NAVY ANNOUNCES LOSSES DURING WARTIME--
SEVEN HUNDRED SHIPS SUNK
INCLUDES PEARL HARBOR
By the Associated Press
WASHINGTON--World War II cost the U.S. Navy 701 vessels of all types, including 157 first-line warships.
The final navy accounting reveals these combatant craft lost: Two battleships, Oklahoma and Arizona both at Pearl Harbor; five carriers, six escort carriers, seven heavy cruisers, three light cruisers, seventy-one destroyers, eleven destroyer escorts and fifty-two submarines.
Other losses included three minelayers, twenty-four minesweepers, eighteen subchasers, twelve gunboats, three seaplane tenders, sixty-nine motor torpedo boats, six tankers, twenty-one troop transports, four cargo carriers, and numerous smaller craft.
The Navy also reports finding official figures showing 9,000,000 gross tons of enemy shipping sunk during the war, more than half by U.S. submarines.
The Jap merchant fleet was whittled from over 10,000,000 gross tons to about 1,500,000 by the war's end.