Forrestal was designated as a replacement for Lexington as a training carrier (thus the AVT designation). However, I don't think was ever done and the ship was decommissioned before serving in this role.
: I met a Forrestal sailor this past weekend at
: the Bloomsburg PA County Fair. He had a USS
: Forrestal cap on but instead of CV-59 it had
: AVT-59. He confessed that he did not know
: what AVT stood for. I tried to google it but
: while it shows that designation in the
: overview it does not include any explanation
: of it. Does anyone know what the AVT is
: about? In the original design the Forrestal
: was supposed to have a telescoping bridge
: that would retract flush with the flight
: deck during flight ops. Perhaps that is part
: of the AVT. Thanks.