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USS Enterprise (US)

The 19,800-ton USS Enterprise was the most decorated and feared vessel in the U.S. fleet. Engaging in nearly every major sea battle in the Pacific, the Enterprise contributed to the demise of 911 enemy aircraft, and she sank or crippled well over 200 enemy ships. The “Big E” is credited with sinking two Japanese carriers alone and a third in collaboration with the Yorktown.

HMS Prince of Wales (UK)

The HMS Prince of Wales engaged Germany’s battleship Bismarck in one of the crucial turning points of WWII. Though seriously damaged, the Prince of Wales sunk the Bismarck in what is now regarded as one of the great naval victories of the war. Two days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese aircraft attacked and destroyed the Prince of Wales.

USN Fletcher Class (US)

The U.S. Navy started building the first Fletcher class destroyer in October 1939. Within two and a half years, the Navy had 175 Fletcher class destroyers ready for action. With a powerful arsenal of guns and torpedoes, the Fletcher destroyer could pound the enemy with immense firepower. The Fletcher destroyer remained in service until 1969, seeing action in Korea and Vietnam.

USN Gato Class (US)

Though the U.S. submarine fleet consisted of only 1.6% of the total Navy personnel from 1941 to 1945, it accounted for over 60% of all Japanese ships sunk during this period. By striking with sudden, silent force, U.S. submarines effectively shut down Japan’s supply lanes in the Pacific. These powerfully armed subs had long-range capability and high cruising speed.

LCVP Higgins Boat (US)

Designed to transport fully armed troops and the material necessary for amphibious assault, these boats were the perfect vehicles for landing thousands of troops in a relatively short timeframe. In addition, by using the “Higgins Boats” to establish beachheads, Allied forces didn’t have to rely on securing ports, which were, in most cases, more heavily defended.

Stay tuned for part 5 of the vehicles of Battlefield 1942, where we will look at the German and Japanese based seacraft.