keep an old war horse working.

We had 2 Majestic Class Carries, the Sydney and Melbourne. But we sold them into scrap late 70s, early 80s IIRC. We nearly got Ark Royal from the RN, but Falklands began and Thatcher wanted her for the offensive as backup. W havent got any new ones. We need it though. I wnat to go back to being a two ocean navy = Two Fleets.
 

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My dad was a Marine on board the USS Leyte, he has some great stories...But he said no matter how rough it got on the carrier, he sure didn't want to be one of the poor bastards on one of the destroyers disappearing behind 50' waves.
 
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