Commissioned in October 1944, the USS Randolph CV-15 was an Essex-class aircraft carrier employed by the US Navy in the Pacific theater of World War II. She was Task Force 58’s flagship. Her aircraft provided air support to the US troops fighting on Okinawa in May 1945. She also conducted air strikes against Japanese airfields and naval bases on Japan’s main island of Honshu at the end of the war. On March 11, 1945, USS Randolph had been struck on the starboard side of her hull by a Japanese kamikaze aircraft; 27 US sailors died during this attack. She was phased out in 1948 but would be recommissioned in 1953 to remain in service with the US Navy until 1973. Like several WWII carriers, she was upgraded with powerful steam catapults and a new angled flight deck, which enabled her to operate jet aircraft during the Cold War.

Weapons

During World War II, her offensive weaponry consisted of 100 aircraft (Grumman F6F, Vought F4U Corsair, Douglas SBD Dauntless), which could wreak havoc on enemy positions hundred of miles away. To protect her against air attacks, she was also equipped with twelve 127mm (5″) guns, thirty-two 40mm Bofors AA guns, and seventy 20mm AA guns.

Power plant

Like all the carriers of her class, the USS Randolph was powered by 4 Westinghouse steam turbines, connencted to 4 shafts and supplied by 8 boilers, delivering 150,000 hp.

Specifications

Length: 271 m (296 yd)

Beam: 28 m (30 yd)

Draft: 8.7 m

Displacement: 28,000 tons

Speed: 33 knots

Range: 18,000 nautical miles

Crew: 3,000 men

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