Essex Class Aircraft Carrier Data
Compiled By John Sheridan
*Source of Data

(Note: This page is a work in progress. I will be adding data for post-war Aircraft as soon as I can gather the data. If you find a mistake, error, or omissions, please feel free to contact me.)


Short-Hull Ships:

CV-9 USS Essex CV-13 USS Franklin CV-20 USS Bennington
CV-10 USS Yorktown CV-16 USS Lexington CV-31 USS Bon Homme Richard
CV-11 USS Intrepid CV-17 USS Bunker Hill  
CV-12 USS Hornet CV-18 USS Wasp  

Long-Hull Ships:

CV-14 USS Ticonderoga CV-34 USS Oriskany CV-45 USS Valley Forge
CV-15 USS Randolph CV-36 USS Antietam CV-47 USS Philippine Sea
CV-19 USS Hancock CV-37 Princeton  
CV-21 USS Boxer CV-38 Shangri-La  
CV-32 USS Leyte CV-39 USS lake Champlain  
CV-33 USS Kearsarge CV-40 USS Tarawa  

Cancelled Ships:

CV-35 USS Reprisal Cancelled 12 August 1945 40% complete
CV-46 USS Iwo Jima Cancelled 11 August 1945

Essex Class Data (as Designed)

    Notes
Length (LOA) Short Hull Ships: 872' 0" See List for Short Hull Ships
Length  (LOA) Long Hull Ships: 888' 0" See List for Long Hull Ships
Length (WL): 820' 0"  
Beam (Extreme): 147' 6"  
Beam (WL): 93' 0"  
Flight Deck 862' x 108'  
Hanger Deck: 654' x 70'  
Elevators (Centerline): 2ea 48' 3" x 44' 3" (Capacity 28,000lbs )  
Elevators (Deck Edge): 1ea 60' 0" x 34' 0" (Capacity 18,000lbs )  
Catapults (Deck): 1 H4B (2 H4B's in later ships) Essex completed without catapults.
Catapults (Hanger): 1 H4A Yorktown, Intrepid, Hornet, Bunker Hill, Wasp Only
Arresting Gear: Mk 4  
Design Standard Displacement: 27,500 tons  
Design Displacement: 33,400 tons  
Design Full Load: 36,380 tons  
Draft: 26' optimum
27'6" Full Load
 
Machinery: 8ea Babcock & Wilcox boilers (565psi, 850 F.)
4ea 1,250kW Ships Service Turbine Generators
2ea 250 kW Diesel Generators.
 
Shafts: 4ea  
Shaft Horsepower: 150,000 hp (Design)
154,054 hp (Trial)
 
Fuel Capacity: 6,330 (Design)  
Speed: 33kts (Design)
32.93kts (Trial)
 
Endurance: 20,000 Nautical Miles @ 15kts (Design)
15,440 Nautical Miles @ 15kts (Service)
 
Tactical Diameter: 765 Yards @ 30kts  
Armament: 12 - 5"/38cal (4ea x 2 mounts, 4ea x 1 mounts)
32 - 40mm (8ea x 4 mounts) AA
46 - 20mm AA
40mm and 20mm AA varied from ship-to-ship with up to 72 - 40mm (18ea x 4 mounts) and
60 - 20mm in later ships.
Fire Control Systems: 2ea Mk 37
8ea Mk 51
Mk 51 Directors added as 40mm mounts increased. Some Mk 51 Directors were replaced by Mk 57 or Mk 63 Directors.
Protection: Flight Deck - None
Gallery Deck - None
Hanger Deck - 2.5" STS Armor
Protective Deck(s) - 1.5" STS Armor
Armor Belt - 4" tapered to 2.5" (508' x 10')
Bulkheads - 4"
Conning Tower 1.5" STS top 1" side of Pilot House
Steering Gear - 2.5" Deck
 
Aircraft: 36 F6F Fighters
36 SBD Bombers
18 TBF Torpedo Bombers
Aircraft Complement changed considerably during WWII and beyond. See notes below for details on aircraft.
Aviation Ordnance: 625.5 Tons  
Aviation Gasoline: 231,650 Gallons  
Complement (ship and airgroup): 268 Officers - 2,363 Enlisted These numbers increased as aircraft and AA changed in numbers.

 

SCB Conversion Information

SCB-27A
This was the first Essex class modernization program and was carried out on CV-9, CV-10, CV-12, CV-15, CV-18, CV-20, CV-33 and CV39 between 1948 and 1953. (CV-34 was completed to SCB-27A standard in 1950.) The principal features of SCB-27A included:

Removal of the side belt armor and replacing it with a hull blister which increased the beam at the waterline to 101 feet.
Removal of the island twin 5-inch turrets and relocation of the new open 5-inch mounts to the starboard side along the edge of the flight deck.
Modifications to the Island which replaced the tripod mast with a single pole mast and redesigned smokestack.
Strengthening the flight deck in the landing area.
Installation of larger and more powerful elevators.
Replacement of the H-4-1 Hydraulic catapults with H-8 Hydraulic catapults capable of launching aircraft up to 40,000 pounds gross weight.
More powerful bomb and ammunition elevators.
Equipment for the handling of Jet aircraft, including jet blast deflectors behind the catapults.
Increased aviation fuel capacity.
Installation of higher capacity aircraft cranes.
Three ready rooms relocated below the hanger deck.
Installation of an escalator along the starboard side of the island for aircrew to reach the flight deck.
Division of the hanger deck space by two fireproof steel doors.
SCB-27C
The SCB-27C program was a further refinement of the SCB-27A program.  The SCB-27C ships fall into two groups:

The first Group (CV-11, CV-14, and CV-19) recieved the basic SCB-27C modifications between 1951 and 1954.

The second group (CV-16, CV-31, and CV-38) received an advanced SCB-27C that included most of the features of the later SCB-125 program. The principal features of the basic SCB-27C that differed from the SCB-27A included:

A revised hull blister which increased the waterline beam to 103 feet.
Installation of two C-11 steam catapults.
Strengthing the flight deck.
Replacement of the number three elevator with a starboard side deck edge unit (this required moving the starboard side open 5-inch guns further aft to a position opposite the port side guns)
Installation of a stronger arresting gear system.
 

SCB-125
SCB-125 introduced the angled deck and enclosed "Hurricane" bow to the Essex class. Three groups were covered by SCB-125.

The first (CV-16, CV-31, and CV-38) received both their SCB-27C and SCB-125 modifications in one dockyard period between 1951 and 1955.

The second group (CV-11, CV-14, and CV-19) included those SCB-27C ships brought up to SCB-125 standards during a later dockyard period between 1955 and 1957.  These ships were also given longer (70-feet 3-inches) forward centerline elevators.

The third group (CV-9, CV-10, CV-12, CV-15, CV-18, CV-20, and CV-33) including SCB-27A ships which did not get all the features that the SCB-27C ships did. (CV-39 was the only SCB-27A ship that did not get the SCB-125 modernization. CV-34 is covered under the SCB-125A program.

Apart from the hurricane bow and angled deck, the principal features of the SCB-125 included:

Installation of the improved Mark 7 dual arrestor wire system with half the cross-deck pendants of the previous systems.
Introduction of air conditioning in some spaces.
Strengthing of the crash barriers.
Primary flight control (Prifly) was moved to the aft edge of the island, two decks high.
Better soundproofing of the island.
Improved deck lighting.

(Antietam's angled deck installation was not considered part of the SCB-125 modernization program.)

 

SCB-125A
This modernization was a one-of-a-kind effort that brought the Oriskany (CV-34) up to full SCB-27C and SCB-125 standard. CV-34 was the last ship to receive the SCB-27C modernization (1959) and many features were improved over the older SCB-27C ships.
Besides the angled deck, hurricane bow, C-11 steam catapults, and lengthened centerline elevator, CV-34 had a light metal cladding for the flight deck and an arresting gear system that was stronger then on the older SCB-27C ships.

