The Essex-class aircraft carriers' design built on the large amount of experience from previous aircraft carriers, allowing its capabilities to reach a new peak. After U-country joined the war, its astonishing industrial power was unleashed and Essex entered service on December 1942. The Essex-class aircraft carriers were the most numerous class of capital ships and remained as U-country's main force of aircraft carriers after WWII. In the Battle of the Philippine Sea, the U-country aircraft carrier force which included Essex completely wiped out the Japanese aircraft carriers. In the Battle of Okinawa, she participated in the attack against Yamato. In the Gulf of Tonkin incident, an Essex-class aircraft carrier proved vital to the war's success. During the Cold War, Essex received modifications and continued to be active, only retiring in 1969.
Named after Essex, Massachusetts, USA.
Essex is ready and waiting for your command. Commander, let us recapture the lost glory of the United States!
The eagle on Essex's shoulder named "Bell McCamp" refers to David McCampbell, the top scoring ace pilot in US Navy who served on USS Essex during the Pacific War.
Essex is a wordless girl, but her eagle Bell is very talkative, so it does the most of the talking for her.
Essex is the only shipgirl whose clothes never get torn when she is damaged. However, Bell turns into "super-deformed" shape in the damaged illustration. This is likely a reference to the Essex class's combat record; no essex class was ever lost to enemy action, though many got their metaphorical teeth kicked in.