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Essex-class [r]: Ordered in 1940 and beginning delivery in 1943, originally twenty-four ship class was the backbone of U.S. WWII aircraft carrier operation, continuing in a secondary role well into the Cold War; planned later ships built to Ticonderoga (carrier)-class design; many went through postwar SCB-27 and SCB-125 conversion into Oriskany-class [e]

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