"Freedom's First Responders"

American aircraft carriers have served as the first responders to world crisis since the early 1900s. With their long range, speed and ability to respond to natural or manmade emergencies, the aircraft carrier has traditionally been the first to show the flag and render assistance anywhere in the world. When the need arose, the orders went out … “Send in the carriers.”

This book is the story of two of those carriers with a combined active service of 81 years: USS Lexington and USS Oriskany.

Both distinguished themselves in war and peace but although they completed their active service long ago, they continue in service to American …USS Lexington as a floating museum and USS Oriskany as a fishing reef.  

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