USS Wasp CV-7 Patch


SHIPS THE USS WASP CV-7 "A VERSION" "" In July 1934 the construction of Yorktown (CV-5) and Enterprise (CV-6) was underway; both 20,000 ton carriers. Ranger (CV-4) had just commissioned - the first carrier designed as such and had to be completed with an island superstructure which added 700 tons to her displacement. This left 14,500 tons available in the building program for Wasp (CV-7) due to the limitations of the London Naval Treaty of 1930. The result was a 688-foot long hull (741 feet overall), 80-foot beam, displacing 19,100 tons at full load. She was a scaled down version of the CV-5 class with acceptable speed and capacity for 72 aircraft. Torpedo bulkheads were omitted from the design but armament was similar to that of the Yorktown class. Wasp was constructed at Bethlehem Steel, Quincy MA 1936-40, joining the fleet in April 1940. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor she served escort / transport duties in the Atlantic and her AA armament was modernized; 1.1-inch AA guns were replaced with a quad 40mm and 23 20mm mounts. Her standard air complement was 30 F4F Wildcat fighters, 30 SBD Dauntless dive bombers, and 10 TBF Avenger torpedo planes. Transferred to the Pacific, she took part in the Guadalcanal landing coverage then shuttled valuable aircraft to the Cactus thereafter but was sunk by Japanese submarine I-19 on 16 September 1942. Though she was designated an aircraft carrier (CV), her size and operating capacity was similar to that of later built light carriers (CVLs).

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