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The Essex-class aircraft carrier was a class of aircraft carriers used by the United States Navy during World War II.


The Essex-class constituted the largest class of capital ships with twenty-four ships built in short hull and long hull versions. Originally, thirty-two were ordered, but was the end of World War II drew nearer, six were cancelled before laying down and two were cancelled after being laid down. The Essex-class was the backbone of the US carrier strength from mid 1943 and continued to be until the 1960s, when the supercarriers became more numerous.

Ships in class


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