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USS LANGLEY    (CVL-27)



CLASS - INDEPENDENCE
Displacement 11,000 Tons, Dimensions, 622' 6" (oa) x 71' 6" x 26' (Max)
Armament 24 x 40mm, 22 x 20mm AA, 30 Aircraft.
Armor, 5" Belt, 2" Decks, 1/2" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 100,000 SHP; G.E. Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 31.5 Knots, Crew 1569.

Operational and Building Data

Ordered as the Cleveland-class light cruiser Fargo (CL-85). Built by New York Shipbuilding. Reordered as carrier, renamed Crown Point and redesignated CV 27 31 March 1942. Laid down 11 April 1942; renamed Langley 13 Nov 1942; launched 22 May 1943, commissioned 31 Aug 1943.  Redesignated CVL 27 15 July 1943. Served with the Carrier TF during WWII. Decommissioned to reserve 11 Feb 1947.

FATE  Transferred to France 8 Jan 1951, overhauled during reactivation. Renamed La Fayette and commissioned into French service 2 June 1951, designated R96. Returned to US custody 20 March 1963; stricken for disposal on the same date; scrapped at Baltimore in 1964.


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In U.S. Service
CVL-27 Langley
NS022701
108k

Underway off Cape Henry, Virginia, (36 55'N; 75 45'W) with two SNJ training planes on her flight deck, 6 October 1943. Photographed by a blimp of squadron ZP-14, out of NAS Weeksville, N.C.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-87113).

NHC
CVL-27 Langley
NS022701a
159k

A K-class airship of Blimp Patrol Squadron (ZP) 14 overhead of USS Langley (CVL-27) off Norfolk, Virginia, on 6 October 1943.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, photo # 1996.488.132.004.

Mike Green
CVL-27 Langley
NS022711
101k

At anchor in harbor, February 1944.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-321677).

Scott Dyben
CVL-27 Langley
NS022715
99k

Lieutenant Commander Edward C. Outlaw, Commander Fighting Squadron 32 and Air Group 32, with other VF-32 pilots in flight quarters after a sweep over Truk, 29 April 1944. Note steward serving drinks, status boards on the bulkhead and ventilator on the overhead.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-233487).

NHC
CVL-27 Langley
NS022733
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Captain Wallace M. Dillon, CO, USS Langley (CVL-27), pictured on the flight deck of his ship with Fighting Squadron (VF) 32 pilot, Lieutenant (junior grade) Don "Dagwood" Reeves, May 1944. LT(JG) Reeves claimed four Japanese planes during the Truk raid, 29 April, but was lost, 11 June, over Saipan.

Photo courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum.

Bill Gonyo
CVL-27 Langley
NS022709
87k

An F6F "Hellcat" fighter landing "high" during flight operations in the vicinity of the Nansei Shoto, 10 October 1944. Task Force 38 carriers hit Japanese targets in the Okinawa area on that day.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-284074).

Scott Dyben
CVL-27 Langley
NS022716
103k

Scene on the flight deck, looking forward, as the carrier shoots down a Japanese plane during air attacks on Task Force 38 off Formosa, 14 October 1944. The falling plane is visible directly ahead of the ship.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-700447).

NHC
CVL-27 Langley
NS022710
104k

Anchored in Ulithi harbor, Caroline Islands, on 31 October 1944, following the Battle of Leyte Gulf. USS Hornet (CV-12) and many other ships are in the background.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-258424).

Scott Dyben
CVL-27 Langley
NS022712
89k

Task Group 38.3 enters Ulithi anchorage in column, 12 December 1944 [see Note below], while returning from strikes on targets in the Philippines. Ships are (from front): Langley (CVL-27); Ticonderoga (CV-14); Washington (BB-56); North Carolina (BB-55); South Dakota (BB-57); Santa Fe (CL-60); Biloxi (CL-80); Mobile (CL-63) and Oakland (CL-95).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-301351).

Scott Dyben
CVL-27 Langley
NS015655
52k

Task Group 38.3 beginning to reform a column formation after making a simultaneous turn to port. The ships are entering Ulithi Anchorage on December 12, 1944 [see Note below] after strikes against the Japanese in the Philippines. Ships visible in this photo are: Langley (CVL-27); Ticonderoga (CV-14); Washington (BB-56); North Carolina (BB-55); South Dakota (BB-57); Santa Fe (CL-60); Biloxi (CL-80); Mobile (CL-63) and Oakland (CL-95).

USN photo courtesy of Mike Green and Scott Dyben
   

Note: There is a problem with the official date of the photos above (NS022712 and NS015655: Task Group 38.3 arrived in Ulithi on December 2, 1944 after strikes against the Philippines; departed Ulithi again on December 11 to support General MacArthur's landings on Mindoro Island; was at sea, en route to the Philippines, on December 12; launched strikes against Japanese targets, December 14–16; endured Typhoon "Cobra," December 17–18; refueled and picked up survivors until December 21; and returned to Ulithi on December 24.

(Thanks to David Stubblebine, who pointed out the discrepancy).

