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Basic drawing for the proposed new class of United States aircraft carrier, a variation known as Design 9F, that would essentially be adopted for the Essex and the Essex-class, 23 Sep 1941USS Essex at Hampton Roads, Virginia, United States, 1 Feb 1943. Photo 1 of 2.USS Essex at Hampton Roads, Virginia, United States, 1 Feb 1943. Photo 2 of 2.USS Essex leaving Norfolk, Virginia, United States, for shakedown exercises, 15 Mar 1943.
Basic drawing for the proposed new class of United States aircraft carrier, a variation known as Design 9F, that would essentially be adopted for the Essex and the Essex-class, 23 Sep 1941USS Essex at Hampton Roads, Virginia, United States, 1 Feb 1943. Photo 1 of 2.USS Essex at Hampton Roads, Virginia, United States, 1 Feb 1943. Photo 2 of 2.USS Essex leaving Norfolk, Virginia, United States, for shakedown exercises, 15 Mar 1943.
USS Essex on her shakedown cruise, 20 Mar 1943, with F6F aircraft in foreground and SBD in the back24 SBD, 11 F6F, and 18 TBF/TBM aircraft parked on the flight deck of carrier Essex, May 1943USS Essex steaming from Norfolk, Virginia, United States, to Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, May 1943SBD Dauntless scout bomber in the landing pattern preparing to come aboard USS Essex following the raid on Marcus Island, Pacific Ocean, 31 Aug 1943.
USS Essex on her shakedown cruise, 20 Mar 1943, with F6F aircraft in foreground and SBD in the back24 SBD, 11 F6F, and 18 TBF/TBM aircraft parked on the flight deck of carrier Essex, May 1943USS Essex steaming from Norfolk, Virginia, United States, to Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, May 1943SBD Dauntless scout bomber in the landing pattern preparing to come aboard USS Essex following the raid on Marcus Island, Pacific Ocean, 31 Aug 1943.
Written orders to the crew of USS Essex from Captain Donald B Duncan alerting crewmembers to the upcoming Line Crossing Ceremony, 22 Oct 1943A summons issued by Neptunus Rex, Ruler of the Raging Main, to LtCdr Francis Gilreath aboard USS Essex calling him to appear at the Line Crossing ceremony, 26 Oct 1943Crossing the Line certificate issued to LtCdr Francis N Gilreath, Trusty Shellback, who crossed the line aboard USS Essex 26 Oct 1943 while en route from Pearl Harbor to Espiritu Santo, New HebridesAerial view of shipping in the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard repair basin with Ford Island beyond, 12 Dec 1943. Note the camouflage patterns painted on the roofs of the buildings.
Written orders to the crew of USS Essex from Captain Donald B Duncan alerting crewmembers to the upcoming Line Crossing Ceremony, 22 Oct 1943A summons issued by Neptunus Rex, Ruler of the Raging Main, to LtCdr Francis Gilreath aboard USS Essex calling him to appear at the Line Crossing ceremony, 26 Oct 1943Crossing the Line certificate issued to LtCdr Francis N Gilreath, Trusty Shellback, who crossed the line aboard USS Essex 26 Oct 1943 while en route from Pearl Harbor to Espiritu Santo, New HebridesAerial view of shipping in the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard repair basin with Ford Island beyond, 12 Dec 1943. Note the camouflage patterns painted on the roofs of the buildings.
USS Essex departing San Francisco Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 15 Apr 1944, photo 1 of 4; note camouflage measure 32 design 6/10DUSS Essex departing San Francisco Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 15 Apr 1944, photo 2 of 4; note camouflage measure 32 design 6/10DUSS Essex departing San Francisco Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 15 Apr 1944, photo 3 of 4; note camouflage measure 32 design 6/10DUSS Essex departing San Francisco Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 15 Apr 1944, photo 4 of 4; note camouflage measure 32 design 6/10D
USS Essex departing San Francisco Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 15 Apr 1944, photo 1 of 4; note camouflage measure 32 design 6/10DUSS Essex departing San Francisco Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 15 Apr 1944, photo 2 of 4; note camouflage measure 32 design 6/10DUSS Essex departing San Francisco Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 15 Apr 1944, photo 3 of 4; note camouflage measure 32 design 6/10DUSS Essex departing San Francisco Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 15 Apr 1944, photo 4 of 4; note camouflage measure 32 design 6/10D
USS Essex in the Pacific during the Maraina Islands operations, Jul 1944. Note F6F Hellcats, TBF Avengers, and SB2C Helldivers on the flight deck.Captain Carlos Wieber bids welcome to the Ruler of the Raging Main, Neptunus Rex, and his Court aboard USS Essex for the Line Crossing ceremony, 1 Sep 1944Line Crossing ceremony aboard USS Essex, 1 Sep 1944Line Crossing ceremony aboard USS Essex, 1 Sep 1944. Official captions reads, "The way of the Polliwog is hard."
USS Essex in the Pacific during the Maraina Islands operations, Jul 1944. Note F6F Hellcats, TBF Avengers, and SB2C Helldivers on the flight deck.Captain Carlos Wieber bids welcome to the Ruler of the Raging Main, Neptunus Rex, and his Court aboard USS Essex for the Line Crossing ceremony, 1 Sep 1944Line Crossing ceremony aboard USS Essex, 1 Sep 1944Line Crossing ceremony aboard USS Essex, 1 Sep 1944. Official captions reads, "The way of the Polliwog is hard."

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