USS Saratoga


USS Saratoga was one of many ships that after second world war got the doubtful honor of ending her days in nuclear tests at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Saratoga who was originally built as a Lexington class battle cruiser, participated during second world war in operations at Gualdalcanal and the Solomon Islands. Airplanes from Saratoga were also among them who attacked Japanese positions at Rabaul, Gilbert Island and the Marshall Islands, and her last action was support to the invasion of Iwo Jima and raids over the Japanese mainland in 1945. She was damaged several times, and was attacked by both Kamikaze planes and submarines. But despite intense and hard fighting she survived the war. After the Japanese capitulation in autumn 1945, she was deemed too old for further service, and marked as a target for the atomic bomb testing. In 1946 these tests started, and after the first test called "Able", she was still afloat. 25.July 1946 at 8:35 the underwater test "Baker" was launched and she was sunk. The wreck rest today on her keel 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 )

Picture: USS Saratoga
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Shipyard: New York Shipbuilding Company. Cambden, New Jersey. ( New York ) Laid down as a Lexington class heavy cruiser. On 1. July 1922 US Congress decided that "Lexington" should be converted to an aircraft carrier. Launched 7.April 1925 in the Delaware river. Commisioned 16. November 1927, then the fastest and largest aircraft carrier in the world