 
CVL-27 Langley
NS022702
27k USS Langley taking heavy seas during operations against the Japanese in the Philippines while acting as part of screen for Task Force Group 38.3. December 12, 1944. (Photo # 301359). USN
DD-688 + CVL-27 Langley
NS0568815
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USS Remey (DD-688) alongside USS Langley (CVL-27), circa 1944. From the Milton W. Volkens Collection, via the Tailhook Association.

Angelo Romano, nava.archives@libero.it
CVL-27 Langley
NS022703
68k

USS Langley (CVL 27) rolling sharply as she rides out a Pacific storm.  Photographed from USS Essex (CV 9).  The original photograph is dated 13 January 1945, but Morison's, "History of U.S. Naval Operations in World War II", Vol. 13, captions this view as having been taken during the "Great Typhoon" of 18 December 1944.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-305484).

NHC
CVL-27 Langley
NS022737
100k

USS Langley (CVL-27) underway in heavy seas, followed by destroyers, 18 March 1945.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, photo # 1996.488.132.002.

Mike Green
CVL-27 Langley
NS022714
65k

USS Langley (CVL-27) underway with a task force in the Pacific, 27 March 1945. Photographed from USS McCord (DD-534).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-312491).

Scott Dyben
CVL-27 Langley
NS022736
113k

Sailors seen manning anti-aircraft gun tubs on USS Langley (CVL-27). The ship is steaming through a typhoon heavy seas in June 1945.

Peggy Thompson
Larger copy courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum (photo # 1996.488.132.003), via Mike Green
CVL-27 Langley
NS022704
87k

USS Langley (CVL 27) undergoes reactivation at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Pennsylvania, in January 1951. She was later transferred to the French Navy.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-425966).

NHC
The Crew
CVL-27 Langley
NS022738
77k

Captain (later Rear Admiral) Wallace M. "Gotch" Dillon was the first commanding officer of USS Langley (CVL-27). This photo of then-Lieutenant Commander Dillon was signed for his friend and classmate Joseph J. "Jocko" Clark.

"To Jock Clark, Commander, Bombardiers, from Gotch Dillon"

Jeff Stephan
CVL-27 Langley
NS022738a
148k
Models
CVL-27 Langley
NS022728
68k

Model of USS Langley (CVL-27) as she appeared during World War 2.

Courtesy of Joel Rosen, Motion Models
CVL-27 Langley
NS022728a
78k
CVL-27 Langley
NS022728b
82k
CVL-27 Langley
NS022728c
82k
CVL-27 Langley
NS022729
99k

Model of USS Langley (CVL-27), as she appeared during World War 2, on display at the National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida. Photos taken on 13 June 2008.

Photos by Judson Phillips
CVL-27 Langley
NS022729a
100k
In French Service
CVL-27 Langley
NS022717
91k

Raising of the French national flag, as the ship was formally transferred to France in ceremonies at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Pennsylvania, 2 June 1951. Note U.S. Navy bandsmen in the center foreground.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-429464).

NHC
CVL-27 Langley/La Fayette
NS022705a
138k

La Fayette (R96), ex-USS Langley (CVL-27), arriving in France on 11 September 1951, with her air group on deck. The air group consisted of 16 Grumman F6F-5 Hellcats, 4 F6F-5N Hellcat night fighters, and 12 Grumman TBM-3E Avengers. The carrier had just been transferred from the U.S. Navy to France. U.S. Navy photo from Naval Aviation News, November 1951.

Robert Hurst
CVL-27 Langley
NS022705
68k

French Aircraft Carrier La Fayette (R 96), formerly USS Langley (CVL 27).  Photographed 11 September 1951, probably at Toulon, France. Courtesy of Captain H.H. Smith-Hutton, USN, (Retired), via Captain Paul B. Ryan, USN, 1975.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph (# NH 81901).

Note: The original photo comes from the Marius Bar collection, reference A07730.

NHC
CVL-27 Langley
NS022718
96k

Ceremonies on board, at Toulon, France, 11 September 1951, commemorating her entry into service after she was transferred to the French Navy by the U.S. Navy. Among those present:

Vice Admiral Nomy (at microphone), Chief of French Naval General Staff. In Whites, behind VAdm. Nomy (right to left): Captain Rieu; Vice Admiral Pothnau, Commander, French Fleet; Vice Admiral Jozan, Commander, Carriers; and Vice Admiral Sala, Prefet Maritime, Toulon. Officers in Blues are: Captain H.H. Smith-Hutton, USN, Naval Attache; Rear Admiral Peries, French Navy, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air; Captain Kaufmann, USN; Commander Sannoner and two aides.

Courtesy of Captain H.H. Smith-Hutton, USN (Retired), via Captain Paul B. Ryan, USN, 1975.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph (# NH 81902).

NHC
CVL-27 Langley
NS022719
97k

Ceremonies on board, at Toulon, France, 11 September 1951, commemorating her entry into service after she was transferred to the French Navy by the U.S. Navy. Those present, in foreground, are:

Vice Admiral Pothnau (in Whites), Commanding French seagoing forces; Rear Admiral Peries (in Blues), Deputy Chief of Staff for French Naval Air; Vice Admiral Sala, Prefet Maritime, Toulon; Captain H.H. Smith-Hutton, USN, Naval Attache; and Captain Kaufmann, USN, (partially hidden).

