Allied Warships

USS Wasp (CV 7)

Aircraft Carrier of the Wasp class

USS Wasp as completed

NavyThe US Navy
TypeAircraft Carrier
PennantCV 7 
Built byBethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Laid down1 Apr 1936 
Launched4 Apr 1939 
Commissioned25 Apr 1940 
Lost15 Sep 1942 
Loss position12° 25'S, 164° 08'E

While in operations off Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, the Japanese submarine I-19 (offsite link) scored three hits on the carrier. Wasp (Captain Forrest Percival Sherman) burned stem to stern as she listed and sank with 194 killed and 485 wounded/injured in position 12º25'S, 164º08'E. The anti-aircraft cruiser USS Juneau (CL 52) picked up some of her 1,969 survivors.

Another aircraft carrier, of the Essex type then being built, was renamed Wasp in honor of the performance of this ship in the Solomon's battles in 1942.


Commands listed for USS Wasp (CV 7)

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1Capt. John Walter Reeves, Jr., USN25 Apr 194031 May 1942
2T/Capt. Forrest Percival Sherman, USN31 May 194215 Sep 1942

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