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United States' Ship Classes, Battle Stars

Type Ship Designations Class
Aircraft Carrier CV Essex class1,2,3.8,9
Aircraft Carrier CV Langley1,8,9
Aircraft Carrier CV Lexington class1,8 / Saratoga class2,3 / Lexington9 / Saratoga9
Aircraft Carrier CV Midway class1,2,3,8
Aircraft Carrier CV Ranger1,2,3,8
Aircraft Carrier CV Wasp1,2,8,9
Aircraft Carrier CV Yorktown class1,2,8,9
Aircraft Carrier - Escort CVE Bogue class1,2,3,8 / Attacker / Ruler
Aircraft Carrier - Escort CVE Casablanca class1,2,3,8
Aircraft Carrier - Escort CVE Charger1,2,8
Aircraft Carrier - Escort CVE Chenango3
Aircraft Carrier - Escort CVE Commencement Bay class1,2,3,8
Aircraft Carrier - Escort CVE Long Island1,2,8
Aircraft Carrier - Escort CVE Sangamon class1,2,8
Aircraft Carrier - Light CVL Independence class1,2,3,8,9
Aircraft Carrier - Light CVL Saipan class1,2,3,8
Aircraft Carrier - Training IX Sable2,8
Aircraft Carrier - Training IX Wolverine2,8
Attack Cargo Ship   Andromeda
Battlecruiser CB Alaska class1,2,3,5
Battleship BB Arkansas class2,3 / Wyoming class1,4
Battleship BB Colorado class2,3,4 / Maryland class1
Battleship BB Florida1
Battleship BB Iowa class1,2,3,4 / Iowa9
Battleship BB Montana class1,2
Battleship BB Nevada class1,3,4 / Oklahoma class2
Battleship BB New Mexico class1,2,3,4
Battleship BB New York class4 / Texas class1,2,3
Battleship BB North Carolina class1,2,4 / Washington class3 / Washington9
Battleship BB Pennsylvania class1,2,3,4 / Arizona9
Battleship BB South Dakota class1,2,3,4 / South Dakota9
Battleship BB Tennessee class2,3,4 / California class1
Coast Guard Cutter   Treasury
Cruiser - Heavy CA Astoria class2 / New Orleans class1,3,5
Cruiser - Heavy CA Baltimore class1,2,3,5 / Oregon City class3
Cruiser - Heavy CA Des Moines class1,2,3,5 / Salem class9
Cruiser - Heavy CA Northampton class1,2,5,9 / Chester class3
Cruiser - Heavy CA Pensacola class1,2,3,5
Cruiser - Heavy CA Portland class1,3,5 / Indianapolis class2
Cruiser - Heavy CA Wichita class1,2,3,5
Cruiser - Light CL Atlanta class1,2,5 / San Diego class3
Cruiser - Light CL Brooklyn class1,2,3,5 / St. Louis3
Cruiser - Light CL Cleveland class1,2,3,5,9 / Fargo class2,3,5,9
Cruiser - Light CL Omaha class1,2,3,5
Cruiser - Light CL Worcester1,2,5 / Worcester class9
Destroyer DD "Flush Deck"2,3
Destroyer DD Allen M. Sumner1,2,3
Destroyer DD Allen2
Destroyer DD Anderson3
Destroyer DD Bagley1
Destroyer DD Benham1
Destroyer DD Benson1,3 / Gleaves1 / Benson-Livermore2
Destroyer DD Bristol
Destroyer DD Brooklyn
Destroyer DD Buchanan3
Destroyer DD Clemson
Destroyer DD Dunlap3
Destroyer DD Farragut1,2,3
Destroyer DD Fletcher1,2,3
Destroyer DD Gearing1,2,3
Destroyer DD Gridley1,3 / Craven2
Destroyer DD Mahan1,2,3
Destroyer DD Porter1,2
Destroyer DD Selfridge3
Destroyer DD Sims1,2
Destroyer DD Somers1,2,3
Destroyer DD Wickes
Destroyer Escort DE Bostwick3
Destroyer Escort DE Cannon
Destroyer Escort DE DET1 / FMR1 / DET Cannon2
Destroyer Escort DE Evarts3
Destroyer Escort DE FMR Edsall2 / Edsall3
Destroyer Escort DE GMT1,2
