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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 Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
CVE105, 6/1955- CVHE105, 5/1959- AKV37 Commencement Bay (ex-St. Joseph Bay) 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) 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 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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 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 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 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 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 Todd-Pacific, Tacoma 2/4/1945 --- --- cancelled 11/8/1945
CVE125 Eniwetok Todd-Pacific, Tacoma 20/4/1945 --- --- cancelled 11/8/1945
CVE126 Lingayen Todd-Pacific, Tacoma 1/5/1945 --- --- cancelled 11/8/1945
CVE127 Okinawa 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

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 lifts in 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 class of escort aircraft carriers. The project represented improved Sangamon.

Hull repeated the hull of T-3 tanker, but has been 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 has increased also (on trials Commencement Bay made 17800hp and 20.2kts speed). 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

(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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