Essex Class Aircraft Carrier - Ships in Class

Ships in Class

Hull no. Ship Yard Ordered Keel laid Launched Commission Rebuild(s) Re-designations Decomm Fate
CV-9 Essex NNSD 01940-02-01Feb 1940 01941-04-01Apr 1941 01942-07-01Jul 1942 01942-12-01Dec 1942
Jan 1951
SCB-27A, 1951
SCB-125, 1956
SCB-144, 1962
CVA-9, 1952
CVS-9, 1960
Jan 1947
01969-06-01Jun 1969
Scrapped (Jun 1975)
CV-10 Yorktown
(ex-Bon Homme Richard)
NNSD 01940-05-01May 1940 01941-12-01Dec 1941 01943-01-01Jan 1943 01943-04-01Apr 1943
Jan 1953
SCB-27A, 1953
SCB-125, 1955
SCB-144, 1966
CVA-10, 1953
CVS-10, 1957
Jan 1947
01970-06-01Jun 1970
Museum at Charleston, SC (1975)
CV-11 Intrepid NNSD 01940-05-01May 1940 01941-12-01Dec 1941 01943-04-01Apr 1943 01943-08-01Aug 1943
Feb 1952
Oct 1954
SCB-27C, 1954
SCB-125, 1957
SCB-144, 1965
CVA-11, 1952
CVS-11, 1961
Mar 1947
Apr 1952
01974-03-01Mar 1974
Museum at New York City (1982)
CV-12 Hornet
(ex-Kearsarge)
NNSD 01940-09-01Sep 1940 01942-08-01Aug 1942 01943-08-01Aug 1943 01943-11-01Nov 1943
Mar 1951
Sep 1953
SCB-27A, 1953
SCB-125, 1956
SCB-144, 1965
CVA-12, 1953
CVS-12,1958
Jan 1947
May 1951
01970-06-01Jun 1970
Museum at Alameda, CA (1998)
CV-13 Franklin NNSD 01940-09-01Sep 1940 01942-12-01Dec 1942 01943-10-01Oct 1943 01944-01-01Jan 1944 01947-02-01Feb 1947 Scrapped (Aug 1966)
CV-14 Ticonderoga*
(ex-Hancock)
NNSD 01940-09-01Sep 1940 01943-02-01Feb 1943 01944-02-01Feb 1944 01944-05-01May 1944
Oct 1954
SCB-27C, 1954
SCB-125, 1957
CVA-14, 1954
CVS-14, 1969
Jan 1947
01973-09-01Sep 1973
Scrapped (Sep 1975)
CV-15 Randolph* NNSD 01940-09-01Sep 1940 01943-05-01May 1943 01944-06-01Jun 1944 01944-10-01Oct 1944
Jul 1953
SCB-27A, 1953
SCB-125, 1956
SCB-144, 1961
CVA-15, 1953
CVS-15, 1959
Feb 1948
01969-02-01Feb 1969
Scrapped (May 1975)
CV-16 Lexington
(ex-Cabot)
FRSY 01940-09-01Sep 1940 01941-07-01Jul 1941 01942-09-01Sep 1942 01943-02-01Feb 1943
Aug 1955
SCB-27C/125, 1955 CVA-16,1955
CVS-16, 1962
CVT-16, 1969
AVT-16, 1978
Apr 1947
01991-11-01Nov 1991
Museum at Corpus Christi, TX (1992)
CV-17 Bunker Hill FRSY 01940-09-01Sep 1940 01941-09-01Sep 1941 01942-12-01Dec 1942 01943-05-01May 1943 01947-01-01Jan 1947 Scrapped (May 1973)
CV-18 Wasp
(ex-Oriskany)
FRSY 01940-09-01Sep 1940 01942-03-01Mar 1942 01943-08-01Aug 1943 01943-11-01Nov 1943
Sep 1951
SCB-27A, 1951
SCB-125, 1955
SCB-144, 1964
CVA-18, 1952
CVS-18, 1956
Feb 1947
01972-07-01Jul 1972
Scrapped (May 1973)
CV-19 Hancock*
(ex-Ticonderoga)
FRSY 01940-09-01Sep 1940 01943-01-01Jan 1943 01944-01-01Jan 1944 01944-04-01 April 1944
Feb 1954
Nov 1956
SCB-27C, 1954
SCB-125, 1956
CVA-19, 1952
CV-19, 1975
May 1947
Apr 1956
01976-01-01Jan 1976
Scrapped (Sep 1976)
CV-20 Bennington BNY 01941-12-01Dec 1941 01942-12-01Dec 1942 01944-02-01 Feb 1944 01944-08-01Aug 1944
Nov 1952
SCB-27A, 1952
SCB-125, 1955
SCB-144, 1963
CVA-20, 1952
CVS-20, 1959
Nov 1946
01970-01-01Jan 1970
Scrapped (Jan 1994)
CV-21 Boxer* NNSD 01941-12-01Dec 1941 01943-09-01Sep 1943 01944-12-01Dec 1944 01945-04-01Apr 1945 Amphib CVA-21, 1952
CVS-21, 1956
LPH-4, 1959
01969-12-01Dec 1969 Scrapped (Feb 1971)
CV-31 Bon Homme Richard BNY 01942-08-01Aug 1942 01943-02-01Feb 1943 01944-04-01 Apr 1944 01944-11-01Nov 1944
Jan 1951
Sep 1955
SCB-27C/125, 1955 CVA-31, 1952 Jan 1947
May 1953
01971-07-01Jul 1971
Scrapped (Mar 1992)
CV-32 Leyte*
(ex-Crown Point)
NNSD 01942-08-01Aug 1942 01944-02-01Feb 1944 01945-08-01Aug 1945 01946-04-01Apr 1946 CVA-32, 1952
