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RAC_Pips
12-07-2004, 03:24 PM
The Japanese Navy in 1941 had 10 operational Carriers. It grew in size to 17 operational Carriers, but ended the war with none.

The Royal Navy in 1939 had 7 operational carriers. By war's end, with much assistance by the US, it's carrier Fleet had grown to 59 Carriers.

The USN had 8 operational carriers in 1941.

Can anyone tell me the total number of Carriers the USN had by war's end?

berg417448
12-07-2004, 03:40 PM
According to this source:


http://www.aerofiles.com/carrier.html



"Peak strengths for the carriers were during WW2, with 28 active in 1945, and the Vietnam War. Auxiliaries also hit a high point in 1945 when 71 were on active duty."

RidgeR5
12-07-2004, 06:25 PM
A lot work went into the jeep carriers which were used to escort liberty ships on their way across the oceans..

VMF223_Smitty
12-07-2004, 08:25 PM
The first 8 Fleet carriers were:

USS Langley (CV-1)
USS Lexington (CV-2)
USS Saratoga (CV-3)
USS Ranger (CV-4)
USS Yorktown (CV-5)
USS Enterprise (CV-6)
USS Wasp (CV-7)
USS Hornet (CV-8)

These Carriers held the line until the first of the Essex Class carriers was commissioned in December 1942.

Essex Class carriers

Saw Action
CV-9: Essex (1942-1975)
CV-10: Yorktown (1943-1975)
CV-11: Intrepid (1943-1982)
CV-12: Hornet (1943-1998)
CV-13: Franklin (1944-1966)
CV-14: Ticonderoga (1944-1974)
CV-15: Randolph (1944-1975)
CV-16: Lexington (1943-1992)
CV-17: Bunker Hill (1943-1973)
CV-18: Wasp (1943-1973)
CV-19: Hancock (1944-1976)
CV-20: Bennington (1944-1993)
CV-31: Bon Homme Richard (1944-1992)
CV-38: Shangri-La (1944-1988)
Completed but did not see action
CV-21: Boxer (1945-1971)
CV-36: Antietam (1945-1974)
CV-39: Lake Champlain (1945-1970)
Completed after the War
CV-32: Leyte (1946-1970)
CV-33: Kearsarge (1946-1974)
CV-34: Oriskany (1950-1994)
CV-37: Princeton (1945-1971)
CV-40: Tarawa (1945-1968)
CV-45: Valley Forge (1946-1971)
CV-47: Philippine Sea (1946-1971)
Cancelled
CV-35: Reprisal (cancelled 1945)
CV-46: Iwo Jima (cancelled 1945)

Independence Class Carriers
Small aircraft carriers commissioned by the US Navy in World War II. These carriers were rushed into service to supplement the pre-war fleet carriers.

USS Independence (CVL-22)
USS Princeton (CVL-23)
USS Belleau Wood (CVL-24)
USS Cowpens (CVL-25)
USS Monterrey (CVL-26)
USS Langley (CVL-27)
USS Cabot (CVL-28)
USS Bataan (CVL-29)
USS San Jacinto (CVL-30)

For a list of the Escort carrier classes and names:

Long Island Bogue Class (http://www.hazegray.org/navhist/carriers/us_esc1.htm)

Casablanca Class (http://www.hazegray.org/navhist/carriers/us_esc2.htm)

Sangamon and Commencement Bay Class (http://www.hazegray.org/navhist/carriers/us_esc3.htm)

US Auxillary Fleet Carriers (http://www.hazegray.org/navhist/carriers/us_auxil.htm)

Master Index of all US Carriers (WW2 era) (http://www.hazegray.org/navhist/carriers/us_index.htm)

Tater-SW-
12-07-2004, 08:36 PM
28 carriers isn't remotely enough, perhaps you were just meaning CVs, not escort carriers (BTW, most of those IJN CVs embarked far fewer aircraft than the early war CVs, somewhere between a USN fleet CV, and a CVE).

