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ESSEX CLASS CARRIERS IN ACTION

Essex Class Carriers In Action

Author(s)                 Michael C. Smith, Don Greer, Ernesto Cumpian
Publisher Squadron/Signal Publications
Date 1997
Pages 50
Format pdf
Size 25.4 Mb

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   During WW II the United States of America built three types of aircraft carriers, namely the Essex class heavy fleet carriers (CVs), addressed in detail in the present publication, the Independence class light carriers converted from cruiser (CVLs), and, finally, "escort" carriers - these were converted from tanker or merchant hulls (CVEs). The twenty-four Essex-class ships were not remarkable for any great design innovation, but essentially they often were there in the right place at the right time - at the end of the day, they all did well the task history gave them. Fourteen of them saw action against Japanese navy fleet in the period 1943-1945, and all but the two most severely damaged in the war saw extensive postwar action as anti-submaribne car tiers, fleet carriers, amphibious assault ships and training carriers. But, despite all its success, the Essex class was still considered unsatisfactory in many respects. It was based on a class of ships restricted in treaty, the design was handicapped by a lack of proper operational experience, and it was forced to handle massive increases in aircraft size, ant-iaircraft armament and crew, all of which resulted in serious overloading and overcrowding. Let us have a closer look...

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