 

SCB-144
SCB-144 was part of the Navy Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization (FRAM) II program intended to improve the ASW capability of the SCB-27A CVS carriers. All of the SCB-144 modernizations were completed by 1965. The principal modifications included:

Installation of the SQS-23 bow-mounted sonar dome.
Installation of a stem hawsepipe and bow anchor.
Modifications to the Combat Information Center.

 


CV-9 USS Essex

Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding
Date Ordered: Feb 1940
Contract Date: 3 July 1940
Keel Laid: 28 April 1941
Launched: 31 July 1942
Commissioned: 31 December 1942
Decommissioned: 9 January 1947
 
SCB-27A Upgrade: September 1948 - 1 February 1951
Recommissioned: 1 February 1951
Redesignated to CVA-9: 1 October 1952
SCB-125 Upgrade: 1 March 1955 - 1 March 1956
Redesignated to CVS-9: 8 March 1960
FRAM II SCB-144 Upgrade: FY 1962
Decommissioned: 30 June 1969
Stricken: 15 June 1975
Fate: Scrapped
Awards:
  13 Battle Stars WWII
  Presidential Unit Citation
  4 Battle Stars Korean War
  Navy Unit Commendation
Camouflage:
December 1942 - April 1944 MS 21
April 1944 - November 1944 MS 32/16d
November 1944 - 1945 MS 21
1946 - 1969 MS 13

CV-9 WII Layout

 
Hull Type:
Short Hull  
Island Types:
Early War Type December 1942 - April 1944
Late War Type April 1944 - January 1947
SBC-27A September 1948 - 30 June 1969
Radar Locations:
SK (Mast) December 1942 - April 1944
SK (Starboard Side Stack) April 1944 - March 1945
SK-2 (Starboard Side Stack) April 1944 - January 1947
Catapults:
Hanger Deck N/A
Starboard  Flightdeck April 1944
Port Flightdeck April 1944
Radio Masts:
5 Poles December 1942 - January 1947
 

40mm Gun Locations

Location Date Added Number of Mounts
Bow: December 1942- September 1947 1
Stern: December 1942- September 1947 1
Island: December 1942 - April 1944 4
  April 1944 - September 1947 3
Port Sponson: April 1944 - September 1947 2
Port Flight Deck FWD: December 1942- September 1947 1
Port Flight Deck MID: N/A 0
Starboard MID: N/A 0
Starboard Aft: April 1944 - September 1947 2
     
     
     
     
     
     

 

CV-9 WWII Aircraft History
Airgroup Airwing Aircraft Dates
Air Group 9 VF-9 36 F6F October 1943 - December 1943
  VB-9 36 SBD  
  VT-9 18 TBF/TBM  
Air Group 9 VF-9 35 F6F January 1944 - February 1944
  VB-9 34 SBD  
    1 F6F  
  VT-9 19 TBF/TBM  
Air Group 15 VF-15 39 F6F June 1944 - September 194
  VFN-77 4 F6F-3N  
  VB-15 4 SBD  
    36 SB2C  
  VT-15 20 TBF/TBM  
Air Group 15 VF-15 45 F6F October 1944 - December 1944
    4 F6F-3N  
    2 F6F-3P  
  VB-15 25 SB2C  
  VT-15 20 TBF/TBM  
Air Group 4 VF-4 44 F6F January 1945 - February 1945
  VME-124 18 F4U  
  VME-213 18 F4U  
  VB-4 24 SB2C  
  VT-4 22 TBM  
Air Group 83 VF-83 30 F6F March 1945 -
    4 F6F-5N  
    2 F6F-5P  
  VB-83 36 F4U  
  VT-83 15 TBM  
Air Group 2     1953-54
  VF-143 F9F-6 Cougars (formerly VF-821)
  VF-23   Banshees
  VF-123 F9F-2 Panthers
  VA-55 AD1 Skyraiders
  VC-3   Banshees
  VC-35,DI AD1 Skyraiders
  VC-11 AD-5W Guppy
       
 


 

 


CV-10 USS Yorktown

Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding
Date Ordered: May 1940
Contract Date: 3 July 1940
Keel Laid: 1 December 1941
Launched: 21 January 1943
Commissioned: 15 April 1943
Decommissioned: 9 January 1947
 
SCB-27A Upgrade: 15 February 1951 - 2 January 1953
Recommissioned: 2 January 1953
Redesignated to CVA-10: 1 October 1952
SCB-125 Upgrade: 31 July 1954 - 15 October 1955
Redesignated to CVS-10: 9 January 1957
FRAM II SCB-144 Upgrade: FY 1966
Decommissioned: 27 June 1970
Stricken: 1 June 1973
Fate: Museum Ship Hunter's Point SC.
 
Awards:
World War II 11 Battle Stars
  Presidential Unit Citation
Vietnam War 5 Battle Stars
Camouflage:
15 April 1943 - May 1944 MS 21
May 1944 - 1945 MS 33/10a
1946 - 1970 MS 13

CV-10 WII Layout

 
Hull Type:
Short Hull
Island Types:
Early War Type April 1943 - September 1944
Late War Type September 1944 - January 1947
SBC-27A 2 January 1953 - 27 June 1970
Radar Locations:
SK (Mast) April 1943 - September 1944
SK (Port Side Stack) September 1944 - January 1947
SK-2 N/A
Catapults:
Hanger Deck April 1943 - September 1944
Starboard  Flightdeck April 1943
Port Flightdeck September 1944
Radio Masts:
5 Poles April 1943 - January 1947
 

Quad 40mm Gun Locations

Location Date Added Number of Mounts
Bow: April 1943- September 1947 1
Stern: April 1943- September 1944 1
  September 1944 - September 1947 2
Island: April 1943 - September 1944 4
  September 1944 - September 1947 3
Port Sponson: September 1944 - September 1947 2
Port Flight Deck FWD: April 1943- September 1947 1
Port Flight Deck MID: September 1944 - September 1947 2
Starboard MID: September 1944 - September 1947 3
Starboard Aft: June 1943 - September 1947 2


CV-10 WWII Aircraft History

Airgroup Airwing Aircraft

Dates

Air Group 5 VF-5 F6F September - October 1943
  VNF-76 F6F-3N  
  VB-5 SBD  
    SB2C  
Air Group 5 VF-5 37 F6F October 1943 - February 1944
  VB-5 36 SBD  
    1 F6F  
  VT-5 18 TBF  
Air Group 5 VF-5 36 F6F February 1944 - May 1944
  VNF-76 4 F6F-3N  
  VB-5 36 SBD  
    1 F6F  
  VT-5 18 TBF  
Air Group 1 VF-1 39 F6F May 1944
  VFN-77 5 F6F-3N  
  VB-1 36 SBD  
    1 F6F  
  VT-1 18 TBF/TBM  
Air Group 1 VF-1 42 F6F June 1944 - January 1945
  VFN-77 4 F6F-3N  
  VB-1 4 SBD  
    40 SB2C  
  VT-1 17 TBF/TBM  
Air Group 3 VF-3 48 F6F January 1945 - March 1945
    6 F6F-5P  
  VB-3 24 SB2C  
  VT-3 18 TBF/TBM  
Air Group 9 VF-9 40 F6F March 1945 - April 1945
    F6F-5P  
    F6F-5N  
  VB-9 15 SB2C  
  VT-9 7 TBM  
Air Group 88 VF-88 30 F6F June 1945 -
    6 F6F-5N  
    3 F6F-5P  
  VB-88 15 SB2C  
  VBF-88 37 F4U  
  VT-88 15 TBM  
       

 


CV-11 USS Intrepid

Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding
Date Ordered: May 1940
Contract Date: 3 July 1940
Keel Laid: 1 December 1941
Launched: 26 April 1943
Commissioned: 16 August 1943
Decommissioned: 22 March 1947
 
