USS Saratoga CV-60

The USS Saratoga CV-60 was a Forrestal-class, aircraft carrier used by the US Navy during the Cold War. Commissioned in 1956, it was in service 34 years as it was phased out in 1994.  During her long career, the USS Saratoga CV-60 saw combat action during the Vietnam War in the early 1970s, scrambling her ground-attack aircraft to bomb military targets in North Vietnam. In the 1980s, deployed in the Mediterranean Sea, she was involved in a naval skirmish off the coast of Libya; her aircraft were attacked by Libyan naval forces, but A-6E Intruders that were scrambled from her decks retaliated, destroying missile-launching patrol boats and radar installations on the coast. She also took part in the 1991 Gulf War, launching around the clock aircraft to carry out bombing raids in Kuwait and Irak. Like her WWII predecessor, the CV-3, she was named after the Battle of Saratoga.


She carried between 80 and 90 military aicraft of all types: A-1 Skyraider, A-4 Skyhawk, A-6 Intruder, F4 Phantom II, F-14 Tomcat, F/A-18 Hornet.

Power plant

The USS Saratoga CV-60 was a conventional-powered warship, using 4 geared steam turbines, with 4 shafts, supplied by 8 Babcock & Wicox boilers. This power plant generated 280,000 hp.


Length: 1,063 ft (324 m)

Beam: 252 ft (76.8 m)

Draft: 37 ft (11.3 m)

Displacement: 81,000 tons

Speed: 35 knots

Range: 12,000 nm



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