USS Wasp (CV-18)

USS Wasp - Note the open bow

USS Wasp - Note the open bow

USS Wasp (CV/CVA/CVS-18) was one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the United States Navy. The ship, the ninth US Navy ship to bear the name, was originally named Oriskany, but was renamed while under construction in honor of the previous Wasp (CV-7), which was sunk 15 September 1942.

The Boatswain served on the Wasp in 1952 as the ship’s Master-at-Arms.

Information about the Wasp can be found at the Naval Historical Center.  There is also a site dedicated to the USS Wasp – USS WaspCV/CVA/CVS18 Home Page

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The United States Navy rating of Boatswain's Mate is a designation given to enlisted members who are rated as a deck seaman. The colloquial form of address for a boatswain's mate is 'Boats'.



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