Vessels of the U.S. Navy’s Fast Carrier Task Force (Task Force 38/58) maneuver off the Japanese home islands on Aug. 17, 1945, two days after Emperor Hirohito announced his nation’s surrender in a radio broadcast. Below right is the carrier Wasp
(CV-18). This formation included five other Essex-class carriers in addition to supporting battleships, cruisers and destroyers. (Naval History & Heritage Command)

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