SCB-27A Upgrade: 24 September 1951 - 18 June 1954
Recommissioned: 18 June 1954
Redesignated to CVA-11: 1 October 1952
SCB-125 Upgrade: 24 January 1956 - 2 May 1957
Redesignated to CVS-11: 31 March 1962
FRAM II SCB-144 Upgrade: FY 1965
Decommissioned: 30 March 1974
Stricken: 30 March 1974
Fate: Museum Ship New York City NY
 
Awards:
World War II 5 Battle Stars
Camouflage:
August 1943 - April 1944 MS 21
April 1944 - December 1944 MS 32/3a
December 1944 - 1945 MS 22
1946 - 1970 MS 13

CV-11 WWII Layout

 
Hull Type:
Short Hull
Island Types:
Early War Type August 1943 - June 1944
Late War Type June 1944 - March 1947
SBC-27A June 1954 - March 1974
Radar Locations:
SK (Mast) August 1943 - November 1943
SK (Starboard Side Stack) November 1943 - June 1944
SK (Platform Aft) June 1944 - March 1947
SK-2 N/A
Catapults:
Hanger Deck August 1943 - June 1944
Starboard  Flightdeck August 1943
Port Flightdeck June 1944
Radio Masts:
4 Poles August 1943 - May 1945
2 Poles May 1945 - March 1947
 

Quad 40mm Gun Locations

Location Date Added Number of Mounts
Bow: August 1943- March 1947 1
Stern: August 1943- February 1945 1
  February 1945 - March 1947 2
Island: August 1943 - June 1944 4
  June 1944 - March 1947 3
Port Sponson: June 1944 - March 1947 2
Port Flight Deck FWD: August 1943- March 1947 1
Port Flight Deck MID: June 1944 - March 1947 2
Starboard MID: June 1944 - March 1947 3
Starboard Aft: June 1943 - March 1947 2


CV-11 WWII Aircraft History

Airgroup Airwing Aircraft

Dates

Air Group 6 VF-6 37 F6F January 1944 - February 1944
  VB-6 36 SBD  
  VT-6 19 TBF  
Air Group 6 VF-6 37 F6F February 1944 - June 1944
  VFN-101 4 F4U  
  VB-6 36 SBD  
  VT-6 19 TBF/TBM  
Air Group 19 VF-19 F6F June 1944 - October 1944
  VB-19 SB2C  
  VT-19 TBF/TBM  
Air Group 18 VF-18 36 F6F October 1944 - January 1945
    5 F6F-5N  
    2 F6F-5P  
  VB-18 28 SB2C  
  VT-18 18 TBM  
Air Group 10 VF-10 6 F6F January 1945 - March 1945
    40 F4U  
  VB-10 15 SB2C  
  VBF-10 36 F4U  
  VT-10 15 TBM  
Air Group 10 VF-10 40 F4U March 1945 - April 1945
    5 F6F-5N  
    2 F6F-5P  
  VB-10 15 SB2C  
  VT-10 15 TBM  
       

 


CV-12 USS Hornet

Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding
Date Ordered: May 1940
Contract Date: 9 September 1940
Keel Laid: 3 August 1942
Launched: 29 August 1943
Commissioned: 29 November 1943
Decommissioned: 15 January 1947
 
SCB-27A Upgrade: 14 June 1951 - 1 October 1953
Recommissioned: 1 October 1953
Redesignated to CVA-12: 1 October 1952
SCB-125 Upgrade: 24 August 1955 - 15 August 1956
Redesignated to CVS-12: 27 June 1958
FRAM II SCB-144 Upgrade: FY 1965
Decommissioned: 26 June 1970
Stricken:  
Fate: Museum Ship San Francisco CA
 
Awards:
World War II 7 Battle Stars
  Presidential Unit Citation
Camouflage:
November 1943 - September 1945 MS 33/3a
September 1945 - 1946 MS 22
1946 - 1970 MS 13

CV-12 WWII Layout

 
Hull Type:
Short Hull
Island Types:
Early War Type November 1943 - September 1945
Late War Type September 1945 - January 1947
SBC-27A  
Radar Locations:
SK (Platform Aft) November 1943 - September 1945
SK-2 September 1945 - January 1947
Catapults:
Hanger Deck November 1943 - September 1945
Starboard  Flightdeck November 1943 - January 1947
Port Flightdeck September 1945 - January 1947
Radio Masts:
4 Poles November 1943 - September 1945
2 Poles September 1945 - January 1947
 

Quad 40mm Gun Locations

Location Date Added Number of Mounts
Bow: November 1943- January 1947 1
Stern: November 1943- September 1945 1
  September 1945 - January 1947 2
Island: November 1943 - September 1945 4
  September 1945 -   January 1947 3
Port Sponson: September 1945 - January 1947 2
Port Flight Deck FWD: November 1943- January 1947 1
Port Flight Deck MID: September 1945 - January 1947 2
Starboard MID: September 1945 - January 1947 3
Starboard Aft: November 1943- January 1947 2


CV-12 WWII Aircraft History

Airgroup Airwing Aircraft

Dates

Air Group 2 VF-2 36 F6F June 1944 - October 1944
  VNF-76 4 F6F-3N  
  VB-2 33 SB2C  
  VT-2 19 TBF  
Air Group 11 VF-11 32 F6F October 1944 - January 1945
    3 F6F-3N/5N  
    4 F6F-3P/5P  
  VB-11 25 SB2C  
  VT-11 18 TBF/TBM  
Air Group 11 VF-10 48 F6F January 1945 - March 1945
    3  F6F-5N  
  VB-11 23 SB2C  
  VT-11 18 TBM  
Air Group 17 VF-17 61 F6F March 1945 - April 1945
    4 F6F-5N  
    6 F6F-5P  
  VB-17 15 SB2C  
  VT-17 15 TBM  
       

 


CV-13 USS Franklin

Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding
Date Ordered: August 1940
Contract Date: 9 September 1940
Keel Laid: 7 December 1942
Launched: 14 October 1943
Commissioned: 31 January 1944
Decommissioned: 17 Febuary 1947
 
Redesignated to CVA-13: 1 October 1952
Redesignated to AVT-8: 15 May 1959
Stricken: 1 October 1964
Fate: Scrapped
 
Awards:
World War II 4 Battle Stars
Camouflage:
January 1944 - March 1944 MS 32/6a
March 1944 - January 1945 MS 32/6a (Starboard)
  MS 32/3a (Port)
January 1945 - February 1947 MS 21
1947 - 1964 MS 13

CV-13 WWII Layout

 
Hull Type:
Short Hull
Island Types:
Early War Type January 1944 - May 1944
Late War Type May 1944 - January 1947
Radar Locations:
SK (Platform Aft) January 1944 - September 1945
SK-2 September 1945 - January 1947
Catapults:
Hanger Deck January 1944 - January 1945
Starboard  Flightdeck January 1944 - January 1947
Port Flightdeck January 1945 - January 1947
Radio Masts:
4 Poles January 1944 - January 1945
2 Poles January 1945 - January 1947
 

Quad 40mm Gun Locations

Location Date Added Number of Mounts
Bow: January 1944- January 1947 1
Stern: January 1944- January 1945 1
  January 1945 - January 1947 2
Island: January 1944 - May 1945 4
  May 1945 -   January 1947 3
Port Sponson: January 1945 - January 1947 2
Port Flight Deck FWD: January 1944- January 1947 1
Port Flight Deck MID: January 1945 - January 1947 2
Starboard MID: January 1945 - January 1947 3
Starboard Aft: January 1945- January 1947 2


CV-13 WWII Aircraft History

Airgroup Airwing Aircraft

Dates

Air Group 13 VF-13 31 F6F October 1944 - March 1945
  VB-13 31 SB2C  
  VT-13 18 TBM  
Air Group 5 VF-5 32 F4U March 1945
    4 F6F-5N  
    2 F6F-5P  
  VMF-214 F4U  
  VMF-452 F4U  
  VB-5 15 SB2C  
  VT-5 15 TBM  

