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The Lexington-class aircraft carrier was a class of two aircraft carriers used by the United States Navy during World War II. These aircraft carriers were originally designed as Lexington-class battle cruisers, however the Washington Naval Treaty prevented their construction as such. As a result, only two unfinished ships, the USS Lexington and the USS Saratoga, were redesignated as a new class of aircraft carriers, keeping the name Lexington.

Ordered as aircraft carriers on 30 October 1922, both ships were launched on 7 April 1925 and commissioned 6 November 1927.[1]

Ships in class


  1. Gunston, Bill (Forward). Jane's Fighting Aircraft of World War II. Tiger Books. 1989. ISBN 1-85501-996-5. (Reprint of Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1945/1946. Bridgeman, Leonard (Editor). 1946). Page 58

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