Courtesy of Captain H.H. Smith-Hutton, USN (Retired), via Captain Paul B. Ryan, USN, 1975.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph (# NH 81904).

NHC
CVL-27 Langley/La Fayette
NS022722
68k

Date and location unknown. She is carrying SK-2 and SP radars.

Robert Hurst
CVL-27 Langley/La Fayette
NS022730
74k

Undated photo of La Fayette (ex-USS Langley, CVL-27), whilst underway. French Navy, official.

Photo and text from "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1958–1959."

Robert Hurst
CVL-27 Langley/La Fayette
NS022706
44k

La Fayette circa 1952, location unknown.

Robert Hurst
La Fayette
NS022732
107k

An F6F-5 Hellcat as it takes off from La Fayette (ex-USS Langley, CVL-27) as part of an airstrike in support of French ground forces. Photo French Navy.

From Aircraft Carriers, by Norman Polmar.

Robert Hurst
La Fayette
NS022734
151k

Two French Aéronavale SB2C-5 Helldivers from the light aircraft carrier La Fayette (ex-USS Langley) over Tonkin to seek out the enemy. French Navy photo.

From Aircraft Carriers, by Norman Polmar.

Robert Hurst
CVL-27 Langley
NS022721
76k

French Aircraft Carrier La Fayette (formerly USS Langley, CVL-27) prepares to launch a French Navy TBM-3E Avenger (USN Bureau # 85684) from her starboard catapult, during the 1950s.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph (# NH 92501).

NHC
La Fayette
NS022713
80k

La Fayette during war operations in Indochina, March–June 1953. Photo taken from La Fayette's helicopter.

Georges was aboard, working with aircraft catapults.

Georges Demichelis
La Fayette
NS022713a
221k

La Fayette steaming from Toulon to Indochina, March 1953.

Photo from the official album given to members of the crew. Georges's is number 471.

La Fayette
NS022713b
110k

Cap Saint Jacques, Indochina. Loading bombs for Hellcats and Helldivers.

Photo from the official album given to members of the crew. Georges's is number 471.

CVL-27 Langley
NS022720
58k

French warships off Nha Trang, Vietnam, during Operation Meknes and Atlas, 15-19 April 1953. The carrier La Fayette is at right. Colonial sloop in center may be Savorgnan de Brazza. The two aircraft tenders at left are Paul Goffeny and Commandant Robert Giraud.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph (# NH 79383).

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La Fayette
NS022713c
133k

End of the operation. Arrival in Saigon, May 1953.

Photo from the official album given to members of the crew. Georges's is number 471.

Georges Demichelis
La Fayette
NS022713d
179k

Catapult-launching a Hellcat.

Photo from the official album given to members of the crew. Georges's is number 471.

La Fayette
NS022713e
187k

Aviation officer guides planes in for recovering aboard La Fayette.

Photo from the official album given to members of the crew. Georges's is number 471.

CVL-27 Langley
NS022707
107k

French Aircraft Carrier La Fayette (R 96), formerly USS Langley (CVL 27) in Indo-china waters (Vietnam), 1953.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph (# NH 79384).

NHC
CVL-27 Langley/La Fayette
NS022723
43k

Circa 1954.

Robert Hurst
CVL-27 Langley/La Fayette
NS022724
46k

Circa 1954.

Robert Hurst
CVL-27 Langley/La Fayette
NS022731
65k

La Fayette entering Valletta Harbour, circa 1956. Photo A. & J. Pavia.

Photo and text from "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1956–1957."

Robert Hurst
CVL-27 Langley/La Fayette
NS022725
135k

At Toulon in October 1956 along with other French and British warships while preparing for the Suez operation. Ships are from top to bottom: the AA cruiser De Grasse, the aircraft carrier Arromanches (ex-HMS Colossus), the light cruiser Georges Leygues, the aircraft carrier HMS Eagle, the fleet oiler RFA Tiderange and Lafayette.

Robert Hurst
CVL-27 Langley/La Fayette
NS022726
72k

La Fayette, date and location unknown. Note lattice mast supporting an SPS-6 radar antenna between the pairs of funnels.

Robert Hurst
CVL-27 Langley
NS022708
117k French Carrier La Fayette, ex-Langley (CVL 27) at Mers-el-Kebir © R. Bail.
CVL-27 Langley/La Fayette
NS022727
69k

La Fayette (ex-USS Langley, CVL-27) underway in the early 1960s through the Suez Canal. Note both lifts are lowered, probably to ventilate the hangar.

Robert Hurst
CVL-27 Langley/La Fayette
NS022735
70k

Port bow oblique aerial view of La Fayette (R96)—ex-USS Langley (CVL-27)—underway circa 1961, location unknown. Note Piasecki (Vertol) HUP (later UH-25) Retriever helicopter forward of bridge and some of her aircraft complement parked aft with wings raised. Photo French Navy, Official.

Robert Hurst

For more photos and information about this ship, see:

USS LANGLEY CVL-27 History (Ex- CROWN POINT, Ex- FARGO CL-85)
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
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