USS Essex CVS-9

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USS Essex steams toward Rotterdam, Holland, for the Christmas Holidays, 1961.

Spacecraft Recovery
    22 October 1968: Apollo 7

General Characteristics:
    Awarded: 3 July 1940
    Keel laid: 28 April 1941
    Launched: 31 July 1942
    Commissioned: 31 December 1942
    Decommissioned: 9 January 1947
    Recommissioned: 15 January 1951
    Decommissioned: 30 Ju 1969
    Stricken: 1 June 1973
    Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va.
    Propulsion system: 8 boilers
    Propellers: four
    Aircraft elevators: three
    >Arresting gear cables: four
    Catapults: two
    Length: 890 feet (271.3 meters)
    Flight Deck Width: 191.9 feet (58.5 meters)
    Beam: 101 feet (30.8 meters)
    Draft: 30.8 feet (9.4 meters)
    Displacement: approx. 41,200 tons full load
    Speed: 32 knots
    Planes: 80-100 planes
    Crew: approx. 2300-2900
    Armament:
       1943: 12 5-inch (12.7 cm) 38 caliber guns, 32 40mm guns and 44 20mm guns
       1951: 8 5-inch (12.7 cm) 38 caliber guns and 28 3-inch (7.6 cm) 50 caliber guns
       1957: 7 5-inch (12.7 cm) 38 caliber guns and 14 3-inch (7.6 cm) 50 caliber guns
       1959: 7 5-inch (12.7 cm) 38 caliber guns
       1964: 4 5-inch (12.7 cm) 38 caliber guns

More information on the USS Essex from the United States Navy.

Stricken 1 Jun 1973. Sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping 1 Jun 1975.