Destroyer Escort DE TE1 / Buckley2,3
Destroyer Escort DE TEV Rudderow2 / Rudderrow3
Destroyer Escort DE TEV1 / WGT1 / WGT Butler2
Patrol Frigate PF Asheville1 / Tacoma1
Submarine SS Argonaut1,2
Submarine SS Balao1,3
Submarine SS Barracuda1,2,3
Submarine SS Cachalot1,2,3
Submarine SS Corsair3
Submarine SS Dolphin1,2
Submarine SS Gato1,2,3 / Tench1,2
Submarine SS M2
Submarine SS Mackerel1,3 / Merln1
Submarine SS Narwhal1,2,3
Submarine SS O2,3
Submarine SS P2
Submarine SS Perch1
Submarine SS Pike3
Submarine SS Plunger3
Submarine SS Porpoise1
Submarine SS R2,3
Submarine SS S2,3
Submarine SS Salmon1,3
Submarine SS Sargo1,3 / Seadragon1
Submarine SS Shark1
Submarine SS T2
Submarine SS Tambor1,3
Code Ship Type
AC Collier6
ACV Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier6
AG Miscellaneous Auxiliary Ship6
AGC Amphibious Force Flagship6
AKA Attack Cargo Ship6
AO Oiler6
AP Transport6
APA Transport - Attack6
APD Transport - High Speed6
AV Seaplane Tender6
AVG Aircraft Escort Ship6
BB Battleship6,7
BBc Battleship - Coastal7
BC Battle Cruiser7
CA Cruiser - Heavy6,7
CB Cruiser - Large6
CL Cruiser - Light6,7
CLAA, CL(AA)7 Cruiser - Anti-Aircraft6,7
CM Minelayer7
CMc Minelayer - Coastal7
CV Aircraft Carrier6,7
CVB Aircraft Carrier - Large6
CVE Aircraft Carrier - Escort6,7
CVL Aircraft Carrier - Light6,7
CVS Aircraft Carrier - Seaplane7
CX Armed Merchant Cruiser7
DD Destroyer6,7
DE Destroyer Escort6,7
DM Minelayer - Light7
DMS Destroyer - Minesweeper - Fast7
IX Unclassified Ship6
LCC Landing Craft Control7
LCI Landing Craft Infantry7
LCI(G) Landing Craft Infantry - Gunboat6,7
LCI(L) Landing Craft Infantry - Large6,7
LCI(M) Landing Craft Infantry - Mortar6,7
LCI(R) Landing Craft Infantry - Rocket6,7
LCM Landing Craft Mechanized6,7
LCP Landing Craft Personnel6
LCP(L) Landing Craft Personnel - Large7
LCP(R) Landing Craft Personnel - Ramp7
LCR Landing Craft Rubber Assault Craft6
LCR(L) Landing Craft Rubber - Large7
LCS(L) Landing Craft Support - Large6,7
LCS(S) Landing Craft Support - Small7
LCT Landing Craft Tank6,7
LCV Landing Craft Vehicle7
LCVP Landing Craft Vehicle and Personnel6,7
LSD Landing Ship - Dock6,7
LSM Landing Ship - Medium6,7
LSM(R) Landing Ship - Medium - Rocket6,7
LST Landing Ship Tank6,7
LSV Landing Ship Vehicle6,7
LVT Landing Vehicle Tracked7
LVT(A) Landing Vehicle Tracked - Armored7
LVT(G) Landing Vehicle Tracked - Gunboat7
LVT(L) Landing Vehicle Tracked - Large7
LVT(M) Landing Vehicle Tracked - Mortar7
LVT(R) Landing Vehicle Tracked - Rocket7
PR River Gunboat6
PT Patrol Torpedo6
PTC Patrol Torpedo - Chaser6
SM Submarine Minelayer6,7
SS Submarine6,7
  • December 7, 1941: Pearl Harbor / Midway6
  • December 7, 1941 - September 2, 1945: Submarine Patrols6
  • December 8 - 23, 1941: Wake Island6
  • December 8, 1941 - May 6, 1942: Philippine Islands6
  • December 16, 1941 - July 9, 1944: Antisubmarine, Armed Guard, Escort - Europe, North Africa, Middle East6
  • January 23 -24, 1942: Makassar Strait6
  • February 1 - March 10, 1942: Pacific Raids6
  • February 19 - 20, 1942: Badoeng Strait6
