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AIRCRAFT CARRYING SHIPS

ESSEX aircraft carriers (1942-1950)

Essex 1943

Intrepid 1944

Randolph 1944

Essex 1944

Yorktown 1944

Randolph 1945

Lexington 1945

Antietam 1968

No Name Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
CV9, 10/1952- CVA9, 3/1960- CVS9 Essex Newport News 28/4/1941 31/7/1942 31/12/1942 ASW aircraft carrier 3/1960, stricken 15/6/1975
CV10, 10/1952- CVA10, 9/1957- CVS10 Yorktown (ex-Bon Homme Richard) Newport News 1/12/1941 21/1/1943 15/4/1943 ASW aircraft carrier 9/1957, stricken 1/6/1973, preserved
CV11, 10/1952- CVA11, 3/1962- CVS11 Intrepid Newport News 1/12/1941 26/4/1943 16/8/1943 ASW aircraft carrier 3/1962, stricken 23/2/1982, preserved
CV12, 10/1952- CVA12, 6/1959- CVS12 Hornet (ex-Kearsarge) Newport News 3/8/1942 30/8/1943 29/11/1943 ASW aircraft carrier 6/1959, stricken 25/7/1989, preserved
CV13, 10/1952- CVA13, 8/1953- CVS13, 5/1959- AVT8 Franklin Newport News 7/12/1942 14/10/1943 31/1/1944 ASW aircraft carrier 10/1952, aviation transport 5/1959, stricken 1/10/1964
CV14, 10/1952- CVA14, 10/1969- CVS14 Ticonderoga (ex-Hancock) Newport News 1/2/1943 7/2/1944 8/5/1944 ASW aircraft carrier 10/1969, stricken 16/11/1973
CV15, 10/1952- CVA15, 3/1959- CVS15 Randolph Newport News 10/5/1943 29/6/1944 9/10/1944 ASW aircraft carrier 3/1959, stricken 15/6/1973
CV16, 10/1952 - CVA16, 10/1962 - CVS16, 1/1969 - CVT16, 7/1978 - AVT16 Lexington (ex-Cabot) Bethlehem, Quincy 15/9/1941 26/9/1942 17/2/1943 ASW aircraft carrier 10/1962, training aircraft carrier 1/1969, auxiliary aircraft landing training ship 7/1978, stricken 30/11/1991, preserved
CV17, 10/1952- CVA17, 8/1953- CVS17 Bunker Hill Bethlehem, Quincy 15/9/1941 7/12/1942 20/5/1943 ASW aircraft carrier 8/1953, stricken 1/11/1966
CV18, 10/1952- CVA18, 11/1956- CVS18 Wasp (ex-Oriskany) Bethlehem, Quincy 18/3/1942 17/8/1943 24/11/1943 ASW aircraft carrier 11/1956, stricken 1/7/1972
CV19, 10/1952 - CVA19, 6/1975 - CV19 Hancock (ex-Ticonderoga) Bethlehem, Quincy 26/1/1943 17/8/1943 15/4/1944 stricken 31/1/1976
CV20, 10/1952- CVA20, 6/1959- CVS20 Bennington Newport News 15/12/1942 26/2/1944 6/8/1944 ASW aircraft carrier 6/1959, stricken 20/9/1989
CV21, 10/1952- CVA21, 11/1955- CVS21, 1/1959- LPH4 Boxer Newport News 13/9/1943 14/12/1944 16/4/1945 ASW aircraft carrier 11/1955, assault helicopter carrier 1/1959, stricken 1/12/1969
CV31, 10/1952- CVA31, 6/1975- CV31 Bon Homme Richard New York N Yd, Brooklyn 1/2/1943 29/4/1944 26/11/1944 stricken 20/9/1989
CV32, 10/1952- CVA32, 8/1953- CVS32, 5/1959- AVT10 Leyte (ex-Crown Point) Newport News 21/2/1944 23/8/1945 11/4/1946 ASW aircraft carrier 8/1953, aviation transport 5/1959, stricken 1/6/1969
CV33, 10/1952- CVA33, 10/1958- CVS33 Kearsarge New York N Yd, Brooklyn 1/3/1944 5/5/1945 2/3/1946 ASW aircraft carrier 10/1958, stricken 1/5/1973
CV34, 10/1952- CVA34, 6/1975- CV34 Oriskany New York N Yd, Brooklyn 1/5/1944 13/10/1945 25/9/1950 stricken 25/7/1989
CV35 Reprisal New York N Yd, Brooklyn 1/7/1944 1946 --- cancelled 11/8/1945
CV36, 10/1952- CVA36, 8/1953- CVS36 Antietam Philadelphia N Yd 15/3/1943 20/8/1944 28/1/1945 ASW aircraft carrier 8/1953, stricken 1/5/1973
CV37, 10/1952- CVA37, 11/1953- CVS37, 3/1959- LPH5 Princeton (ex-Valley Forge) Philadelphia N Yd 14/9/1943 8/7/1945 18/11/1945 ASW aircraft carrier 11/1953, assault helicopter carrier 3/1959, stricken 30/1/1970
CV38, 10/1952- CVA38, 6/1969- CVS38 Shangri La Norfolk N Yd, Portsmouth 15/1/1943 24/2/1944 15/9/1944 ASW aircraft carrier 6/1969, stricken 15/7/1982
CV39, 10/1952- CVA39, 8/1957- CVS39 Lake Champlain Norfolk N Yd, Portsmouth 15/3/1943 2/11/1944 3/6/1945 ASW aircraft carrier 8/1957, stricken 1/12/1969
CV40, 10/1952- CVA40, 1/1955- CVS40, 1961- AVT12 Tarawa Norfolk N Yd, Portsmouth 1/3/1944 12/5/1945 8/12/1945 ASW aircraft carrier 1/1955, aviation transport 1961, stricken 1/6/1967
CV45, 10/1952- CVA45, 11/1953- CVS45, 7/1961- LPH8 Valley Forge Philadelphia N Yd 7/9/1944 18/11/1945 3/11/1946 ASW aircraft carrier 11/1953, assault helicopter carrier 7/1961, stricken 15/1/1970
CV46 Iwo Jima Philadelphia N Yd 29/1/1945 --- --- cancelled 11/8/1945
CV47, 10/1952- CVA47, 11/1955- CVS47, 5/1959- AVT11 Philippine Sea (ex-Wright) Bethlehem, Quincy 19/8/1944 5/9/1945 11/5/1946 ASW aircraft carrier 11/1955, aviation transport 5/1959, stricken 1/12/1969

