HOMECOMING: THIS IS THE SHANGRI-LA DOCKED IN MAYPORT IN
MAY 1967 AFTER ITS 8 MONTH TOUR OF THE MEDITERANEAN SEA
WITH THE SIXTH FLEET. ABOARD ARE WARLOCKS BROTHERS
READY TO START RIDING TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME.
ORIGINAL SHANG PATCH
In 1970, Shangri-La returned to the western Pacific after an absence
of ten years. After an 8 month Tour of the Pacific, She arrived back in
Mayport on 16 December and began preparations for inactivation.
After pre inactivation overhaul at the Boston Naval Shipyard, South
Annex, Shangri-La was Decommissioned on July 30, 1971, the
SHANGRI-LA was subsequently placed in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
and berthed at Philadelphia. SHANGRI-LA remained there for the
next 11 years, and was stricken from the Navy list on July 15, 1982.
On August 9, 1988, she was disposed of by the Marine Administration.
and sold to a Tywan Scrap yard. Shangri-la earned two battle stars
for World War II service and three battle stars for service in the
Vietnam War. As the oldest Aircraft carrier in the Atlantic Fleet she
could carry 80 to 100 Planes and had a Crew of approximately 3448.
On February 13, 2002, A Museum was opened in the Shangri-la's
memory, built in the Parachute Loft on the U.S.S. Hornet CV-12,
docked at Pier 3 in Alameda California, where it remains today.
Shangri-La Museum built in the Parachute Loft of the Uss Hornet
Last known photo of the Shangri-La taken in a Taiwan Scrap Yard.