 


CV-14 USS Ticonderoga

Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding
Date Ordered: August 1940
Contract Date: 9 September 1940
Keel Laid: 1 February 1943
Launched: 7 February 1944
Commissioned: 8 May 1944
Decommissioned: 9 January 1947
 
SCB-27C Upgrade: 17 July 1951 - 1 October 1954
Recommissioned: 1 October 1954
Redesignated to CVA-14: 1 October 1952
SCB-125 Upgrade: 7 November 1955 - 1 April 1957
Redesignated to CVS-14: 21 October 1969
Decommissioned: 1 September 1973
Stricken: 16 November 1973
Fate: Scrapped
 
Awards:
World War II 5 Battle Stars
Camouflage:
September 1944 - May 1945 MS 33/10a
May 1945 - 1946 MS 21
1946 - 1973 MS 13

CV-14 WWII Layout

 
Hull Type:
Long Hull
Island Types:
Late War Type May 1944 - January 1947
SBC-27A October 1954 - 1 September 1973
Radar Locations:
SK (Platform Aft) May 1944 - April 1945
SK-2 April 1945 - January 1947
Catapults:
Starboard  Flightdeck May 1944 - January 1947
Port Flightdeck May 1944 - January 1947
Radio Masts:
4 Poles May 1944 - April 1945
2 Poles April 1945 - January 1947
 

Quad 40mm Gun Locations

Location Date Added Number of Mounts
Bow: May 1944- January 1947 2
Stern: May 1944- January 1947 2
Island: May 1944 - January 1947 3
Port Sponson: May 1944 - January 1947 2
Port Flight Deck FWD: May 1944- January 1947 1
Port Flight Deck MID: April 1945 - January 1947 2
Starboard MID: April 1945 - January 1947 3
Starboard Aft: April 1945 - January 1947 2


CV-14 WWII Aircraft History

Airgroup Airwing Aircraft

Dates

Air Group 80 VF-80 73 F6F June 1944 - January 1945
  VNF-105 6 F6F-5N  
  VB-80 22 SB2C  
  VT-80 16 TBM  
Air Group 80 VF-80 68 F6F January 1945 - May 1945
    3 F6F-5N  
    2 F6F-5P  
  VB-80 22 SB2C  
  VT-80 16 TBM  
Air Group 87 VF-87 F6F May 1945
  VB-87 SB2C  
  VT-87 TBM  
       
Air Group 5     1963
  VF-51 F-8E Crusaders "Screaming Eagles"
  VF-54 F3B Demons "Silver Kings"
       
  VA-52 AD1 Skyraiders "Knight Riders"
  VA-55 A4B Skyhawks "Warhorses"
  VA-56 A4B Skyhawks "Champions"
  VAH-4 Det Bravo A3B Skywarriors "Bravo Bandits"
  VAW-11 Det Bravo E1B Tracer
  VCP-63 Det Bravo RF8A Photo Crusaders "Flying Tigers"
  HU-1 Det Bravo   "Angels"
       

 


CV15 USS Randolph

Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding
Date Ordered: August 1940
Contract Date: 9 September 1940
Keel Laid: 10 May 1943
Launched: 28 June 1944
Commissioned: 9 October 1944
Decommissioned: 25 February 1948
 
SCB-27C Upgrade: 22 June 1951 - 1 July 1953
Recommissioned: 1 July 1953
Redesignated to CVA-15: 1 October 1952
SCB-125 Upgrade: 1 March 1955 - 12 February 1956
Redesignated to CVS-15: 31 March 1959
SCB-144 Upgrade: FY 1961
Decommissioned: 13 February 1969
Stricken: 15 June 1973
Fate: Scrapped
 
Awards:
World War II 3 Battle Stars
Camouflage:
October 1944 - January 1945 MS 32/17a
January 1945 - 1946 MS 21
1946 - 1969 MS 13

CV-15 WWII Layout

 
Hull Type:
Long Hull
Island Types:
Late War Type October 1944 - February 1948
SBC-27A July 1953 - February 1969
Radar Locations:
SK-2 October 1944 - February 1948
Catapults:
Starboard  Flightdeck October 1944 - February 1948
Port Flightdeck October 1944 - February 1948
Radio Masts:
4 Poles October 1944 - February 1948
 

Quad 40mm Gun Locations

Location Date Added Number of Mounts
Bow: October 1944- February 1948 2
Stern: October 1944- February 1948 2
Island: October 1944 - February 1948 3
Port Sponson: October 1944 - February 1948 2
Port Flight Deck FWD: October 1944- February 1948 1
Port Flight Deck MID: April 1945 - February 1948 2
Starboard MID: April 1945 - February 1948 3
Starboard Aft: April 1945 - February 1948 2


CV-15 WWII Aircraft History

Airgroup Airwing Aircraft

Dates

Air Group 12 VF-12 27 F6F March 1945 - April 1945
    4 F6F-5N  
    2 F6F-5P  
  VB-12 15 SB2C  
  VBF-12 24 F6F  
  VT-12 15 TBM  
Air Group 16 VF-16 F6F July 1945
  VB-16 22 SB2C  
  VT-16 16 TBM  

 


CV-16 USS Lexington

Builder: Bethlehem Quincy (Fore River)
Date Ordered: August 1940
Contract Date: 9 September 1940
Keel Laid: 15 July 1941
Launched: 26 September 1942
Commissioned: 17 March 1943
Decommissioned: 23 April 1947
 
SCB-27C Upgrade: 21 July 1952 - 1 September 1955
Recommissioned: 1 September 1955
Redesignated to CVA-16: 1 October 1952
SCB-125 Upgrade: 21 July 1952 - 1 September 1955
Redesignated to CVS-16: 1 October 1962
Redesignated to CVT-16: 1 January 1969
Redesignated to AVT-16: 1978
Decommissioned: 8 November 1991
Stricken: 8 November 1991
Fate: Museum Corpus Christi Texas
 
Awards:
World War II 11 Battle Stars
Camouflage:
March 1943 - 1946 MS 21
1946 - 1991 MS 13

CV-16 WWII Layout

 
Hull Type:
Short Hull
Island Types:
Early War Type March 1943 - May 1945
Late War Type May 1945 - July 1952
SBC-27A July 1952 - November 1991
Radar Locations:
SK (Starboard Stack) March 1943 - May 1945
SK-2 May 1945 - July 1952
Catapults:
Starboard  Flightdeck March 1943
Port Flightdeck December 1943
Radio Masts:
5 Poles March 1943 - July 1952
2 Poles May 1945 - July 1952
 

Quad 40mm Gun Locations

Location Date Added Number of Mounts
Bow: March 1943 - July 1952 1
Stern: March 1943 - July 1952 2
Island: March 1943 - May 1945 4
  May 1945 - July 1952 3
Port Sponson: March 1943 - July 1952 2
Port Flight Deck FWD: March 1943 - July 1952 1
Port Flight Deck MID: May 1945 - July 1952 2
Starboard MID: May 1945 - July 1952 3
Starboard Aft: March 1943 - July 1952 2


