TARAWA LHA 1
A General Purpose
Amphibious Assault Ship deployed May 29, 1976
The 1st USS Tarawa, CV-40
was deployed May 12, 1945
Tarawa as viewed by Vern in Subic Bay in 1983
and his family toured this ship a couple years earlier when it was in Seattle.
It was confusing to see submarine ratings when they first went aboard.
Then the landing compartment was shown to them. This ships fantail
area (WELL DECK) actually sinks to let landing craft leave and enter the
The Tarawa entering
The Tarawa when
the WELL DECK is lowered for action.
Notice craft in the
water, inside the ship.