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Axis & Allies War at Sea - USS Saratoga (CV 3)

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General Type Ship
Unit Type Carrier
Cost 26
Set Task Force
Manufacturer Hasbro
Country United States (Details)
Available 1941
Set ID 30
Rarity R
Class Name Lexington
Class Size 2
Armor 4
Vital 10
Hull Points 4
Speed 139.495
Primary 5/5/4/0
AA 7/0/-/-
Air Capacity 3
Special Ability Expert Dogfighter 2
Special Ability Expert Bomber
Special Ability Damage Control
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Class/Manufacturer History: The Lexington-class aircraft carriers were a pair of aircraft carriers built for the United States Navy (USN) during the 1920s. The ships were built on hulls originally laid down as battlecruisers after World War I, but under the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922, all U.S. battleship and battlecruiser construction was cancelled. The Treaty, however, allowed two of the unfinished ships to be converted to carriers. They were the first operational aircraft carriers in the USN and were used to develop carrier aviation tactics and procedures before World War II in a series of annual exercises.

They proved extremely successful as carriers and experience with the Lexington class convinced the Navy of the value of large carriers. They were the largest aircraft carriers in the USN until the Midway-class aircraft carriers were completed beginning in 1945. The ships served in World War II, seeing action in many battles. Although Lexington was sunk in the first carrier battle in history (the Battle of the Coral Sea) in 1942, Saratoga served throughout the war, despite being torpedoed twice, notably participating in the Battle of the Eastern Solomons in mid-1942 where her aircraft sank the Japanese light carrier Ryūjō. She supported Allied operations in the Indian Ocean and South West Pacific Areas until she became a training ship at the end of 1943. Saratoga returned to combat to protect American forces during the Battle of Iwo Jima in early 1945, but was badly damaged by kamikazes. The continued growth in the size and weight of carrier aircraft made her obsolete by the end of the war. In mid-1946, the ship was sunk during nuclear weapon tests in Operation Crossroads.

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Item created by: Lethe on 2015-05-31 17:46:30

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