CV-16 WWII Aircraft History

Airgroup Airwing Aircraft

Dates

Air Group 16 VF-16 36 F6F February 1943 - October 1943
  VFN-16 6 F6F-3N  
  VB-16 34 SBD  
  VT-16 20 TBF/TBM  
Air Group 16 VF-16 37 F6F October 1943 - December 1943
  VB-16 36 SBD  
  VT-16 18 TBF/TBM  
Air Group 16 VF-16 38 F6F February 1944 - June 1944
  VFN-76 4 F6F-5N  
  VB-16 34 SBD  
  VT-16 18 TBF/TBM  
Air Group 16 VF-16 38 F6F June 1944 - October 1944
  VFN-76 4 F6F-5N  
  VB-16 34 SBD  
  VT-16 18 TBF/TBM  
Air Group 19 VF-19 36 F6F October 1944 - November 1944
    4 F6F-3N/5N  
    2 F6F-3P/5P  
  VB-19 30 SB2C  
  VT-19 10 TBF/TBM  
Air Group 20 VF-20 72 F6F October 1944 - November 1944
  VB-20 15 SB2C  
  VT-20 15 TBF/TBM  
Air Group 20 VF-20 69 F6F January 1945 - February 1945
    5 F6F-5N  
  VB-20 15 SB2C  
  VT-20 15 TBF/TBM  
Air Group 9 VF-9 F6F February 1945 - August 1945
  VB-9 SB2C  
  VT-9 TBM  
Air Group 9 VF-9 F6F August 1945 -
  VB-9 SB2C  
  VT-9 TBM  
       
Air Group 21     1960-61
  VF-211 F8U Crusaders "Fighting Two Eleven"
  VF-213 F3H Demons "Black Lions"
  VA-212 FJ4B Fury "Rampant Raiders"
  VA-215 AD1 Skyraiders "Main Battery"
  VA-216 FJ4B Fury "Black Diamonds"
  VAH-4 Det Lima A3D Skywarrior
  VAW-13 Det Lima WF2 Tracers "Zappers"
  VCP-63 Det Lima RF8A Photo Crusaders
       

 


CV17 USS Bunker Hill

Builder: Bethlehem Quincy (Fore River)
Date Ordered: August 1940
Contract Date: 9 September 1940
Keel Laid: 15 September 1941
Launched: 7 December 1942
Commissioned: 24 May 1943
Decommissioned: 9 January 1947
 
Redesignated to CVA-17: 1 October 1952
Redesignated to CVS-17: 8 August 1953
Redesignated AVT-9 May 1959
Stricken: 1 November 1966
Fate: Scrapped
 
Awards:
World War II 11 Battle Stars
Camouflage:
May 1943 - January 1944 MS 21
January 1944 - January 1945 MS 32/6a
January 1945 - 1946 MS 21

CV-17 WWII Layout

 
Hull Type:
Short Hull
Island Types:
Early War Type May 1943 - January 1945
Late War Type January 1945 - January 1947
Radar Locations:
SK May 1943 - January 1947
Catapults:
Hanger May 1943 - January 1945
Starboard  Flightdeck May 1943 - January 1947
Port Flightdeck January 1945 - January 1947
Radio Masts:
5 Poles May 1943 - January 1945
2 Poles January 1945 - January 1947
 

Quad 40mm Gun Locations

Location Date Added Number of Mounts
Bow: May 1943- January 1947 1
Stern: May 1943- January 1945 1
  January 1945 - January 1947 2
Island: May 1943 - January 1945 4
  January 1945 - January 1947 3
Port Sponson: January 1945 - January 1947 2
Port Flight Deck FWD: May 1943 - January 1947 1
Port Flight Deck MID: January 1945 - January 1947 2
Starboard MID: January 1945 - January 1947 3
Starboard Aft: January 1945 - January 1947 2


CV-17 WWII Aircraft History

Airgroup Airwing Aircraft

Dates

Air Group 17 VF-17 3 F6F June 1943 - October 1943
    4 F6F-5N  
    2 F6F-5P  
  VB-17 15 SB2C  
  VBF-17 24 F6F  
  VT-17 15 TBM  
Air Group 12 VF-12 27 F6F March 1945 - April 1945
    4 F6F-5N  
    2 F6F-5P  
  VB-12 15 SB2C  
  VBF-12 24 F6F  
  VT-12 15 TBM  
Air Group 12 VF-12 27 F6F March 1945 - April 1945
    4 F6F-5N  
    2 F6F-5P  
  VB-12 15 SB2C  
  VBF-12 24 F6F  
  VT-12 15 TBM  
Air Group 12 VF-12 27 F6F March 1945 - April 1945
    4 F6F-5N  
    2 F6F-5P  
  VB-12 15 SB2C  
  VBF-12 24 F6F  
  VT-12 15 TBM  
Air Group 12 VF-12 27 F6F March 1945 - April 1945
    4 F6F-5N  
    2 F6F-5P  
  VB-12 15 SB2C  
  VBF-12 24 F6F  
  VT-12 15 TBM  
Air Group 12 VF-12 27 F6F March 1945 - April 1945
    4 F6F-5N  
    2 F6F-5P  
  VB-12 15 SB2C  
  VBF-12 24 F6F  
  VT-12 15 TBM  
Air Group 16 VF-16 F6F July 1945
  VB-16 22 SB2C  
  VT-16 16 TBM  

 


CV18 USS Wasp

Builder: Bethlehem Quincy (Fore River)
Date Ordered: August 1940
Contract Date: 9 September 1940
Keel Laid: 18 March 1942
Launched: 17 August 1943
Commissioned: 24 November 1943
Decommissioned: 17 February 1947
 
SCB-27A Upgrade: 1 September 1948 - 28 September 1951
Recommissioned: 28 September 1951
Redesignated to CVA-18: 1 October 1952
SCB-125 Upgrade: 31 July 1954 - 1 December 1955
Redesignated to CVS-18: 1 November 1956
SCB-144 Upgrade: FY 1964
Decommissioned: 1 July 1972
Stricken: 1 July 1972
Fate: Scrapped
 
Awards:
World War II 8 Battle Stars
Camouflage:
November 1943 - March 1944 MS 21
March 1944 - June 1945 MS 33/10a
January 1945 - 1946 MS 21
1946 - 1972 MS 13

CV-18 WWII Layout

 
Hull Type:
Short Hull
Island Types:
Early War Type November 1943 - June 1945
Late War Type June 1945 - February 1947
SBC-27A September 1948 - July 1972
Radar Locations:
SK Starboard Stack November 1943 - February 1948
Catapults:
Hanger Deck November 1943 - June 1945
Starboard  Flightdeck November 1943 - February 1947
Port Flightdeck June 1945 - February 1947
Radio Masts:
4 Poles November 1943 - June 1945
2 Poles June 1945 - February 1947
 

Quad 40mm Gun Locations

Location Date Added Number of Mounts
Bow: November 1943 - February 1948 1
Stern: November 1943- June 1945 1
  June 1945 - February 1947 2
Island: November 1943 - June 1945 4
  June 1945 - February 1947 3
Port Sponson: June 1945 - February 1947 2
Port Flight Deck FWD: November 1943 - February 1947 1
Port Flight Deck MID: April 1945 - February 1947 2
Starboard MID: April 1945 - February 1947 3
Starboard Aft: November 1943 - February 1947 2


CV-18 WWII Aircraft History

Airgroup Airwing Aircraft

Dates

Air Group 14 VF-14 F6F January 1944  June 1944
  VFN-77 6 F6F-3N  
  VB-14 SB2C  
  VT-14 TBM  
Air Group 14 VF-14 35 F6F June 1944 - October 1944
  VFN-77 4 F6F-3N  
  VB-14 32 SB2C  
  VT-14 18 TBF  
Air Group 14 VF-14 37 F6F October 1944 - November 1944
    4 F6F-3N  
    2 F6F-3P  
  VB-14 25 SB2C  
    10 F6F  
  VT-14 18 TBF/TBM  
Air Group 81 VF-81 54 F6F November 1944 - January 1945
  VMF-216 18 F4U  
  VMF-217 18 F4U  
  VB-81 32 SB2C  
  VT-81 18 TBM  
Air Group 81 VF-81 49 F6F January 1945 - March 1945
    4 F6F-3N/5N  
    1 F6F-3P  
  VB-81 21 SB2C  
  VT-81 18 TBM  
Air Group 86 VF-86 30 F6F March 1945 - June 1945
    2 F6F-5N  
    1 F6F-3P  
  VBF-86 36 F4U  
  VB-86 15 SB2C  
  VT-86 15 TBM  
Air Group 86 VF-86 34 F6F March 1945 - June 1945
  VBF-86 36 F4U  
  VB-86 15 SB2C  
  VT-86 15 TBM  

