The fourth USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) was a long-hull Essex-class
fleet aircraft carrier which served from 1944 to 1973, earning 17
battle stars for service during World War II and the Vietnam
USS Ticonderoga (CV/CVA/CVS-14) was one of 24 Essex-class
aircraft carriers built during World War II for the United States
Navy. The ship was the fourth US Navy ship to bear the name, and
was named for historic Fort Ticonderoga, which played a role in
the American Revolutionary War. Ticonderoga was commissioned in
May 1944, and served in several campaigns in the Pacific Theater
of Operations, earning five battle stars.
Decommissioned shortly after the end of the war, she was
modernized and recommissioned in the early 1950s as an attack
carrier (CVA), and then eventually became an antisubmarine
carrier (CVS). She was recommissioned too late to participate in
the Korean War, but was very active in the Vietnam War, earning
three Navy Unit Commendations, one Meritorious Unit Commendation,
and 12 battle stars.
Ticonderoga differed somewhat from the five Essex-class ships
with lower hull numbers in that she was 16 ft (4.9 m) longer to
accommodate bow-mounted anti-aircraft guns. Most subsequent
Essex-class carriers were completed to this "long-hull"
design and are considered by some authorities to be a separate
class, the Ticonderoga class. Ticonderoga was decommissioned in
1973 and sold for scrap in 1975.