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Deployments of USS TARAWA:

During deployments a VRC (Fleet Tactical Support Squadron) detachment provides carrier-on-board delivery and is embarked aboard the carrier but is no real part of the Air Wing. These detachments are not listed below.

Date of DepartureDate of ReturnCruise BookCVWSquadrons (Aircraft)Tail codeArea of OperationsBattle GroupOperations/ExercisesPorts of Call
June 28, 1946July 15, 1946

CVG-4VF-4 (F4U-4)
VBF-4 (F4U-4)
VB-4 (SB2C-5)
VT-4 (TBM-3E/3Q)
Tchanged homeport from Norfolk to San Diego via Panama Canal  
August 1, 1946April 29, 1947 CVG-4VF-4 (F4U-4)
VBF-4 (F4U-4)
VB-4 (SB2C-5)
VT-4 (TBM-3E/3Q)
TWestern Pacific  
October 1, 1948February 21, 1949

CVG-1VF-11 (F8F-1)
VF-12 (F8F-1)
VA-14 (F4U-4)
VF-174 (F4U-4)
TWorld CruiseUSS Dennis J. Buckley (DD 808)
USS Hawkins (DD 873)
 Pearl Harbor, Hi.
Tsingtao, China
Hong Kong
Colombo, Ceylon
Manama, Bahrain
Jidda, Saudi Arabia
Athens, Greece
Istanbul, Turkey
Souda Bay, Crete, Greece
November 28, 1951June 11, 1952 CVG-8VF-671 (F4U-4)
VF-742 (F4U-4)
VF-916 (F4U-4)
VF-921 (F4U-4)
VC-4 Det. 32 (F4U-5N)
VC-62 Det. 32
VC-33 Det. 32 (AD-4N)
VC-12 Det. 32 (AD-4W)
HU-2 Det. 32
EMediterranean  Gibraltar
Augusta, Sicily, Italy
Cannes, France
Palma, Mallorca, Spain
Oran, Algeria
Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Genoa, Italy
Naples, Italy
La Spezia, Italy
Athens, Greece
Souda Bay, Crete, Greece
Istanbul, Turkey
Aranci Bay, Sardinia, Italy
January 7, 1953July 3, 1953

CVG-10VA-105 (AD-4/4NA)
VC-4 Det. (F4U-5NL)
VMF-114 (F4U-5N/NL)
VC-12 Det. (AD-4W)
VC-33 Det. (AD-4N/4Q)
VC-62 Det. (F2H-2P)
HU-2 Det.
PMediterranean Operation RendezvousOran, Algeria
Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Golfe Juan, France
Naples, Italy
Athens, Greece
Istanbul, Turkey
Barcelona, Spain
Algiers, Algeria
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
November 12, 1953August 19, 1954

CVG-3VF-32 (F9F-6)
VF-43 (F9F-5)
VF-102 (F9F-5)
VA-35 (AD-6)
VC-4 Det. 38 (F2H-3)
VC-62 Det. 38 (F2H-2P)
VC-33 Det. 38 (AD-4N)
VC-12 Det. 38 (AD-4W)
HU-2 Det. 38 (HO3S-1)
KWorld Cruise  Algiers, Algeria
Naples, Italy
La Spezia, Italy
Genoa, Italy
Cannes, France
Valencia, Spain
Columbo, Ceylon
Yokosuka, Japan
Sasebo, Japan
Melbourne, Australia
Sydney, Australia
Wellington, New Zealand
August 19, 1957October 22, 1957

VS-32 (S2F)
HS-1 (HSS-1)
VA-172 Det. 38 (F2H-2)
VF(AW)-4 Det. 38
HU-2 Det. 38 (HUP)
Northern Atlantic Operation Sea-Spray
Exercise Strikeback
Exercise Pipedown
Plymouth, UK
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
August 7, 1958September 6, 1958 VS-32 (S2F-1/2)
HS-5 (HSS-1)
Southern Atlantic, Falkland Islands Secret Operation Argus 

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