Allied Warships

USS Wasp (ii) (CV 18)

Aircraft Carrier of the Essex class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeAircraft Carrier
PennantCV 18 
Built byBethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered9 Sep 1940 
Laid down18 Mar 1942 
Launched17 Aug 1943 
Commissioned24 Nov 1943 
End service1 Jul 1972 

Oriskany was renamed Wasp (ii) on 26 September 1942.
Decommissioned 17 February 1947.
Recommissioned 28 September 1951.
Decommissioned and stricken 1 July 1972.
Sold 21 May 1973 and broken up for scrap.

Former nameOriskany

Commands listed for USS Wasp (ii) (CV 18)

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1T/R.Adm. Clifton Albert Frederick Sprague, USN24 Nov 194322 Jul 1944
2T/Capt. Oscar Arthur Weller, USN22 Jul 19447 Jun 1945
3T/Capt. Wendell Gray Switzer, USN7 Jun 19454 Mar 1946

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