CV9-21, 31-33, 36-40, 45, 47:

Displacement standard, t

27208

Displacement full, t

34881

Length, m

CV9 - 13, 16 - 18, 20, 31: 249.9 wl, 265.8 oa

CV14, 15, 17 - 19, 21, 32 - 40, 45 - 47: 249.9 wl, 270.7 oa

Breadth, m

28.3 wl 45.0 oa

Draught, m

8.38 full load

No of shafts

4

Machinery

Westinghouse geared steam turbines, 8 Babcock & Wilcox boilers

Power, h. p.

150000

Max speed, kts

32.7

Fuel, t

oil 4758 - 6330

Endurance, nm (kts) 15440 (15)

Armour, mm

belt: 102 - 64, hangar deck: 64, main deck: 38

Armament

CV9: 4 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 12, 4 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 12, 8 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 46 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 91 aircraft (F4F Wildcat, F4U Corsair fighters, SB2U Vindicator, SB2C Helldiver, SBD Dauntless dive bombers, TBF, TBM Avenger torpedo bombers, SOC Seagull reconnaissance planes)

CV10 - 12, 16 -18: 4 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 12, 4 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 12, 8 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 46 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 91 aircraft (F4F Wildcat, F4U Corsair, F6F Hellcat fighters, SB2C Helldiver, SBD Dauntless dive bombers, TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bombers, SOC Seagull reconnaissance planes)

CV13, 14, 19: 4 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 12, 4 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 12, 8 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 46 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 91 aircraft (F4F Wildcat, F4U Corsair, F6F Hellcat, F7F Tigercat fighters, SB2C Helldiver, SBD Dauntless dive bombers, TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bombers, SOC Seagull reconnaissance planes)

CV15, 20, 31, 38: 4 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 12, 4 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 12, 10 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 57 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 91 aircraft (F4F Wildcat, F4U Corsair, F6F Hellcat, F7F Tigercat fighters, SBD Dauntless, SB2C Helldiver dive bombers, TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bombers, SOC Seagull reconnaissance planes)

CV21: 4 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 12, 4 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 12, 18 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 35 x 2 - 20/70 Mk 4, 91 aircraft (F4F Wildcat, F4U Corsair, F6F Hellcat, F7F Tigercat, FR Fireball fighters, SB2C Helldiver dive bombers, TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bombers, SOC Seagull reconnaissance planes)

CV32, 33: 4 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 32, 4 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 24, 18 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 2, 35 x 2 - 20/70 Mk 24, 91 aircraft (F4U Corsair, F6F Hellcat, F7F Tigercat, FR Fireball, F8F Bearcat fighters, SB2C Helldiver dive bombers, TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bombers)

CV36: 4 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 12, 4 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 12, 18 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 16 x 2 - 20/70 Mk 4, 23 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 91 aircraft (F4F Wildcat, F4U Corsair, F6F Hellcat, F7F Tigercat fighters, SB2C Helldiver dive bombers, TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bombers, SOC Seagull reconnaissance planes)

CV37: 4 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 12, 4 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 12, 18 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 16 x 2 - 20/70 Mk 4, 23 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 91 aircraft (F4F Wildcat, F4U Corsair, F6F Hellcat, F7F Tigercat, FR Fireball, F8F Bearcat fighters, SB2C Helldiver dive bombers, TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bombers)

CV39: 4 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 12, 4 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 12, 18 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 16 x 2 - 20/70 Mk 4, 23 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 91 aircraft (F4F Wildcat, F4U Corsair, F6F Hellcat, F7F Tigercat, FR Fireball, F8F Bearcat fighters, SB2C Helldiver dive bombers, TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bombers, SOC Seagull reconnaissance planes)

CV40:  4 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 12, 4 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 12, 18 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 16 x 2 - 20/70 Mk 4, 23 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 91 aircraft (F4U Corsair, F6F Hellcat, F7F Tigercat, FR Fireball, F8F Bearcat fighters, SB2C Helldiver dive bombers, TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bombers)

CV45, 47: 4 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 32, 4 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 24, 18 x 4 - 40/60 Mk 2, 16 x 2 - 20/70 Mk 24, 23 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10, 91 aircraft (F4U Corsair, F6F Hellcat, F7F Tigercat, FR Fireball, F8F Bearcat fighters, SB2C Helldiver dive bombers, TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bombers)

Sensors

CV9: SK, SC-2, SG, 2x Mk 4 radars

presumably CV10 - 12, 16 - 18: SK, SC-2, SG, SM, 2x Mk 12/22 radars

presumably CV13 - 15, 19, 20, 31, 38: SK-2, SC-2, SG, SM, 2x Mk 12/22 radars

presumably CV21, 32, 33, 36, 37, 39, 40, 45, 47: SK-2, SR, SG, SP, 2x Mk 12/22 radars

Complement

2682

 Aircraft facilities (fd - 8,648 / 8,468 m², ha - 4,247 m² / 22,723 m³): Flight deck: 262.8 (CV9 - 13, 16 - 18, 20, 31) / 257.4 (CV14, 15, 17 - 19, 21, 32 - 40, 45 - 47) x 32.9 m. Hangar: 199.4 x 21.3 x 5.35 m. There were 2 elevators in center line (12.7 t, 14.7 x 13.5 m) and 1 deck-edge (12.7 t, 18.3 x 10.4 m). CV9 had no catapults, CV10 - 13, 17, 18 had one flight deck H 4B and one doubled athwartships H 4A in hangar, CV16 had one flight deck H 4B, CV14, 15, 19 - 21, 31 - 40, 45 - 47 had two flight deck H 4B catapults. Aircraft fuel stowage: 908 900 l.   

