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WW2 USN Ships and Submarines (1939-1945)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 6/26/2014

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

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There are a total of 71 WW2 US Naval Ships and Submarines in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1941
ELCO PT Boat (Patrol Torpedo)
Prior to (and during) World War 2, the United States Navy (USN) contracted out to three primary manufacturers for the constru...
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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 assault has been a key tool in ...
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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 through the exploits of the ...
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1941
HMS Victorious (R38)
HMS Victorious was the result of the growing British naval arms movement amidst rising tensions in Europe being spearheaded b...
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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 scratch. With the rise of Hit...
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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 Baltimore, Maryland, on Se...
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1946
USCGC Eagle (WIX-327)
German leader Adolf Hitler was pressing the Kriegsmarine (German Navy) to increase the number of naval officers for his impen...
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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 course of World War 2. H...
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1915
USS Arizona (BB-39)
The USS Arizona was in service as early as 1914 and saw action alongside British friendlies in World War 1. The battleship wa...
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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 operated primarily in the...
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1918
USS Bali (ID-2483)
The freighter SS Bali was completed at the Rotterdam Dry Dock Company shipyard at Rotterdam, Netherlands in 1917 as a steel-h...
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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. The vessel accounted for ...
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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 World War 2 and survived l...
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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 Rio Parana - a river in Sou...
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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 of the war. By far a sup...
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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 special bill somewhere betwe...
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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 boats and, along with the B...
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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 known of the last wherea...
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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 ship. The firms Bethlehem ...
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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 the "Hornet" name. She f...
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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 vessel was constructed at...
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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 designed from the new Essex-...
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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 War 2. She was followed by...
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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 Bartlett Laffey who was a...
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1922
USS Langley (CV-1) (AV-3)
The USS Langley (CV-1) was the United States Navy's first aircraft carrier. The hull of the Langley had seen prior years of...
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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 mines in harbors and on the s...
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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 inter-war years, supplyin...
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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 of which 77 were produce...
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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 was the second ship making...
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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. She was the third ship ...
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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 claim to having fought in...
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1940
USS Montana (BB-67)
To counter the growing threats posed by Japanese warships, particularly the mighty IJN Yamato battleship - considered by most...
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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 Pacific Theater of War assi...
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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 New Mexico (BB-40). The ba...
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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 commissioned on 10/03/1938. ...
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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 the various islands makin...
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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 was a conventional diesel...
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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 built from the keel up. ...
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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. The hull of the Robert...
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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 decorated ship in the histo...
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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). "Sara" was actually co...
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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 Navy in World War II by t...
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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 launched on June 7, 1941...
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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 battleships commissioned i...
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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 during World War 2. She was ...
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1944
USS Wisconsin (BB-64)
Though numbered before the USS Missouri (BB 63), the USS Wisconsin (BB 64) actually completed construction before her sister ...
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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 through some of the more im...
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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 Yorktown (CV-5) was anoth...
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