The Essex-class was a class of aircraft carriers of the United States Navy, which constituted the 20th century's most numerous class of capital ships with 24 vessels built in both short-hull (Essex Class) and long-hull (Ticonderoga Class) versions.
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Designed to carry a larger air group Essex was over sixty feet longer and ten feet wider in beam, and more than a third heavier than the previous Class Carriers. Machinery arrangement and armor protection was greatly improved from previous designs. In fact, during the WWII, none of the Essex-class carriers were lost and two, USS Franklin (CV-13) and USS Bunker Hill (CV-17), came home under their own power even after receiving extremely heavy damage and were successfully repaired.
Some ships in the class would serve until well after the end of the Vietnam War as the class was retired by newer build classes. Saratoga would serve the US Navy until the 1980s.