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USS Coral Sea (CV-43)

Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier

USS Coral Sea CV-43 became a veteran of the Vietnam War and the Iran Hostage Crisis before she met her end by way of retirement in 1990.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 6/9/2016
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Year: 1947
Ships-in-Class: 3
Named Ships: USS Midway (CV-41); USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42); USS Coral Sea (CV-43)
Complement: 4104
Length: 968 ft (295.05 m)
Width: 113 ft (34.44 m)
Height: 35 ft (10.67 m)
Displacement (Surface): 45,000 tons
Propulsion: Geared steam turbined developing 212,000 horsepower.
Speed (Surface): 33 kts (38 mph)
Operators: United States


18 x 5" /54 caliber Mk 16 guns
84 x 40mm Bofors Anti-Aircraft (AA) guns
68 x 20mm Oerlikon AA guns

Air Wing

World War 2-Era: Approximately 130 aircraft of various types.

Modern-Era: Up to 55 aircraft of various types.
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