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Golden Gate Bridge

Two U.S. aircraft carriers passing under the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco.

To the left we have USS Lexington (CV-2), 36,000 ts, launched on Oct. 3rd, 1925 by Fore River Shipbuilding Co., Quincy and sunk on May 8th, 1942 by Japanese aircraft in the Battle of the Coral Sea.
To the right is USS

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Below. another view of USS Ranger, at her launching in 1933. Ranger was the U.S. Navy's first aircraft carrier to have been designed specifically for that purpose, and remained the only ship of her class. The earlier USS Lexington was built on a hull intended for a battle-cruiser which had been deliberately left unfinished as a result the Post-World War I Washington Naval Treaty. Like her British counterpart, HMS Hermes, USS Ranger's design was considered to be something of an experiment, and she was smaller and slower than the carriers which followed later. Nevertheless, many of the design principals established with the construction of USS Ranger were carried over into the design of the later carriers.

Because she was considered relatively small and slow, USS Ranger became the only U.S. fleet carrier to spend most of World War II in the Atlantic during World War II. She operated alongside the British Home Fleet for quite a bit of time, and had a prominent role during the amphibious invasion of North Africa during November 1942.

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