Virginia New Deal Navy Ships - Photo #1 - USS Yorktown (CV-5)


The aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-5) at Newport News shipyard, where it was built between 1934 and 1936. It was launched by Eleanor Roosevelt on April 4, 1936, and saw significant action in the Pacific from December 1941 until August 1942, playing key roles in the Battles of Coral Sea and Midway, where it was sunk in October 1942. The Yorktown won three battle stars and other honors for WWII service. Sister-ship Enterprise is seen near the top of the image.

A second, larger USS Yorktown (CV-10) was built at Newport News and launched 21 January 1943, and like the first Yorktown, saw action in the Pacific war, earning 12 battle stars.

  1. USS Yorktown CV-5, Wikipedia, accessed 17 July 2017.
  2. Smith, Jason Scott, Building New Deal Liberalism: The Political Economy of Public Works, 1933-1956, Cambridge University Press (2009). “The PWA built the USS Yorktown, which launched in 1936. Other PWA defense-related projects include 16 destroyers, 4 heavy destroyers, and over 130 combat planes.” (p.133)
  3. Folsom, Burton W., and Anita Folsom,