Sangamon class escort carrier

From SpottingWorld, the Hub for the SpottingWorld network...
USS Santee
USS Santee
Class overview
Builders:Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company : Sangamon & Suwannee
Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. : Chenango & Santee
Operators: United States Navy
Preceded by:Bogue class escort carrier
Succeeded by:Charger class escort carrier
In commission:1942–1959
General characteristics
Type: Escort carrier
Displacement: 11,400 long tons (11,583 t) standard
24,275 long tons (24,665 t) full
Length: 553 ft (169 m)
Beam: 75 ft (23 m)
114 ft (35 m) extreme width
Draft: 32 ft (9.8 m)
Propulsion: 2 steam turbines, 2 shafts, 4 boilers, 13,500 shp (10,067 kW)
Speed: 18 knots (21 mph; 33 km/h)
Complement: 860-1080 officers and men
Armament: • 2 × 5 in (130 mm)/51 cal. guns (2×1)[1]
• 8 × Bofors 40 mm guns (4×2)
• 12 × Oerlikon 20 mm cannons (12×1)
• Additional 20 & 40 mm guns later added
Aircraft carried: 25-32 F4F Wildcat & TBF Avenger or SBD Dauntless

The Sangamon class were a group of four escort aircraft carriers of the United States Navy that served during World War II.

They were originally Cimarron class oilers, launched in 1939 for civilian use. They were acquired by the U.S. Navy in 1940-41 and in early 1942 were decommissioned to be converted to escort carriers. The conversion took around six months, and from late 1942 until the end of the war the ships saw active duty in the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Pacific Campaigns. Three of the class were damaged by Japanese kamikaze attacks at the Battle of Leyte Gulf, but all survived the war. They were excellent examples of the type, roomy and tough with a large flight deck and good stability on even high seas.

The ships were withdrawn from active service shortly after the end of the war. Some of them were kept in reserve and reclassified as helicopter escort carriers (CVHE). All had been sold or scrapped by the early 1960s.


  • USS Sangamon (CVE-26) Originally AO-28; launched 1939, commissioned 1940, decommissioned 1945, sold for commercial service 1948
  • USS Suwannee (CVE-27) Originally AO-33; launched 1939, commissioned 1941, decommissioned 1947, sold for scrap 1961
  • USS Chenango (CVE-28) Originally AO-31; launched 1939, commissioned 1941, decommissioned 1946, sold 1960
  • USS Santee (CVE-29) Originally AO-29; launched 1939, commissioned 1940, decommissioned 1946, struck 1959, scrapped 1960


  1. Friedman 1983 p. 407


  • Friedman, Norman (1983). U.S. Aircraft Carriers. Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-739-9. 

de:Sangamon-Klasse it:Classe Sangamon (portaerei) ja:サンガモン級航空母艦 ru:Эскортные авианосцы типа «Сэнгамон»