US Essex (long hull) class

US Essex (short hull) class

Aircraft Carrier



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


US Newport News Shipbuilding - 1
US Philadelphia Naval Shipyard - League Island1

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19431972USUS NavyCV-18USS Wasp
1944--CV-15USS RandolphNWBD
19451963USUS NavyCV-36USS AntietamNHCY
19451959USUS NavyCV-37USS Princeton
19591970 LPH-5 USS Princeton
19451966USUS NavyCV-39USS Lake ChamplainNTCR - 39
19461961USUS NavyCVS-45USS Valley Forge
19611970 LPH-8 USS Valley Forge

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US LPH-8 USS Valley Forge
1942-mar-18Laid downLaid down US CV-18 USS Wasp as USS Oriskany
1943-mar-15Laid downLaid down US CV-36 USS Antietam
1943-mar-15Laid downLaid down US CV-39 USS Lake Champlain at Norfolk Naval Yard
1943-may-10Laid downLaid down CV-15 USS Randolph
1943-aug-17LaunchedLaunched US CV-18 USS Wasp
1943-nov-24CommissionedCommissioned US CV-18 USS Wasp
1944-jun-28LaunchedLaunched CV-15 USS Randolph
1944-aug-20LaunchedLaunched US CV-36 USS Antietam
1944-oct-09CommissionedCommissioned CV-15 USS Randolph
1944-nov-02LaunchedLaunched US CV-39 USS Lake Champlain from dry dock
1945-jan-28CommissionedCommissioned US CV-36 USS Antietam
1945-jun-03CommissionedCommissioned US CV-39 USS Lake Champlain
1945-sep-18CommissionedCommissioned US CV-37 USS Princeton as CV-37
1946-nov-03CommissionedCommissioned US CVS-45 USS Valley Forge in Philadelphia, as CV-45
1948-aug-14HomeportHomeport US CVS-45 USS Valley Forge transferred to NB San Diego
1950-jun-29DeploymentDeployment US 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
1950-jul-04AircraftAircraft US CVS-45 USS Valley Forge lost Ships HO3S-1 SAR helicopter, which ditched after an engine failure, off Korean coast.
1951-jan-17DeploymentDeployment US CV-36 USS Antietam brought out of decommission to join forces around Korea, returned Mar 1952.
1952-mar-21Port VisitPort Visit US CV-36 USS Antietam docked in Yokosuka following her Korean deployment to prepare for return to USA.
1952-sepRefitRefit US CV-36 USS Antietam refit for conversion as CVA-36 at New York Naval Shipyard until Dec 1952
1952-oct US CVS-45 USS Valley Forge redesignated CVA-45
1952-oct-01 US CV-18 USS Wasp Reclassified as CVA
1953RefitRefit US CVS-45 USS Valley Forge after her 4th Korean deployment, transferred to Atlantic Fleet and became CVS-45, after refit at NS Norfolk.
1954-jan US CV-37 USS Princeton reclassified CVS-37
1955-jun-18RefitRefit CV-15 USS Randolph Angled deck conversion, until Jan 1956
1956-octDeploymentDeployment US 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-octDeploymentDeployment 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-01 US CV-18 USS Wasp Reclassified as CVS
1957-augRefitRefit US CV-39 USS Lake Champlain converted to anti-submarine carrier, as CVS-39
1958-julDeploymentDeployment US 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-04HomeportHomeport US CV-39 USS Lake Champlain Quonset Point, RI
1961-may-05DeploymentDeployment US 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-21DeploymentDeployment CV-15 USS Randolph recovery ship for Mercury 4 spaceflight Liberty Bell 7, in Carribean.
1962-feb-20DeploymentDeployment CV-15 USS Randolph primary recovery ship for Mercury 6 spaceflight Friendship 7
1963-may-08DecommissionedDecommissioned US CV-36 USS Antietam
1965-jan-19DeploymentDeployment US CV-39 USS Lake Champlain recovered unmanned Gemini test capsule after a sub-orbital flight, by an embarked SH-3.
1965-aug-29DeploymentDeployment US 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-02DecommissionedDecommissioned US CV-39 USS Lake Champlain at Philadelphia Naval Yard
1969-feb-13DecommissionedDecommissioned CV-15 USS Randolph at Boston Navy Yard
1969-jun-29Port VisitPort Visit US CV-18 USS Wasp visit Copenhagen, Denmark. SH-3D 156495 aboard
1969-dec-01StruckStruck US CV-39 USS Lake Champlain
1970-jan-30DecommissionedDecommissioned US LPH-5 USS Princeton
1971StruckStruck US LPH-5 USS Princeton
1971-octFate: scrappedFate: scrapped US LPH-8 USS Valley Forge
1972-apr-28Fate: scrappedFate: scrapped US CV-39 USS Lake Champlain sold for scrapping
1972-jul-01DecommissionedDecommissioned US CV-18 USS Wasp
1973-may-01StruckStruck US CV-36 USS Antietam
1973-jun-15StruckStruck CV-15 USS Randolph
1974Fate: scrappedFate: scrapped US CV-36 USS Antietam
1975-mayFate: scrappedFate: scrapped CV-15 USS Randolph sold for scrapping, in New Jersey

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