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UNITED STATES NAVY (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)

AIRCRAFT CARRYING SHIPS

COMMENCEMENT BAY escort aircraft carriers (1944-1946)

Commencement Bay 1945

Commencement Bay 1963

Annapolis 1965

No Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
CVE105, 6/1955- CVHE105, 5/1959- AKV37 Commencement Bay (ex-St. Joseph Bay) 55 Todd-Pacific, Tacoma 23/9/1943 9/5/1944 27/11/1944 helicopter escort carrier 6/1955, aviation transport 5/1959, stricken 4/1971
CVE106, 12/1957- LPH1, 2/1959- CVE106, 5/1959- AKV38 Block Island (ex-Sunset Bay) 56 Todd-Pacific, Tacoma 25/10/1943 10/6/1944 30/12/1944 assault helicopter carrier 12/1957 (conversion cancelled 6/1958), escort carrier 2/1959, aviation transport 5/1959, stricken 7/1959
CVE107, 5/1959- AKV39, 6/1963- AGMR1 Gilbert Islands (ex-St. Andrews Bay), 6/1963- Annapolis 57 Todd-Pacific, Tacoma 29/11/1943 20/7/1944 5/2/1945 aviation transport 5/1959, communications relay ship 3/1964, stricken 10/1976
CVE108, 5/1959- AKV8, 6/1965- T-AKV8 Kula Gulf (ex-Vermillion Bay) 58 Todd-Pacific, Tacoma 16/12/1943 15/8/1944 12/5/1945 aviation transport 5/1959, aircraft transport 6/1965, stricken 9/1970
CVE109, 6/1955 - CVHE109, 5/1959- AKV9 Cape Gloucester (ex-Willapa Bay) 59 Todd-Pacific, Tacoma 10/1/1944 12/9/1944 5/3/1945 helicopter escort carrier 6/1955, aviation transport 5/1959, stricken 4/1971
CVE110, 5/1959- AKV10 Salerno Bay (ex-Winjah Bay) 60 Todd-Pacific, Tacoma 7/2/1944 26/9/1944 19/5/1945 aviation transport 5/1959, stricken 6/1961
CVE111, 6/1955 - CVHE111, 5/1959- AKV11 Vella Gulf (ex-Totem Bay) 61 Todd-Pacific, Tacoma 7/3/1944 19/10/1944 9/4/1945 helicopter escort carrier 6/1955, aviation transport 5/1959, stricken 12/1970
CVE112, 5/1959- AKV12 Siboney (ex-Frosty Bay) 62 Todd-Pacific, Tacoma 1/4/1944 9/11/1944 14/5/1945 aviation transport 5/1959, stricken 6/1970
CVE113, 6/1955 - CVHE113, 5/1959- AKV13 Puget Sound (ex-Hobart Bay) 63 Todd-Pacific, Tacoma 12/5/1944 30/11/1944 18/6/1945 helicopter escort carrier 6/1955, aviation transport 5/1959, stricken 6/1960
CVE114, 5/1959- AKV14 Rendova (ex-Mosser Bay) 64 Todd-Pacific, Tacoma 15/6/1944 28/12/1944 22/10/1945 aviation transport 5/1959, stricken 4/1971
CVE115, 5/1959- AKV15 Bairoko (ex-Portage Bay) 65 Todd-Pacific, Tacoma 25/7/1944 25/1/1945 16/7/1945 aviation transport 5/1959, stricken 4/1960
CVE116, 5/1959- AKV16 Badoeng Strait (ex-San Alberto Bay) 66 Todd-Pacific, Tacoma 18/8/1944 15/2/1945 14/11/1945 aviation transport 5/1959, stricken 12/1970
CVE117, 6/1955 - CVHE117, 5/1959- AKV17 Saidor (ex-Saltery Bay) 67 Todd-Pacific, Tacoma 29/9/1944 17/3/1945 4/9/1945 helicopter escort carrier 6/1955, aviation transport 5/1959, stricken 12/1970
CVE118, 5/1959- AKV18 Sicily (ex-Sandy Bay) 68 Todd-Pacific, Tacoma 23/10/1944 14/4/1945 27/2/1946 aviation transport 5/1959, stricken 7/1960
CVE119, 5/1959- AKV19, 8/1965- T-AKV19 Point Cruz (ex-Trocadero Bay) 69 Todd-Pacific, Tacoma 4/12/1944 18/5/1945 16/10/1945 aviation transport 5/1959, aircraft transport 8/1965, stricken 9/1970
CVE120, 5/1959- AKV20 Mindoro 76 Todd-Pacific, Tacoma 2/1/1945 27/6/1945 4/12/1945 aviation transport 5/1959, stricken 12/1959
CVE121, 6/1955 - CVHE121, 5/1959- AKV21 Rabaul 77 Todd-Pacific, Tacoma 29/1/1945 14/7/1945 30/8/1946 helicopter escort carrier 6/1955, aviation transport 5/1959, stricken 9/1971
CVE122, 5/1959- AKV22 Palau 78 Todd-Pacific, Tacoma 19/2/1945 6/8/1945 15/1/1946 aviation transport 5/1959, stricken 4/1960
CVE123, 6/1955 - CVHE123, 5/1959- AKV23 Tinian 79 Todd-Pacific, Tacoma 20/3/1945 5/9/1945 30/7/1946 helicopter escort carrier 6/1955, aviation transport 5/1959, stricken 6/1970
CVE124 Bastogne 80 Todd-Pacific, Tacoma 2/4/1945 --- --- cancelled 11/8/1945
CVE125 Eniwetok 81 Todd-Pacific, Tacoma 20/4/1945 --- --- cancelled 11/8/1945
CVE126 Lingayen 82 Todd-Pacific, Tacoma 1/5/1945 --- --- cancelled 11/8/1945
CVE127 Okinawa 83 Todd-Pacific, Tacoma 22/5/1945 --- --- cancelled 11/8/1945
  

Displacement standard, t

18908

Displacement full, t

21397

Length, m

160.0 wl 169.9 oa

Breadth, m

22.9 wl 32.1 a

Draught, m

8.50 full load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 sets Allison-Chalmers geared steam turbines, 4 Combustion Engineering boilers

Power, h. p.

