USS Lexington

USS Lexington (CV-16) - Corpus Christi, TX

CV-16: The USS LEXINGTON is an aircraft carrier of the Essex Class from World War II that has been transformed into a museum. It delights all visitors.

USS Lexington (CV-16)

That night at 19.20, major air attacks began. The attack occurred while the taskforce was being conducted off Kwajalein. Parachute flares fired by Japanese aircraft silhouetted the carrier at 23:22. Ten minutes later, a torpedo hit her starboard side and ripped out her steering wheel. Zwei people died on the fantail. Seven were in the chief Petty Officers' mess room. This was an area used for repairs during general quarters.

Four people from the damaged repair crew survived the blast because they were on a couch which apparently took the shock. The carrier was 5 feet (2m) from the stern and began to circle towards port amid dense smoke coming out of the ruptured tanks below. The damage control team was ordered to seal damaged compartments and weld them shut using heavy steel plates.

Lexington arrived in Pearl Harbor on the 9th of December to receive emergency repair work. A hand-operated steering system was soon developed. The full repairs of the vehicle were finished in Bremerton, Washington on 20/02 1944.

It wasn't ever repeated that mistake regarding lighting a night-time fire. Instead, the gun crews were told to use open flames whenever the ship was being attacked. Japan's Tokyo Rose declared the ship as lost.

Our guests, volunteers and crew do not need to wear masks while visiting the USS Lexington Museum. It is our commitment to healthy recovery following this pandemic. Therefore, we respectfully request that anyone who has not had their vaccinations continue wearing a mask.

Official U.S. Navy photograph, now in National Archives collection (photo #80–G-K–16053).

Following a Kamikazestrike, a group of four photos was taken on the 6th of November 1944. Photos NS021664a & NS021664a depict this aircraft.

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Bremerton was her last overhaul. Her refresher training was cut short by the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis. She was given the order to board Air Group 21 in San Francisco on July 14, 1958 and to sail with the 7th Fleet of Taiwan.

Lexington, now the first carrier with planes equipped with AGM-12 Bullpup-guided missiles (GSM-12 Bullpup), left San Francisco for another tour with 7th Fleet on 26 April 1959. Lexington was present at standby during the Laotian Crisis of August/September. She then joined British navy forces, and she returned to San Diego the following day, on 2/12. The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard undertook an overhaul of her in early 1960.

Ghost Hunters, the TV-show that focuses on ghost hunting, was filming aboard the USS Lexington from July 2007. In December 2009 Ghost Lab, which is on Discovery Channel, featured her as the subject of an episode.

Nile Kinnick (1939 Heisman Trophy Winner) was one the carrier's early casualties. Kinnick was among other naval fliers who were training from the deck of the ship during its initial voyage, which took it to the Caribbean in 1943. Kinnick's Grumman F4F Wildcat, which was flown by Kinnick, suffered a severe oil leakage while in flight and could not return to Lexington. The Lexington crashed into the ocean four miles away. Kinnick and his plane weren't ever found.

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Pepsi used a ship on which to film an advertisement in preparation for 2015 Super Bowl. Blake Shelton (country-music artist) performed for vets and their families in the commercial titled "Operation Halftime".

USS Lexington is seen underway (CV-16) during Gilberts, as seen by USS Monterey. November-December 1943. Original photograph, dated 5 Dec 1943. However, the photo must have been taken before that date.

One Lexington plane immediately reported Shokaku's position to carriers. It launched an attack from Japanese heavy carriers, which caused severe damage. At 1100 the enemy had reached within reach of American carriers. Lexington was hit by a torpedo 20 minutes later.

Seconds later, Lexington received three bomb hits by enemy aircraft. A second torpedo hit the bridge, causing Lexington to drop at 7°. Meanwhile onboard there were many fires. The damage control crews managed to control the flames by 1300 and brought the ship back on its feet. Lexington started to move at 25 knots and was ready to get her air group back.

A sudden explosion was caused by gasoline vapors above. The ship was again engulfed in flames. Captain Frederick C. Sherman, fearing for the safety and well-being of his crew, ordered everyone to go up on the flight deck around 1558. At 1707, Sherman ordered that the ship be abandoned. Crewmembers jumped over the sides of the ship and into the Coral Sea to begin an orderly disembarkation. They were quickly picked up by American destroyers and cruisers.

Commander of (TF 17), Admiral Aubrey Fitch with his staff was transferred to USS Minneapolis. Sherman and his executive officer made sure the men were off Lexington, but they were not the first to depart the doomed vessel.

What has happened to the USS Lexington?

Coral Sea. USS Lexington Sherman sinking. His departure was in keeping with sea-rules. The great carrier burned furiously for the next few days, torched in smoke from stem-to-stern. Finally, destroyer torpedoes swept her away and she sank around 8PM.

Why is USS Lexington so popular?

USS LEXINGTON was the first US Naval aircraft carrier to allow women as crew members in 1980. USS LEXINGTON made Texas a permanent residence in 1992. The ship was eventually decommissioned by the Task Force Landing Force 16. This task force moved the ship to Corpus Christi. Aug 27, 2019

Why is USS Lexington at Corpus Christi Texas

Our story. Because of its active fundraising efforts and strong community support the USS Lexington arrived at Corpus Christi's beach in 1992. Since then, it has been an aviation museum, education facility, and tourist attraction.

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The USS Lexington, an old aircraft carrier is now a floating museum that docks at Corpus Christi Beach. ... It arrived on Corpus Christi's beach in 1992. The flight deck measures 910 feet and is the same size as three football fields. It housed about 3000 service personnel in World War II. May 26, 2021

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