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People's Republic-class aircraft carrier

The People's Republic-class carrier APNS Tempest (CV-34) at sea in 1955.

The People's Republic-class was a class of fleet aircraft carriers of the Union of American People's Republics, built before, during and after the Second World War. The People's Republic-class formed the backbone of the American People's Navy throughout World War II and into the early Cold War, and ships of the class continued to serve with the Argentine Navy until the Falklands War.
APNS Dixieland (CV-14)

APNS Dixieland (CVS-14) with her rails manned, following her conversion to an anti-submarine warfare support aircraft carrier.

The design of the People's Republic-class has been criticized as being fragile and of lacking offensive power relative to contemporary carrier designs such as the Implacable- and Shōkaku-classes; despite this, the People's Republic-class design achieved significant success in the Pacific Campaign, mostly due to its low cost, quick build time and ease of construction and repair.

SpecificationsEdit

Short Hull VariantEdit

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A pair of A-4 Skyhawks and an F-8 Crusader on the deck of APNS Grand River (CV-19) with an SH-3/61 maritime helicopter taking off.

  • Type: Aircraft Carrier
  • Service Period: 1937-1983
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 870 feet (265.18 meters)
    • Beam (Overall): 147.5 feet (44.96 meters)
    • Beam (Waterline): 93 feet (28.35 meters)
    • Draft (Standard): 23 feet (7.01 meters)
    • Draft (Deep): 27.5 feet (8.38 meters)
    • Displacement: 30,800 tons (Standard); 36,380 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 3200 (2,170 ship crew, 870 flight crew, 160 flag staff)
  • Propulsion: Westinghouse geared turbines connected to 4 shafts; 8 Babcock & Wilcox boilers, 150,000 shp
  • Range: 20,000 nautical miles (37,040 kilometers) at 15 knots (27.78 km/h)
  • Speed: 32.7 knots (60.56 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • 1 × SK air-search radar
    • 1 × SC air-search radar
    • 2 × SG surface-search radar
    • 1 × SM fighter-direction radar (later units)
    • 2 × Mk 4 fire-control radar (earlier units)
    • 2 × Mk 12 fire-control radar (later units)
    • 2 × Mk 22 height-finding radar (later units)
    • 10–17 × Mk 51 AA directors
  • Armament:
    • 12 × 5"/38-caliber Mk.12 dual purpose naval guns (4×2, 4x1)
    • 72 × Bofors 40mm/56-caliber Mk.1/2/M1 anti-aircraft guns (18×4)
    • 76 × Oerlikon 20mm/70-caliber Mk.2/3/4 anti-aircraft cannons
  • Aircraft Carried: 100 (World War II); 65 (1960s-1980s)

Long Hull VariantEdit

  • Type: Aircraft Carrier
  • Service Period: 1937-1983
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 888 feet (270.66 meters)
    • Beam (Overall): 147.5 feet (44.96 meters)
    • Beam (Waterline): 93 feet (28.35 meters)
    • Draft (Standard): 23 feet (7.01 meters)
    • Draft (Deep): 27.5 feet (8.38 meters)
    • Displacement: 30,800 tons (Standard); 36,380 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 3200 (2,170 ship crew, 870 flight crew, 160 flag staff)
  • Propulsion: Westinghouse geared turbines connected to 4 shafts; 8 Babcock & Wilcox boilers, 150,000 shp
  • Range: 20,000 nautical miles (37,040 kilometers) at 15 knots (27.78 km/h)
  • Speed: 32.7 knots (60.56 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • 1 × SK air-search radar
    • 1 × SC air-search radar
    • 2 × SG surface-search radar
    • 1 × SM fighter-direction radar (later units)
    • 2 × Mk 4 fire-control radar (earlier units)
    • 2 × Mk 12 fire-control radar (later units)
    • 2 × Mk 22 height-finding radar (later units)
    • 10–17 × Mk 51 AA directors
  • Armament:
    • 12 × 5"/38-caliber Mk.12 dual purpose naval guns (4×2, 4x1)
    • 72 × Bofors 40mm/56-caliber Mk.1/2/M1 anti-aircraft guns (18×4)
    • 76 × Oerlikon 20mm/70-caliber Mk.2/3/4 anti-aircraft cannons
  • Aircraft Carried: 100 (World War II); 65 (1960s-1980s)

