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Aircraft Carriers (CV)

A list of American aircraft carriers appearing in Pacific. Unlike their Japanese counterparts, who are mostly themed as samurai archers (and onmyoji), the American carriers use a wider array of ranged weaponry, such as firearms in addition to bows and crossbows. In addition, some of them (Enterprise in particular) are capable of operating at night.

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  • Archer Archetype: The Yorktown class, so far, are the only American carriers categorized as this. Compare Hornet's crossbow and Enterprise's compound bow to most of the Japanese carriers' yumi. Averted with Yorktown herself, who used musket.
  • Theme Naming: A surprisingly complex example. While they usually inherit their names from previous ships (a given), the theme in question is split between American values (Enterprise comes to mind), insects (Hornet in this case), and the names inherited before being rebuilt (Lexington). The one exception here is Langley, more or less a case of Early Installment Weirdness.

     Langley-class Aircraft Carrier 

Langley (CV-1)

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"I don't care what "everyone" is doing, I care what you are doing."

Langley is based on the first aircraft carrier of the US Navy: USS Langley, named in honor of Samuel Pierpont Langley. note  Fittingly, she is depicted with an outfit akin to The Pioneers of the Wild West.


  • Cool Guns: She carries around a rifled musket.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Gold hair and eyes.
  • Due to the Dead: Her Theme Naming, not unlike the American destroyers in this regard.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: If what Nevada says in her interview is anything to go by. She did prepare STEC's Thanksgiving turkey, so...
  • Foil: To Houshou, fittingly enough.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
  • Mundane Utility: She uses her flight deck as a washboard.
  • The Pioneer: The first aircraft carrier for the American Navy, not to mention her outfit being based on one.
    • Besides which, the Langley was nicknamed "The Covered Wagon" (because of the large distance and open supports between her main deck and flight deck made her look a bit like a prairie schooner).
  • Southern Belle: Of the "Bonne Belle" type.
  • Supreme Chef: Heavily implied to be this in Nevada's interview, and outright confirmed in the Thanksgiving portrait (where she's seen having just finished preparing a turkey).
  • Team Mom: She's this to the other American carriers as well as the other ship girls. Just look at her quote above.

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     Lexington-class Aircraft Carrier 

  • Bare Your Midriff: Even moreso than the succeeding Yorktown-class.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Both of them have their hair grow all the way down to their waist.
  • Stripperific: Their costumes make the St. Louis sisters look modest by comparison.

Lexington (CV-2)

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"A medal? I refuse. No need for medals, sir. Duty doesn't need to be rewarded."

The personification of USS Lexington, "Lady Lex" (as she was nicknamed in Real Life) is the lead ship of her class. She is depicted as a young woman with blue hair holding an M1903 Springfield rifle (an M1 Garand in other concept art) in her arms.

  • Cool Guns: Her signature weapon is one of the main service rifles of the US armed forces of World War I and World War II: the M1903 Springfield (the M1 Garand in concept art).
  • Embarrassing Nickname: You can call her Lex or Lexington, but she will only let you call her Lexy if you are close.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Crawls out of her window to play with kittens in the middle of the night.
  • Nice Hat: Per the Pacific standard.
  • Sticky Fingers: "Borrows" equipment that is not bolted down. She has standards, like only prototype equipment from R&D, the occasional prototype planes for her fairies, or that radar that was deemed too short for use...
  • Straight Man: Being fairly serious and quiet, she ends up in this role.
  • Vapor Wear: It's quite apparent that she isn't wearing anything under those "clothes".
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: So far, the only ship girl other than Mahan to exhibit this. No historical reason behind this, just an artistic decision.

Saratoga (CV-3)

The ship girl version of USS Saratoga, "Sister Sara", as she was nicknamed in Real Life, is the second Lexington-class carrier.


  • Parasol of Prettiness: She's depicted with a red one in one of her artworks.
  • Vapor Wear: Averted. She at least has the decency to put some underwear on...

     Yorktown-class Aircraft Carrier 
Note: The Yorktown listed is a complete redesign. For reference purposes, her original designs are here, along with a damaged version here. The reason for the redesign can read here.

  • Archer Archetype: Enterprise and Hornet are currently the only American carriers among the roster to rely on bows.
  • Bare Your Midriff: All of them have this as their costume standard.
  • Stripperific: At least they have the decency to put some underwear on...


Yorktown (CV-5)

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The lead ship of the class, based on the historical USS "Yorktown". Unlike her two sisters, the Pacific team had completely redesigned her appearance from the ground up, due to general dissatisfaction with the first version.