16000

Max speed, kts

19

Fuel, t

oil 1789

Endurance, nm (kts) 10000 (15)

Armament

CVE105 - 107: 2 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 12, 3 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 12 x 2 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 20 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 33 aircraft (F4F Wildcat,  F4U Corsair, F6F Hellcat fighters, SB2C Helldiver dive bombers, TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bombers, TBM-S Avenger ASW planes, TBM-W Avenger EW planes, SOC Seagull, F4F-P Wildcat, F4U-P Corsair, F6F-P Hellcat reconnaissance planes)

CVE108, 110, 112 - 117: 2 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 12, 3 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 12 x 2 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 20 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 33 aircraft (F4F Wildcat, F4U Corsair, F6F Hellcat, FR Fireball, F8F Bearcat fighters, SB2C Helldiver dive bombers, TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bombers, TBM-S Avenger ASW planes, TBM-W Avenger EW planes, SOC Seagull, F4F-P Wildcat, F4U-P Corsair, F6F-P Hellcat, F8F-P Bearcat reconnaissance planes)

CVE109, 111: 2 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 12, 3 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 12 x 2 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 20 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 33 aircraft (F4F Wildcat,  F4U Corsair, F6F Hellcat, FR Fireball fighters, SB2C Helldiver dive bombers, TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bombers, TBM-S Avenger ASW planes, TBM-W Avenger EW planes, SOC Seagull, F4F-P Wildcat, F4U-P Corsair, F6F-P Hellcat reconnaissance planes)

CVE118: 2 x 1 - 127/38 Mk Mk 30, 3 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 2, 12 x 2 - 40/56 Mk 1, 20 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10, 33 aircraft (F4U Corsair, F6F Hellcat, FR Fireball, F8F Bearcat fighters, SB2C Helldiver dive bombers, TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bombers, TBM-S Avenger ASW planes, TBM-W Avenger EW planes, SOC Seagull, F4U-P Corsair, F6F-P Hellcat, F8F-P Bearcat reconnaissance planes)

CVE119: 2 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 12, 3 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 12 x 2 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 20 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 33 aircraft (F4F Wildcat,  F4U Corsair, F6F Hellcat, FR Fireball, F8F Bearcat fighters, SB2C Helldiver dive bombers, TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bombers, TBM-S Avenger ASW planes, TBM-W Avenger EW planes, SOC Seagull, F4F-P Wildcat, F4U-P Corsair, F6F-P Hellcat, F8F-P Bearcat reconnaissance planes)

CVE120: 2 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 12, 3 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 12 x 2 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 20 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 33 aircraft (F4U Corsair, F6F Hellcat, FR Fireball, F8F Bearcat fighters, SB2C Helldiver dive bombers, TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bombers, TBM-S Avenger ASW planes, TBM-W Avenger EW planes, SOC Seagull, F4U-P Corsair, F6F-P Hellcat, F8F-P Bearcat reconnaissance planes)

CVE120 - 123: 2 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 30, 3 x 4 - 40/60 Mk 2, 12 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 1, 20 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10, 33 aircraft (F4U Corsair, F6F Hellcat, FR Fireball, F8F Bearcat fighters, SB2C Helldiver dive bombers, TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bombers, TBM-S Avenger ASW planes, TBM-W Avenger EW planes, SOC Seagull, F4U-P Corsair, F6F-P Hellcat, F8F-P Bearcat reconnaissance planes)

Sensors

SG, SK-2, SP radars

Complement

1066

Aircraft facilities (fd - 3,726 m², ha - 1,382 m² / 7,365 m³): Flight deck: 152.7 x 24.4 m. Hangar: 65.8 x 21.0 x 5.33 m. There were 2 elevators in the center line (7.7 t, 13.4 x 12.8 m). There was 1 H 2 and 1 H 4C catapults. Aircraft fuel stowage: 700 000 l.   

Year fighters torpedo bombers ASW planes and helicopters
6/1945 Block Island 20 F4U-1D and F6F-5N 9 TBM-3 ---
9/1950 Sicily 15 F4U-4B --- 10 TBM-3E/S, 2 HO3S-1
9/1952 Badoeng Strait --- --- 10 - 15 AF-2S/W, 2 HO3S-1

Ship project history: Largest and most successful US-built escort aircraft carriers. The project represented improved Sangamon. Hull repeated the hull of T-3 tanker, but was thoroughly improved and re-arranged; the number of watertight bulkheads has increased. Stern-arranged engine and boiler rooms were stored, but machinery became arranged on en echelon, its power was increased also. The area of a flight deck in comparison with Sangamon was a little moderated, but the hangar became larger.

Modernizations: 1/1946, all completed: 2 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 30, 3 x 4 - 40/60 Mk 2, 12 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 1, 20 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10, 2 catapults, 33 aircraft, SG, SK-2, SP radars

1950s, almost all survived: + SLR-2 ECM suite

1960s, almost all survived: - SLR-2 ECM suite; + WLR-1, ULQ-6 ECM suites

(8/1962 - 3/1964, New York N Yd, Brooklyn) Gilbert Islands: was converted to communications relay ship AGMR1 Annapolis: displacement was 11473 / 22500 t, complement was 710 men, armament consisted of 4 x 2 - 76/50 Mk 33 mountings.

Naval service: No significant events.

Kula Gulf 1950

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