Talk:List of United States Navy losses in World War II

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date of when losses start[edit]

This list currently states that it includes all losses beginning on December 7th, 1941. However I seem to have found at least one exception. The USS Reuben James (DD-245) is on this list and it was sunk 31 October 1941, while on a convoy mission in the north Atlantic. While I can see as to why it was included on this list, I'm wondering if we should either asterisk this particular instance as a pre-war loss, or whether we should extend the date range for ship losses. -- malo (tlk) (cntrbtns) 18:53, 10 August 2006 (UTC)

Also it seems that the USS PC-815 was sunk on 11 November 1945, and the list states until 1 October. -- malo (tlk) (cntrbtns) 19:02, 10 August 2006 (UTC)

More battleships[edit]

Ehmm....Arizona, Oklahoma, and Utah were sunk at Pearl Harbor, as were California, West Virginia and Nevada, although the latter were raised and repaired. Wouldn't these be counted as losses too? MoRsE 23:43, 15 January 2007 (UTC)

Those ships WERE sunk at Pearl Harbor, but several were salvaged and a couple of them returned to service (Oklahoma was scrapped). I can see the logic for not including them, but they should at least be mentioned with an asterisk. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:45, 28 April 2008 (UTC)

USS Utah was a complete loss after being sunk it was raised but something went wrong and capsised again, the ship remained in dock with most of the dead inside. It was a Musseum Ship in 1972. Iam considering it a loss, since a) It was not latter used in combat, there where no more eforts to refloat her b)Battle Damage made it a non military value ship c) It was converted into a memorial ship.Mr.User200 (talk) 19:51, 6 March 2015 (UTC)


The article lists the Langley (CV-1) as a seaplane tender when it was listed as an aircraft carrier. This seems to be incorrect.Papercrab (talk) 04:03, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

Langley was a seaplane tender at the start of WWII - it had been converted in the 1930s. (talk) 00:27, 7 October 2010 (UTC)


I suggest Utah should not be listed as a Battleship, since (with all due respect to the ship and her crew), she had long been converted to be a target and training ship (I believe including the removal of her main guns). This is reflected in her new hull number of AG-16, this AG signifying a Miscellaneous Auxiliary ship type. Dave w74 (talk) 19:50, 17 October 2010 (UTC)

USS Panay[edit]

Panay is listed as a WWII loss, even though it sunk in 1937. I think it is obvious that the Panay incident and the United States' eventual involvement in WWII are related, but I disagree that this should be included in this "List of United States Navy losses in World War II." I propose the USS Panay be removed from the list. — Bwe1862 (talk) 19:32, 20 March 2011 (UTC)

Totals by ship type and total ships lost[edit]

Add a column to list a line number for each ship. For example,Larry E. Groves (talk) 13:30, 14 November 2017 (UTC) there are 52 submarines.

There are 27 ship types for total ship losses 713.