Allied Warships

Aircraft Carriers

Wasp class

1 ship


The aircraft carrier USS Wasp of the US Navy. She was lost on 15 Sep 1942.

Technical information

TypeAircraft Carrier
Displacement14700 BRT 
Length741 feet 
Complement1889 men 
Armament8 5"/38 DP guns (8x1).
16 1.1" AA guns (4x4).
24 .50 cal MG.
84 aircraft. 
Max speed29.5 knots knots
EnginesGeared turbines, 2 shafts 
Power75000 SHP 
Notes on classThe Wasp class was a less capable cheaper and smaller version of the Yorktown class. Only one ship was built.

Wasp's anti-aircraft armament was increased before her loss. 


All ships of the Wasp class


US Navy (more on US Navy)

USS Wasp (CV 7) Lost on 15 Sep 1942


1 Aircraft Carrier of the Wasp class. 1 of them was lost.

See all Aircraft Carrier classes.



Tin Can Sailor

Calhoun, C. Raymond

Books dealing with this subject include:

Tin Can Sailor, Calhoun, C. Raymond, 1993



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