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The Most Mass-Produced US Naval Ships in WWII

 consisted of 9 conventionally-powered light aircraft carriers, including the USS Independence (CVL-22), USS Cabot (CVL-28), and USS Cowpens (CVL-25), with the first entering service in 1943 and the class having a total personnel of 1,569.


12 U.S. Navy destroyers of the Gleaves-class were produced during WWII, with the USS Wainwright (DD-419) being a notable ship of the class, entering service in 1940 with a crew of 192 personnel.


14 Heavy cruisers including USS Fall River (CA-131) and USS Saint Paul (CA-73) were produced, with USS Fall River entering service in 1945 and personnel of 1,142.


13 Light cruisers of Cleveland-class were produced, including the notable USS Fargo (CL-106) which entered service in 1945 with a personnel of 1,255.


The USS Essex (CV-9) was one of 24 conventionally-powered aircraft carriers produced, with notable ships including the USS Hancock (CV-19) and USS Franklin (CV-13), entering service in 1942 and having a personnel of 2,600.


The USS Cleveland-class light cruiser, including notable ships such as USS Cleveland (CL-55) and USS Oklahoma City (CL-91), had 29 ships produced, with USS Cleveland entering service in 1942 and having a crew of 1,255.


The USS Laffey (DD-459) was a notable ship of the 30-ship-strong destroyer class, which entered service in 1942 and had a crew of 208.


The U.S. Navy produced 33 units of the Attack Cargo Ship class during WWII, with notable ships such as USS Alamance (AKA-75) entering service in 1944. These ships were designed to transport troops and equipment for amphibious assaults and had a crew complement of 395.


There were 45 escort carriers/aircraft carriers produced during WWII, with USS Bogue (CVE-9) being a notable one that entered service in 1942 with a crew of around 890 personnel.


49 minesweepers were produced during their service, with USS Lapwing (AM-1) being a notable one that entered service in 1918 with a crew of 78 personnel. Its mission was to clear waterways of mines to ensure safe passage for other ships.