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UNITED STATES NAVY (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)

AIRCRAFT CARRYING SHIPS

BOGUE escort aircraft carriers (1942-1943)

Block Island 1943

Croatan 1943

Core 1963

No Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
ACV6 Altamaha (ex-Mormacmail) 293 Ingalls, Pascagoula 15/4/1941 4/4/1942 15/11/1942 // --- to United Kingdom 10/1942 (Battler)
ACV7 Barnes (ex-Steel Artisan) 62 Western Pipe & Steel, San Francisco 17/4/1941 27/9/1942 10/10/1942 // --- to United Kingdom 9/1942 (Attacker)
ACV8 Block Island (ex-Mormacpenn) 294 Ingalls, Pascagoula 15/5/1941 22/5/1942 11/1/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 1/1943 (Hunter)
ACV9, 7/1943- CVE9, 6/1955- CVHE9 Bogue (ex-Steel Advocate) 9 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 1/101941 15/1/1942 26/9/1942 helicopter escort carrier 6/1955, stricken 3/1959
ACV10 Breton (ex-Mormacgulf) 295 Ingalls, Pascagoula 28/6/1941 15/2/1942 9/4/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 4/1943 (Chaser)
ACV11, 7/1943- CVE11, 6/1955- CVHE11, 7/1958- CVU11, 1958- T-CVU11, 5/1959- T-AKV40 Card 10 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 27/10/1941 21/2/1942 8/11/1942 helicopter escort carrier 6/1955, utility carrier 7/1958, aviation transport 5/1959, stricken 9/1970
AVG12, 8/1942- ACV12, 7/1943- CVE12, 6/1955- CVHE12 Copahee (ex-Steel Architect) 8 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 18/6/1941 21/10/1941 15/6/1942 helicopter escort carrier 6/1955, stricken 3/1959
ACV13, 7/1943- CVE13, 6/1955- CVHE13, 7/1958- CVU13, 1958- T-CVU13, 5/1959- T-AKV41 Core 11 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 2/1/1942 15/5/1942 10/12/1942 helicopter escort carrier 6/1955, utility carrier 7/1958, aviation transport 5/1959, stricken 9/1970
ACV14 Croatan 77 Western Pipe & Steel, San Francisco 5/9/1941 4/4/1942 20/2/1943 to United Kingdom 2/1943 (Fencer)
ACV15 Hamlin 65 Western Pipe & Steel, San Francisco 6/10/1941 5/3/1942 30/12/1942 // --- to United Kingdom 12/1942 (Stalker)
ACV16, 7/1943- CVE16, 6/1955- CVHE16 Nassau 18 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 27/11/1941 4/4/1942 20/8/1942 helicopter escort carrier 6/1955, stricken 3/1959
ACV17 St. George (ex-Mormacland) 296 Ingalls, Pascagoula 31/7/1941 18/7/1942 14/6/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 6/1943 (Pursuer)
ACV18, 7/1943- CVE18, 6/1955- CVHE18 Altamaha 19 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 19/12/1941 22/5/1942 15/9/1942 helicopter escort carrier 6/1955, stricken 3/1959
ACV19 Prince William 78 Western Pipe & Steel, San Francisco 15/12/1941 7/5/1942 29/4/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 4/1943 (Striker)
ACV20, 7/1943- CVE20, 6/1955- CVHE20 Barnes 20 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 19/1/1942 22/5/1942 20/2/1943 helicopter escort carrier 6/1955, stricken 3/1959
ACV21, 7/1943- CVE21 Block Island 21 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 19/1/1942 6/6/1942 8/3/1943 sunk 29/5/1944
ACV22 --- 22 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 20/2/1942 20/6/1942 8/4/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 4/1943 (Searcher)
ACV23, 7/1943- CVE23, 6/1955- CVHE23, 7/1958- CVU23, 1958- T-CVU23, 5/1959- T-AKV42 Breton 23 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 25/2/1942 27/6/1942 12/4/1943 helicopter escort carrier 6/1955, utility carrier 7/1958, aviation transport 5/1959, stricken 8/1971
ACV24 --- 24 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 11/4/1942 16/7/1942 26/4/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 4/1943 (Ravager)
ACV25, 7/1943- CVE25, 6/1955- CVHE25, 7/1958- CVU25, 1958- T-CVU25, 5/1959- T-AKV43 Croatan 25 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 15/4/1942 3/8/1942 28/4/1943 helicopter escort carrier 6/1955, utility carrier 7/1958, aviation transport 5/1959, stricken 9/1970
ACV31, 7/1943- CVE31, 6/1955- CVHE31 Prince William 26 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 19/5/1942 23/8/1942 9/4/1943 helicopter escort carrier 6/1955, stricken 3/1959
CVE32 Chatham 27 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 25/5/1942 19/9/1942 11/8/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 8/1943 (Slinger)
ACV33, 7/1943- CVE33 Glacier 28 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 9/6/1942 7/9/1942 3/7/1943 to United Kingdom 8/1943 (Atheling)
ACV34, 7/1943- CVE34 Phybus 29 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 23/6/1942 7/10/1942 31/5/1943 to United Kingdom 8/1943 (Emperor)
ACV35, 7/1943- CVE35 Baffins 30 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 18/7/1942 18/10/1942 28/6/1943 to United Kingdom 7/1943 (Ameer)
CVE36 Bolinas 31 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 3/8/1942 11/11/1942 22/7/1943 to United Kingdom 8/1943 (Begum)
CVE37 Bastian 32 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 25/8/1942 15/12/1942 4/8/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 8/1943 (Trumpeter)
CVE38 Carnegie 33 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 9/9/1942 30/12/1942 13/8/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 8/1943 (Empress)
CVE39 Cordova 34 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 30/12/1942 30/1/1943 23/8/1943 to United Kingdom 8/1943 (Khedive)
CVE40 Delgada 35 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 9/10/1942 20/2/1943 20/11/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 11/1943 (Speaker)
CVE41 Edisto 36 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 20/10/1942 22/3/1943 7/9/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 9/1943 (Nabob)
CVE42 Estero 37 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 31/10/1942 22/3/1943 3/11/943 // --- to United Kingdom 11/1943 (Premier)
CVE43 Jamaica 38 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 13/11/1942 21/4/1943 27/9/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 9/1943 (Shah)
CVE44 Keweenaw 39 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 27/11/1942 6/5/1943 25/10/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 10/1943 (Patroller)
CVE45 McClure 40 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 17/12/1942 18/5/1943 17/1/1944 // --- to United Kingdom 1/1944 (Rajah)
CVE46 Niantic 41 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 5/1/1943 2/6/1943 8/11/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 11/1943 (Ranee)
CVE47 Perdido 42 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 1/1/1943 17/6/1943 31/1/1944 // --- to United Kingdom 1/1944 (Trouncer)
CVE48 Sunset 43 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 22/2/1943 15/7/1943 19/11/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 11/1943 (Thane)
CVE49 St. Andrews 44 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 12/3/1943 2/8/1943 7/12/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 12/1943 (Queen)
CVE50 St. Joseph 45 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 25/3/1943 21/8/1943 22/12/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 12/1943 (Ruler)
CVE51 St. Simon 46 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 26/4/1943 9/9/1943 31/12/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 12/1943 (Arbiter)
CVE52 Vermillion 47 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 10/5/1943 27/9/1943 20/1/1944 // --- to United Kingdom 1/1944 (Smiter)
CVE53 Willapa 48 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 21/5/1943 5/2/1944 5/2/1944 // --- to United Kingdom 2/1944 (Puncher)
CVE54 Winjah 49 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 5/6/1943 22/11/1943 21/2/1944 // --- to United Kingdom 2/1944 (Reaper)
  

