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Four Essex-class carriers at anchor at Ulithi Caroline Islands about 1600 on 2 December From left: Wasp Yorktown Hornet Hancock. View from Ticonderoga with sight of her Hellcat fighters.

Four Essex-class carriers at anchor at Ulithi Caroline Islands about 1600 on 2 December 1944. From left: Wasp Yorktown Hornet Hancock. View from Ticonderoga with sight of her F6F-5 Hellcat fighters.

Four Essex-class carriers at anchor at Ulithi Caroline Islands about 1600 on 2 December 1944. From left: Wasp Yorktown Hornet Hancock. View from Ticonderoga with sight of her F6F-5 Hellcat fighters.

US Navy Task Group 38.3 entering Ulithi anchorage in a column following strikes in Philippine Islands 24 December 1944.

US Navy Task Group 38.3 entering Ulithi anchorage in a column following strikes in Philippine Islands 24 December 1944.

On this day in history:  Photo of the Essex-class carrier USS Randolph with damage to her flight deck as the result of a Japanese Yokosuka P1Y Ginga "Frances"kamikaze attack crashing into her at Ulithi Atoll two days earlier. 13 March 1945.

On this day in history: Photo of the Essex-class carrier USS Randolph with damage to her flight deck as the result of a Japanese Yokosuka P1Y Ginga "Frances"kamikaze attack crashing into her at Ulithi Atoll two days earlier. 13 March 1945.

Ships of the 5th fleet Ulithi.  Look at all those carriers

Ships of the 5th fleet Ulithi. Look at all those carriers

Ulithi Atoll, home to the 3rd Fleet in late 1944. The land in the foreground is one of several depot islands surrounding the anchorage.

Ulithi Atoll, home to the 3rd Fleet in late 1944. The land in the foreground is one of several depot islands surrounding the anchorage.

US Navy Task Group 38.3 entering Ulithi anchorage in a column following strikes in Philippine Islands 24 December 1944. Ships from the front: Langley (CVL-27) Ticonderoga (CV-14) Washington (BB-56) North Carolina (BB-55) South Dakota (BB-57) Santa Fe (CL-60) Biloxi (CL-80) Mobile (CL-63) and Oakland (CL-95). Photo taken from Essex (CV-9).

US Navy Task Group 38.3 entering Ulithi anchorage in a column following strikes in Philippine Islands 24 December 1944. Ships from the front: Langley (CVL-27) Ticonderoga (CV-14) Washington (BB-56) North Carolina (BB-55) South Dakota (BB-57) Santa Fe (CL-60) Biloxi (CL-80) Mobile (CL-63) and Oakland (CL-95). Photo taken from Essex (CV-9).

USS Iowa lead ship of her famous class in a floating dry dock for temporary repairs Admiralty Islands December 1944.

USS Iowa lead ship of her famous class in a floating dry dock for temporary repairs Admiralty Islands December 1944.

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