Filmed aboard USS SHANGRI-LA CVA-38 in 1967/68.
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This film takes an entertaining look back at US NAVY FLEET OPERATIONS.
SEE Flight Operations - Supply at Sea Operations
Refueling at Sea Operations - Ship to Ship Transfers at Sea
Ports of Call - Aircraft & Ship Stats - Deck Drenching Navy Action


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April 18, 1942 American B-25 Bombers were being launched from the flight deck of a mobile airfield at sea for the first time. The place was the Pacific, 800 miles from Tokyo. Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle was leading a strike force of 16 Bombers into Japan. The outcome of this raid eventually caused the construction of the attack aircraft carrier USS SHANGRI-LA. For the security of the fleet, President Franklin D. Roosevelt told newsmen that the bombers from the Doolittle raid had come from a secret base in Shangri-La, the fictional land from James Hilton's novel, "Lost Horizon". The raid was actually launched from the USS HORNET which was later lost at the battle of Santa Cruz. Inspired by that loss, the US Treasury Department held a special fund drive to raise money for a new aircraft carrier to be named SHANGRI-LA in honor of that raid. As always, Americans responded and bought over 900 million dollars worth of war bonds. From those funds, America created SHANGRI-LA. Only three years from Doolittle's raid, SHANGRI-LA saw her first action of the war. Over the next five months, Carrier Air Group 85 aboard SHANGRI-LA destroyed 184 enemy aircraft, damaging an additional 204, sunk 22 enemy ships and damaged 65 others. In the first year, SHANGRI-LA steamed over 74,700 miles, and logged 14,247 landings on her flight deck. Between November 1947 and January 1955, SHANGRI-LA underwent a 7 million dollar modernization. Now a modern warship she patrolled the Pacific with distinction until a strategic situation brought her to the Caribbean. In 1960, Shangri-La reported to the Sixth Fleet Battle Group. Patrolling The Mediterranean was to be her main deployment throughout the 60's. The Med Cruise) An ESSEX class Carrier Shangri-La was 888 feet long and over 147' feet wide Displacing 27,100 tons Shangri-La was capable of carrying 3,448 men and over 80 aircraft at speeds over 30 MPH.

