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USS AMERICA Zippo lighter

Date: 1963
Dimensions:
Overall: 55 × 40 × 12 mm, 57 g
Medium: Aluminium, paint
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Jeff Allan
Classification:Tools and equipment
Object Name: Lighter
Object No: 00054816
Related Place:Australia, United States,

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    This Zippo lighter and box is a piece of United States Navy memorabilia related to USS AMERICA III (CVA-66). USS AMERICA was a Kitty-Hawk class aircraft carrier laid down at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp in 1961, launched in February 1964 and commissioned in January 1965. The aircraft carrier served in the Mediterranean and participated in NATO manoeuvres as well as serving in Vietnam during the 1960s and 1970s. USS AMERICA visited Sydney on a two-day goodwill tour in November 1968 where, with the crew on deck spelling out “HI SYDNEY” arrival. A second visit between December 1970 and January 1971 was carried out for rest and recreation for troops on active service in the Vietnam War. This memento was acquired by Vanessa (Zena) Roberson during one of these visits. The inscription on the inside box lid reading “Chief Radco USS America 1963” was presumably made later from memory as the date is prior to the launch of the vessel.
    SignificanceThis Zippo lighter and box is a piece of United States Navy memorabilia related to USS AMERICA III (CVA-66). USS AMERICA was a Kitty-Hawk class aircraft carrier laid down at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp in 1961, launched in February 1964 and commissioned in January 1965. The aircraft carrier served in the Mediterranean and participated in NATO manoeuvres as well as serving in Vietnam during the 1960s and 1970s. USS AMERICA visited Sydney on a two-day goodwill tour in November 1968 where, with the crew on deck spelling out “HI SYDNEY” on arrival. A second visit between December 1970 and January 1971 was carried out for rest and recreation for troops on active service in the Vietnam War.
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