  • Born Unlucky: Historically the first of her sisters to go down, in this case during the Battle of Midway.
  • Nice Hat: Gets a tricorne hat, replacing the original ten-gallon from her old design.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Wears high boots that resemble Type C.

Enterprise (CV-6)

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Click here to see her remodeled version 

"Hit hard, hit fast, hit often!"

More or less the Big Good and The Hero of Pacific, not to mention being the closest thing to being it's poster girl, she is based on the Yorktown-class carrier USS Enterprise, the most decorated American ship of World War II. Compared to some of her contemporaries such as the previous Lexington class and the IJN fleet carriers, she actually has a relatively smaller displacement. Thus, her depiction here is that of a younger-looking girl. That is...until her remodel.


  • The Ace: Well, she is based on the most decorated American ship of World War II (with 20 battle stars total for her war record).
  • All-Loving Hero: Certainly plays and fits into the part well.
  • America Won World War II: Not her, but her historical counterpart did play a huge role in the Pacific Theater.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: Pun not intended, but one of her quotes is apparently this to Akagi, of all people, regarding the issue of You Can't Fight Fate. To quote:
    Enterprise:You're wrong! The future doesn't happen by random chance, it happens because we will create it!
  • Big Good: The authors acknowledge her as the closest thing Pacific has to one, STEC notwithstanding.
  • Born Lucky: The only one of her sisters to survive the war, albeit having several close calls, to become the most decorated ship of World War II.
  • The Face: For the American ship girls.
  • Hair Decorations:
    • Has a black ribbon tied around the left side of her hair. It's more obvious when she's seen without her Officer's cap.
    • Her semi-official remodeled version keeps the ribbons, but also adds a black headband.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
  • The Hero: Of Pacific. She's also seen as this by the other US Navy ship girls.
  • Hero Killer:
    • Is seen as this by the IJN kanmusu. Her war record credited her with 71 Japanese ship kills throughout the entire war, so this is understandable.
    • Some of her notable historical ship kills include: Kaga, Akagi, Hiryu, Hiei, and Musashi. Let that sink in for a moment...
  • I Have Many Names: There's "The Grey Ghost", "The Big E", and "Lucky E" for starters.
  • Little Big Sister: To Hornet. Well, until her remodel that is.
  • Little Miss Badass: You didn't expect that the most decorated American ship of World War II would take the form of a young girl, did you?
  • Magical Girl: Based on one, according to Word of God. It helps that she even has a Transformation Sequence to turn into her remodeled version.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Averted. Among the Yorktown-class, she is the most famous.
  • Nice Hat: A Navy officer's cap as with a lot of the other ship girls. The remodel does away with it.
  • Panty Shot: Her damaged artwork shows that they're black.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: The smallest of three Yorktown-class carriers, yet still packs as much punch as her sisters.
  • Red Baron: Among the ranks of both the USN shipgirls and IJN kanmusu, she's known as "The Grey Ghost".
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: But only if you're an Abyssal or Japanese ship (in the case of the latter, it's more out of bitter dislike for them rather than hatred).
  • The Rival: To Zuikaku. In Real Life, the two ships often faced each other in the major carrier battles of World War II, so this should pass on to them.
  • Screw Destiny: She doesn't subscribe to the idea of fate, and believes that the future can be changed if put into action.
  • Series Mascot: For Pacific. Given that she is The Hero, not to mention the feats of her historical counterpart, this makes a lot of sense.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Her semi-official remodeled version is this.
  • Sole Survivor: The only one amongst the three Yorktown sisters to make it through the entire war, for the same reasons as Pennsylvania and Nevada.
  • Sweet Tooth: Some artwork of her by the main illustrator depicts her enjoying ice cream.
  • Took a Level in Badass
  • Transformation Sequence: How she turns into her remodeled version.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Defied in her case.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Her remodeled version has Type A.

Hornet (CV-8)

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"LOUSY!"

The youngest of the three Yorktown-class sisters, she is the representation of USS Hornet, famous for carrying out the Doolittle Raid in early 1942.


     Essex-class Aircraft Carrier 

Essex (CV-9)

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Lead ship of the Essex-class of aircraft carriers, the most numerous fleet carrier class ever built, and the personification of USS Essex.


  • Nice Hat: A US Navy officer's cap to be precise, and not unlike the ones worn by Lexington and Enterprise.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her red hair, based on the artwork shown, is apparently reaching all the way down to her waist.
  • Stripperific: Her full artwork shows her wearing nothing but a bikini and thigh-high boots.
  • Sword and Gun: She's shown wielding both a flintlock pistol and a sword at the same time.
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