Launched in 1930 and commissioned with a bottle of grape juice (remember Prohibition?). Designed as a carrier from start to finish, the USS Ranger was one of the first truly built carriers in the United States Navy.
Although often overlooked by many who were blinded by the bigger carriers operating out of the Pacific, the Ranger has a excellent performance history, including operations in Europe.
Unfortunately, due to changing navy requirements, she was scrapped only a few years after the war.
For more details, try the links below, including some amazing photographs available through the Naval Historical Center.
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