History of USS Shangri-La (CV-38)

USS Shangri-La (CV/CVA/CVS-38) was a fleet of 24 Essex ships that served during or shortly after World War II One of the Class II aircraft carriers was done for the US Navy.

Introduced in 1944, the Shangri-La, named after the mythical paradise of the same name, participated in numerous battles in the Pacific Theater during World War II and was awarded two Battle Stars. Like many of her sister ships, she was decommissioned shortly after the war, but was modernized and returned to service in the early 1950s and redesignated as a strike carrier (CVA).

She spent several years in the Pacific and Atlantic/Mediterranean regions and was redesignated as an anti-submarine carrier (CVS) later in her career. She received three Battle Stars for her service in the Vietnam War.

Shangri-La was retired in 1971 and scrapped in 1988.

USS Shangri-La (CV-38) Specification

Base

Year of Service

1944

Origins

United States

supplement

3,448

staff

Class information

Class

Essex class

Class Size

24

ships

Class

Short Team: USS Essex (CV-9); USS Yorktown (CV-10); USS Intrepid (CV-11); USS Hornet (CV-12); USS Franklin (CV-13); USS Lexington (CV-16); USS Bunker Hill (CV-17); USS Wasp (CV-18); USS Bennington (CV-20); Good Man Richard (CV-31); Oriskany (CV-34) LONG-HUSS Group: Ticonderoga (CV-14); Randolph (CV-15); USS Hancock (CV-19); USS Boxer (CV-21); Wright USS Kearsarge (CV-33); USS Retaliation (CV-35); USS Antietam (CV-36); USS Princeton (CV-37); USS Shangri-La (CV-38); USS Lake Champlain (CV-39); USS Tarawa (CV-40); USS Valley Forge (CV-45); USS Iwo Jima (CV-46); USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) [ /p]

Operators

United States

ROLLING

flagship/capitalship

Take on the role of fleet flagship or capital ship in old battleship design/terminology.

Dimensions and Weight

Length

888.0ft

270.66 m

Ray

93. 0 feet

28.35m

Draft

28.6 feet

8.72m

Shift

27,100

t

Power and Performance

Installed Power:

8 x boilers and 4 x Westinghouse gear steam turbines producing 150,000 hp on 4 x shafts.

Surface Velocity

33.0 nodes

(38.0km/h)

Area

19,999nm

(23,015 miles | 37,039 kilometers)

kts = nodes | mph = miles per hour | nm = nautical miles | mi = miles | km = miles 1 kts = 1.15mph | 1 nautical mile = 1.15 kilometers | 1 nautical mile = 1.85 kilometers

Weapon

4 x 5" (127 mm) /38 caliber twin gun turret 4 x 5" (127 mm) /38 caliber single gun turret 8 x 40 mm Bofors anti-aircraft (AA) quad-barrel Guns in turrets. 46 x 20 mm Oerlikon anti-aircraft gun in a single turret.

Aircraft

Up to 100 aircraft of different makes and models.

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