USS Iwo Jima (CV-46)

USS Iwo Jima (CV-46) was a planned Essex-class aircraft carrier for the United States Navy. Newport News Shipbuilding[1] began construction of the vessel in early 1945, but on August 12, with the end of World War II, the Navy cancelled the contract.[2] She remained in an unfinished state until 1949, when her hull was scrapped in the slipway in Newport News before ever being launched.[3]

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USS Iwo Jima under construction
United States
NameIwo Jima
NamesakeBattle of Iwo Jima
Ordered14 June 1943
BuilderNewport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co
Laid down1945
IdentificationHull number: CV-46
General characteristics
Class and type Essex-class aircraft carrier
  • 820 feet (249.9 m) (wl)
  • 872 feet (265.8 m) (o/a)
  • 862 feet (262.7 m) (fd)
Beam93 ft (28.3 m) (waterline)
Draft34 ft 2 in (10.41 m) (full load)
Propulsion4 × shafts; 4 × geared steam turbines
Speed33 knots (61 km/h; 38 mph)
Range14,100 nmi (26,100 km; 16,200 mi) at 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Complement2,600 officers and enlisted men
Aircraft carried91–103 aircraft


  1. ^ Polmar, p. 470
  2. ^ Polmar, p. 5
  3. ^ Polmar, p. 6


  • Polmar, Norman (2008). Aircraft Carriers: A History of Carrier Aviation and its Influence on World Events, Volume II 1946-2006. Dulles, VA: Potomac Books. ISBN 9781574886658.