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CowboyTodd41
08-31-2004, 11:48 PM
Is this carrier going to be modeled? It just wouldn't be flying Hellcats for me unless I had the Intrepid. Guys who have played Hellcats over the Pacific should know what I mean!

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CowboyTodd41
08-31-2004, 11:48 PM
Is this carrier going to be modeled? It just wouldn't be flying Hellcats for me unless I had the Intrepid. Guys who have played Hellcats over the Pacific should know what I mean!

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Tater-SW-
08-31-2004, 11:55 PM
They're doing an Essex class. Intrepid is Essex class. Dunno if they'll have unique skins for each ship, would be nice, but I won't count on it.

My father in law was surgeon on "the decrepit" (as he calls her). That was in the early 60s though, after she got an angled deck.

tater

Bearcat99
09-01-2004, 06:47 AM
My uncle was on her when she picked up the Gemini astronauts.... she is now in NYC on the West Side Highway dock as a floating museum along with a sub and a destroyer I think.

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WOLFMondo
09-01-2004, 06:52 AM
Out of curiosity does anyone know why the class was called Essex? It can't be after the County in the Uk can it?!?!

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Tater-SW-
09-01-2004, 08:01 AM
Well, it is after a fashion. I grew up in NEW England, where every place name that isn't an indian name, is likely a borrowed place name from the UK http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif .

Essex is the county in New York where the Battle of Ticonderoga took place during the Revolutionary War (note that the USS Ticonderoga was another Essex class CV (a sub-class, really)). A number of CVs were named for Revolutionary War battles, Saratoga, Bunker Hill, Lexington, Yorktown, Valley Forge, etc.

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WOLFMondo
09-01-2004, 08:21 AM
Thanks, that makes more sense now. I did some hunting around on the net and the Essex class sure looks impressive and in service for a very long time. I can't wait to see one along side to HMS Illustrious at Okinawa!

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Tater-SW-
09-01-2004, 09:39 AM
Hehe, towns I lived in as a kid should sound familiar to you... Rye, Framingham, Wilton.

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Nimits
09-01-2004, 10:07 AM
The Essex, like the Enterprise, Hornet, and Wasp, was a continuation of a ship name that had been in the US Navy since 19th century. The name was first used by the Royal Navy in the 17th century (Admiral Rodney served aboard an HMS Essex as a Lieutenant in the mid 18th century), and the last RN Essex was an armored cruiser decommisioned in 1921. The first American Essex was a 32-gun three mast frigate launched in 1799 (and captured by the British in 1814), the second an ironclad steamer during the American Civil War, the third a wooden screw steamer commissioned in 1876. CV-9 was the fourth ship to bear that name, and the current Essex (LHD-2), the fifth of that name, was commissioned in 1992.

Barkhorn1x
09-01-2004, 11:40 AM
To elaborate on Nimits' reply...

The US Navy had a very specific ship naming nomenclature that was in use from the early part of the last century to the end of WWII.

Specifically, ship names broke down as follows;
BB= states
BC = territories
CA = large cities
CL = small cities
CV = revolutionary war battles or ships that were carried on US Navy rolls when the Navy was created.
CVL = more battles in US history
CVE = Islands, sounds, bays - then battles of WWII - they went a bit off the charts here.
DD = Naval or Marine Corps hero's
SS = named after fish

I'll stop now. Keep in mind there were a few exceptions.

Barkhorn.

Fliger747
09-01-2004, 11:53 AM
Alaska, CB 1 (not BC) was rated by the navy a a "Large Cruiser", not a Battle Cruiser as is cometimes stated. That said, she and Hawaii were fast (33+ kts) and mounted a very powerfull 12" main battery which had superior penetrating power to the British 15" weapon due to a very heavy shell of excellent sectional density. They were unusual in Ameican practice in having large aircraft hangars amidships.

Their main duty; as magnificent steamers able to keep pace with the fast carriers as escort.

JK-1
09-01-2004, 01:11 PM
http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif My Dad was stationed on the Intrepid for 3 years, He was on the Flight Deck and Launched Thousands of Aircraft off her deck, So if you need any Information about the Ship or Flight Deck Take off and Landing Procedures ,Please Just let me know. Have a Great Day - JK-1

Tater-SW-
09-01-2004, 02:18 PM
jk, when did yer dad serve on her? Maybe he saw my father in law after a rough liberty http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

tater