Laid down in 1975, the USS Toulgas, the first of her class of "Sea Control Ships", entered service with the US Navy in 1978. Suffering from a protracted development and procurement struggle since it's conception by Chief of Naval Operations Zumwalt in the beginning of the decade, the Toulgas would not be joined by her first sister ships for well over a year. In that time, the first of the light carriers built since the end of the Second World War began to see rise of troubles that would plague the class for most of it's life.
The ship's fixed wing compliment was centered around the brand new Rockwell FV-12A, an ambitious mach 2+ VTOL fighter, intended as a far superior domestic design over the early British-built jump jets already in service with the Marine Corps. Unfortunately, while the FV-12 had prevailed over the early technical problems that had threatened to scuttle it's entire development, this proved insufficient for what was required of an operational combat airc