USS Saratoga


USS Saratoga was a Lexington class aircraft carrier laid down by New York Shipbuilding company in September 1920. She was launched in April 1925, and was commissioned two years later. During second world war she participated in operations at Gualdalcanal, Rabaul, Gilbert Island and the Marshall Islands. Her last action in second world war was as support at the invasion of Iwo Jima and raids over the Japanese mainland in the summer 1945. She was damaged several times during the war, and was attacked by both Kamikaze airplanes and submarines. After the Japanese capitulation in August 1945, she was deemed too old for further service, and was assigned as a target ship for the atomic bombs testing in Operation Crossroads. She survived the first atomic bomb named Able, but under the second underwater test 25.July 1946 she went down. The wreck rest today on her keel as a gigantic Donald Duck wreck on a depth of 15 to 50 meter.

Former names:
USS Saratoga
CC-3, CV-3 880,0 x 105,6 x 32,0 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
33000 grt
Cambden ( US ) 1925 ( US )

GPS: 11° 35.195' N, 165° 30.515' E
( Source: Scuba Doctor )

Picture: USS Saratoga
Courtesy of US Navy, Public domain