USS Midway: A Navy Battle 'Aircraft Carrier' with An Armored Flight Deck

USS Midway Aircraft Carrier U.S. Navy
February 25, 2024 Topic: Security Region: Americas Blog Brand: The Reboot Tags: Aircraft CarriersUSS MidwayWorld War IIMilitaryWWIIDefense

USS Midway: A Navy Battle 'Aircraft Carrier' with An Armored Flight Deck

Launched in 1945, the USS Midway marked a revolution in naval engineering as the largest warship for a decade. Designed as a "beefier battle carrier" with an armored flight deck, the Midway-class carriers including the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt and USS Coral Sea, initially aimed to carry 130 aircraft.

 

Finally, on April 11, 1992—forty-seven years after she had been launched—the Midway was decommissioned. Today she serves as a museum ship in San Diego.

As the Midway-class carriers expanded in size they never entirely shed their early design flaws. Yet they repeatedly adapted to new technological paradigms and rendered history-making service for nearly a half-century—a record any ship designer would envy.

 

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Sébastien Roblin holds a master’s degree in conflict resolution from Georgetown University and served as a university instructor for the Peace Corps in China. He has also worked in education, editing, and refugee resettlement in France and the United States. He currently writes on security and military history for War Is Boring.