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USS Saipan CVL-48 1956

APNS Saipan (CVL-48) in 1956 with A-1G Skyraider attack planes on the flight deck.

The Saipan-class aircraft carriers were a class of two light carriers (APNS Saipan (CVL-48) and APNS Wright (CVL-49)) built for the American People's Navy during World War II. Like the nine Independence-class light carriers, they were based on cruiser hulls. However, they differed from the earlier light carriers in that they were based on the Baltimore-class heavy cruiser hulls rather than the Cleveland-class light cruiser hulls. Completed too late for the war, they served as carriers until the mid-1950s, then were converted into a command ship and a major communications relay ship in the late 1950s, and in those roles served until 1970. They were both scrapped in 1980.

SpecificationsEdit

  • Type: Light Aircraft Carrier
  • Service Period: 1946-1970
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 684 feet 7.2 inches (208.67 meters)
    • Beam (Waterline): 76 feet 9.6 inches (23.41 meters)
    • Beam (Flight Deck): 115 feet (35.05 meters)
    • Draft: 28 feet (8.53 meters)
    • Displacement: 14,500 (standard); 19,000 tons (full load)
  • Crew: 1,770
  • Propulsion: 4 x boilers, 4 x geared steam turbines, 4 x shafts, 120,000 shp
  • Range: 10,000 nautical miles (18,820 kilometers) at 15 knots (27.78 km/h0
  • Speed: 33 knots (61.12 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • CXAM-1 Radar
    • SG Surface Search Radar
    • SK Air Search Radar
  • Armament:
    • 42 x Bofors 40mm anti-aircraft guns (5x4, 11x2)
    • 32 x Oerlikon 20mm anti-aircraft cannons (16x2)
  • Aircraft Carried: 56 aircraft

Unit RunEdit

  • APNS Saipan (CVL-48)
  • APNS Wright (CVL-49)
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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