How USS Wasp's Weaknesses Doomed It to World War II Defeat
The National Interest -

Kyle Mizokami

World War II, United States

The United States needed to build more aircraft carriers in the 1930s and 40s, but an international treaty meant Wasp's design had limitations.

Key point: The Navy had allocated all but 14,700 tons of its carrier treaty allowance and decided to build a small carrier, USS Wasp, with the remaining tonnage. The particular compromises allowed by the Navy to keep it within its weight obligation ultimately doomed the ship during its trial by fire in...

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