Photos Aircraft Carriers

Replenishment at Sea. (RAS). HMS Northumberland, RFA Tideforce, and HMS Queen Elizabeth. April 2021
46717920044_5ff8673c8c_b.jpgHMS Hermes (R12) departing for the Falklands by Graham Tiller, on Flickr

4 April 1982..HMS Hermes departs for the Falklands

15163032823_13ab32ecf0_b.jpgRiding along on the crest of a wave by crusader752, on Flickr

5963420861_5b21a2e120_b.jpgHMS Hermes and HMS Herald returning to Portsmouth. 1982. by benicektoo, on Flickr

12 July 1982 Hermes returns home from the Falklands.


HMS Hermes (R12) Harrier Trials 1977, Harrier GR.1 XV281, Harrier T.4A XW175 from RAE Bedford, Harrier GR.3 XZ138 and G-VTOL Harrier Mk.52 two-seater V/STOL company demonstrator.


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USS Yorktown (CV-5) in Dry Dock No. 1 at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, receiving urgent repairs from damage received during the Battle of the Coral Sea, she left Pearl Harbor the next day to participate in the Battle of Midway. 29 May, 1942
USS Admiralty Islands (CVE-99) off the California coast, 30 August 1945

The Casablanca class is unusual and interesting from a postwar standard.

During WWII, these and the Bogue classes were considered the worst of the CVEs, and they were often assigned to transport and training duties (by July 1945, 22 combat, 10 training, and 25 transports). According to early 1944 aviation schedules Admiralty Islands, and all of the last eight Casablancas, was initially slated to be a combat carrier, but a month after completion she was assigned to the Carrier Transport Squadron, where she remained until the end of the war.

After the war, the US had 45 remaining Casablanca class carriers, and kept 34 in reserve until the late 1950s for potential use as helicopter carriers and aircraft transports (most struck en masse 1958-1960). Of the 11 struck and scrapped in 1946-1947, the reasons behind why certain ships were retired isn't clear. For example, of the four Taffy 3 CVEs to survive, Kalinin Bay (severely damaged and becoming a transport carrier after repairs) and Kitkun Bay (combat carrier to end of war despite a January 1945 kamikaze) were struck in 1946, but White Plains (which had major machinery damage form shellfire) and Fanshaw Bay stayed in reserve.

But Admiralty Islands history is clear. DANFS makes many constant references to machinery trouble, including one time when two of her four boilers were inoperative. While there were three different boiler manufacturers for the class, there is no obvious pattern of ships with Babcock and Wilcox boilers like Admiralty Islands being retired early: four of the 16 were struck in 1946-1947, compared to five of 15 Foster Wheeler ships and two of 14 Combustion Engineering ships.
USS Yorktown (CV-5) This is her during her shakedown cruise, January 1938. Official NHHD photo 80-G-466153.
Seaplane carrier Giuseppe Miraglia in 1936

The Giuseppe Miraglia, originally ordered and laid down for the Italian State Railways, was taken over after her launch by the Regia Marina and renamed after an Italian naval aviator killed in an accident in 1915.

Interestingly, during conversion work she suffered from stability issues and ended up on her side; leading the salvage and repair work was an engineer named Umberto Pugliese - who would later, among other things, lead design work for the Littorio-class battleships).

Replacing makeshift solutions (such as the old protected cruiser Elba or the Europa), the Miraglia, upon her commissioning (1 November 1927), took over the maintenance and transport of the seaplanes assigned to the Italian squadrons. With two hangars, and a total capacity of twenty aircrafts, she could use both the catapult (visible in the picture) to launch them, or lower them onto the water (and from it they could be recovered as well).

She was used as an aircraft ferry in both the Italian invasion of Ethiopia and during the operations supporting the Nationalists in the Spanish Civil War. She survived World War II without damage (during which she tested the modified Reggiane RE.2000 fighter launchable by a catapult, to be used on the Littorio-class battleships), and, sailing from Venice, went to Malta after the Italian armistice on 8 September 1943. During the co-belligerence she also served as a submarine tender.

After the war, she was left to the Italian Navy; after being used to transport repatriated prisoners, she would serve as a barracks ship until her decommissioning and sale for scrap, in 1950.
USS Midway (CV-41) with HH-53's parked on the flight deck before Operation Frequent Wind, 1975

I got to visit Midway in late 1975 in Yokosuka during my first overseas deployment in HMAS Brisbane during April-October 1975 (Y)
USS Yorktown under aircraft attack, 6/6/1942. Painting by John Hamilton, official NHHD painting 80-142-V.
HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH (R08) entering Portsmouth Harbour, UK in March 2020
A dramatic night time image of a USMC F-35 aboard Italy’s CAVOUR during her recent trip to the US East Coast- Lockheed Martin photo

U.S. Navy - Aircraft Carrier (CVN-77) - USS "George H. W. Bush"with CVW-8 embarked - November 2013.

USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA 31) underway in the Gulf of Tonkin during a Vietnam War combat cruise in 1969.

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This striking series of photos from July 1943 shows attacks on German U-boat by aircraft from a U.S. Navy escort carrier. (NH-111313, NH-111308, NH-111284, and NH-111311)
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