1939 pre-WW2 photo USA aircraft-carrier USS Lexington

French Press photo.

We know the American warships of the Pacific Fleet, who were cruising in the Atlantic, recently received orders to rejoin without delay their base in the Pacific.
Here is the aircraft carrier “Lexington” maneuvering off the coast of California, where the order to rejoin immediately the Pacific.
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Stamp on back:

FRANCE PRESSE
French Society of Photo and Literary Reporting

 

Staining on back. There is some brown shadowing on photo, transfer from back.

13 x 18 cm,

  

On sait que les navires de guerre américains de l’escadre du Pacifique, qui se trouvaient en croisière dans l’Atlantique, ont reçu récemment l’ordre de rejoindre sans délai leur base dans le Pacifique.

Voici le navire porte-avions “Lexington” en manoeuvres sur la côte de Californie, ou l’ordre lui est parvenu de rejoinder immédiatement le Pacifique.

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Tampon sur le revers:

FRANCE PRESSE
Société Française de Reportages Photographique et Littéraire.

 

Taches sur le revers. Zone brunâtre sur la photo, transfert du dos. 

 

USS Lexington (CV-2), nicknamed "Lady Lex", was an early aircraft carrier built for the United States Navy. She was the lead ship of the Lexington class; her only sister ship, Saratoga, was commissioned a month earlier. Originally designed as a battlecruiser, she was converted into one of the Navy's first aircraft carriers during construction to comply with the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922, which essentially terminated all new battleship and battlecruiser construction. The ship entered service in 1928 and was assigned to the Pacific Fleet for her entire career. Lexington and Saratoga were used to develop and refine carrier tactics in a series of annual exercises before World War II.

Lexington was at sea when the Pacific War began on 7 December 1941, ferrying fighter aircraft to Midway Island.

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