The Ship

USS FRANKLIN was the fifth ESSEX – class aircraft carrier and also the fifth ship in the Navy to bear the name. Badly damaged by a Japanese air strike on March 19, 1945, the FRANKLIN returned to the United States in April 1945 and remained at Brooklyn, NY. Following the end of the war, FRANKLIN was opened to the public for Navy Day celebrations and on February 17, 1947, the ship was placed out of commission at Bayonne, N.J. On May 15, 1959, she was reclassified AVT 8. The FRANKLIN was stricken from the Navy list on October 1, 1964, and was sold for scrapping.

General Characteristics:    Awarded: 1940

  • Keel laid: December 7, 1942
  • Launched: October 14, 1943
  • Commissioned: January 31, 1944
  • Decommissioned: February 17, 1947
  • Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va.
  • Propulsion system: 8 boilers
  • Propellers: four
  • Aircraft elevators: three
  • Arresting gear cables: four
  • Catapults: two
  • Length: 876 feet (267 meters)
  • Flight Deck Width: 147.6 feet (45 meters)
  • Beam: 93.1 feet (28.4 meters)
  • Draft: 28.5 feet (8.7 meters)
  • Displacement: approx. 36,500 tons full load
  • Speed: 33 knots
  • Planes: 80-100 planes
  • Crew: approx. 3448
  • Armament: 12 5-inch (12.7 cm) 38 caliber guns, 68 40mm guns and 57 20mm gun

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