Allied Warships

USS Ranger (CV 4)

Aircraft carrier of the Ranger class

USS Ranger shortly before the war.

NavyThe US Navy
TypeAircraft carrier
PennantCV 4 
Built byNewport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. (Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.) 
Laid down26 Sep 1931 
Launched25 Feb 1933 
Commissioned4 Jun 1934 
End service18 Oct 1946 

She served mainly in the Atlantic during WWII and this ship carried out the only fleet carrier attack in the Atlantic during the war.

Decommissioned 18 October 1946.
Stricken 29 October 1946.
Sold 28 January 1947 and scrapped at Chester, Pennsylvaina starting in February 1947.


Commands listed for USS Ranger (CV 4)

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1Capt. Arthur Leroy Bristol, Jr., USN4 Jun 193410 Jun 1936
2Patrick Nelson Lynch Bellinger, USN10 Jun 19365 Jun 1937
3John Sidney McCain, Sr., USN5 Jun 19373 Jun 1939
4Ralph Frederick Wood, USN3 Jun 19396 Jun 1940
5Capt. Alfred Eugene Montgomery, USN6 Jun 194013 Jun 1941
6Capt. William Keen Harrill, USN13 Jun 194130 May 1942
7Calvin Thornton Durgin, USN30 May 194217 Mar 1943
8Capt. Gordon Rowe, USN17 Mar 194322 Apr 1944
9T/Capt. Arthur Gavin, USN22 Apr 194415 Jan 1945
10T/Capt. Douglas Pollock Johnson, USN15 Jan 19451 May 1946

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Notable events involving Ranger include:

2 Sep 1943
HMS Tantivy (Cdr. M.G. Rimington, DSO, RN) conducted attack exercises at/off Scapa Flow with USS Ranger (Capt. G. Rowe, USN) that was escorted by USS Forrest (T/Cdr. K.P. Letts, USN), USS Hobson (Lt.Cdr. K. Loveland, USN) and USS Corry (T/Cdr. L.B. Ensey, USN). (1)


  1. ADM 173/18199

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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