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WRIGHT   CVL-49 / AVT-7 / CC-2



United States

Type: CVL / AVT / CC
Class: SAIPAN - two in class
Builder: New York Shipbuilders
Commissioned: February, 1947
Displacement: 14,500 tons

Dimensions: (in feet and inches)

683' 7" x 108' x 27'
Belt: 4"
Bulkheads: 4"
Deck: 2.5"
Machinery: 4-shaft General Electric turbines, 4 Babcock and Wilcox boilers; 120,000shp.  Oil:  2,400 tons.  Range:  13,000nm at 15 knots.
Speed: 33 knots
40 40mm AA 5x4, 10x2
32 20mm AA 16x2
48 aircraft
Compliment: 1,821



Sister ship:  SAIPAN



Notes:  In 1943, Admiral King ordered a continuing program of two light carriers per year; the first two ships were to be ready by December, 1945, to replace expected war losses.  The new ships were to be based on the BALTIMORE class heavy cruiser hulls; no heavy cruisers were to be converted, but the use of an existing hull plan would (it seemed) to make for a simpler design.  As it turned out, an entirely new hull was designed, without the torpedo bulges of the INDEPENDENCE class.  The anti-aircraft battery was augmented, but 5" guns were not provided.  Only two ships were built; by the time the next two were to be ordered, World War II had ended and further orders were cancelled.  The aircraft carried were 36 fighters and 12 torpedo-bombers.  But the two were rather cramped for jet operations, and they served most of their "carrier careers" as training carriers.  


WRIGHT was commissioned on 9 February 1947, and served in the Atlantic and Mediterranean for over six years.  A 1952 refit saw her "number two" funnel removed, reducing their number to three.  After a four-month overhaul (from July through October, 1953), WRIGHT was transferred to the Pacific Fleet, where she served until 15 March 1956, when she was decommissioned and placed in the Reserve at Bremerton, Washington.  On 15 May 1959, WRIGHT was reclassified as an auxiliary aircraft transport (AVT-7), but she never served in that role.  In March, 1962, WRIGHT was taken to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for conversion into a command ship.  The conversion took nearly a year, during which time WRIGHT was fitted with command and control facilities and much of her flight deck was covered with a variety of antenna; she did retain the ability to operate three helicopters.  Reclassified as CC-2, WRIGHT returned to active duty and was transferred back to the Atlantic Fleet and was based at Norfolk, Virginia.  WRIGHT served in the Atlantic until her decommissioning on 27 May 1970, when she was placed in Reserve at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.  WRIGHT was stricken from the Navy List on 1 December 1977 and sold for scrapping on 1 August 1980.



hansa_231-2_wright_cvl_1947_-_201.jpg (21977 bytes) Hansa 231/2 (as CVL, 1947)
hansa_231_wright_cvl-49_1947_-_01.jpg (87161 bytes) Hansa 231 (as CVL, 1952)
hansa_231-1_wright_cc-2_1963_-_01.jpg (14785 bytes) Hansa 231/1 (as CC-2)
hansa_231-1_wright_cc-2_1963_-_02.jpg (13458 bytes) Hansa 231/1 (as CC-2)
hansa_231-1_wright_cc-2_1963_-_03.jpg (151532 bytes) Hansa 231/1 (as CC-2)
hansa_231-1_wright_cc-2_1963_-_04.jpg (184715 bytes) Hansa 231/1 (as CC-2)
hansa_231-1_wright_cc-2_1963_-_05.jpg (179256 bytes) Hansa 231/1 (as CC-2)
hansa_231-1_wright_cc-2_1963_-_06.jpg (168927 bytes) Hansa 231/1 (as CC-2)
scratchbuilt_wright_cc-2_1965_by_john_youngerman_-_201.jpg (16997 bytes)

circa 1965 (as CC-2)

Scratchbuilt by John Youngerman

scratchbuilt_wright_cc-2_1965_by_john_youngerman_-_202.jpg (16144 bytes)

circa 1965 (as CC-2)

Scratchbuilt by John Youngerman