Year

fighters

dive bombers, fighters-bombers

torpedo bombers, attackers

reconnaissance, early warning, ECM planes

ASW planes and helos

11/1943 Essex

36 F6F-3 Hellcat

36 SBD-5 Dauntless

18 TBF-1 Avenger

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6/1944 Wasp

34 F6F-3 Hellcat, 5 F6F-3N Hellcat

32 SB2C Helldiver

18 TBF-1 Avenger

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11/1944 Wasp

54 F6F-3/5 Hellcat

24 SB2C-3 Helldiver

15 TBM-1C Avenger

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1/1945 Essex

27 F6F-3 Hellcat, 17 F6F-5 Hellcat

36 F4U-1D Corsair

18 TBM-1C Avenger

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3/1945 Randolph

49 F6F-5 Hellcat, 4 F6F-5N Hellcat, 2 F6F-5E Hellcat

15 SB2C-4E Helldiver

15 TBM-3 Avenger

2 F6F-5P Hellcat

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7/1945 Bon Homme Richard

37 F6F-5N Hellcat

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18 TBM-3 Avenger

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6/1950 Valley Forge

30 F9F-2B Panther

28 F4U-4B Corsair, 3 F4U-5N Corsair

14 AD-4 Skyraider, 2 AD-3N Skyraider

2 F4U-5P Corsair, 3 AD-4Q Skyraider, 1 AD-3Q Skyraider, 3 AD-5W Skyraider

2 HO3S-1 Chickasaw

1952 Oriskany

24 F9F Panther

16 F4U-4/F4U-5N Corsair

18 AD-3/AD-4N Skyraider

4 F2H-2P Banshee, 2 AD-3W Skyraider

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1956 Wasp

4 F2H Banshee

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4 AD-5W Skyraider

20 S2F Tracker, 10 HSS-1 Seabat

1960 Princeton

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2 HR2S Mojave, 24 HUS Seahorse

1966 Intrepid

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24 A-4B Skyhawk, 24 A-1H Skyraider

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6 UH-2A/B Sea Sprite

1973 Oriskany

24 F-8J Crusader

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36 A-7B Corsair

4 RF-8G Crusader, 4 E-1B Tracer, 3 EKA-3B Skywarrior

4 SH-3G Sea King

Ship project history: Most well-known American aircraft carriers, brought the invaluable contribution to victory over Japan in days of the Second World War. The fact of building in the shortest terms of 24 ships of this class is really unique: such big series of so large warships yet were not in history of world shipbuilding.

The project of Essex was developed in 1939-1940 on the basis of CV5 Yorktown aircraft carrier and differed by increased dimensions, strengthened AA armament, improved horizontal armour protection, more powerful catapults, advanced machinery and a number of other innovations. Number of carried airplanes grown also, that has caused increase of aircraft magazines and petrol tanks capacity.

The sizes of flight deck of Essex and 8 more ships were 262.832.9m, aircraft-carriers of the second group (CV14, 15, 19, 21, 32-40, 45-47) had hulls lengthened on 4.9 m, and flight decks shortened to 257.4m; it was been made for increase of raking angles of bow and stern AA guns. Under the project each ship should carry three catapults: two on flight deck and one transverse in hangar. Really Essex was commissioned without the catapults, following ships with one deck and one hangar catapults (latter was mounted on six ships: CV10, 12-14, 17 and 18). By the end of 1943 all ships, both commissioned and built, had two deck catapults, all hangar catapults were dismounted.

Fitting of the deck-edge elevator which has been taken out of contour of deck became the important innovation in the aircraft armament. Such construction increased hangar useful area, raised durability of a flight deck at the expense of liquidation of additional cut in it, allowed ability to lift aircrafts which dimensions exceeded the sizes of the elevator. Others two elevators were usual.

Horizontal protection of Essex, in comparison with the first Yorktown, has been significantly strengthened at the expense of increase in a thickness of hangar deck to 64mm. However, unlike British fleet carriers, the flight deck remained not armoured. Breadth of underwater protection was 5.1 m from each side.

The propulsive plant of new carriers had arrangement en echelon and has been unified with machinery of cruisers of Atlanta class, representing as though doubled variant of latter. As a whole machineries of all ships have appeared quite successful: they differed by high reliability and could smoothly work with at full speed for a long time. So, in November, 1945 Lake Champlain has crossed Atlantic in four days and 9 hours with an average speed of 32.048kts.

As a whole Essex class carriers have appeared rather successful ships, frequently they were called as best carriers in a history. At the same time they possessed a number of lacks: weak construction of flight deck, bad seaworthiness, bad ventilation of internal compartments, congestion of  inhabited volumes. In the absence of armoured flight deck these carriers  very hardly maintained blows of kamikazes, strongly suffered from fires followed by extremely large crews losses.

At the end of war it was appeared that Essexes could not operate new jet aircraft. Incomplete Oriskany was suspended pending completion of new design and completed in 1950 under revised SCB-27A design, existing ships (CV9, 10, 12, 15, 18, 20, 33, 39) were converted to SCB-27A later. SCB-27A design included following changes: strengthened flight deck, more powerful H-8 catapults, decreased number of 127mm guns, island superstructure was reconstructed for better radar antenna coverage, hull was blistered (blisters were faired into the hull to the hangar deck level and were invisible outside).

SCB-27B conversion program was dropped and next conversion was to SCB-27C standard (CV11, 14, 16, 19, 31, 38): ships received slightly wider blisters, two new C-11 steam catapults, aft centreline elevator was relocated to aft starboard deck-edge, arresting gears were improved. CV16, 31 and 38 received also angled decks and "hurricane bows".