The US number is over 100. (USN ship numbers are serial). WW2 CVEs number up to 127, alone.

tater

VMF223_Smitty
12-07-2004, 08:40 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Tater-SW-:
28 carriers isn't remotely enough, perhaps you were just meaning CVs, not escort carriers (BTW, most of those IJN CVs embarked far fewer aircraft than the early war CVs, somewhere between a USN fleet CV, and a CVE).

The US number is over 100. (USN ship numbers are serial). WW2 CVEs number up to 127, alone.

tater <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I'm sure he meant Fleet carriers (CV's), see list above.

Complete list of CV, CVA, CVB, CVL, CVN carriers to present: (most unnamed were cancelled except the newest CVN-77, not yet commissioned)

Langley (CV 1)
Lexington (CV 2)
Saratoga (CV 3)
Ranger (CV 4)
Yorktown (CV 5)
Enterprise (CV 6)
Wasp (CV 7)
Hornet (CV 8)
Essex (CV 9)
Yorktown (CV 10)
Intrepid (CV 11)
Hornet (CV 12)
Franklin (CV 13)
Ticonderoga (CV 14)
Randolph (CV 15)
Lexington (CV 16)
Bunker Hill (CV 17)
Wasp (CV 18)
Hancock (CV 19)
Bennington (CV 20)
Boxer (CV 21)
Independence (CVL 22)
Princeton (CVL 23)
Belleau Wood (CVL 24)
Cowpens (CVL 25)
Monterey (CVL 26)
Langley (CVL 27)
Cabot (CVL 28)
Bataan (CVL 29)
San Jacinto (CVL 30)
Bon Homme Richard (CV 31)
Leyte (CV 32)
Kearsarge (CV 33)
Oriskany (CV 34)
Reprisal (CV 35)
Antietam (CV 36)
Princeton (CV 37)
Shangri-La (CV 38)
Lake Champlain (CV 39)
Tarawa (CV 40)
Midway (CVB 41)
Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB 42)
Coral Sea (CVB 43)
CV 44
Valley Forge (CV 45)
Iwo Jima (CV 46)
Philippine Sea (CV 47)
Saipan (CVL 48)
Wright (CVL 49)
CV 50 through CV 55 (Cancelled)
CVB 56
CVB 57
United States (CVA 58)
Forrestal (CVA 59)
Saratoga (CVA 60)
Ranger (CVA 61)
Independence (CVA 62)
Kitty Hawk (CVA 63)
Constellation (CVA 64)
Enterprise (CVAN 65)
America (CVA 66)
John F. Kennedy (CVA 67)
Nimitz (CVN 68)
Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)
Carl Vinson (CVN 70)
Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)
Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)
George Washington (CVN 73)
John C. Stennis (CVN 74)
Harry S Truman (CVN 75)
Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)
CVN 77 (evolved Nimitz Class. This is a transitional ship between the CVN and new CVNX design) Construction at Newport News started 15 March 2001; to commission 2008. Will replace Kitty Hawk.

CVNX Program nuclear powered multirole aircraft carrier
Concept/Program: "CVX" was originally planned as a totally new, "clean sheet" carrier design; numerous non-traditional concepts were explored. Ultimately it was decided that the traditional large-deck nuclear-powered concept would be continued, and the project was designated CVNX. This decision, and concern about the cost of a completely new design, lead to the decision to base the new designs on the existing Nimitz design, but with numerous improvements. CVN 77 will be a "transitional" ship between Nimitz and CVNX, incorporating new technology and concepts applicable to CVNX. CVNX will build on CVN 77's changes, and will include more radical changes such as a new power plant and electomagnetic catapults.
"CVNX 1" (i.e. CVN 78) is planned for construction starting 2006 for completion in 2013, and will replace Enterprise. "CVNX 2" (i.e. CVN 79) is planned for construction starting 2011 for completion in 2018, and will replace John F. Kennedy. Further CVNX construction will continue to start replacing the Nimitz class ships approximately 2025.

J30Vader
12-07-2004, 08:45 PM
CV/CVL/CVE WW2 production for the US topped at 141.

http://www.combinedfleet.com/economic.htm

RAC_Pips
12-08-2004, 12:18 AM
Thanks for the info.

I did mean all US carriers - CV, CVE, Jeep etc. The total number for the RN (59) includes same.