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CV-61 USS RANGER MULTIPURPOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIER MILITARY PATCH

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USS RANGER  CVA-61

SIZE:   Approx    5"  x   4"

TOP QUALITY EMBROIDERED

HEAT SEALED BACKING

The seventh USS Ranger (CV/CVA-61) is one of four Forrestal-class supercarriers built for the US Navy in the 1950s. Although all four ships of the class were completed with angled decks,Ranger had the distinction of being the first US carrier built from the very beginning as an angled deck ship. Commissioned in 1957, she served extensively in the Pacific, especially the Vietnam War, for which she earned 13 battle stars. Near the end of her career she also served in the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf. Ranger appeared on television in The Six Million Dollar Man, Baa Baa Black Sheep and in the films Top Gun, Star Trek IV (doubling for the carrier USS Enterprise), The Final Countdown, and Flight of the Intruder. She was decommissioned in 1993, and is being stored at Bremerton, Washington. A foundation is attempting to acquire her as a museum to be berthed on the Columbia River at Fairview, Oregon. However, the foundation's proposal has been rejected, so the current plan is to scrap the ship.