Later CV11, 14 and 19 were brought up to SCB-125 standard (Oriskany to SCB-125A). Almost all SCB-27A ships (CV9, 10, 12, 15, 18, 20, 33) were also given angled decks and enclosed bows. 15 ships were modernised, two carriers badly damaged late in the war (Franklin and Bunker Hill) were never reactivated. Antietam became test ship for the angled flight deck and then training carrier. Boxer, Princeton and Valley Forge became assault helicopter carriers with cargo stowed on former hangar deck. Ships had insufficient troop spaces with not suitable accommodations and so was not considered true LPH by the Marines (for example, Princeton had Marine spaces ranging in capacity from 4 to 157 men, such division would destroy unit cohesion).

Unmodernised ships  were transferred to ASW duty and received CVS designation, later SCB-27As were also reduced to ASW service. Only CVA19, 31 and 34 were listed as attack carriers at the end of Vietnam War, CVA11 operated off Vietnam as "light" attack carrier.

Eight CVSs were modernised during FRAM program (CVS9-12, 15, 18, 20, 33), they received new bow sonar and improved ASW-adapted CIC.

Ship protection:  Main deck was connected with upper edge of armour belt. There was 5.1m deep underwater protection.

Modernizations:  To summer 1945, Essex: - SK, SC-2, 2x Mk 4 radars; + 3 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 15 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, SK-2, SR, SP, 2x Mk 12/22 radars, 2 flight deck catapults

To summer 1945, Yorktown, Intrepid: - SK, SC-2, SM radars, double athwartships catapult; + 9 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 15 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, SK-2, SR, SP radars 1 flight deck catapult

To summer 1945, Hornet: - 11 x 1 - 20/70, SK, SC-2, SM radars, double athwartships catapult; + 2 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, SK-2, SR, SP radars, 1 flight deck catapult

To 1946, Franklin: - SC-2, SM radars, double athwartships catapult; + SR, SP radars, 1 flight deck catapult

To summer 1945, Ticonderoga: - 46 x 1 - 20/70, SC-2, SM radars; + 10 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 35 x 2 - 20/70 Mk 4, SR, SP radars

To summer 1945, Randolph: - 1 x 1 - 20/70, SC-2, SM radars; + 8 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, SR, SP radars

To summer 1945, Lexington: - 46 x 1 - 20/70, SK, SC-2, SM radars; + 9 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 30 x 2 - 20/70 Mk 4, 5 x 4 - 12.7/90, SK-2, SR, SP radars, 1 flight deck catapult

To summer 1945, Bunker Hill: - 46 x 1 - 20/70, SK, SC-2, SM radars, double athwartships catapult; + 9 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 35 x 2 - 20/70 Mk 4, SK-2, SR, SP radars, 1 flight deck catapult

To summer 1945, Wasp: - 46 x 1 - 20/70, SK, SC-2, SM radars, double athwartships catapult; + 9 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 29 x 2 - 20/70 Mk 4, 6 x 4 - 12.7/90, SK-2, SR, SP radars, 1 flight deck catapult

To summer 1945, Hancock: - SC-2, SM radars; + 10 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 13 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, SR, SP radars

To summer 1945, Bennington: - SC-2, SM radars; + 8 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 3 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, SR, SP radars

To summer 1945, Bon Homme Richard: - 1 x 1 - 20/70, SC-2, SM radars; + 7 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, SR, SP radars

To summer 1945, Shangri La: - 50 x 1 - 20/70, SC-2, SM radars; + 1 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 53 x 2 - 20/70 Mk 4, SR, SP radars

1/1946, CV9 Essex: 4 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 32, 4 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 24, 11 x 4 - 40/60 Mk 2, 61 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10, 2 catapults, 91 aircraft, SG, SK-2, SR, SP, 2 x Mk 12/22 radars

1/1946, CV10 Yorktown, CV11 Intrepid: 4 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 32, 4 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 24, 17 x 4 - 40/60 Mk 2, 61 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10, 2 catapults, 91 aircraft, SG, SK-2, SP, SR, 2x Mk 12/22 radars

1/1946, CV12 Hornet: 4 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 32, 4 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 24, 10 x 4 - 40/60 Mk 2, 35 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10, 2 catapults, 91 aircraft, SG, SK-2, SP, SR, 2x Mk 12/22 radars

1/1946, CV13 Franklin: 4 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 32, 4 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 24, 8 x 4 - 40/60 Mk 2, 46 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10, 2 catapults, 91 aircraft, SK-2, SG, SP, SR, 2x Mk 12/22 radars

1/1946, CV14 Ticonderoga: 4 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 32, 4 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 24, 18 x 4 - 40/60 Mk 2, 35 x 2 - 20/70 Mk 24, 2 catapults, 91 aircraft, SK-2, SG, SP, SR, 2x Mk 12/22 radars

1/1946, CV15 Randolph: 4 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 32, 4 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 24, 18 x 4 - 40/60 Mk 2, 56 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10, 2 catapults, 91 aircraft, SK-2, SG, SP, SR, 2x Mk 12/22 radars

1/1946, CV16 Lexington: 4 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 32, 4 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 24, 17 x 4 - 40/60 Mk 2, 30 x 2 - 20/70 Mk 24, 5 x 4 - 12.7/90, 2 catapults, 91 aircraft, SG, SK-2, SP, SR, 2x Mk 12/22 radars

1/1946, CV17 Bunker Hill: 4 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 32, 4 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 24, 17 x 4 - 40/60 Mk 2, 35 x 2 - 20/70 Mk 24, 2 catapults, 91 aircraft, SG, SK-2, SP, SR, 2x Mk 12/22 radars

1/1946, CV18 Wasp: 4 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 32, 4 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 24, 17 x 4 - 40/60 Mk 2, 29 x 2 - 20/70 Mk 24, 6 x 4 - 12.7/90, 2 catapults, 91 aircraft, SG, SK-2, SP, SR, 2x Mk 12/22 radars

1/1946, CV19 Hancock: 4 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 32, 4 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 24, 18 x 4 - 40/60 Mk 2, 59 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10, 2 catapults, 91 aircraft, SK-2, SG, SP, SR, 2x Mk 12/22 radars

