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Independence Class

USS Independence
CVL-22

USS Princeton
CVL-23

USS Belleau Wood
CVL-24

USS Cowpens
CVL-25

USS Monterey
CVL-26

USS Langley
CVL-27

USS Cabot
CVL-28

USS Bataan
CVL-29

USS San Jacinto
CVL-30

 

Saipan Class

USS Saipan
CVL-48

USS Wright
CVL-49

 

CVL Topics

CVL Cutaway Drawing

CVL Specifications

Ford and Monterey

Bush and San Jacinto

Ernie Pyle and Cabot

 

LInks

World War II
Multimedia Database

Day of the Kamikaze

 

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Executive Producer
(646) 298-9292

MFA Productions LLC

Welcome to Nine Sisters -
The Light Carrier Historical Documentary Project

Our First Video - The Sinking of USS Princeton

Will appear on CUNY-TV on Saturday, January 16 at 6:30 PM

New York City Cablvision Channel 75
New York City Time-Warner Channel 75

The Sinking of USS Princeton combines contemporary interviews with survivors and archival footage to tell the story of two ships, the USS Princeton (CVL-23) and USS Birmingham (CL-62). Hit by a Japanese bomb, Princeton would sink - but in trying to save the ship, Birmingham would take more casualties. find out how the last American Fleet Carrier sank in World War II.

 

In January 1942, the United States Navy had lost much of its inventory of warships. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt realized that America's precious seven fleet carriers would see heavy combat in the coming months, and many would be sunk. He ordered cruisers already under construction to be redesigned as light carriers - as fast as the fleet carriers, but smaller and armed with less aircraft.

Eleven months later, four of those seven fleet aircraft carriers had been sunk in combat, but nine light carriers would be joining the fleet in 1943. Together with their Essex-class larger bretheren, they became the iron fist of air power that smashed Japan by destroying her air forces and many ground installations.

This site is dedicated to those who built and crewed the CVLs, providing America with a much-needed and often overlooked component of the war in the Pacific.

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Status of The Nine Sisters Project

The team has completed principal photography, completing 125 hours of interviews with veterans from all nine sisters, as well as interviews with other people related to the building, operation, and history of the ships. Four segments have been edited in very rough form. They are not available for sale as yet because of legal issues, but copies are available with the heads of the ship reunion groups.

The next steps to complete the documentary:

1.) Secure $50,000 in funding for the archival materials in the National Archives.

2.) Secure the involvement of a nationally known documentary producer.

3.) Secure funding for transcripts ($5000) editing ($50,000) and final color correction and music ($25,000)

4.) Secure a broadcast network

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