Conversion of another collier was planned but canceled when the Washington Naval Treaty required the cancellation of the partially built Lexington -class battlecruisers Lexington and Saratoga , freeing up their hulls for conversion to the aircraft carriers Lexington and Saratoga. Langley was named after Samuel Pierpont Langley , an American aviation pioneer. On 27 February , while ferrying a cargo of USAAF Ps to Java, she was attacked by nine twin-engine Japanese bombers  of the Japanese 21st and 23rd Naval Air Flotillas  and so badly damaged that she had to be scuttled by her escorts. President William H.
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USS Langley (CV 1/AV 3)
As has been often repeated in the first four parts of this series, the dream of the Royal navy was to launch a massive strike of torpedo-carrying aircraft from ships — aircraft carriers — that could both launch and recover aircraft, then refuel and re-arm them to strike again and drive the German High Seas Fleet out of their protected harbours. Yet by the end of the war, what had the British actually done? HMS Argus was commissioned picture 1 but had not had her crews worked up to be an effective unit. HMS Hermes picture 2 and HMS Eagle picture 3 were within a year of completion but once the war ended, the completions were long delayed. So great was this promise that as early as July, , the United States Navy USN proposed to lay down four carriers in three years, despite not having ever built a carrier, either converted or new-built! Back in , however, with the war recently ended, the enthusiasm for carriers, strong in some circles in the USN, had not transferred itself to the United States Congress. Thomas T.
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Its keel-laying ceremony was attended by President William H. Work continued through the winter and the collier was launched on April 14, Carrying a detachment of US Marines, the Navy hoped that the ship's presence would aid in calming tensions during the Veracruz crisis. With the situation diffused, the collier departed for Philadelphia in October, becoming the first ship to transit the Panama Canal from west to east in the process.
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