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World War 2 U.S. Navy Ships and Submarines (1939-1945)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 1/19/2016

Born from the ashes of Pearl Harbor, the United States Navy became a force to be reckoned with in the Second World War.





There are a total of (92) World War 2 U.S. Navy Ships and Submarines (1939-1945) in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin. Thsi listing also includes landing craft and special mission boats.




1941
ELCO PT Boat (Patrol Torpedo)
Prior to (and during) World War 2, the United States Navy (USN) contracted out to three primary manu... [Read More]
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1941
Higgins Boat LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel)
Since the first boat was used to assault enemy-held shores in ancient warfare, the amphibious assaul... [Read More]
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1942
Higgins PT Boat (Patrol Torpedo)
The American side of the PT boat ("Patrol Torpedo") wars of World War 2 are primarily remembered thr... [Read More]
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1941
HMS Victorious (R38)
HMS Victorious was the result of the growing British naval arms movement amidst rising tensions in E... [Read More]
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1942
Huckins PT Boat (Patrol Torpedo)
The United States Navy undertook an all-new endeavor in the late 1930s to built a PT force from scra... [Read More]
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1943
Landing Ship Tank (LST)
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1942
SS John W. Brown B4611
The SS John W. Brown (B-4611) was a "Liberty" ship launched at the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard in B... [Read More]
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1946
USCGC Eagle (WIX-327)
German leader Adolf Hitler was pressing the Kriegsmarine (German Navy) to increase the number of nav... [Read More]
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1942
USS Alabama (BB-60)
The American Navy became one of the most powerful fighting forces in the world during World War 2 (1... [Read More]
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1944
USS Alamance (AKA-75)
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1943
USS Appalachian (AGC-1)
The USS Appalachian was an amphibious support ship in service with the United States Navy during the... [Read More]
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1916
USS Arizona (BB-39)
USS Arizona (BB-39) was one of two Pennsylvania-class super-dreadnought battleships completed for se... [Read More]
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1912
USS Arkansas (BB-33)
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1944
USS Attu (CVE-102)
The USS Attu was an escort aircraft carrier serving with the United States Navy in World War 2. She ... [Read More]
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1943
USS Balao (SS-285)
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1918
USS Bali (ID-2483)
The freighter SS Bali was completed at the Rotterdam Dry Dock Company shipyard at Rotterdam, Netherl... [Read More]
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1943
USS Bluefish (SS-222)
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1943
USS Bowfin (SS-287)
The USS Bowfin earned herself a grand reputation for her sea-going prowess in the Second World War. ... [Read More]
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1943
USS Cabot (CVL-28)
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1921
USS California (BB-44)
USS California (BB-44) served as one of the key components of the American Navy push to Tokyo, Japan... [Read More]
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1943
USS Canberra (CA-70)
The USS Canberra was a United States naval warship that was put into action in the middle years of W... [Read More]
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1931
USS Chicago (CA-29)
The Northampton-class cruisers were born as a six-strong group during the decade following the close... [Read More]
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1945
USS Clamagore (SS-343)
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1942
USS Cleveland (CL-55)
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1940
USS Dixmude (A-609)
The French escort carrier Dixmude A-609 was built in the United States in 1939 first named as the Ri... [Read More]
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1937
USS Downes (DD-375)
World War 2 (1939-1945) made veterans of many fighting ships and their crews. USS Downes (DD-375) wa... [Read More]
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1941
USS Drum (SS-228)
When the United States entered into war with the Empire of Japan, it understood its undersea fightin... [Read More]
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1938
USS Enterprise (CV-6)
The original "Big E", the USS Enterprise of World War 2 fame, became one of the most storied vessels... [Read More]
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1942
USS Essex (CV-9)
With the various post-World War 1 naval treaties no longer enforceable thanks to the withdrawal of n... [Read More]
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1945
USS Fall River (CA-131)
From the age of sail onwards, navies from around the world needed a class of warship to fit that spe... [Read More]
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1942
USS Fletcher (DD-445)
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1944
USS Franklin (CV-13)
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1945
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42)
Even before the situation in the European Campaign of World War 2 (1939-1945) had settled, American ... [Read More]
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1941
USS Gato (SS-212)
The USS Gato (SS-212) was the lead ship of the large Gato-class submarine fleet which numbered 77 bo... [Read More]
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1942
USS Grunion (SS-216)
The USS Grunion (SS 216) is best known for her mysterious dissappearance. Until recently, little was... [Read More]
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1943
USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60)
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1940
USS Harris (APA-2)
In the 1920's the tourist and business trade from the United States to the Orient was by passenger s... [Read More]
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1943
USS Hornet (CV-12)
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1941
USS Hornet (CV-8)
When launched, the USS Hornet (CV-8) became the seventh ship in United States naval history to carry... [Read More]
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1943
USS Independence (CVL-22)
USS Independence (CVL-22) was a conventionally-powered aircraft carrier ordered in the build up to W... [Read More]
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1932
USS Indianapolis (CA-35)
USS Indianapolis was the second ship built as an 8 inch 9,800 ton Portland-class heavy cruiser. The ... [Read More]
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1943
USS Intrepid (CV-11)
The USS Intrepid served the United States Navy throughout World War 2 and beyond. The vessel was des... [Read More]
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1943
USS Iowa (BB-61)
The USS Iowa (BB-61) was the lead ship of the massive and powerful Iowa-class battleships of World W... [Read More]
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1944
USS John C. Butler (DE-339)
