This Day in History: First US Navy Aircraft Carrier Commissioned (March 20, 1922)

By: Sean Sporman
By: Sean Sporman

Aircraft carriers are a vital part of the naval fleet in the current age, but it all began with the commissioning of a vessel named the Langley.

The USS Langley, registry number CV-1, was actually converted from another ship named the Jupiter. It was officially commissioned on March 20th, 1922.

The Langley was over 500 feet long and could carry 36 aircraft. It was armed with 4 5-inch 50 caliber guns.

After serving as an aircraft carrier, it was later converted again to a seaplane tender. It served in that capacity until attacked during World War II. The Langley was intentionally sunk after being damaged to avoid falling into enemy hands.

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