1/1946, CV20 Bennington: 4 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 32, 4 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 24, 18 x 4 - 40/60 Mk 2, 60 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10, 2 catapults, 91 aircraft, SK-2, SG, SP, SR, 2x Mk 12/22 radars

1/1946, CV21 Boxer: 4 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 32, 4 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 24, 18 x 4 - 40/60 Mk 2, 35 x 2 - 20/70 Mk 24, 2 catapults, 91 aircraft, SK-2, SR, SG, SP, 2x Mk 12/22 radars

1/1946, CV31 Bon Homme Richard: 4 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 32, 4 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 24, 17 x 4 - 40/60 Mk 2, 56 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10, 2 catapults, 91 aircraft, SK-2, SG, SP, SR, 2x Mk 12/22 radars

1/1946, CV36 Antietam, CV37 Princeton, CV39 Lake Champlain, CV40 Tarawa: 4 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 32, 4 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 24, 18 x 4 - 40/60 Mk 2, 16 x 2 - 20/70 Mk 24, 23 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10, 2 catapults, 91 aircraft, SK-2, SR, SG, SP, 2x Mk 12/22 radars

1/1946, CV38 Shangri La: 4 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 32, 4 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 24, 11 x 4 - 40/60 Mk 2, 53 x 2 - 20/70 Mk 24, 7 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10, 2 catapults, 91 aircraft, SK-2, SG, SP, SR, 2x Mk 12/22 radars

1950 - 1953, 9 ships were reconstructed by design SCB-27A (Oriskany was commissioned in this configuration). Flight deck was strengthened, superstructure rebuilt. Bulges were fitted. Data was as follows:

Kearsarge 1954

Oriskany 1950

No Name Reconstructed Yard Fate
CV9, 10/1952- CVA9, 3/1960- CVS9 Essex 9/1948-2/1951 Bremerton N Yd ASW aircraft carrier 3/1960, stricken 15/6/1975
CVA10, 9/1957- CVS10 Yorktown (ex-Bon Homme Richard) 5/1951-1/1953 Bremerton N Yd ASW aircraft carrier 9/1957, stricken 1/6/1973, preserved
CVA12, 6/1959- CVS12 Hornet (ex-Kearsarge) 5/1951-10/1953 New York N Yd ASW aircraft carrier 6/1959, stricken 25/7/1989, preserved
CVA15, 3/1959- CVS15 Randolph 1/1952-7/1953 Newport News ASW aircraft carrier 3/1959, stricken 15/6/1973
CV18, 10/1952- CVA18, 11/1956- CVS18 Wasp (ex-Oriskany) 9/1948-9/1951 New York N Yd ASW aircraft carrier 11/1956, stricken 1/7/1972
CV20, 10/1952- CVA20, 6/1959- CVS20 Bennington 10/1950-11/1951 New York N Yd ASW aircraft carrier 6/1959, stricken20/9/1989
CV3, 10/1952- CVA33, 10/1958- CVS33 Kearsarge 6/1950-3/1952 Bremerton N Yd ASW aircraft carrier 10/1958, stricken 1/5/1973
CV34, 10/1952- CVA34, 6/1975- CV34 Oriskany 9/1950 (commissioned) New York N Yd stricken 25/7/1989
CV39, 10/1952- CVA39, 8/1957- CVS39 Lake Champlain 8/1950-9/1952 Newport News ASW aircraft carrier 8/1957, stricken 1/12/1969

 

Displacement standard, t

28404

Displacement full, t

40600

Length, m

249.7 wl 273.8 oa

Breadth, m

30.9 wl 46.3 oa

Draught, m

9.10

No of shafts

4

Machinery

Westinghouse geared steam turbines, 8 Babcock & Wilcox boilers

Power, h. p.

150000

Max speed, kts

30

Fuel, t

oil

Endurance, nm (kts) 15000 (15)

Armour, mm

belt: 37, hangar deck: 64, main deck: 38

Armament

CV9, 18, 20: 8 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 24, 14 x 2 - 76/50 Mk 33, circa 80 aircraft (F4U/FG Corsair, F6F Hellcat, F7F Tigercat, F8F Bearcat, F2H Banshee, F9F Panther, F6U Pirate, F3D Skyknight fighters, AD Skyraider attackers, TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bombers, F4U-P Corsair, F6F-P Hellcat, F8F-P Bearcat, F2H-P Banshee, F9F-P Panther reconnaissance planes, TBM-3S Avenger, AF Guardian ASW planes, AD-Q Skyraider ECM planes, TBM-3W Avenger, AD-W Skyraider early warning planes, TBM-3R Avenger cargo planes, HUK Huskee, HUP, HO4S/HRS Chickasaw helicopters)

CVA10: 8 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 24, 14 x 2 - 76/50 Mk 33, circa 80 aircraft (F4U/FG Corsair, F6F Hellcat, F7F Tigercat, F8F Bearcat, F2H Banshee, F9F Panther, F3D Skyknight, F9F Cougar fighters, AU Corsair, AD Skyraider attackers, TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bombers, F4U-P Corsair, F6F-P Hellcat, F8F-P Bearcat, F2H-P Banshee, F9F-P Panther, F9F-P Cougar reconnaissance planes, TBM-3S Avenger, AF Guardian ASW planes, AD-Q Skyraider ECM planes, TBM-3W Avenger, AD-W Skyraider early warning planes, TBM-3R Avenger cargo planes, HUK Huskee, HUP, HO4S/HRS Chickasaw, HO5S helicopters)

CVA12: 8 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 24, 14 x 2 - 76/50 Mk 33, circa 80 aircraft (F4U/FG Corsair, F7F Tigercat, F2H Banshee, F9F Panther, F3D Skyknight, F9F Cougar fighters, AU Corsair, AD Skyraider attackers, TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bombers, F4U-P Corsair, F8F-P Bearcat, F2H-P Banshee, F9F-P Panther, F9F-P Cougar reconnaissance planes, TBM-3S Avenger, AF Guardian ASW planes, AD-Q Skyraider ECM planes, TBM-3W Avenger, AD-W Skyraider early warning planes, TBM-3R Avenger cargo planes, HUK Huskee, HUP, HO4S/HRS Chickasaw, HO5S helicopters)