 


CV19 USS Hancock

Builder: Bethlehem Quincy (Fore River)
Date Ordered: August 1940
Contract Date: 9 September 1940
Keel Laid: 26 January 1943
Launched: 24 January 1944
Commissioned: 15 April 1944
Decommissioned: 9 May 1947
 
SCB-27C Upgrade: 17 July 1951 - 1 March 1954
Recommissioned: 1 March 1954
Redesignated to CVA-19: 1 October 1952
SCB-125 Upgrade: 24 August 55 - 15 November 1956
Redesignated to CVS-19:  
Decommissioned: 30 January 1976
Stricken: 31 January 1976
Fate: Scrapped
 
Awards:
World War II 4 Battle Stars
Camouflage:
April 1944 - June 1945 MS 32/3a
January 1945 - 1946 MS 21
1946 - 1969 MS 13

CV-19 WWII Layout

 
Hull Type:
Long Hull
Island Types:
Late War Type April 1944 - May 1947
SBC-27A March 1954 - January 1976
Radar Locations:
SK Platform Aft April 1944 - May 1947
Catapults:
Starboard  Flightdeck April 1944 - May 1947
Port Flightdeck April 1944 - May 1947
Radio Masts:
4 Poles April 1944 - May 1947
2 Poles June 1945 - May 1947
 

Quad 40mm Gun Locations

Location Date Added Number of Mounts
Bow: April 1944- May 1947 2
Stern: April 1944- May 1947 2
Island: April 1944 - May 1947 3
Port Sponson: June 1945 - May 1947 2
Port Flight Deck FWD: April 1944- May 1947 1
Port Flight Deck MID: June 1945 - May 1947 2
Starboard MID: June 1945 - May 1947 3
Starboard Aft: June 1945 - May 1947 2


CV-19 WWII Aircraft History

Airgroup Airwing Aircraft

Dates

Air Group 12 VF-12 27 F6F March 1945 - April 1945
    4 F6F-5N  
    2 F6F-5P  
  VB-12 15 SB2C  
  VBF-12 24 F6F  
  VT-12 15 TBM  
Air Group 16 VF-16 F6F July 1945
  VB-16 22 SB2C  
  VT-16 16 TBM  
Air Group 15     1959
  VF-151 F3H-2 Demons
  VF-154 F8U-1E Crusaders
       
  VA-152 AD1 Skyraiders
  VA-153 A4D-2 Skyhawks "Blue Tail Flies"
  VA-155 A4D-2 Skyhawks
  VAH-4 Det Delta 3 A3D-2 Skywarriors
  VCP-61 Det Delta F8U-1P Photo Crusader
  VAW-13 Det Delta 3 AD-5W Guppy
  HU-1 Det Delta 2 HUP-2  
       

 


CV20 USS Bennington

Builder: New York Navy Yard
Date Ordered: December 1941
Contract Date: 15 December 1941
Keel Laid: 15 December 1942
Launched: 26 February 1944
Commissioned: 6 August 1944
Decommissioned: 8 November 1946
 
SCB-27A Upgrade: 26 October 1950 - 13 November 1952
Recommissioned: 13 November 1952
Redesignated to CVA-20: 1 October 1952
SCB-125 Upgrade: 31 July 1954 - 15 April 1955
Redesignated to CVS-20: 30 June 1959
SCB-144 Upgrade: FY 1963
Decommissioned: 15 January 1970
Stricken:  
Fate: Scrapped
 
Awards:
World War II 3 Battle Stars
Camouflage:
October 1944 - January 1945 MS 32/17a
January 1945 - 1946 MS 21
1946 - 1969 MS 13

CV-20 WWII Layout

   
Hull Type:
Short Hull
Island Types:
Late War Type August 1944 - November 1946
SBC-27A November 1952 - January 1970
Radar Locations:
SK-2 August 1944 - November 1946
Catapults:
Starboard  Flightdeck August 1944 - November 1946
Port Flightdeck August 1944 - November 1946
Radio Masts:
4 Poles August 1944 - November 1946
 

Quad 40mm Gun Locations

Location Date Added Number of Mounts
Bow: August 1944- November 1946 2
Stern: August 1944- November 1946 2
Island: August 1944 - November 1946 3
Port Sponson: August 1944 - November 1946 2
Port Flight Deck FWD: August 1944- November 1946 1
Port Flight Deck MID:   0
Starboard MID:   0
Starboard Aft:   0


CV-20 WWII Aircraft History

Airgroup Airwing Aircraft

Dates

Air Group 82 VF-82 31 F6F March 1945 - April 1945
    4 F6F-5N  
    2 F6F-5P  
  VMF-112 18 F4U  
  VMF-123 17 F4U  
  VB-82 15 SB2C  
  VT-82 15 TBM  

 


CV21 USS Boxer

Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding
Date Ordered: December 1941
Contract Date: 15 December 1941
Keel Laid: 13 September 1943
Launched: 14 December 1944
Commissioned: 16 April 1945
 
Redesignated to CVA-21: 1 October 1952
Redesignated to CVS-21: 1 February 1956
SCB-144 Upgrade: FY 1963
Decommissioned: 1 December 1969
Stricken: 1 December 1969
Fate: Scrapped
 
Awards:
   
Camouflage:
April 1945 - 1946 MS 21
1946 - 1969 MS 13

CV-21 WWII Layout

 
Hull Type:
Long Hull
Island Types:
Late War Type April 1945 - December 1969
Radar Locations:
SK-2 April 1945 -
Catapults:
Starboard  Flightdeck April 1945 -
Port Flightdeck April 1945 -
Radio Masts:
4 Poles April 1945 -
 

Quad 40mm Gun Locations

Location Date Added Number of Mounts
Bow: April 1945- 2
Stern: April 1945- 2
Island: April 1945 - 3
Port Sponson: April 1945 - 2
Port Flight Deck FWD: April 1945- 1
Port Flight Deck MID: April 1945 - 0
Starboard MID: April 1945 - 0
Starboard Aft: April 1945 - 2


CV-21 WWII Aircraft History

Airgroup Airwing Aircraft

Dates

       
       

 


CV-31 USS Bon Homme Richard

Builder: New York Navy Yard
Date Ordered: August 1942
Contract Date: 7 August 1942
Keel Laid: 1 February 1943
Launched: 29 April 1944
Commissioned: 26 November 1944
Decommissioned: 9 January 1947
 
SCB-27C Upgrade:
SCB-125 Upgrade:
21 July 1952 - 1 November 1955
Recommissioned: 1 November 1955
Redesignated to CVA-31: 1 October 1952
Decommissioned: 2 July 1971
Stricken:  
Fate: Scrapped
 
Awards:
World War II 1 Battle Star
Camouflage:
October 1944 - March 1945 MS 32/17a
March 1945 - 1946 MS 22
1946 - 1971 MS 13

CV-31 Layout

 
Hull Type:
Short Hull
Island Types:
Late War Type November 1944 - January 1947
SBC-27A November 1955 - July 1971
Radar Locations:
SK-2 November 1944 - January 1947
Catapults:
Starboard  Flightdeck November 1944 - January 1947
Port Flightdeck November 1944 - January 1947
Radio Masts:
4 Poles November 1944 - January 1947
 

Quad 40mm Gun Locations

Location Date Added Number of Mounts
Bow: November 1944- January 1947 2
Stern: November 1944- January 1947 2
Island: November 1944 - January 1947 3
Port Sponson: November 1944 - January 1947 2
Port Flight Deck FWD: November 1944- January 1947 1
Port Flight Deck MID: May 1945 - January 1947 2
Starboard MID: May 1945 - January 1947 3
Starboard Aft: May 1945 - January 1947 2


