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USS Wasp (CV-7)

 

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USS Wasp (CV-7) was a US Navy aircraft carrier and was the eighth ship to bear the name USS Wasp.

Wasp was built at the now defunct fore river shipyard located in Massachusetts USA and was commisioned by the USS Navy on 25 april 1940 after completing her sea trials wasp was assigned to Carrier Strike Group Three as part of the US Pacific fleet.

prior to her service during world war two USS Wasp spend most of her time in the Caribbean participating in various training exercises, in march 1941 Wasp made her way to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Virginia USA, where she was fitted with the new CXAM-1 radar system, she then briefly returned to her duties in the Caribbean, WW2 was now well underway although the US still remained neutral, wasp received orders to sail to Bermuda where she conducted neutral patrols operating out of grassy bay.

Following the attack on pearl harbour by the Japanese bringing the United States into the war USS Wasp returned to the Norfolk shipyard to receive a refit, in early august 1942 the carrier was ordered to assist allied forces in an offensive operation taking place around the Solomon Islands, Following a controversial decision the order was given for the aircraft carriers to withdraw on august 8 leaving the invading American troops with no air support.

Come mid September USS Wasp was providing an escort along with the USS Hornet and Battleship North Carolina for transport carrying the 7th marine regiment when six torpedoes were spotted in the water around 2:45 fired by a Japanese sub despite the carrier taking evasive action 3 torpedoes hit the USS Wasp inflicting severe damage and causing fuel tanks and ammunition supplies to explode  the crew attempted to extinguish the fires but they were unsuccessful, after further onboard explosions which made matters worse the order was given to abandon ship at 3:20 the surviving crew were taken off by nearby destroyers and cruisers.

The Wreck of the USS Wasp currently lies on the seabed midway between Vanuatu and the Solomon islands at the Coordinates: 12°25'48"S   164°8'26"E .  

 


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 Ship Specifications 

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  • Size: Medium
  • Type :Aircraft Carrier
  • Length: 688 feet
  • Beam: 80 feet
  • Tonnage: 14,900 standard tonnes
  • Speed: 29 knots
  • Armament: 8 × 5 in 38 cal guns,16 × 1.1 in 75 cal anti-aircraft guns, 24 × .50 in  machine guns, Aprox 100 Aircraft
  • Crew: Aprox 1,800
  • Launched: April 4,1939
  • Commissioned: April 25, 1940
  • Current status: Sunk on September 15, 1942 after she was struck by 3 torpedos from Japenese Submarine I-19

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