Yorktown-class aircraft carrier

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*USS ''Wasp CV-7''
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'''USS ''Wasp CV-7''''' <br />
**The ''Wasp''-Class is a ''Yorktown''-class vessel that was finished as a smaller design(due to new treaty restrictions) with limited success.  Part of the reason for the new restrictions was the politicians of various Washington Arms Signatories not seeing Aircraft Carriers as viable warships but the converting of battlecruisers over to them a loophole in the treaty, as they feared the hulls being later ''converted back'' into battlecruisers. The design tried to retain the same aircraft compliment and operating range with a much lower displacement(19,116 long tons fully loaded).  This means that the design was lacking key features such as a central elevator(replaced by a gantry crane which was useless in all but calm seas) and one less steam boiler.  It also lacked much of the Yorktown-class's internal compartmentalization and had very little armor plating. The ship was not as capable and too easily damaged in combat.  The USS ''Wasp'' sank after taking only 3 torpedo hits from a Japanese submarine.  For perspective, at the Battle of Midway, USS ''Yorktown'' took 3 bomb hits and 2 torpedo hits and stayed in a salvageable state.  It took an additional 6 torpedoes from the sub attack to finally sink the ship.
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The ''Wasp''-Class is a ''Yorktown''-class vessel that was finished as a smaller design (due to new treaty restrictions) with limited success.  Part of the reason for the new restrictions was the politicians of various Washington Arms signatories not seeing aircraft carriers as viable warships but the converting of battlecruisers over to them a loophole in the treaty, as they feared the hulls being later ''converted back'' into battlecruisers.
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The design tried to retain the same aircraft compliment and operating range with a much lower displacement (19,116 long tons fully loaded).  This meant that the design was lacking key features, such as a central elevator (replaced by a gantry crane, which was useless in all but calm seas) and one less steam boiler.  It also lacked much of the Yorktown-class's internal compartmentalization and had very little armor plating.
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The ship was not as capable and too easily damaged in combat.  The USS ''Wasp'' sank after taking only 3 torpedo hits from a Japanese submarine.  For perspective, at the Battle of Midway, USS ''Yorktown'' took 3 bomb hits and 2 torpedo hits and stayed in a salvageable state.  It took an additional 6 torpedoes from a sub attack to finally sink the ship.
  
 
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