The John C. Butler-class was laid down as Destroyer Escorts (DE) during World War 2 (1939-1945) and ... [Read More]
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1920
USS John D. Ford (DD-228)
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1943
USS Kalinin Bay (CVE-68)
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1944
USS Laffey (DD-724)
The USS Laffey (DD-724), a United States Navy Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer, was named for seaman ... [Read More]
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1922
USS Langley (CV-1)
The USS Langley (CV-1) was the United States Navy's first aircraft carrier. The hull of the Langle... [Read More]
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1943
USS Langley (CVL-27)
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1918
USS Lapwing (AM-1)
Leading up to 1917, the United States Navy had used sloops and tugs to locate and destroy enemy mine... [Read More]
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1927
USS Lexington (CV-2)
The USS Lexington (CV-2) and the USS Saratoga (CV-3) both served the United States Navy well in the ... [Read More]
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1943
USS Ling (SS-297)
The Ling (SS-297) is a late model Balao-class and was the result of an improved Gato-class submarine... [Read More]
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1944
USS Lionfish (SS-298)
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1943
USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56)
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1921
USS Maryland (BB-46)
The storied USS Maryland (BB-46) was born from the fighting of World War 1 (1914-1918). The vessel w... [Read More]
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1942
USS Massachusetts (BB-59)
Following the events of Pearl Harbor, the United States Navy was given major funding to construct al... [Read More]
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1934
USS Minneapolis (CA-36)
The USS Minneapolis was purchased and constructed before America had become embroiled in World War 2... [Read More]
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1944
USS Missouri (BB-63)
The USS Missouri (BB-63) is one of the most storied American warships ever constructed. Few can lay ... [Read More]
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1940
USS Montana (BB-67)
To counter the growing threats posed by Japanese warships, particularly the mighty IJN Yamato battle... [Read More]
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1916
USS Nevada (BB-36)
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1942
USS New Jersey (BB-62)
Designed and operated in the early 1940's, the USS New Jersey saw extensive combat actions in the Pa... [Read More]
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1918
USS New Mexico (BB-40)
The first United States Navy (USN) vessel to carry the namesake of the State of New Mexico was USS N... [Read More]
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1914
USS New York (BB-34)
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1941
USS North Carolina (BB-55)
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1916
USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
Succeeding the two-strong New York-class of battleships entering construction 1911 was the two-stron... [Read More]
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1916
USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
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1938
USS Phoenix (CL-46)
USS Phoenix (CL-46), was number five of seven built of the Brooklyn-class light cruisers and was com... [Read More]
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1943
USS Pillsbury (DE-133)
The United States Navy grew into a formidable fighting force during World War 2 (1939-1945) as all m... [Read More]
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1944
USS Piranha (SS-389)
Key to victory in the Pacific Theater during World War 2 was control of the vital waterways between ... [Read More]
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1935
USS Porpoise (SS-172)
USS Porpoise (SS-172) led her 10-strong class prior to and during World War 2 (1939-1945). The boat ... [Read More]
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1934
USS Ranger (CV-4)
The USS Ranger (CV-4) was the first aircraft carrier for the US Navy to be specifically designed and... [Read More]
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1924
USS Sable (IX-81)
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1943
USS Saint Lo (CVE-63)
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1938
USS Salmon (SS-182)
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1944
USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413)
USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413) was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort of the United States Navy... [Read More]
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1942
USS San Diego (CL-53) (CLAA-53)
By the time World War 2 had ended in 1945, the USS San Diego (CL-53) would become the second-most de... [Read More]
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1943
USS San Jacinto (CVL-30)
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1927
USS Saratoga (CV-3)
USS Saratoga (CV-3) was identical to her sister (and lead ship of the class) the USS Lexington (CV-2... [Read More]
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1943
USS Serpens (AK-97)
USS Serpens was the 18th Crater class freighter cargo ship constructed for use by the United States ... [Read More]
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1942
USS South Dakota (BB-57)
USS South Dakota was built by the New York Shipbuilding Corporation at the Camden, NJ dock works and... [Read More]
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1920
USS Tennessee (BB-43)
USS Tennessee (BB-43) formed the lead ship of the Tennessee-class battleships in service to the Unit... [Read More]
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1914
USS Texas (BB-35)
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1944
USS Ticonderoga (CV-14)
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1911
USS Utah (BB-31)
USS Utah (BB-31) was a Dreadnought battleship belonging to the Florida-class revealed in the period ... [Read More]
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1942
USS Wahoo (SS-238)
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1941
USS Washington (BB-56)
The USS Washington (BB-56) was part of the United States Navy's two-strong North Carolina-class of b... [Read More]
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1940
USS Wasp (CV-7)
The USS Wasp (CV-7) was a conventionally aircraft carrier in service with the United States Navy dur... [Read More]
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1944
USS Wisconsin (BB-64)
Though numbered before the USS Missouri (BB 63), the USS Wisconsin (BB 64) actually completed constr... [Read More]
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1942
USS Wolverine (IX-64)
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1944
USS Wrangell (AE-12)
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1943
USS Yorktown (CV-10 / CVA-10 / CVS-10)
The USS Yorktown (CV-10, CVA-10, CVS-10) was born from the fighting of World War 2 and persevered th... [Read More]
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1937
USS Yorktown (CV-5)
The United States Navy resurrected the "Yorktown" name several times during its history and the USS ... [Read More]
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