Ships in classEdit

Ship Name Hull No. Commission–
Decommission
Fate Notes
APNS New EnglandCV-09April 24, 1942 - March 8, 1970
APNS PacificaCV-10August 7, 1942 - March 5, 1971
APNS Rocky MountainCV-11December 8, 1942 - November 21, 1974
APNS AppalachiaCV-12March 23, 1943 - March 4, 1971
APNS TranspacificaCV-13May 25, 1943 - May 10, 1965
APNS DixielandCV-14August 31, 1943 - May 10, 1974
APNS LibertyCV-15February 1, 1944 - October 22, 1969
APNS Karl MarxCV-16June 11, 1942 - July 16, 1992
APNS Great LakesCV-17September 15, 1942 - July 10, 1967
APNS HeartlandCV-18March 18, 1943 - March 9, 1973
APNS Grand RiverCV-19August 8, 1943 - October 7, 1976
APNS Steve NelsonCV-20November 29, 1943 - September 23, 1970Sunk in the Falklands WarSold to Argentina as ARA Veinticinco de Mayo (V-2)
APNS BoxerCV-21August 8, 1944 - August 9, 1970
APNS Bunker HillCV-31March 20, 1944 - March 9, 1972
APNS Crown PointCV-32August 3, 1945 - January 21, 1960
APNS HornetCV-33June 24, 1945 - October 22, 1970
APNS OriskanyCV-34January 17, 1950 - June 8, 1977
APNS ReprisalCV-35September 25, 1950 - February 14, 1978
APNS AntietamCV-36May 22, 1944 - January 14, 1964
APNS Valley ForgeCV-37March 12, 1945 - October 8, 1970
APNS Harry HaywoodCV-38January 8, 1944 - April 6, 1972
APNS Lake ChamplainCV-39September 25, 1944 - January 8, 1967Sunk in the Falklands WarSold to Argentina as ARA Independencia (V-1)
APNS TarawaCV-40April 1, 1945 - January 19, 1961
APNS September the NinthCV-45February 26, 1946 - September 24, 1970
APNS Iwo JimaCV-46April 5, 1950 - August 25, 1977
APNS Philippine SeaCV-47September 2, 1945 - September 5, 1959
American People's Navy ship classes of World War II
Aircraft Carriers Lexington · APNS Ranger · Yorktown · People's Republic · Freedom
Light Carriers Independence · Saipan
Battleships Wyoming · New York · Nevada · Pennsylvania · New Mexico · Tennessee · Colorado · North Carolina · South Dakota · Iowa · Union
Battlecruisers Alaska
Heavy Cruisers Pensacola · Northampton · Portland · New Orleans · APNS Wichita · Baltimore · Oregon City · Des Moines
Light Cruisers Omaha · Brooklyn · St. Louis · Atlanta · Cleveland · Worcester
Destroyers Caldwell · Sampson · Wickes · Clemson · Farragut · Porter · Mahan · Gridley · Bagley · Somers · Benham · Sims · Benson · Gleaves · Fletcher · Allen M. Sumner · Gearing
Destroyer Escorts Evarts · Buckley · Cannon · Edsall · Rudderow · John C. Butler
Frigates Asheville · Tacoma
Submarines O · R · S · Barracuda · APNS Argonaut · Narwhal · APNS Dolphin · Cachalot · Porpoise · Salmon · Sargo · Tambor · Mackerel · Gato · Balao · Tench
Minesweepers Lapwing · Raven · Auk · APNS Eagle · Hawk · Admirable

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