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United States' CVE-30 USS Charger escort aircraft carrier

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CVE-30 USS Charger escort aircraft carrier:
United States' CVE-30 USS Charger escort aircraft carrier
US Navy photo
CVE-30 USS Charger:
CVE-30 USS Charger
US Navy photo

Design

The USS Charger was very similar to the USS Long Island. She was converted from the Moore-Macormick Line ship the Rio de la Plata.

Engine

The diesel exhaust went out small ducts under the flight deck.

Flight Deck

There was a 42' x 32' elevator in the flight deck. Hangar

The hangar was 190' long and 16' high.

Island

The ship's island was a small structure on the deck.

Ships

CVE-30 USS Charger

  • Former C-3 cargo ship Rio de la Plata.
  • Manufacturer: Sun
  • March 1, 1941: Launched.
  • January 1942: Designated AVG-30.
  • March 3, 1942: Completed.
  • August 1942: Designated ACV-30.
  • July 1943: Designated CVE-30.

Usage

There were three sisters to the USS Charger that were transferred to the Royal Navy.

The USS Charger was mostly used for training and never saw combat.

Specifications

  USS Charger
Crew 856, 950
Displacement 11,000 tons, 11,800 tons
Displacement - Loaded 15,126 tons
Physical Characteristics  
Length 492'
149.96 m
Length - Water Line 465'
141.73 m
Length - Between Perpendiculars 465'
141.73 m
Beam 69' 6"
21.18 m
Draft / Height 21' 6", 25' 9"
6.55 m
Draft / Height - Maximum 25' 2"
7.66 m, 7.67 m
Flight Deck 440' x 78'
134.11 m x 23.77 m
Performance  
Speed 16.5 knots, 17 knots, 18 knots
Range  
Armament  
Anti-Aircraft 5": 1
4": 3
3": 4
40 mm: 16
20 mm: 10
Anti-Aircraft - 1942 5" L/51: 1
3" L/50: 2
Anti-Aircraft - 1945 20 mm: 10
Aircraft 36
Armor  
Engines Diesel, Doxford 6 cylinder diesel
Shafts 1
HP 8,500
Oil 1,365 - 3,061 tons, 3,200 tons
Aviation fuel 90,000 gallons

Sources:

  1. US Warships of World War 2, Paul H. Silverstone, 1965
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922-1946, Robert Gardiner, 1987
  3. The World's Aircraft Carriers 1914 - 1945, Roger Chesneau, 1986
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