USS Essex CV-9 Aircraft Carrier U.S. Navy sits in dry dock. Prototype of the Essex class carriers built at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company in Virginia.
Japanese Kamikaze aircraft explodes after crashing into the carrier's flight deck amidships, during operations off the Philippines, 25 November 1944. Photographed from USS Langley (CVL-27).
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-273032).
The USS ESSEX was the lead ship of the Essex Class of aircraft carriers and the fourth ship in the Navy to bear the name. The keel of the Essex CV-9 was laid in the spring of 1941 by the Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) in Virginia. It was commissioned on December 31, 1942 and reached the Pacific Fleet in August 1943.