During this period, fifty of the Casablanca-class carriers were built at an average rate of almost one ship a week. King , Chief of Naval Operations. These were nearly one third of the carriers built in the United States during the war.
She was the first ship to carry her name. Guadalcanal also earned the distinction of being the only aircraft carrier in history to conduct flight operations with a captured enemy vessel in tow. The captured submarine proved to be of inestimable value to American intelligence. The U-boats would not know the plane was unarmed, and would not risk staying surfaced. The design of the Bogue-class carriers, based on the C-3 merchant hull, drew heavily on the operational experience gained with the Long Island. In their excitement to see the effects of their first successful attack, the Avenger pilots stayed aloft so long they returned to the carrier after sunset.