CVA15: 8 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 24, 14 x 2 - 76/50 Mk 33, circa 80 aircraft (F4U/FG Corsair, F6F Hellcat, F7F Tigercat, F2H Banshee, F9F Panther, F3D Skyknight, F9F Cougar fighters, AU Corsair, AD Skyraider attackers, TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bombers, F4U-P Corsair, F6F-P Hellcat, F8F-P Bearcat, F2H-P Banshee, F9F-P Panther, F9F-P Cougar reconnaissance planes, TBM-3S Avenger, AF Guardian ASW planes, AD-Q Skyraider ECM planes, TBM-3W Avenger, AD-W Skyraider early warning planes, TBM-3R Avenger cargo planes, HUK Huskee, HUP, HO4S/HRS Chickasaw, HO5S helicopters)

CVA33: 8 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 24, 14 x 2 - 76/50 Mk 33, circa 80 aircraft (F4U/FG Corsair, F6F Hellcat, F7F Tigercat, F8F Bearcat, F2H Banshee, F9F Panther, F6U Pirate, F3D Skyknight fighters, AU Corsair, AD Skyraider attackers, TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bombers, F4U-P Corsair, F6F-P Hellcat, F8F-P Bearcat, F2H-P Banshee, F9F-P Panther reconnaissance planes, TBM-3S Avenger, AF Guardian ASW planes, AD-Q Skyraider ECM planes, TBM-3W Avenger, AD-W Skyraider early warning planes, TBM-3R Avenger cargo planes, HUK Huskee, HUP, HO4S/HRS Chickasaw, HO5S helicopters)

CV34: 8 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 24, 14 x 2 - 76/50 Mk 33, circa 80 aircraft (F4U/FG Corsair, F6F Hellcat, F7F Tigercat, F8F Bearcat, F2H Banshee, F9F Panther, F6U Pirate fighters, AD Skyraider, AM Mauler attackers, TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bombers, F4U-P Corsair, F6F-P Hellcat, F8F-P Bearcat, F2H-P Banshee, F9F-P Panther reconnaissance planes, TBM-3S Avenger ASW planes, AD-Q Skyraider, AM-Q Mauler ECM planes, TBM-3W Avenger, AD-W Skyraider early warning planes, TBM-3R Avenger cargo planes, HUK Huskee, HUP, HO4S/HRS Chickasaw helicopters)

CVA39: 8 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 24, 14 x 2 - 76/50 Mk 33, circa 80 aircraft (F4U/FG Corsair, F6F Hellcat, F7F Tigercat, F8F Bearcat, F2H Banshee, F9F Panther, F3D Skyknight fighters, AU Corsair, AD Skyraider attackers, TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bombers, F4U-P Corsair, F6F-P Hellcat, F8F-P Bearcat, F2H-P Banshee, F9F-P Panther reconnaissance planes, TBM-3S Avenger, AF Guardian ASW planes, AD-Q Skyraider ECM planes, TBM-3W Avenger, AD-W Skyraider early warning planes, TBM-3R Avenger cargo planes, HUK Huskee, HUP, HO4S/HRS Chickasaw, HO5S helicopters)

Sensors

SPS-6, SR, SX (earlier) or SPS-8 (later), Mk 35 radars

Complement

2905

   

 Aircraft facilities (fd - ? m², ha - 4,247 m² / 22,723 m³): Flight deck: 262.8 (CV9, 10, 12, 18, 20) / 257.4 (CV15, 18, 21, 33, 34, 39) x 46.3 m. Hangar: 199.4 x 21.3 x 5.35 m. There were 2 elevators in centreline (fore, 18 t, 17.7 x 13.4 m and aft, 12.7 t, 14.7 x 13.5 m) and 1 deck-edge elevator (13.6 t, 18.3 x 10.4 m) . There were 2 H 8 catapults. Aircraft fuel stowage: 1 136 000 l.

 

1954 - 1955, 6 ships were reconstructed by design SCB-27C. Flight deck was strengthened, superstructure rebuilt. Bulges and steam catapults were fitted. Lexington, Bon Homme Richard and Shagri La received angled deck. Data was as follows:

 

     

Shangri La 1957

 

No Name Reconstructed Yard Fate
CVA11, 5/1962- CVS11 Intrepid 4/1952-6/1954 Newport News ASW aircraft carrier 5/1962, stricken 23/2/1982, preserved
CVA14, 10/1969- CVS14 Ticonderoga (ex-Hancock) 4/1952-10/1954 New York N Yd ASW aircraft carrier 10/1969, stricken 16/11/1973
CVA16, 10/1962- CVS16, 1/1969- CVT16, 7/1978- AVT16 Lexington (ex-Cabot) 9/1953-9/1955 (modernised under SCB-27C and SCB-125 project simultaneously) Bremerton N Yd ASW aircraft carrier 10/1962, training aircraft carrier 1/1969, aircraft landing training ship 7/1978, stricken 30/11/1991, preserved
CVA19, 6/1975 - CV19 Hancock (ex-Ticonderoga) 12/1951-3/1954 Bremerton N Yd stricken 31/1/1976
CVA31, 6/1975- CV31 Bon Homme Richard 5/1952-11/1955 (modernised under SCB-27C and SCB-125 project simultaneously) San Francisco N Yd stricken 20/9/1989
CVA38, 6/1969- CVS38 Shangri La 7/1951-2/1955  (modernised under SCB-27C and SCB-125 project simultaneously) Bremerton N Yd ASW aircraft carrier 6/1969, stricken 15/7/1982

 

Displacement standard, t

30580

Displacement full, t

43060

Length, m

250.0 wl 272.7 oa

Breadth, m

31.4 wl 50.9 oa

Draught, m

9.20

No of shafts

4

Machinery

Westinghouse geared steam turbines, 8 Babcock & Wilcox boilers

Power, h. p.

