Allied Warships

USS Lexington (CV 2)

Aircraft Carrier of the Lexington class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeAircraft Carrier
PennantCV 2 
Built byBethlehem Fore River 
Laid down8 Jan 1921 
Launched3 Oct 1925 
Commissioned14 Dec 1927 
Lost8 May 1942 
Loss position15° 12'S, 155° 27'E

Ordered and laid down as battlecruisers of the Lexington class she was cancelled on 17 August 1923. Then reordered as carrier and commissioned as such.

USS Lexington (Capt. Frederick Carl Sherman) was heavily damaged by bombs and torpedoes from Japanese aircraft during the Battle of the Coral Sea. Finally sunk by torpedo from the US destroyer USS Phelps in position 15º12'S, 155º27'E.


Commands listed for USS Lexington (CV 2)

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1John Edward Catchpole, RNR17 Jun 193913 Jun 1940
2John Edward Catchpole, RNR17 Jun 193913 Jun 1940
3Capt. Frederick Carl Sherman, USN13 Jun 19408 May 1942

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Media links

The Lexington Goes Down

Hoehling, A. A.

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