Naval History and Heritage Command

National Museum of the U.S. Navy

USS Ranger (CV-4)

Commissioned at Newport News, Virginia, on June 4, 1934, USS Ranger (CV-4) served in the Atlantic and Pacific and took part in Neutrality Patrols in the Atlantic before United States' entry into World War II in December 1941.   In early 1942, she transported aircraft to West African bases then took part in Operation Torch that November.   Assigned to the British Home Fleet from August to November 1943, Ranger participated in Operation Leader on October 4, 1943, where her aircraft attacked German shipping along the Norwegian coast.  In early 1944, she was overhauled and sent to the Pacific, spending the rest of the war preparing air groups for combat operations.   Decommissioned in October 1946, Ranger was sold for scrapping in January 1947. 

A model of Ranger can be found In Harm's Way (Pacific Ocean) at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy.   

Image:  80-CF-Box-18-2:  USS Ranger (CV-4), 1935.   At anchor at Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, July 1, 1935.   Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.