Yorktown-class aircraft carrier

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The USS ''Hornet'' fought hard during the war as well.  Like her sister ship ''Yorktown'', she also was able to handle massive battle damage.  The most famous operation involving the ''Hornet'' was the Doolittle Raid.  Supported by the ''Enterprise'', the ''Hornet'' launched 16 B-25 Light Bombers for an attack on the Japanese capital of Tokyo.  The impact of this attack lead to the Japanese Navy escalating the plans for their Operation-MI leading to the Americans ambushing and destroying their carrier force supporting the attack on Midway Island.  The ''Hornet'' was heavily engaged with the Japanese Navy until battle damage during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands where the ship was forced to be abandoned.  Despite repeated attempts to scuttle the ship she refused to sink until torpedoed by several Japanese Destroyers.  
 
The USS ''Hornet'' fought hard during the war as well.  Like her sister ship ''Yorktown'', she also was able to handle massive battle damage.  The most famous operation involving the ''Hornet'' was the Doolittle Raid.  Supported by the ''Enterprise'', the ''Hornet'' launched 16 B-25 Light Bombers for an attack on the Japanese capital of Tokyo.  The impact of this attack lead to the Japanese Navy escalating the plans for their Operation-MI leading to the Americans ambushing and destroying their carrier force supporting the attack on Midway Island.  The ''Hornet'' was heavily engaged with the Japanese Navy until battle damage during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands where the ship was forced to be abandoned.  Despite repeated attempts to scuttle the ship she refused to sink until torpedoed by several Japanese Destroyers.  
  
The USS ''Enterprise'' was the only ship of the class to survive the war and was heavily involved with nearly every battle in the Pacific War.  During the war she served heavily and even at one point was the only operational carrier in the Pacific after both her sister ships were lost in combat.  She served in the Pacific War until the ship was struck directly on her forward elevator by a Japanese Kamikaze aircraft taking her out of action requiring extensive repairs.  Those repairs were complete in time for the ship to be present at the Japanese Surrender on board the USS ''Missouri''.  The ship was scrapped following the end of war.
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The USS ''Enterprise'' was the only ship of the class to survive the war and was heavily involved with nearly every battle in the Pacific War.  During the war she served heavily and even at one point was the only operational carrier in the Pacific after both her sister ships were lost in combat.  She served in the Pacific War until the ship was struck directly on her forward elevator by a Japanese [[Kamikaze]] aircraft taking her out of action requiring extensive repairs.  Those repairs were complete in time for the ship to be present at the Japanese Surrender on board the USS ''Missouri''.  The ship was scrapped following the end of war.
  
 
== Ships in the class ==
 
== Ships in the class ==

Revision as of 16:18, 22 March 2013

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