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Light Aircraft Carriers - CVL

During W.W.II, Light Aircraft Carriers were constructed by converting existing Cruiser hulls in order to quickly increase the Navy's number of available floating flightdecks. The Light Aircraft Carriers were smaller than the Fleet Carriers but - unlike the slow Escort Carriers - they were able to keep up with the speeds of their larger sisters which made it easier for them to operate together.

Independence CVL 22 - class

Ship's NameHull NumberHomeport / Status
INDEPENDENCECVL 22decommissioned
PRINCETONCVL 23sunk October 24, 1944
BELLEAU WOODCVL 24decommissioned
COWPENSCVL 25decommissioned
MONTEREYCVL 26decommissioned
LANGLEYCVL 27decommissioned
CABOTCVL 28decommissioned
BATAANCVL 29decommissioned
SAN JACINTOCVL 30decommissioned

Saipan CVL 48 - class

Ship's NameHull NumberHomeport / Status
SAIPANCVL 48decommissioned
WRIGHTCVL 49decommissioned

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