Essex Class Aircraft Carrier

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Essex Class Aircraft Carrier

The Essex class was a class of aircraft carriers of the United States Navy, which constituted the 20th century's most numerous class of capital ships with 24 vessels built in both "short-hull" and "long-hull" versions. Thirty-two were originally ordered; however as World War II wound down, six were canceled before construction, and two were canceled after construction had begun. The Essex-class carriers were the backbone of the U.S. Navy's combat strength during World War II from mid-1943 on, and along with the addition of the three Midway-class carriers just after the war continued to be the heart of U.S. Naval strength until the supercarriers began to come into the fleet in numbers during the 1960s and 1970s.

Read more about Essex Class Aircraft Carrier:  Overview, Development, Design, The "long-hull" Essexes, Post-war Rebuilds, Military Contributions, The Space Program, The Ships Today, Ships in Class

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