USS Essex has a much better concealment when compared to the Lexington. In almost all aspects, Essex can be seen as a larger Lexington, with a larger strike group and more fighters. Players are encouraged to use terrain to keep her close to the front lines and to prevent being detected, while using the large bomber squadrons to set up Damage Over Time(DOT) effects.
In Game Description
The largest class of attack aircraft carriers. The ship featured a strong air group, powerful AA armament and good torpedo protection. The successful design of aircraft elevators ensured fast takeoff and landing for the aircraft. The unarmored flight deck, also characteristic of her predecessors, made her and her sister ships vulnerable to air strikes.