ESSEX CLASS WOOD REPLACEMENT DECKS
USS TICONDEROGA CV-14
The Ticonderoga deck represents the first two "Long Hull" ships to commission, the Ticonderoga and the Hancock. The unique feature of these ships was the large deck cut-out over the hangar sponson designed to give a gun director an overhead view. Following the shakedown cruise, it was decided the director was not needed as the ships were beginning to get top-heavy. The directors were never installed in Hawaii, but the cut-out remained until Ticonderoga returned to the US for battle repairs, but Hancock had her cutout decked-over before entering the war zone. Instructions are included to indicate which alternate parts need to be used for this version of the ship.
Here is a table of the flight decks and the ships they can be used for: