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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 Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
ACV6 Altamaha Ingalls, Pascagoula 15/4/1941 4/4/1942 15/11/1942 // --- to United Kingdom 31/10/1942 (Battler)
ACV7 Barnes Western Pipe & Steel, San Francisco 17/4/1941 27/9/1942 10/10/1942 // --- to United Kingdom 30/9/1942 (Attacker)
ACV8 Block Island Ingalls, Pascagoula 15/5/1941 22/5/1942 11/1/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 9/1/1943 (Hunter)
ACV9, 7/1943- CVE9, 6/1955- CVHE9 Bogue (ex-Steel Advocate) Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 1/101941 15/1/1942 26/9/1942 helicopter escort carrier 6/1955, stricken 3/1959
ACV10 Breton Ingalls, Pascagoula 28/6/1941 15/2/1942 9/4/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 9/4/1943 (Chaser)
ACV11, 7/1943- CVE11, 6/1955- CVHE11, 7/1958- CVU11, 1958- T-CVU11, 5/1959- T-AKV40 Card 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) 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 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 Western Pipe & Steel, San Francisco 5/9/1941 4/4/1942 20/2/1943 to United Kingdom 27/2/1943 (Fencer)
ACV15 Hamlin Western Pipe & Steel, San Francisco 6/10/1941 5/3/1942 30/12/1942 // --- to United Kingdom 21/12/1942 (Stalker)
ACV16, 7/1943- CVE16, 6/1955- CVHE16 Nassau Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 27/11/1941 4/4/1942 20/8/1942 helicopter escort carrier 6/1955, stricken 3/1959
ACV17 St. George Ingalls, Pascagoula 31/7/1941 18/7/1942 14/6/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 11/6/1943 (Pursuer)
ACV18, 7/1943- CVE18, 6/1955- CVHE18 Altamaha Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 19/12/1941 22/5/1942 15/9/1942 helicopter escort carrier 6/1955, stricken 3/1959
ACV19 Prince William Western Pipe & Steel, San Francisco 15/12/1941 7/5/1942 29/4/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 28/4/1943 (Striker)
ACV20, 7/1943- CVE20, 6/1955- CVHE20 Barnes 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 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 19/1/1942 6/6/1942 8/3/1943 sunk 29/5/1944
ACV22 --- Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 20/2/1942 20/6/1942 8/4/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 7/4/1943 (Searcher)
ACV23, 7/1943- CVE23, 6/1955- CVHE23, 7/1958- CVU23, 1958- T-CVU23, 5/1959- T-AKV42 Breton 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 --- Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 11/4/1942 16/7/1942 26/4/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 25/4/1943 (Ravager)
ACV25, 7/1943- CVE25, 6/1955- CVHE25, 7/1958- CVU25, 1958- T-CVU25, 5/1959- T-AKV43 Croatan 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 Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 19/5/1942 23/8/1942 9/4/1943 helicopter escort carrier 6/1955, stricken 3/1959
CVE32 Chatham Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 25/5/1942 19/9/1942 11/8/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 11/8/1943 (Slinger)
ACV33, 7/1943- CVE33 Glacier Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 9/6/1942 7/9/1942 3/7/1943 to United Kingdom 1/8/1943 (Atheling)
ACV34, 7/1943- CVE34 Pybus Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 23/6/1942 7/10/1942 31/5/1943 to United Kingdom 6/8/1943 (Emperor)
ACV35, 7/1943- CVE35 Baffins Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 18/7/1942 18/10/1942 28/6/1943 to United Kingdom 20/7/1943 (Ameer)
CVE36 Bolinas Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 3/8/1942 11/11/1942 22/7/1943 to United Kingdom 3/8/1943 (Begum)
CVE37 Bastian Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 25/8/1942 15/12/1942 4/8/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 4/8/1943 (Trumpeter)
CVE38 Carnegie Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 9/9/1942 30/12/1942 13/8/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 12/8/1943 (Empress)
CVE39 Cordova Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 30/12/1942 30/1/1943 23/8/1943 to United Kingdom 25/8/1943 (Khedive)
CVE40 Delgada Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 9/10/1942 20/2/1943 20/11/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 20/11/1943 (Speaker)
CVE41 Edisto Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 20/10/1942 22/3/1943 7/9/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 7/9/1943 (Nabob)
CVE42 Estero Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 31/10/1942 22/3/1943 3/11/943 // --- to United Kingdom 3/11/1943 (Premier)
CVE43 Jamaica Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 13/11/1942 21/4/1943 27/9/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 27/9/1943 (Shah)
CVE44 Kennenaw Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 27/11/1942 6/5/1943 25/10/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 22/10/1943 (Patroller)
CVE45 Prince Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 17/12/1942 18/5/1943 17/1/1944 // --- to United Kingdom 17/1/1944 (Rajah)
CVE46 Niantic Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 5/1/1943 2/6/1943 8/11/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 8/11/1943 (Ranee)
CVE47 Perdido Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 1/1/1943 17/6/1943 31/1/1944 // --- to United Kingdom 31/1/1944 (Trouncer)
CVE48 Sunset Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 22/2/1943 15/7/1943 19/11/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 19/11/1943 (Thane)
CVE49 St. Andrews Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 12/3/1943 2/8/1943 7/12/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 7/12/1943 (Queen)
CVE50 Joseph Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 25/3/1943 21/8/1943 22/12/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 22/12/1943 (Ruler)
CVE51 St. Simon Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 26/4/1943 9/9/1943 31/12/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 31/12/1943 (Arbiter)
CVE52 Vermillion Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 10/5/1943 27/9/1943 20/1/1944 // --- to United Kingdom 20/1/1944 (Smiter)
CVE53 Willapa Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 21/5/1943 5/2/1944 5/2/1944 // --- to United Kingdom 5/2/1944 (Puncher)
CVE54 Winjah Seattle-Tacoma, Seattle 5/6/1943 22/11/1943 21/2/1944 // --- to United Kingdom 18/2/1944 (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

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

CVE9, 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)

CVE11, 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)

CVE12, 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 lifts in 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 lifts in 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. As base for new carrier design C-3-S type turbine-driven transport has been chosen. Experience of conversion of Long Island and Charger was used but with some changes. So, the flight deck and a hangar had increased sizes, elevators were two.

Bogue class carriers were built in two series. The first included 21 ship: 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 420 miles S of Azores was torpedoed by German submarine U549, in half an hour after hits of three torpedoes she has sunk (3113N, 02303'W).

Bogue 1943

Ivan Gogin, 2014-15