  • February 21, 1942 - January 31, 1943: Antisubmarine, Armed Guard, Escort - American Area6
  • February 27, 1942: Java Sea6
  • April 14 - 21, 1942: Malta Reinforcement6
  • May 3 - 16, 1942: Malta Reinforcement6
  • May 4 - 8, 1942: Coral Sea6
  • June 3 - 6, 1942: Midway6
  • August 7 - 9, 1942: Guadalcanal, Tulagi invasions6
  • August 8, 1942 - August 9, 1944: Antisubmarine, Armed Guard, Escort - Asiatic-Pacific Area6
  • August 10, 1942 - February 8, 1943: Guadalcanal capture6
  • August 17 - 18, 1942: Makin Raid6
  • August 23 - 25, 1942: Eastern Solomon Islands6
  • October 5, 1942: Buin-Faisi-Tonoley Raid6
  • October 11 - 12, 1942: Cape Esperance6
  • October 26, 1942: Santa Cruz Islands6
  • November 8, 1942 - July 9, 1943: North Africa6
  • November 12 - 15, 1942: Guadalcanal6
  • November 30 - December 1, 1942: Tassafaronga6
  • December 17, 1942 - July 24, 1944: Eastern New Guinea6
  • January 29 - 30, 1943: Rennell Island6
  • February 8, 1943 - March 15, 1945: Solomons6
  • March 26 - June 2, 1943: Aleutians6
  • June 20 - October 16, 1943: New Georgia6
  • June 25, 1943 - May 1, 1944: Bismarck Archipelago6
  • July 9 - August 17, 1943: Sicily6
  • September 9 - 21, 1943: Salerno6
  • October 27 - December 15, 1943: Treasury-Bouganville6
  • November 13 - December 8, 1943: Gilbert Islands6
  • November 26, 1943 - March 2, 1944: Marshall Islands6
  • January 22 - June 17, 1944: Italian West Coast6
  • February 1, 1944 - August 11, 1945: Kuril Island6
  • February 16 - October 9, 1944: Asiatic-Pacific Raids6
  • April 21 - June 1, 1944: Hollandia6
  • April 21, 1944 - January 9, 1945: Western New Guinea6
  • June 6 - 25, 1944: Normandy6
  • June 10 - August 27, 1944: Marianas6
  • July 10 - November 17, 1944: Northeast Greenland6
  • August 15 - September 25, 1944: Southern France6
  • August 31 - October 14, 1944: Western Caroline Islands6
  • October 19 - December 16, 1944: Leyte6
  • December 12, 1944 - January 22, 1945: Luzon6
  • January 29 - April 16, 1945: Manila Bay6
  • February 15 - March 16, 1945: Iwo Jima6
  • February 28 - July 20, 1945: Southern Philippines6
  • March 27 - June 30, 1945: Okinawa6
  • April 27 - July 30, 1945: Borneo6
  • June 23, 1945 - March 2, 1946: Minesweeping - Asiatic-Pacific Area6
  • July 10 - August 15, 1945: Japan Home Islands by Third Fleet6
  • July 24 - August 1, 1945: Tinian6

Sources:

  1. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922-1946, Robert Gardiner, 1987
  2. US Warships of World War 2, Paul H. Silverstone, 1965
  3. Janes' Fighting Ships of World War II, 1989
  4. Battleships of World War Two an International Encyclopedia, M. J. Whitley, 1998
  5. Cruisers of World War Two An International Encyclopedia, M. J. Whitley, 1995
  6. World War II The Encyclopedia of the War Years 1941 - 1945, Norman Polmar, Thomas B. Allen, 1996
  7. World War II Almanac, Keith D. Dickson, 2008
  8. The World's Aircraft Carriers 1914 - 1945, Roger Chesneau, 1986
  9. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
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