The Destroyer USS BLANDY along side for a ship-to-ship personnel transfer. Because of their size, heavy seas are rarely a problem for Aircraft carriers. But for smaller ships like The Destroyer USS LAWE, they make for some interesting living conditions. COMMAND Captain Robert Coogan took Command of Shangri-La in September of 1967. Captain Frederick Carment joined SHANGRI-LA as Operations Officer. Then was promoted to Executive Officer. Commander James Roberts assumed duties as Executive Officer of Shangri-La in January of 1968 This city of over 3000 operates, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Re supplying at sea operations enables the Fleet to continue to carry out a mission unaffected by land base conditions. This supply of fresh food provided by the refrigerated cargo ship USS ALSTEAD. A Forrestal class carrier, the USS Independence, is 1,046 feet long, over 150 feet longer than the Shangri-La. 249 feet wide and displaced over 56,000 TONS The USS HAWKINS in supplies operations from sea and air. An Italian NAVY patrol boat. In a game of cold war cat and mouse, a Russian Guided Missile Destroyer comes to close for comfort. 6th fleet PORTS OF CALL included Malta Italy Spain Crete Greece Turkey France The A4 Skyhawk , was created to provide the Navy with a small, lightweight attack aircraft, strong enough for catapult launch and carrier landings. Despite it's size the A4 had devastating strike capabilities The F-8 Crusader was one of the first truly supersonic carrier based fighter aircraft. It had a significant operational history as a dogfighter, strike aircraft and reconnaissance platform. The H-2 Seasprite's primary mission was anti-submarine, anti-surface warfare. With over the horizon targeting the H-2 significantly increased the Battle Groups warning and weapons capabilities. In the fall of 1967, Air Wing 8 deployed to the Mediterranean aboard SHANGRI-LA. Commanded by Commander John Dixon, Flying the modified F-8 called the RF-8 Photo Recon. Light photographic squadron 63 supported the battle group with photographic intelligence. The "Green Lizard's" Attacked Squadron 95 joins Carrier Air Wing 8 for this Cruise, bringing with them an esteemed record in Naval Aviation. An important part of Air Wing 8 is Attack Squadron 81 Consisting of 20 officers and 140 enlisted men, they fly and maintain 14 - A4C Sky Hawks. The squadron motto "Any time, any place.". Fighter Squadron 13 operates the MACH 1.8 F-8C Crusader. Fighting 13's primary mission to achieve and maintain air superiority over the Battle Group. Attack Squadron 83 is equipped and trained to conduct air to surface attack operations with conventional and special weapons. Fighter Squadron 62's mission was to intercept and destroy enemy aircraft in all weather conditions. They were also trained for air to surface attacks with conventional weapons. Re-fueling at sea operations Oil Supply Ship USS NANTAHALA, re-fueling the Shangri-La and the Guided Missile Destroyer USS DANIELS The perimeter, around the re-fueling operations and an aircraft carrier in general, are kept secured by other members of the Battle Group. In the fall of 1967, Air Wing 8 deployed to the Mediterranean aboard SHANGRI-LA. Commanded by Commander John Dixon, Flying the modified F-8 called the RF-8 Photo Recon. Light photographic squadron 63 supported the battle group with photographic intelligence. The "Green Lizard's" Attacked Squadron 95 joins Carrier Air Wing 8 for this Cruise, bringing with them an esteemed record in Naval Aviation.An important part of Air Wing 8 is Attack Squadron 81 Consisting of 20 officers and 140 enlisted men, they fly and maintain 14 - A4C Sky Hawks. The squadron motto "Any time, any place.". Fighter Squadron 13 operates the MACH 1.8 F-8C Crusader. Fighting 13's primary mission - to achieve and maintain air superiority over the Battle Group. Attack Squadron 83 is equipped and trained to conduct air to surface attack operations with conventional and special weapons. Fighter Squadron 62's mission was to intercept and destroy enemy aircraft in all weather conditions. They were also trained for air to surface attacks with conventional weapons. This city of over 3000 operates, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Re supplying at sea operations enables the Fleet to continue to carry out a mission unaffected by land base conditions. This supply of fresh food provided by the refrigerated cargo ship USS ALSTEAD. 6th fleet PORTS OF CALL included Malta Italy Spain Crete Greece Turkey France The USS NANTAHALA along side for Re-Fueling Operations The Guided Missile Destroyer USS DANIELS comes along side for simultaneous refueling. The perimeter around the re-fueling operations are kept secured by other members of the Battle Group. An ESSEX class Carrier Shangri-La was 888 feet long and over 147' feet wide Displacing 27,100 tons Shangri-La was capable of carrying 3,448 men and over 80 aircraft at speeds over 30 MPH. The A4 Skyhawk , was created to provide the Navy with a small, lightweight attack aircraft, strong enough for catapult launch and carrier landings. Despite it's size the A4 had devastating strike capabilities The F-8 Crusader was one of the first truly supersonic carrier based fighter aircraft. It had a significant operational history as a dogfighter, strike aircraft and reconnaissance platform. The H-2 Seasprite's primary mission was anti-submarine, anti-surface warfare. With over the horizon targeting the H-2 greatly increased Shangri-Las warning and weapons capabilities. Because of their size, heavy seas are rarely a problem for Aircraft carriers. The Destroyer USS LAWE takes on some heavy Sea's. You can see why some refer to destroyers as "TIN CANS" The Destroyer USS BLANDY along side for a ship to ship personal transfer. The USS HAWKINS in supplies operations from sea and air. A Forrestal class carrier, the USS Independence, is 1,046 feet long, over 150 feet longer than the Shangri-La. 249 feet wide and displaced over 56,000 TONS An Italian NAVY patrol boat. In a game of cold war cat and mouse a Russian Guided Missile Destroyer comes to close for comfort.



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