Your ticket to naval history

After the first aircraft carrier named Lexington CV-2 was lost in combat at the battle of Coral Sea during World War II the ship builders in New England petitioned to have this new carrier renamed. After a half century of service CV-16 was retired and serves as a floating museum.

If you go, be prepared to do some serious walking. The Lexington is 900 feet long and has 16 decks.

A combat veteran turned training vessel, Lady Lex has received many citations and served longer than any other carrier past or present.
USS Lexington in Corpus Christi Bay

site of Kamikaze attack
Known as "The Blue Ghost" because the Japanese Navy claimed to have sunk her several times. One Kamikaze plane did manage to strike the ship causing serious damage and killing dozens of sailors.

Sitting in the chair of an anti-aircraft gun it is easy to imagine the drama of combat and difficult to appreciate the hardships that serving in the War in the Pacific meant to the crew.

anti-aircraft gun looking out to sea

Prop driven Navy trainer

In addition to the endless corridors within the ship, the museum also includes a variety of exhibits. On the flight deck you can view several of the planes that called Lexington home over the years.

Jets from the Lexington patrolled the skies throughout the cold war, serving in locations around the world.

Navy combat jet

The Blue Ghost
*photo by Frank B. Whaley Post Cards, 733 Burkshire, Corpus Christi, TX 78412


As you can imagine, a "museum" of this size and complexity requires a great deal of money and effort to maintain. We appreciate the time and expertise that the volunteers put in to make U.S.S. Lexington one of the most interesting and educational attractions in Texas.

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