CV-31 WWII Aircraft History

Airgroup Airwing Aircraft

Dates

       
       

 


CV-32 USS Leyte

Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding
Date Ordered: August 1942
Contract Date: 23 March 1943
Keel Laid: 21 February 1944
Launched: 23 August 1945
Commissioned: 11 April 1946
 
Redesignated to CVA-32: 1 October 1952
Redesignated to CVS-32: 8 August 1953
Redesignated to AVT-10 15 May 1959
Decommissioned: 15 May 1959
Stricken: 1 January 1969
Fate: Scrapped
 
Awards:
World War II 0 Battle Stars
Camouflage:
1946 MS 21
1946 - 1959 MS 13

CV-32 Layout

 
Hull Type:
Long Hull
Island Types:
Late War Type April 1946 -
Radar Locations:
SK-2 April 1946 -
Catapults:
Starboard  Flightdeck April 1946 -
Port Flightdeck April 1946 -
Radio Masts:
2 Poles April 1946 -
 

Quad 40mm Gun Locations

Location Date Added Number of Mounts
Bow: April 1946 - 1
Stern: April 1946 - 2
Island: April 1946 - 3
Port Sponson: April 1946 - 2
Port Flight Deck FWD: April 1946 - 1
Port Flight Deck MID:   0
Starboard MID:   0
Starboard Aft:   0


CV-32 WWII Aircraft History

Airgroup Airwing Aircraft

Dates

       
       

 


CV-33 USS Kearsarge

Builder: New York Navy Yard
Date Ordered: August 1942
Contract Date: 7 August 1942
Keel Laid: 1 March 1944
Launched: 5 May 1945
Commissioned: 2 March 1946
Decommissioned: 16 January 1950
 
SCB-27A Upgrade: January 1950 -1 March 1952
Recommissioned: 1 March 1952
Redesignated to CVA-33: 1 October 1952
SCB-125 Upgrade: 27 January 1956 - 31 January 1957
Redesignated to CVS-33: 1 October 1958
SCB-144 Upgrade: FY 1962
Decommissioned: 13 February 1970
Stricken: 1 May 1973
Fate: Scrapped
 
Awards:
World War II 0 Battle Stars
Camouflage:
1946 - 1969 MS 13

CV-33 Layout

 
Hull Type:
Long Hull
Island Types:
Late War Type March 1946 - January 1950
SBC-27A March 1952 - February 1970
Radar Locations:
SK-2 March 1946 -
Catapults:
Starboard  Flightdeck March 1946 -
Port Flightdeck March 1946 -
Radio Masts:
2 Poles March 1946 -
 

Quad 40mm Gun Locations

Location Date Added Number of Mounts
Bow: March 1946 - 2
Stern: March 1946 - 2
Island: March 1946 - 3
Port Sponson: March 1946 - 2
Port Flight Deck FWD: March 1946 - 1
Port Flight Deck MID:   0
Starboard MID:   0
Starboard Aft:   0


CV-33 WWII Aircraft History

Airgroup Airwing Aircraft

Dates

       
       
      1959-60 (First as CVS-33)
  VS-21 S2F Trackers
  HS-6 S55  
  VAW-13 Det Alfa AD5W Guppy
CVS Group 53     1964
  VS-21 S2F Trackers
  VS-29 S2F Trackers
  HS-6   Sea Kings
  VAW-11 Det R AD5W Guppy
  VA-153 Det R A4B Skyhawks
CVS Group 53     1967-68
  VS-21 S2F Trackers "Fighting Red Tails"
  VS-29 S2E Trackers "Yellowtails"
  VAW-111 E1-B Willy Fudd
  HS-6   Sea Kings
       

 


CV-34 USS Oriskany

Builder: New York Navy Yard
Date Ordered: August 1942
Contract Date: 7 August 1942
Keel Laid: 1 May 1942
Launched: 13 October 1945
Construction Suspended 22 August 1946
Contruction Resumed / Completed to SCB27A 1947 - 1950
Commissioned: 25 September 1950
 
Redesignated to CVA-34: 1 October 1952
SCB-125A Upgrade: 8 September 1957 - 29 May 1959
Redesignated to CV-34: 30 June 1975
Decommissioned: 15 May 1976
Stricken:  
Fate:  
 
Awards:
World War II 0 Battle Stars
Camouflage:
1950 - 1978 MS 13

CV-34 Layout

 
Hull Type:
Long Hull
Island Types:
SBC-27A 25 September 1950 - 15 May 1976
Radar Locations:
SK-2 N/A
Catapults:
Starboard  Flightdeck N/A
Port Flightdeck N/A
Radio Masts:
4 Poles N/A
 

Quad 40mm Gun Locations

Location Date Added Number of Mounts
Bow:

N/A

0
Stern: N/A 0
Island: N/A 0
Port Sponson: N/A 0
Port Flight Deck FWD: N/A 0
Port Flight Deck MID: N/A 0
Starboard MID: N/A 0
Starboard Aft: N/A 0


CV-34 WWII Aircraft History

Airgroup Airwing Aircraft

Dates

       
       

 


CV-36 USS Antietam
 

Builder: Philadelphia Navy Yard
Date Ordered: August 1942
Contract Date: 7 August 1942
Keel Laid: 15 March 1943
Launched: 20 August 1944
Commissioned: 28 January 1945
 
Redesignated to CVA-36: 1 October 1952
Redesignated to CVS-36: 8 August 1953
Decommissioned: 8 May 1963
Stricken: 1 May 1973
Fate: Scrapped
 
Awards:
World War II 0 Battle Stars
Camouflage:
January 1945 - May 1945 MS 32/17a
January 1945 - 1946 MS 21
1946 - 1969 MS 13

CV-36 Layout

 
Hull Type:
Long Hull
Island Types:
Late War Type January 1945 -
Radar Locations:
SK-2 January 1945 -
Catapults:
Starboard  Flightdeck January 1945 -
Port Flightdeck January 1945 -
Radio Masts:
4 Poles January 1945 -
 

Quad 40mm Gun Locations

Location Date Added Number of Mounts
Bow: January 1945 - 2
Stern: January 1945 - 2
Island: January 1945 - 3
Port Sponson: January 1945 - 2
Port Flight Deck FWD: January 1945 - 1
Port Flight Deck MID:   0
Starboard MID:   0
Starboard Aft:   0


CV-36 WWII Aircraft History

Airgroup Airwing Aircraft

Dates

       
       

 


CV 37 USS Princeton

Builder: Philadelphia Navy Yard
Date Ordered: August 1942
Contract Date: 7 August 1942
Keel Laid: 14 September 1943
Launched: 8 July 1945
Commissioned: 18 November 1945
 
Redesignated to CVA-37: 1 October 1952
Redesignated to CVS-37: 1 January 1954
Redesignated to LPH-5: 2 March 1959
SCB-144 Upgrade: FY 1962
Decommissioned: 30 January 1970
Stricken: 30 January 1970
Fate: Scrapped
 
Awards:
World War II 0 Battle Stars
Camouflage:
November 1945 MS 21
1946 - 1970 MS 13

CV-37 Layout

 
Hull Type:
Long Hull
Island Types:
Late War Type November 1945 -
Radar Locations:
SK-2 November 1945 - 
Catapults:
Starboard  Flightdeck November 1945 - 
Port Flightdeck November 1945 - 
Radio Masts:
2 Poles November 1945 - 
 

Quad 40mm Gun Locations

Location Date Added Number of Mounts
Bow: November 1945 -  2
Stern: November 1945 -  2
Island: November 1945 -  3
Port Sponson: November 1945 -  2
Port Flight Deck FWD: November 1945 -  1
Port Flight Deck MID:   0
Starboard MID:   0
Starboard Aft:   0


