Allied Warships

Aircraft carriers

Yorktown class

3 ships


The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CV 6) of the US Navy.

Technical information

TypeAircraft carrier
Displacement19800 BRT 
Length810 feet 
Complement1889 men 
Armament8 5"/38 DP guns (8x1).
16 1.1 inch AA (4x4).
24 .50 cal MG.
90 aircraft. 
Max speed32.5 knots
EnginesGeared turbines, 4 shafts. 
Power120000 
Notes on classOne of the main reasons for the defeat of the IJN in the Pacific were the 3 ships of this class. They were there at the right time with the resources so desperately needed.

In 1943 Enterprise was refitted and her size grew to 32,000 tons. Her anti-aircraft armament was increased several times during the war. 


All ships of the Yorktown class


US Navy US Navy (more on US Navy)

USS Enterprise (CV 6)
USS Hornet (i) (CV 8) Lost on 27 Oct 1942
USS Yorktown (i) (CV 5) Lost on 7 Jun 1942


3 Aircraft carriers of the Yorktown class. 2 of them were lost.

See all Aircraft carrier classes.



Return to Midway

Ballard, Robert D.

Books dealing with this subject include:

Return to Midway, Ballard, Robert D., 1999



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