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The FY53 & FY68 ASW Carriers

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On page 367 of his book on US Destroyers (the 1982 Edition), Norman Friedman briefly mentions an ASW Carrier scheduled to be built in the FY68 budget. The only information provided was that it was expected to make 30 knots.

The proposed Carrier is also mentioned in The Small Aircraft Carrier: A reevaluation of the Sea Control Ship alongside the FY53 escort carrier, which was withdrawn to pay for the Saratoga.

Do any members have any information on these designs?
 

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Late 1960s CVS options are discussed in more detail in Freidman's carrier book. The FY68 ship is probably SCB 100.68, which was a roughly 53000 ton (full load) design with two C-13 catapults and about 50 aircraft (mostly S-2s and SH-3s). She was a minimum Phantom carrier and could have accommodated 2 squadrons of light attack aircraft as a close support carrier instead of ASW (but magazines were small at only 500 tons so she could.not have done this for long without frequent UNREP).

Self-defense was two Tartar launchers (probably Mk13).

Friedman has this as a 28-knot ship. The 30-knot performance didn't come back until the last CVS design in 1967.
 

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Friedman also has some discussion of the FY53 CVE effort, but it's a lot more confusing, because there were several nearly concurrent alternative designs -- SCB 43, a Mariner derivative, and CVE 2/53. The last came in at least five versions. Some of the later could even handle jet fighters like the F4D.
 

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What do you mean when you describe SCB43 as a Mariner derivative?

Could you provide dimensions and airwings for the designs?
 

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I don't. There were three basic design efforts discussed in Friedman:

1) SCB.43
2) A Mariner derivative
3) CVE 2/53

I would recommend tracking down a copy of US Aircraft Carriers. Details for the 1950s escort carriers are not neatly tabulated; you'd have to pull them out of the text. I don't think there are a lot of air wing details, though.
 
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