Dreadnoughts to Greyhounds: Ships of the U.S. Navy
From Battleships to Harbor Tugs 

Although only modestly-sized during the greater part of the pre-war years, especially when compared to the Royal Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy, the U.S. fleet could rely on the vast economic resources and capabilities of the U.S. industry. When in 1940, the Two-Ocean law was passed by Congress, the route was set to the construction of the largest and most capable fleet yet seen on the world's oceans. 

With over 3000 combattant vessels in service by 1945, the U.S. Navy had used the war to construct the most awe-inspiring force of all. It had built two dozen new fleet carriers; over a hundred escort carriers; many dozen cruisers; hundreds of destroyers; hundreds of submarines; and thousands of small PT-Boats, subchasers, amphibious craft, adapated merchant vessels, etc.etc. 
This section is devoted to exploring the designs of the fleet units that fought in World War II and to evaluate their construction and service histories.

Introduction to Anti-Air Armament Development of U.S. Warships
by Keith E. Allen
Aircraft Carriers
Small Combattants
Amphibious Vessels
Auxilliary Ships