I am doing some research on Operation Strikeback, a NATO naval exercise that took place in September 1957.
I do not have access to a major research library but I have determiend that it involved over 150 warships fro the United Sates, Britain, France, Canada, Norway, and the Netherlands, whch included the carriers USS Saratoga, USS Forrestal, USS Tarawa, USS Wasp, USS Intrepid, USS Essex, HMS Ark Royal, HMS Eagle, and HMS Bulwark, as well as the battleships USS Wisconsin and USS Iowa, plus the nuclear-powered submarines Nautilus and Seawolf.
By using the U.S. Navy's Dictionary of American Fighting Ships (DANFS), I have compiled what I belive to be a fairly accurate list of U.S. ships and carrier air groups.
USN Cruisers: Canberra, Boston, Macon, Albany, Northampton
USN Destroyers: Mitscher, Willis A. Lee, Decatur, John Paul Jones, Forrest Sherman, O'Hare, Forrest Royal, Charles R. Ware, Harwood, McCaffery, Charles H. Roan, Joesph P. Kennedy, Fiske, Robert A. Owens, Samuel B. Roberts, Johnston, Corry, Robert K. Huntington, Stormes, Douglas H. Fox, Massey, Zellars, James C. Owens, Lowry, Putnam, Laffey, William R. Rush, Hugh Purvis, Gainard, Compton, Ault, Charles S. Sperry, Ingraham, Moale, Allen M. Sumner, Hunt, Caperton, Abbot, Daly, Eaton, Cony, Beale
USN Destroyer Escorts: Joseph K. Taussig, Courtney, Hammerberg, Cromwell, Dealey, Snowden, Peterson, Huse
USN Amphibious Ships: Mount McKinley (AGC-7), Washtenaw County (LST-1166)
USN Auxiliary Ships: Grand Canyon (AD-28), Suribachi (AE-21), Shasta (AE-6), Caloosahatchee (AO-98), Kennebec (AO-36), Cadmus (AR-14), USS Fulton (AS-11), USS Papago (ATF-160), USS Luiseno (ATF-156)
Carrier Group Seven (Saratoga): VF-61, VF-72, VA-75, VA(AW)-33 detachment, VFP-62 detachment, HU-2 detachment
Carrier Group One (Forrestal): VF-14, VF-84, VA-15, VA-76, VAH-1, VAW-12 detachment, AV(AW)-33 detachment, HU-2 detachment
Carrier Group Six (Intrepid): VF-33, VF-71, VA-25, VA-66, VAH-11, AV(AW)-33 detachment, VFP-62 detachment, HU-2 detachment
USS Tarawa (CVS-40): VS-32, HS-1, VA-172, VF(AW)-4 detachment, HU-2 detachment
USS Wasp (CVS-18): VA-44, VS-27, VS-30, HS-5, HU-2 detachment
However, there may be other U.S. warships that I have not been able to identify.
Also, I cannot determine what air squadrons or aircraft tyoes were based onboard the carrier USS Essex (CVA-9) which, according to the DANFS, served as an anti-submarine aircraft carrier during Operation Strikeback. I do know that Air Anti-submarine Squadron 36 (VS-36) did fly off the Essex because they lost two aircraft during a search-and-rescue (SAR) mission.
I am having trouble with idenifying non-American naval vessels that participated in Operation Strikeback.
UK Royal Navy: HMS Gambia (cruiser)
Also, I need to verify that the following RN naval air squadron were onbaord these carriers:
Ark Royal: 803, 804, 815, 824, 831
Bulwark: 801, 820, 849D, 891, 898
Eagle: 802, 806, 813, 814, 894
Royal Canadian Navy (RCN): HMCS Iroquois (DDE 217), HMCS St. Laurent (DDE 205), HMCS Ottawa (DDE 229), HMCS Saguenay (DDE 206), HMCS Assiniboine (DDE 234), HMCS Haida (DDE 215), HMCS Micmac (DDE 218), HMCS Nootka (DDE 213)
Royal Netherland Navy: One (1) De Zeven Provinciën class cruiser, either HNLMS De Ruyter (C801) or HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën (C802)
Any help on this will be greatly apreciated.