150000

Max speed, kts

29.1

Fuel, t

oil

Endurance, nm (kts) 15000 (15)

Armour, mm

belt: 37, hangar deck: 64, main deck: 38

Armament

CVA11, 14: 8 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 24, 11 x 2 - 76/50 Mk 33, circa 80 aircraft (F4U/FG Corsair, F2H Banshee, F9F Panther, F3D Skyknight, F9F Cougar, FJ Fury, F7U Cutlass fighters, AU Corsair, AD Skyraider, AJ Savage attackers, TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bombers, F4U-P Corsair, F2H-P Banshee, F9F-P Panther, AJ-P Savage, F9F-P Cougar, F7U-P Cutlass reconnaissance planes, TBM-3S Avenger, AF Guardian, S2F Tracker ASW planes, AD-Q Skyraider ECM planes, TBM-3W Avenger, AD-W Skyraider early warning planes, TBM-3R Avenger cargo planes, HUK Huskee, HUP, HO4S/HRS Chickasaw, HO5S helicopters)

CVA16, 31: 8 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 24, 11 x 2 - 76/50 Mk 33, circa 80 aircraft (F4U/FG Corsair, F2H Banshee, F9F Panther, F3D Skyknight, F9F Cougar, FJ Fury, F7U Cutlass fighters, AU Corsair, AD Skyraider, AJ Savage attackers, F4U-P Corsair, F2H-P Banshee, F9F-P Panther, AJ-P Savage, F9F-P Cougar, F7U-P Cutlass reconnaissance planes, S2F Tracker ASW planes, AD-Q Skyraider ECM planes, AD-W Skyraider early warning planes, HUK Huskee, HUP, HO4S/HRS Chickasaw, HO5S, HSS Seabat/HUS Seahorse helicopters)

CVA19: 8 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 24, 11 x 2 - 76/50 Mk 33, circa 80 aircraft (F4U/FG Corsair, F2H Banshee, F9F Panther, F3D Skyknight, F9F Cougar, FJ Fury fighters, AU Corsair, AD Skyraider, AJ Savage attackers, TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bombers, F4U-P Corsair, F2H-P Banshee, F9F-P Panther, AJ-P Savage, F9F-P Cougar reconnaissance planes, TBM-3S Avenger, AF Guardian, S2F Tracker ASW planes, AD-Q Skyraider ECM planes, TBM-3W Avenger, AD-W Skyraider early warning planes, TBM-3R Avenger cargo planes, HUK Huskee, HUP, HO4S/HRS Chickasaw, HO5S helicopters)

CVA38: 8 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 24, 11 x 2 - 76/50 Mk 33, circa 80 aircraft (F4U/FG Corsair, F2H Banshee, F9F Panther, F3D Skyknight, F9F Cougar, FJ Fury, F7U Cutlass fighters, AU Corsair, AD Skyraider, AJ Savage attackers, F4U-P Corsair, F2H-P Banshee, F9F-P Panther, AJ-P Savage, F9F-P Cougar, F7U-P Cutlass reconnaissance planes, AF Guardian, S2F Tracker ASW planes, AD-Q Skyraider ECM planes, AD-W Skyraider early warning planes, HUK Huskee, HUP, HO4S/HRS Chickasaw, HO5S, HSS Seabat/HUS Seahorse helicopters)

Sensors

SPS-12, SPS-8, SR radars

Complement

3545

 

  Aircraft facilities (fd - ? m², ha - 4,247 m² / 22,723 m³): Flight deck: 272.7 x 46.3 (CVA11, 14, 19) / 50.9 (CVA16, 31, 38) m. Hangar: 199.4 x 21.3 x 5.35 m. There were 1 lift in center line (18 t, 17.7 x 13.4 m) and 2 deck-edge lifts (fore, 13.6 t, 18.3 x 10.4 m, and aft, 25.8 t, 17.1 x 13.4 m) . There were 2 C 11 catapults. Aircraft fuel stowage: 1 136 000 l.

Oriskany 1959

 

 

Oriskany 1975

 

Oriskany 1990

 

Late 1950s - early 1960s, many ships were reconstructed by design SCB-125 (Oriskany by SCB-125A with new catapults C 11). Data were as follows:

Essex 1963

 

Oriskany 1979

 

No Name Reconstructed Yard Fate
CVA9, 3/1960- CVS9 Essex 7/1955-1/1956 Bremerton N Yd ASW aircraft carrier 3/1960, stricken 15/6/1975
CVA10, 9/1957- CVS10 Yorktown (ex-Bon Homme Richard) 3/1955-10/1955 Bremerton N Yd ASW aircraft carrier 9/1957, stricken 1/6/1973
CVA11, 3/1962- CVS11 Intrepid 9/1956-5/1957 New York N Yd ASW aircraft carrier 3/1962, stricken 23/2/1982
CVA12, 6/1959- CVS12 Hornet (ex-Kearsarge) 1/1956-8/1956 Bremerton N Yd ASW aircraft carrier 6/1959, stricken 25/7/1989
CVA14, 10/1969- CVS14 Ticonderoga (ex-Hancock) 8/1956-4/1957 Norfolk N Yd ASW aircraft carrier 10/1969, stricken 16/11/1973
CVA15, 3/1959- CVS15 Randolph 8/1955-2/1956 Norfolk N Yd ASW aircraft carrier 3/1959, stricken 15/6/1973
CVA16, 10/1962- CVS16, 1/1969- CVT16, 7/1978- AVT16 Lexington (ex-Cabot) 9/1953-9/1955 (modernised simultaneously by SCB-27C and SCB-125 projects) Bremerton N Yd ASW aircraft carrier 10/1962, training aircraft carrier 1/1969, aircraft landing training ship 7/1978, stricken 30/11/1991, preserved
CVA18, 11/1956- CVS18 Wasp (ex-Oriskany) 3/1955-12/1955 San Francisco N Yd ASW aircraft carrier 11/1956, stricken 1/7/1972
CVA19, 6/1975- CV19 Hancock (ex-Ticonderoga) 4/1956-11/1956 San Francisco N Yd stricken 31/1/1976
CVA20, 6/1959- CVS20 Bennington 6/1954-4/1955 New York N Yd ASW aircraft carrier 6/1959, stricken 20/9/1989
CVA31, 6/1975- CV31 Bon Homme Richard 5/1952-11/1955 (modernised under SCB-27C and SCB-125 project simultaneously) San Francisco N Yd stricken 20/9/1989
CVA33, 10/1958- CVS33 Kearsarge 7/1956-1/1957 Bremerton N Yd ASW aircraft carrier 10/1958, stricken 1/5/1973
CVA34, 6/1975- CV34 Oriskany 1/1957-5/1959 San Francisco N Yd stricken 25/7/1989
CVA36, 8/1953- CVS36 Antietam 9/1952-12/1952 (as prototype of project) New York N Yd ASW aircraft carrier 8/1953, stricken 1/5/1973
CVA38, 6/1969- CVS38 Shangri La 7/1951-2/1955  (modernised under SCB-27C and SCB-125 project simultaneously) Bremerton N Yd ASW aircraft carrier 6/1969, stricken 15/7/1982

