CVS-9 U.S.S. Essex
CV-9, the U.S.S. Essex at sea, circa 1960, as an ASW carrier.
APR 1961: VA-34 Blue Blaster A4D-2 Skyhawks operated from the Essex in the Caribbean Sea during the Bay of Pigs invasion. This operation involved the first use of jet attack aircraft as part of an ASW Air Group, CVSG-60, operating aboard an ASW designated carrier.