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    38000full load (tn)
    270length (m)
    28beam (m)
    9.50draught (m)
    33max speed (knots)


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    US Newport News Shipbuilding - 1
    US Philadelphia Naval Shipyard - 1

    List of Ships

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    USUS NavyCV-18USS Wasp19431972
    CV-15USS RandolphNWBD1944--
    USUS NavyCV-36USS AntietamNHCY19451963
    USUS NavyCV-37USS Princeton19451959
    LPH-5 USS Princeton 19591970
    USUS NavyCV-39USS Lake ChamplainNTCR - 3919451966
    USUS NavyCVS-45USS Valley Forge19461961
    LPH-8 USS Valley Forge 19611970

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    1942-mar-18Laid downUS CV-18 USS Wasp as USS Oriskany
    1943-mar-15Laid downUS CV-36 USS Antietam
    1943-mar-15Laid downUS CV-39 USS Lake Champlain at Norfolk Naval Yard
    1943-may-10Laid down CV-15 USS Randolph
    1943-aug-17LaunchedUS CV-18 USS Wasp
    1943-nov-24CommissionedUS CV-18 USS Wasp
    1944-jun-28Launched CV-15 USS Randolph
    1944-aug-20LaunchedUS CV-36 USS Antietam
    1944-oct-9Commissioned CV-15 USS Randolph
    1944-nov-2LaunchedUS CV-39 USS Lake Champlain from dry dock
    1945-jan-28CommissionedUS CV-36 USS Antietam
    1945-jun-3CommissionedUS CV-39 USS Lake Champlain
    1945-sep-18CommissionedUS CV-37 USS Princeton as CV-37
    1946-nov-3CommissionedUS CVS-45 USS Valley Forge in Philadelphia, as CV-45
    1948-aug-14HomeportUS CVS-45 USS Valley Forge transferred to NB San Diego
    1950-jun-29DeploymentUS CVS-45 USS Valley Forge rapidly stored and departed Subic Bay with CAG-5 embarked, to stand off N Korea to join Task Group 77.4 (with HMS Triumph), following invasion of S Korea
    1951-jan-17DeploymentUS CV-36 USS Antietam brought out of decommission to join forces around Korea, returned Mar 1952.
    1952-mar-21Port VisitUS CV-36 USS Antietam docked in Yokosuka following her Korean deployment to prepare for return to USA.
    1952-sepRefitUS CV-36 USS Antietam refit for conversion as CVA-36 at New York Naval Shipyard until Dec 1952
    1952-octUS CVS-45 USS Valley Forge redesignated CVA-45
    1952-oct-1US CV-18 USS Wasp Reclassified as CVA
    1953RefitUS CVS-45 USS Valley Forge after her 4th Korean deployment, transferred to Atlantic Fleet and became CVS-45, after refit at NS Norfolk.
    1954-janUS CV-37 USS Princeton reclassified CVS-37
    1955-jun-18Refit CV-15 USS Randolph Angled deck conversion, until Jan 1956
    1956-octDeploymentUS CV-36 USS Antietam departed Rotterdam to join US 6th Fleet in Mediterranean, operating S of Italy while shadowing the British and French Musketeer operations around Suez.
    1956-octDeployment CV-15 USS Randolph US 6th Fleet, operating in Eastern Mediterranean while evacuating US citizens from Alexandria and shadowing the British and French Musketeer operations
    1956-nov-1US CV-18 USS Wasp Reclassified as CVS
    1957-augRefitUS CV-39 USS Lake Champlain converted to anti-submarine carrier, as CVS-39
    1958-julDeploymentUS CV-39 USS Lake Champlain Operation Blue Bat part of US 6th Fleet, when tasked with support for Lebanese stability operations in Eastern Mediterranean. HUP-2 of HU-2 (det 34) and HSS-1 of HS-3 were embarked. Operations continued until 23 Aug.
    1958-sep-4HomeportUS CV-39 USS Lake Champlain Quonset Point, RI
    1961-may-5DeploymentUS CV-39 USS Lake Champlain recovered Mercury capsule Freedom 7 and with it Commander Alan Shepard after its first sub-orbital flight, by HSS-1N Seabat of HS-5.
    1961-jul-21Deployment CV-15 USS Randolph recovery ship for Mercury 4 spaceflight Liberty Bell 7, in Carribean.
    1962-feb-20Deployment CV-15 USS Randolph primary recovery ship for Mercury 6 spaceflight Friendship 7
    1963-may-8DecommissionedUS CV-36 USS Antietam
    1965-jan-19DeploymentUS CV-39 USS Lake Champlain recovered unmanned Gemini test capsule after a sub-orbital flight, by an embarked SH-3.
    1965-aug-29DeploymentUS CV-39 USS Lake Champlain recovered Gemini 5 capsule and with it Charles Conrad and L Gordon Cooper, after its orbital flight, by embarked SH-3.
    1966-may-2DecommissionedUS CV-39 USS Lake Champlain at Philadelphia Naval Yard
    1969-feb-13Decommissioned CV-15 USS Randolph at Boston Navy Yard
    1969-jun-29Port VisitUS CV-18 USS Wasp visit Copenhagen, Denmark. SH-3D 156495 aboard
    1969-dec-1StruckUS CV-39 USS Lake Champlain
    1970-jan-30DecommissionedUS LPH-5 USS Princeton
    1971StruckUS LPH-5 USS Princeton
    1971-octFate: scrappedUS LPH-8 USS Valley Forge
    1972-apr-28Fate: scrappedUS CV-39 USS Lake Champlain sold for scrapping
    1972-jul-1DecommissionedUS CV-18 USS Wasp
    1973-may-1StruckUS CV-36 USS Antietam
    1973-jun-15Struck CV-15 USS Randolph
    1974Fate: scrappedUS CV-36 USS Antietam
    1975-mayFate: scrapped CV-15 USS Randolph sold for scrapping, in New Jersey

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