CV-37 WWII Aircraft History

Airgroup Airwing Aircraft

Dates

       
       

 


CV-38 USS Shangri-La

Builder: Norfolk Navy Yard
Date Ordered: August 1942
Contract Date: 7 August 1942
Keel Laid: 15 January 1943
Launched: 24 February 1944
Commissioned: 15 September 1944
Decommissioned: 7 November 1947
 
SCB-27C Upgrade:
SCB-125 Upgrade:
17 July 1951 - 1 February 1955
Recommissioned: 1 February 1955
Redesignated to CVA-38: 1 October 1952
Redesignated to CVS-38: 30 July 1959
Decommissioned: 30 July 1971
Stricken:  
Fate: Scrapped
 
Awards:
   
Camouflage:
September 1944 - 1945 MS 33/10a
1945 - 1946 MS 21
1946 - 1971 MS 13

CV-38 Layout

 
Hull Type:
Long Hull
Island Types:
Late War Type September 1944 - November 1947
SBC-27A February 1955 - July 1971
Radar Locations:
SK-2 September 1944 - November 1947
Catapults:
Starboard  Flightdeck September 1944 - November 1947
Port Flightdeck September 1944 - November 1947
Radio Masts:
4 Poles September 1944 - November 1947
 

Quad 40mm Gun Locations

Location Date Added Number of Mounts
Bow: September 1944 - November 1947 2
Stern: September 1944 - November 1947 2
Island: September 1944 - November 1947 3
Port Sponson: September 1944 - November 1947 2
Port Flight Deck FWD: September 1944 - November 1947 1
Port Flight Deck MID:   0
Starboard MID:   0
Starboard Aft:   0


CV-38 WWII Aircraft History

Airgroup Airwing Aircraft

Dates

       
       

 


CV-39 USS Lake Champlain

Builder: Norfolk Navy Yard
Date Ordered: August 1942
Contract Date: 7 August 1942
Keel Laid: 15 March 1943
Launched: 2 November 1944
Commissioned: 3 June 1945
Decommissioned: 17 February 1947
 
SCB-27A Upgrade: 18 August 1950 - 19 September 1952
Recommissioned: 19 September 1952
Redesignated to CVA-38: 1 October 1952
Redesignated to CVS-38: 21 August 1957
Decommissioned: 2 May 1966
Stricken: 1 December 1969
Fate: Scrapped
 
Awards:
   
Camouflage:
June 1945 - 1946 MS 21
1946 - 1966 MS 13

CV-39 Layout

 
Hull Type:
Long Hull
Island Types:
Late War Type June 1947 - February 1947
SBC-27A 19 September 1952 - 2 May 1966
Radar Locations:
SK-2 June 1947 - February 1947
Catapults:
Starboard  Flightdeck June 1947 - February 1947
Port Flightdeck June 1947 - February 1947
Radio Masts:
4 Poles June 1947 - February 1947
 

Quad 40mm Gun Locations

Location Date Added Number of Mounts
Bow: June 1947 - February 1947 2
Stern: June 1947 - February 1947 2
Island: June 1947 - February 1947 3
Port Sponson: June 1947 - February 1947 2
Port Flight Deck FWD: June 1947 - February 1947 1
Port Flight Deck MID:   0
Starboard MID:   0
Starboard Aft:   0


CV-39 Aircraft History

Airgroup Airwing Aircraft

Dates

       
       

 


CV-40 USS Tarawa

Builder: Norfolk Navy Yard
Date Ordered: August 1942
Contract Date: 7 August 1942
Keel Laid: 5 January 1944
Launched: 12 May 1945
Commissioned: 8 December 1945
 
Redesignated to CVA-40: 1 October 1952
Redesignated to CVS-40: 10 January 1955
Decommissioned: 13 May 1960
Redesignated to AVT-12: 1 May 1961
Stricken: 1 January 1967
Fate: Scrapped
 
Awards:
   
Camouflage:
1945 - 1946 MS 21
1946 - 1960 MS 13

CV-40 Layout

 
Hull Type:
Long Hull
Island Types:
Late War Type December 1945 -
Radar Locations:
SK-2 December 1945 -
Catapults:
Starboard  Flightdeck December 1945 -
Port Flightdeck December 1945 -
Radio Masts:
2 Poles December 1945 -
 

Quad 40mm Gun Locations

Location Date Added Number of Mounts
Bow: December 1945 - 2
Stern: December 1945 - 2
Island: December 1945 - 3
Port Sponson: December 1945 - 2
Port Flight Deck FWD: December 1945 - 1
Port Flight Deck MID:   0
Starboard MID:   0
Starboard Aft:   0


CV-40 Aircraft History

Airgroup Airwing Aircraft

Dates

       
       

 


CV-45 USS Valley Forge

Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding
Date Ordered: June 1943
Contract Date: 14 June 1943
Keel Laid: 7 September 1944
Launched: 18 November 1945
Commissioned: 3 November 1946
 
Redesignated to CVA-45: 1 October 1952
Redesignated to CVS-45: 12 November 1953
SCB-144 Upgrade: FY 1964
Decommissioned: 15 January 1970
Stricken: 15 January 1970
Fate: Scrapped
 
Awards:
   
Camouflage:
1946 - 1971 MS 13

CV-45 Layout

 
Hull Type:
Long Hull
Island Types:
Late War Type November 1946 -
Radar Locations:
SK-2 November 1946 -
Catapults:
Starboard  Flightdeck November 1946 -
Port Flightdeck November 1946 -
Radio Masts:
2 Poles November 1946 -
 

Quad 40mm Gun Locations

Location Date Added Number of Mounts
Bow: November 1946 - 2
Stern: November 1946 - 2
Island: November 1946 - 3
Port Sponson: November 1946 - 2
Port Flight Deck FWD: November 1946 - 1
Port Flight Deck MID:   0
Starboard MID:   0
Starboard Aft:   0


CV-45 Aircraft History

Airgroup Airwing Aircraft

Dates

       
       
Air Group 11     1947-48
    F8F Bearcats
    TBM Avengers
    SB2C Helldivers
       

 


CV-47 USS Philippine Sea

Builder: Bethlehem Quincy (Fore River)
Date Ordered: June 1943
Contract Date: 14 June 1943
Keel Laid: 19 August 1944
Launched: 5 September 1945
Commissioned: 11 May 1946
 
Redesignated to CVA-47: 1 October 1952
Redesignated to CVS-47: 15 November 1955
Decommissioned: 28 December 1958
Redesignated to AVT-11: 15 May 1959
Stricken: 1 December 1969
Fate: Scrapped
 
Awards:
   
Camouflage:
1946 - 1971 MS 13

CV-47 Layout

 
Hull Type:
Long Hull
Island Types:
Late War Type May 1946 -
Radar Locations:
SK-2 May 1946 -
Catapults:
Starboard  Flightdeck May 1946 -
Port Flightdeck May 1946 -
Radio Masts:
4 Poles May 1946 -
 

Quad 40mm Gun Locations

Location Date Added Number of Mounts
Bow: May 1946 - 2
Stern: May 1946 - 2
Island: May 1946 - 3
Port Sponson: May 1946 - 2
Port Flight Deck FWD: May 1946 - 1
Port Flight Deck MID:   0
Starboard MID:   0
Starboard Aft:   0


CV-47 Aircraft History

Airgroup Airwing Aircraft

Dates

       
       
CVS Group     1957-58
  VS-21 S2F Tracker
  HS-6 S55  
       

 


Data Sources:

The Essex Class Aircraft Carriers by Andrew Faltum
Essex Class Carriers by Alan Raven
Anatomy of the Ship: The Aircraft Carrier Intrepid by John Roberts
Warship Perspectives: Essex Class Aircraft Carriers in World War Two
U.S. Aircraft Carriers: An Illustrated Design History by Alan Raven
Aircraft Carriers of the US Navy by Stefan Terzibaschitsch