 

Displacement standard, t

32250

Displacement full, t

44000

Length, m

251.3 wl 277.6 oa

Breadth, m

32.5 wl 47.9 oa

Draught, m

9.55

No of shafts

4

Machinery

Westinghouse geared steam turbines, 8 Babcock & Wilcox boilers

Power, h. p.

150000

Max speed, kts

30.3

Fuel, t

oil

Endurance, nm (kts) 15000 (15)

Armour, mm

belt: 37, hangar deck: 64, main deck: 38

Armament

4 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 24, circa 80 aircraft (F2H Banshee, F9F Cougar, FJ Fury, F3H Demon, F4D Skyray, F11F Tiger, F8U Crusader fighters, AD Skyraider, AJ Savage, A4D Skyhawk attackers, F2H-P Banshee, AJ-P Savage, F9F-P Cougar, F3H-P Demon, F8U-P Crusader reconnaissance planes, S2F Tracker ASW planes, AD-Q Skyraider ECM planes, AD-W Skyraider early warning planes, HUP, HO4S/HRS Chickasaw, HO5S, HSS Seabat/HUS Seahorse helicopters)

Sensors

SPS-12, SPS-8, SR radars

Complement

3050

 

  Aircraft facilities (fd - ? m², ha - 4,247 m² / 22,723 m³): Flight deck: 272.7 x 47.9 m. Hangar: 199.4 x 21.3 x 5.35 m. There were 1 lift in center line (18 t, 17.7 x 13.4 m) and 2 deck-edge lifts (fore, 13.6 t, 18.3 x 10.4 m, and aft, 25.8 t, 17.1 x 13.4 m) . There were 2 H 8 (or C 11 on CVA34) catapults. Aircraft fuel stowage: 1 136 000 l.

mid-1950s - 1960s, all modernized carriers: 76mm guns were partly removed

early 1960s, all modernized carriers: - SR, SPS-8 radars; + SPS-30, SPS-37A radars

1970s, modernized carriers: all 76mm guns were removed, all but 2 (or 4) 127-mm guns were removed. SPS-37A radars were partly replaced by SPS-43A.

1960s - 1970s, Essex, Yorktown, Intrepid, Hornet, Randolph, Wasp, Bennington, Kearsarge: SQS-23 sonar was fitted.

1959 - 1961, 3 ships were rebuilt as helicopter carriers. Data was as follows:

Boxer 1963

Princeton 1965

 

No Name Reconstructed Yard Fate
LPH4 Boxer 1/1959-3/1959   stricken 1/12/1969
LPH5 Princeton (ex-Valley Forge) 3/1959-5/1959 Long Beach N Yd stricken 30/1/1970
LPH8 Valley Forge 3/1961-7/1961   stricken 15/1/1970

 

Displacement standard, t

26669

Displacement full, t

34881

Length, m

250.0 wl 265.9 oa

Breadth, m

28.4 wl 45.0 oa

Draught, m

8.40

No of shafts

4

Machinery

Westinghouse geared steam turbines, 4 Babcock & Wilcox boilers

Power, h. p.

75000

Max speed, kts

25

Fuel, t

oil

Endurance, nm (kts) 15000 (15)

Armour, mm

belt: 102 - 64, hangar deck: 64, main deck: 38

Armament

2 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 32, 2 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 24, 30 - 40 helicopters (HUP, HO4S/HRS Chickasaw, HO5S, HUS Seahorse, HR2S Mojave)

Military load 1650 marines
Sensors

SPS-10, SPS-12, SPS-30 radars

Complement

 

Naval service:  Essex 11/4/1945 was damaged by kamikaze, fallen near to a port side and repaired till June, 1945. Intrepid 17/2/1944 was damaged by Japanese air torpedo and repaired till July, 1944; she was 25/11/1944 badly damaged as a result of attack of two kamikazes and repaired till February, 1945; she  was 16/4/1945 again badly damaged by a direct hit of kamikaze, one more kamikaze has blown near the side and repaired till August, 1945. Hornet was badly damaged 5/6/1945 during a storm and was under repair till the end of war. Franklin was damaged by kamikaze 30/10/1944 and repaired till January, 1945; 19/3/1945 she was very badly damaged by two Japanese air bombs and repaired till the end of war. Ticonderoga 21/1/1945 was damaged by hits of two kamikazes and repaired till May, 1945. Randolph 11/3/1945 was damaged by hit of kamikaze, repair lasted prior to the early April, 1945. Lexington 4/12/1943 was damaged by Japanese air torpedo and repaired till March, 1944. Bunker Hill 11/5/1945 was badly damaged by two kamikazes and repaired till the end of war. Wasp 19/3/1945 was damaged by hit of Japanese air bomb, repair lasted till June, 1945.

Last of class, Lexington, served as training carrier, was decommissioned in December 1991.

Intrepid 1943

Lexington 1956

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