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Was browsing around, ended up reading about the Essex-class carrier USS Lake Champlain (CV-39), and found out a couple of interesting things about her that I didn’t know. First, she got the updated island superstructure and jet-handling upgrades of the SCB-27 program, but she never got the angled flight deck:
Also, during Operation Magic Carpet in 1945, she set a transatlantic speed record bringing US troops home from Europe. It stood until it was broken by the liner SS United States (currently and shamefully rotting away in Philadelphia) in 1952.
The Swift is a non-commissioned transport that was leased by the military for testing and is now chartered to the Military Sealift Command.