USS Boxer LPH-4

(Formerly CV/CVA/CVS-21)



Spacecraft Recovery
    26 February 1966: AS-201

General Characteristics:
    Keel laid: 13 September 1943
    Launched: 14 December 1944
    Commissioned: USS Boxer (CV-21), 15 April 1945
    Reclassified: Attack Aircraft Carrier (CVA-21), 1 October 1952
    Modified and Reclassified: Anti-Submarine Warfare Aircraft Carrier (CVS-21), 15 November 1955
    Modified and Reclassified: Amphibious Assault Ship (Helicopter) (LPH-4), 30 January 1959
    Decommissioned: 1 December 1969
    Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Corp, Newport News, VA
    Propulsion system: eight 565psi boilers, four steam turbines, 75,000 shp
    Propellers: four
    Length: 888 feet (270.7 meters)
    Beam: 138 feet (42.1 meters)
    Draft: 30 feet (9.1 meters)
    Displacement: 26,556 t.(lt) 36,457 t.(fl)
    Speed: 33 knots
    Aircraft: 30 Helicopters
    Armament: four dual 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    Crew: 1,200 plus 1.450 troops

More information on USS Boxer from the United States Navy.

USS Boxer (LPH-4) earned two campaign stars for Vietnam War service and eight battle stars for Korean War service as CV-21. It was sold for scrapping, 13 March 1971, by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) and subsequently scrapped at the (then closed) Brooklyn Navy Yard.