F-4J Phantom of VF-103 Squadron, "Sluggers" attached to Carrier Wing CVW-3, tail code 'AC', aboard USS Saratoga. However, in this September 1974 image, the Squadron is seen temporarily deployed on USS America, CVA-66, during a courtesy visit to Portsmouth, England.
The anti submarine Carrier USS Randolph was open to the public whilst moored in Portsmouth Dockyard. The Randolph was a wooden deck WWII carrier. Horatio Nelson was probably familiar with the Georgian dockyard buildings behind.
Back in the days when the USN was synonymous with colour. This VA-86 A-7C was later converted to a TA-7C two-seater and entered AMARC in 1992. It now serves the Greek AF. Following NATO exercise "Northern Merger", in which USS America joined with HMS Ark Royal to provide air support for a NATO task force amphibious landing, she visited Portsmouth for five days from 29.9.74. Decommissioned in 1996, she was used for attack testing with live weapons and was controversially scuttled off NC in 2005
Operated by RVAH-12 stationed aboard USS Independence (CVA-62) in 1969. The RA-5C in the foreground has its fin tip folded. Also A-3 Skywarrior and F-4 Phantoms, all coded 'AG' of Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW-7).