CVS-32, 1953
01959-05-01May 1959 Scrapped (Mar 1970)
CV-33 Kearsarge* BNY 01942-08-01Aug 1942 01944-03-01Mar 1944 01945-05-01May 1945 01946-03-01Mar 1946
Feb 1952
SCB-27A, 1952
SCB-125, 1957
SCB-144, 1962
CVA-33, 1952
CVS-33, 1958
Jun 1950
01970-02-01Feb 1970
Scrapped (Feb 1974)
CV-34 Oriskany** BNY 01942-08-01Aug 1942 01944-05-01 May 1944 01945-10-01Oct 1945 01950-09-01Sep 1950
Mar 1959
SCB-27, 1950
SCB-125A, 1959
CVA-34, 1952
CV-34, 1975
Jan 1957
01976-09-01Sep 1976
Scuttled as an artificial reef in Gulf of Mexico (May 2006)
CV-35 Reprisal*** BNY 01942-08-01Aug 1942 01944-07-01July 1944 01946-01-011946 Scrapped (Nov 1949)
CV-36 Antietam* PNY 01942-08-01Aug 1942 01943-03-01 Mar 1943 01944-08-01Aug 1944 01945-01-01Jan 1945
Jan 1951
Experimental angled deck, 1952 CVA-36, 1952
CVS-36, 1953
1949
01963-05-01May 1963
Scrapped (Feb 1974)
CV-37 Princeton*
(ex-Valley Forge)
PNY 01942-08-01Aug 1942 01943-09-01Sep 1943 01945-07-01Jul 1945 01945-11-01Nov 1945
Aug 1950
Amphib CVA-37, 1952
CVS-37, 1954
LPH-5, 1959
Jun 1949
01970-01-01Jan 1970
Scrapped (May 1971)
CV-38 Shangri-La* NNY 01942-08-01Aug 1942 01943-01-01Jan 1943 01944-02-01Feb 1944 01944-09-01Sep 1944
May 1951
SCB-27C/125, 1955 CVA-38, 1952
CVS-38, 1969
Nov 1947
01971-07-01Jul 1971
Scrapped (Aug 1988)
CV-39 Lake Champlain* NNY 01942-08-01Aug 1942 01943-03-01 Mar 1943 01944-11-01Nov 1944 01945-06-01Jun 1945
Sep 1952
SCB-27A, 1952 CVA-39, 1952
CVS-39, 1957
Feb 1947
01966-05-01May 1966
Scrapped (Apr 1972)
CV-40 Tarawa* NNY 01942-08-01Aug 1942 01944-03-01Mar 1944 01945-05-01 May 1945 01945-11-01Nov 1945
Feb 1951
CVA-40, 1952
CVS-40, 1955
Jun 1949
01960-05-01May 1960
Scrapped (Oct 1968)
CV-45 Valley Forge* PNY 01943-06-01Jun 1943 01944-09-01Sep 1944 01945-11-01Nov 1945 01946-11-01Nov 1946 Amphib CVA-45, 1952
CVS-45, 1953
LPH-8, 1961
01970-01-01Jan 1970 Scrapped (Oct 1971)
CV-46 Iwo Jima*** NNSD 01943-06-01Jun 1943 01945-01-01Jan 1945 Broken up on the stocks
CV-47 Philippine Sea* FRSY 01943-06-01Jun 1943 01944-08-01Aug 1944 01945-09-01Sep 1945 01946-05-01May 1946 CVA-47, 1952
CVS-47, 1955
01958-12-01Dec 1958 Scrapped (Mar 1971)

*Long-bow units **Completed to modified design ***Never completed

Hull numbers 22–30 in the aircraft carrier sequence were assigned to the Independence-class light carriers (CVL); hull numbers 41–44 were assigned to the large carriers (CVB) of the Midway class.

Reprisal, laid down in July 1944 at the New York Navy Yard and launched in 1945, had her construction cancelled due to an accident on 12 August 1945 when the ship was about half complete. She was scrapped incomplete after tests. Iwo Jima (CV-46) was laid down at Newport News Shipbuilding yards in January 1945 but cancelled in August 1945 and broken up on the slipway.

Six fiscal-year 1945 ships, none of which received names, were assigned to Bethlehem Steel Company (CV-50), New York Navy Yard (CVs 51 & 52), Philadelphia Navy Yard (CV-53) and Norfolk Navy Yard (CVs 54 and 55). Their construction was canceled in March 1945.

Oriskany (CV-34) was ordered and laid down as an Essex-class vessel, was completed in 1950 to the much modified SCB-27A design, and from commissioning until her reconstruction 1957–59 was listed as the lead ship of the separate Oriskany class.

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