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USS NASSAU   (ACV-16)
(later CVE-16 and CVHE-16)


(Profile courtesy of ©Windjammer-Arts Naval Art & Aviation Art)



Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Uniform - Sierra - Tango

Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal / Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5 stars) / World War II Victory Medal
2nd Row: Navy Occupation Service Medal ("Asia" clasp) / Philippine Presidential Unit Citation / Philippine Liberation Medal

Bogue Class Escort Carrier
Ordered Laid down Launched Commissioned Decommissioned Stricken
(see below) 27 Nov 1941 4 Apr 1942 20 Aug 1942 28 Oct 1946 1 Mar 1959
Builder: Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp., Seattle, Wash.

Specifications
(As converted, 1942)
Displacement: 7,800 tons standard; 15,700 tons full load (design)
Dimensions (wl): 465' x 69.5' x 23.25'  /  141.7 x 21.2 x 7.1 meters
Dimensions (max.): 495' 8" x 111.5'  /  151.1 x 34 meters
Armor: None
Power plant: 2 boilers (285 psi); 1 steam turbine; 1 shaft; 8,500 shp
Speed: 16.5 knots
Endurance:
Armament: 2 single 5"/51 (later 5"/38) gun mounts; (1943) 8 twin 40-mm/56-cal gun mounts; (1943) 27 single 20-mm/70-cal gun mounts
Aircraft: 24
Aviation facilities: 2 elevators; 1 hydraulic catapult
Crew: 890

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Sailors and Marines stand at attention on the pier alongside the auxiliary carrier USS Nassau (ACV-16) following her commissioning ceremony at the Puget Sound Navy Yard on Thursday, 20 August 1942. Note the bow art on the ship used to inspire the Navy Yard workers.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, photo # 2000.091.054.048. Austin K. Doyle Collection.

Mike Green
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Navy personnel and guests stand for the playing of the national anthem during the commissioning ceremonies of USS Nassau (ACV-16) at the Puget Sound Navy Yard on Thursday, 20 August 1942.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, photo # 2000.091.054.040. Austin K. Doyle Collection.

Mike Green
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Guests and Naval personnel are seated on benches next to the unfinished island of USS Nassau (ACV-16) during her commissioning ceremonies on Thursday, 20 August 1942.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, photo # 2000.091.054.045. Austin K. Doyle Collection.

Mike Green
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USS Nassau (ACV-16, later CVE-16) underway in December of 1942. This photograph has been retouched by wartime censors to hide radar and other antennas on the ship's mast.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command (#NH 106566).

Robert Hurst
ACV-16 Nassau
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69k Steaming astern of battleships USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) and USS Idaho (BB-42). Attu occupation, May 1943. USN
ACV-16 Nassau
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USS Nassau (ACV-16) underway and rolling to port in moderate seas during the invasion of Attu, May 1943. The vessels of this class were considered maneuverable and habitable, but flight operations were difficult in anything over moderate seas.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, photo # 1996.488.032.008.

Mike Green
ACV-16 Nassau
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70k Off Attu, 13 May 1943. The position of the small starboard stack is disclosed by its smoke plume. USN
ACV-16 Nassau
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57k Underway off California, June 1943. Courtesy of Richard White. Webmaster, "USS Nassau CVE-16"
ACV-16 Nassau
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Port side view of USS Nassau (ACV-16) underway, 2 July 1943. Note that the slope of the forward sponson conforms to the sheer of the original main deck of the C3-S-A1 merchant hull. The ship is painted in Measure 14 camouflage scheme.

Source: Australian War Memorial, Photo No. 302683.

Mike Green
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Aerial port quarter view of USS Nassau (ACV-16) underway on 2 July 1943. Good detail shot of the ship's configuration with elevators up and AA armament along her flight deck and on stern. The ship was reclassified CVE-16 on July 15th.

Source: Australian War Memorial, Photo No. 302684.

Mike Green
CVE-16 Nassau
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427k Aft plan view of USS Nassau (CVE-16) at Mare Island Navy Yard on 21 Aug 1943. She was at the yard for repairs from 23 July until 23 Aug 1943. Official Mare Island photo # 6023-43. Darryl Baker
CVE-16 Nassau
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410k Forward plan view of USS Nassau (CVE-16) at Mare Island Navy Yard on 21 Aug 1943. She was at the yard for repairs from 23 July until 23 Aug 1943. Official Mare Island photo # 6025-43. Darryl Baker
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F4F-4 Wildcats landing aboard USS Nassau (CVE-16)—note the stretched arresting cable—in the South Pacific, September 1943. National Archives (NARA II) photo # 80-G-469565.

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
CVE-16 Nassau
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SN2 Lawrence Britton on duty at port lookout aboard USS Nassau (CVE-16), October 1943. National Archives photo # 80-G-415475.

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
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Amidships view of USS Nassau (CVE-16) at Mare Island on 28 April 1944. She was undergoing repairs at the yard from 2 April to 29 April 1944. Official Mare Island photo # 2576-44.

Darryl Baker
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Bow on view of USS Nassau (CVE-16) departing Mare Island on 29 April 1944. Official Mare Island photo # 2592-44.

Darryl Baker
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Broadside, starboard view of USS Nassau (CVE-16) departing Mare Island on 29 April 1944. Official Mare Island photo # 2595-44.

Source: Mare Island Shipyard Photos, Ship Files, NARA San Francisco.

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
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Stern view of USS Nassau (CVE-16) departing Mare Island on 29 April 1944. Official Mare Island photo # 2597-44.

Darryl Baker
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34k USS Nassau (CVE-16), April 1944. Camouflage Measure 32, Design 2A. Robert Hurst
CVE-16 Nassau
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This appears to be a late-war photo, taken while USS Nassau (CVE-16) was performing transport and ferry missions between Alameda, Pearl Harbor, Guam, Manus, Samar, and Saipan.

Gerd Matthes, Germany

For more information about this ship, see:

Read the USS Nassau (ACV-16 / CVE-16 / CVHE-16) DANFS History entry

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Address: 10320 Calimesa Blvd Space 221
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U.S.S. Nassau  CVE-16 By Richard White.

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