USS Midway in original configuration somewhere in the Med. early 1950s. Note the 5".54
guns (18) total. During her first conversion in 1955, eight were removed and eventually
in later conversions the rest were also removed.
Midway was the first class of United
States carriers to have an armored flight deck, (the British carriers had armored flight
decks during WWII), an addition the value of which was learned from hard experiences
for the United States during WWII. After the war some V2 rockets were test launched
from her. In the 1955 conversion which lasted until the fall of 1957
Midway gained
among other things, a hurricane bow, angled deck and steam catapults.
US Navy Photograph
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USS MIDWAY in originial configuration in the Mediterranean