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  1. That is of course USS Lexington (CV-16) commissioned on 16 February 1943. Initially named Cabot after the first European explorer to reach the North American mainland. Renamed Lexington, 16 June 1942, to honor CV-2 (lost one month earlier at the Battle of the Coral Sea), thus becoming the fifth US warship to bear the name of the town in Massachusetts where Minutemen fought a detachment of British troops, 19 April 1775, opening the Revolutionary War with the “shot heard round the world.” The name Cabot was subsequently assigned to CVL-28.

    Sponsored by Mrs. Theodore D. Robinson, who had also sponsored the previous Lexington (CV-2). Mr. Robinson was Assistant Secretary of the Navy at the time CV-2 was launched.
    Reclassified as an “Attack Aircraft Carrier” and redesignated CVA-16, 1 October 1952, while in reserve.
    Received SCB-125 modernization concurrently with SCB-27C at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash. Recommissioned in September 1955 with an angled flight deck, enclosed “hurricane” bow, steam catapults, etc.
    Reclassified as an “Antisubmarine Warfare Support Aircraft Carrier” and redesignated CVS-16, 1 October 1962.
    Replaced USS Antietam (CVS-36) as aviation training carrier in the Gulf of Mexico (homeported at Pensacola), 29 December 1962.
    Reclassified as a training carrier and redesignated CVT-16, 1 January 1969. CVT designation was rerated as “auxiliary,” 23 September 1970.
    Reclassified as auxiliary aircraft landing training ship, and redesignated AVT-16, 1 July 1978.
    Lexington was the last Essex-class carrier in commission, and the last on the Naval Vessel Register.
    Following her last qualification period, she had accomplished more than 493,000 arrested landings (493,248 according to DANFS; 493,760 according to “Naval Aviation News,” July–August 1991 issue).
    Transferred as a museum ship to the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, Corpus Christi, Texas, 15 June 1992.

    Source: http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/16.htm

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