The Saipan class aircraft carriers were a class of two light carriers [Saipan (CVL-48) and Wright (CVL-49)] built for the United States Navy during World War II. Like the nine Independence- class light carriers, they were based on cruiser hulls. However, they differed from the earlier light carriers in that they were built from the keel up as carriers, and were based on heavy rather than light cruiser hulls. Completed too late for the war, they served as carriers until the mid-1950s, then were converted into a command ship and a major communications relay ship in the late 1950s, and in those roles served until 1970. They were both scrapped in 1980.