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AMPHIBIOUS AIRCRAFT CARRIERS &
TRAINING AIRCRAFT CARRIERS

 
Class   Hull
Iwo Jima LPH 2-3, 7, 9-12 *Note 1
Tarawa LHA 1-5
Wasp LHD 1-8
Training IX 64, 81

 

 Hull Name Builder
*Note 2
Date Commission Date Decommission
or Loss
Designation &
Change Date
Remarks

AMPHIBIOUS CARRIERS

LPH 2 Iwo Jima PSNY 26 Aug 1961 14 July 1993   Stricken, 25 Sept 1993
LPH 3 Okinawa PHNY 14 Apr 1962 17 Dec 1992   Stricken, 17 Dec 1992
Target?
LPH 7 Guadalcanal PHNY 20 Jul 1963 31 Aug 1994   Stricken, 31 Aug 1994
Maritime Admin, 16 Mar 2001
LPH 9 Guam PHNY 16 Jan 1965 25 Aug 1998   Stricken, 25 Aug 1998
Sunk as target, 16 Oct 2001
LPH 10 Tripoli ING 6 Aug 1966 8 Sept 1995   Stricken, 15 Sept 1995
Leased, US Army, 26 June 1997
LPH 11 New Orleans PHNY 16 Nov 1968 1 Oct 1997   Held for donation, Suisun Bay CA
LPH 12 Inchon ING 20 Jun 1970 20 Jun 2002  MCS-12, 1996 Inactive, Philadelphia PA 
LHA 1 Tarawa LITT 29 May 1976     Active, San Diego
LHA 2 Saipan LITT 15 Oct 1977     Active, Norfolk
LHA 3 Belleau Wood LITT 23 Sep 1978     Active, San Diego
LHA 4 Nassau LITT 28 Jun 1979     Active, Norfolk
LHA 5 Peleliu LITT 3 May 1980     Active, San Diego
LHD 1 Wasp LITT 29 Jul 1989     Active, Norfolk
LHD 2 Essex LITT 17 Oct 1992     Active, Sasebo
LHD 3 Kearsarge LITT 16 Oct 1993     Active, Norfolk
LHD 4 Boxer LITT 11 Feb 1995     Active, San Diego
LHD 5 Bataan LITT 20 Sep 1997     Active, Norfolk
LHD 6 Bonhomme Richard LITT 15 Aug 1998     Active, San Diego
LHD 7 Iwo Jima LITT 30 Jun 2001     Active, Norfolk
LHD 8 Makin Island LITT (2007/2008?)     Contract award, 19 Apr 2002

TRAINING CARRIERS

IX 64 Wolverine DET 12 Aug 1942
*Note 3
7 Nov 1945   Former Seeandbee,
paddle steamer built 1912
Acquired 12 Mar 42
Stricken 28 Nov 1945
IX 81 Sable ASB 8 Mar 1943
*Note 3
7 Nov 1945   Former Greater Buffalo,
paddle steamer built 1923
Acquired 7 Aug 1942
Stricken 28 Nov 1945

 

 Notes:
1. LPH-1 ex Block Island (CVE-106), LPH-4 ex Boxer (CV-21), LPH-5 ex Princeton (CV-37), LPH-6 ex Thetis Bay (CVE-90), LPH-8 ex Valley Forge (CV-45).
2. Building Shipyard:
ASB American Shipbuilding Corp., Philadelphia PA NN Newport News Shipbuiling, VA
BETHQ Bethlehem, Quincy (Fore River) MA NORNY Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth VA
BETHSI Bethlehem, Staten Island NY NYNY New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn Navy Yard, NY
CIW Commercial Iron Works, Portland OR NYSB New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden NJ
DET Detroit Shipbuilding, Detroit MI PHNY Philadelphia Navy Yard, PA
FED Federal, Kearny NJ PSNY Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton WA
ING Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula MS SEATAC Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding,  Seattle WA
K Kaiser, Vancouver WA SUN Sun Shipbuilding, Chester PA
LITT Litton, (former Ingalls Shipbuilding) Pascagoula MS TODD Todd Pacific (former Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding), Seattle WA
MINY Mare Island Navy Yard, Mare Island CA WILL Williamette Iron & Steel, Portland OR
    WP Western Pipe & Steel, San Francisco CA
3. Conversion completions at Erie Plant, American Shipbuilding, Buffalo, NY, are shown as commissioning dates.  Sable fitted with steel deck vice wooden deck of Wolverine and other carriers.
 
References:
Print:
Chesneau, Roger (ed.); Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships, 1922-1946; Annapolis MD, Naval Institute Press, 1988.
Fahey; The Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet;  Annapolis MD, Naval Institute Press, various years.
Friedman, Norman; U.S. Aircraft Carriers, An Illustrated Design History; Annapolis MD, Naval Institute Press, 1983
Polmar, Norman; The Naval Institute Guide to the Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet War 2, Annapolis MD, Naval Institute Press, 1988.
US Navy Office of Naval Intelligence; US Naval Vessels 1943; Naval Institute Press, 1986.
US Navy; Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Washington DC, Government Printing Office, various years.
 
Web pages:
United States Navy Aircraft Carriers December 07, 1941
Carrier Images
Carrier Insignia
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Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships Off Site