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UNITED STATES   (CVA-58)

United States - line drawing
© Thoralf Doehring. Used with permission.


United States Class Aircraft Carrier
Ordered Laid down Launched Commissioned Decommissioned Cancelled
10 Aug 1948 18 Apr 1949       23 Apr 1949
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Newport News, Va.

Specifications
(Contract Design, March 1949)
Displacement: 79,000 tons
Dimensions (wl): 1,030' x 125' x ?  /  313.9 x 38.1 x ? meters
Dimensions (max.): 1.080' x 190'  /  329.2 x 57.9 meters
Armor: 2" flight deck; 1.5" hangar deck; 1.5" protective deck(s) (3" over magazines and gasoline); 60-lb hull-side belt, 30-lb & 25-lb hangar sides
Power plant: 8 boilers (1,200 psi, 950°F); 4 steam turbines; 4 shafts; 280,000 shp
Speed: 33 knots
Endurance (design): 12,000 nautical miles @ 20 knots
Armament: 8 single 5"/54 gun mounts; 8 twin 3"/70 gun mounts; 20 single 20-mm guns mounts
Aircraft: 18 bombers (ADR-62, 100,000 lb) + 80 fighters (F2H-1)
Aviation facilities: 3 deck-edge, 1 aft elevators; 4 H-9 hydraulic catapults (flight deck)
Crew: 4,000+ (ship's company + air wing)

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CVA-58 was named United States on 2 February 1949, the third US warship to bear the name.

  1. US Frigate United States was one of six frigates authorized by Congress on 27 March 1794 and the first American warship launched under the naval provisions of the Constitution. She was launched and commissioned in 1797 and was not ordered broken up until 1865.
    NS098654911: USF United States, left, engaging HMS Macedonian, 26 October 1812. Image from Frigates of the Napoleonic Wars, by Robert Gardiner, via Robert Hurst.
  2. The second United States (CC-6) would have been a Lexington-class battle cruiser but her construction was cancelled under the terms of the Washington Treaty for the Limitation of Naval Armaments of 1922.
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Plans for the aircraft carrier USS United States (CVA-58), 1947. Architectural and Engineering Drawings. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Record Group 19.

NS025805: Sheet 1. ARC Identifier: 167818897.

NS025805a: Sheet 2. ARC Identifier: 167818899.

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Preliminary design model of the future USS United States (CVA-58) undergoing seakeeping tests at the David Taylor Model Basin, Carderock, Maryland, circa 1947. This is an early version of the CVA-58 design, without catapult sponsons. Aircraft models on the flight deck appear to represent the F7U fighter and a notional heavy attack bomber.

Copied from photographs in File F-3, B-36 Carrier Characteristics File in the records of OP-23, held by the Operational Archives Branch, Naval Historical Center, 1982.

NS025802: Note the folding smokestacks in the "up" position. U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command photo (# NH 93831).

NS025802a: Note the folding smokestacks in the "down" position, as they would have been during flight operations. U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command photo (# NH 93832).

NS025802b: Note the folding smokestacks in the "up" position and large amount of water splashed out around the bow. U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command photo (# NH 93833).

NS025802c: Note the folding smokestacks in the "down" position. U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command photo (# NH 93834).

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
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Artist's conception of the future USS United States (CVA-58) by Bruno Figallo, October 1948, showing the ship's approximate planned configuration as of that time. Many details, among them the location of smoke stacks, elevators and the retractable bridge, were then still not finally decided.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), # 80-G-706108.

Carl Muller
Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
NARA,
via Michael Mohl
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The January 1949 issue of Popular Science Monthly included a 7-page article, "Why the Navy Wants Supercarriers," about the projected USS United States.

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Workmen lay the ship's 15-ton keel plate and initial shell plate, in a construction dry dock at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company shipyard, Newport News, Virginia, 18 April 1949. The carrier was cancelled a few days later, on 23 April.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-707175).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
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Ship's keel plate being laid in a construction dry dock at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company shipyard, Newport News, Virginia, 18 April 1949. The carrier was cancelled a few days later, on 23 April.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-707176).

Carl Muller
Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com


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