Displacement standard, t

9393

Displacement full, t

13891

Length, m

141.7 wl 151.1 oa

Breadth, m

21.2 wl 34.0 oa

Draught, m

7.09 full load

No of shafts

1

Machinery

1 set Allis-Chalmers geared steam turbines, 2 Foster-Wheeler boilers

Power, h. p.

8500

Max speed, kts

16.5

Fuel, t

oil 1746 - 3420

Endurance, nm (kts) 26300 (15)

Armament

ACV9, 18: 2 x 1 - 127/51 Mk 15, 10 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 28 aircraft (F4F Wildcat fighters, SBD Dauntless dive bombers, TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bombers, SOC Seagull, F4F Wildcat reconnaissance planes)

ACV11, 13, 20, 21, 23, 25: 2 x 1 - 127/51 Mk 15, 10 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 28 aircraft (F4F Wildcat, F4U Corsair fighters, SBD Dauntless dive bombers, TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bombers, SOC Seagull, F4F Wildcat, F4U-P Corsair reconnaissance planes)

AVG/ACV12, 16: 2 x 1 - 127/51 Mk 15, 10 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 28 aircraft (F4F Wildcat fighters, SBD Dauntless dive bombers, TBD Devastator, TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bombers, SOC Seagull, F4F Wildcat reconnaissance planes)

ACV31: 2 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 12, 2 x 2 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 10 x 2 - 20/70 Mk 4, 28 aircraft (F4F Wildcat, F4U Corsair fighters, SBD Dauntless dive bombers, TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bombers, SOC Seagull, F4F Wildcat, F4U-P Corsair reconnaissance planes)

Sensors

SC, SG radars

Complement

890

Aircraft facilities (ACV9, 11 - 13, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25) (fd - 3,245 m², ha - 1,504 m² / 7,974 m³): Flight deck: 133.1 x 24.4 m. Hangar: 79.6 x 18.9 x 5.3 m. There were 2 elevators in the center line (6.3 t, 12.6 x 10.1 m). There was 1 H 2 catapult. Aircraft fuel stowage: 341 000 l.

Aircraft facilities (ACV31) (fd - 3,387 m², ha - 1,504 m² / 7,974 m³): Flight deck: 141.7 x 23.9 m. Hangar: 79.6 x 18.9 x 5.3 m. There were 2 elevators in the center line (6.3 t, 12.6 x 10.1 m). There was 1 H 2 catapult. Aircraft fuel stowage: 225 000 l.

Year fighters torpedo bombers reconnaissance planes
5/1943 Nassau 26 F4F-4 --- 3 F4F-3P, 1 SOC-3A
1943 - 1945 ASW carriers 9 F4F-8/FM-2 10 - 12 TBF-1/TBM-3 ---

Ship project history: The decision on mass conversion of merchant vessels hulls to escort aircraft carriers was accepted at once after an attack of Japanese on Pearl Harbour. C-3-S type turbine-engined cargo vessel was chosen as the base for new design. Experience of conversion of Long Island and Charger was used but with some alterations. So, flight deck and a hangar had increased sizes, elevators were two instead one.

Bogue class carriers were built in two series. The first included 21 ships: 10 for the USN and 11 for the RN (Attacker class). Second (24 ships of Ameer class) was built specially for Royal Navy, but one ship, Prince William, remained in the USN. The main difference of 2nd series ships was the flight deck extended to 141.7m and a smaller aviation fuel stowage.

Modernizations:  1943, Bogue, Card, Core, Nassau, Altamaha, Barnes, Block Island, Breton: - 2 x 1 - 127/51; + 2 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 12, 4 x 2 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 17 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4

1943, Card: - 2 x 1 - 127/51; + 2 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 12, 4 x 2 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 15 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4

1943, Copahee, Croatan: - 2 x 1 - 127/51; + 2 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 12, 8 x 2 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 17 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4

To 1945, Bogue, Card, Core, Nassau, Altamaha, Barnes, Breton: + 6 x 2 - 40/56 Mk 1/2

To 1945, Copahee, Croatan: + 2 x 2 - 40/56 Mk 1/2

To 1945, Prince William: + 8 x 2 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 7 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4

1/1946, Bogue, Card, Copahee, Core, Nassau, Altamaha, Barnes, Breton, Croatan: 2 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 30, 10 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 1, 27 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10, 1 catapult, 28 aircraft, SC, SG radars

1/1946, Prince William: 2 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 30, 10 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 1, 10 x 2 - 20/70 Mk 24, 7 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10, 1 catapult, 28 aircraft, SC, SG radars

Naval service: Block Island 29/5/1944 in 420nm S of Azores was torpedoed by German submarine U549 and was broken in half and sunk one hour after of three torpedo hits.

Bogue 1943

Ivan Gogin, 2014-15