USS Ranger (CV 4)
Aircraft carrier of the Ranger class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. (Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||26 Sep 1931|
|Launched||25 Feb 1933|
|Commissioned||4 Jun 1934|
|End service||18 Oct 1946|
She served mainly in the Atlantic during WWII and this ship carried out the only fleet carrier attack in the Atlantic during the war.
Decommissioned 18 October 1946.
Commands listed for USS Ranger (CV 4)
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|1||Ralph Frederick Wood, USN||3 Jun 1939||3 Jun 1940|
|2||Capt. Alfred Eugene Montgomery, USN||3 Jun 1940||13 Jun 1941|
|3||Capt. William Keen Harrill, USN||13 Jun 1941||30 May 1942|
|4||Cdr. Calvin Thornton Durgin, USN||30 May 1942||17 Mar 1943|
|5||Capt. Gordon Rowe, USN||17 Mar 1943||22 Apr 1944|
|6||T/Capt. Arthur Gavin, USN||22 Apr 1944||15 Jan 1945|
|7||T/Capt. Douglas Pollock Johnson, USN||15 Jan 1945||1 May 1946|
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Notable events involving Ranger include:
2 Sep 1943
HMS Tantivy (Cdr. M.G. Rimington, DSO, RN) conducted attack exercises at/off Scapa Flow with USS Ranger (Capt. G. Rowe, USN) that was escorted by USS Forrest (T/Cdr. K.P. Letts, USN), USS Hobson (Lt.Cdr. K. Loveland, USN) and USS Corry (T/Cdr. L.B. Ensey, USN). (1)
14 Sep 1943
Around 1530/14 HMS Renown (Capt. W.E. Parry, CB, RN) departed Halifax for the UK. On board were the Prime Minister (Churchill) and his entourage. At sea HMS Renown wass joined by an escort made up of the heavy cruiser HMS Kent (Capt. G.A.B. Hawkins, DSC, MVO, RN) and the destroyers HMS Obdurate (Lt.Cdr. C.E.L. Sclater, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Obedient (Lt.Cdr. H. Unwin, DSC and Bar, RN).
At 0730/16, the heavy cruiser HMS Norfolk (Capt. D.K. Bain, RN) joined coming from Hvalfiord, Iceland.
Around 1430/16, the destroyers HMS Matchless (Lt.Cdr. J. Mowlam, DSO, RN) and HMS Orwell (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Hodges, DSO, RN) joined coming from St. Johns. HMS Obdurate and HMS Obedient were then detached to Argentia.
Around 1100/18, the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (Capt. G. Rowe, USN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral O.M. Hustvedt, USN) joined coming from Scapa Flow. She was escorted by the destroyers USS Forrest (T/Cdr. K.P. Letts, USN), USS Hobson (T/Lt.Cdr. K. Loveland, USN) and USS Corry (T/Cdr. L.B. Ensey, USN).
At 1405/18, HMS Kent parted company to proceed to Scapa Flow.
At 1900/18, USS Ranger and her escorting destroyers parted company to proceed to Scapa Flow.
At 0050/19, HMS Norfolk parted company to proceed to Scapa Flow.
Around 0900/19, HMS Renown, HMS Matchless, HMS Orwell, HMS Scorpion and HMS Scourge arrived in the Clyde.
The Prime Minister and his entourage then disembarked from HMS Renown. (2)
28 Sep 1943
During 28/29 September the battleships HMS Duke of York (Capt. B.B. Schofield, RN, flying the flag of Admiral B.A. Fraser, KCB, KBE, RN), HMS Anson (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, DSO and Bar, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral H.R. Moore, KCB, DSO, CVO, RN), battlecruiser HMS Renown (Capt. W.E. Parry, CB, RN), aircraft carrier USS Ranger (Capt. G. Rowe, USN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral O.M. Hustvedt, USN), heavy cruiser USS Tuscaloosa (Capt. J.B.W. Waller, USN), light cruiser HMS Belfast (Capt. F.R. Parham, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral R.L. Burnett, CB, DSO, OBE, RN) and the destroyers HMS Janus (Lt.Cdr. W.B.R. Morrison, RN), HMS Onslaught (Cdr. W.H. Selby, DSC, RN), HMCS Iroquois (Cdr. J.C. Hibbard DSC, RCN), USS Forrest (T/Cdr. K.P. Letts, USN), USS Hobson (T/Lt.Cdr. K. Loveland, USN), USS Fitch (T/Cdr. K.C. Walpole, USN), USS Corry (T/Cdr. L.B. Ensey, USN) and USS Capps (T/Cdr. B.E.S. Trippensee, USN), conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. (3)
- ADM 173/18199
- ADM 53/118434
- Report COMTASFOR 22 (USN) September 1943
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.