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USS BRETON   (ACV-23)
(later CVE-23, CVHE-23, CVU-23 and AKV-42)



Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Whiskey - Mike - Charlie

Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons

   

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

Bogue Class Escort Carrier
Ordered Laid down Launched Commissioned Decommissioned Stricken
(see below) 25 Feb 1942 27 Jun 1942 12 Apr 1943
14 Jul 1958 (*)
30 Aug 1946
?? ??? 196?

6 Aug 1971
Builder: Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp., Seattle, Wash.
(*) Under MSTS control (see below)

Specifications
(As commissioned, 1943)
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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USS Breton, 1943–1958
ACV-23 Breton
NS0302312
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"Tacoma, Wash., April 5[, 1943].—A new-type aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Breton, an impressive and speedy mass of fighting machinery, is ready for the fleet after successful trials."

Ron Reeves
ACV-23 Breton
NS0302309
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USS Breton (ACV-23) underway in the Pacific, 9 May 1943.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No.1996.488.032.014. Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

Robert Hurst
Mike Green
ACV-23 Breton
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Stern view of USS Breton (ACV-23) in San Francisco Bay, 10 May 1943. Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 3599-43.

Darryl Baker
ACV-23 Breton
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Starboard broadside view of USS Breton (ACV-23) in San Francisco Bay, 10 May 1943. Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 3601-43.

Darryl Baker
ACV-23 Breton
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45° off centerline view of USS Breton (ACV-23) in San Francisco Bay, 10 May 1943. Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 3603-43.

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

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
CVE-23 Breton
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USS Breton (CVE-23), broad on quarter, 2 December 1943.

National Archives photo (#80-G-276733).

Daniel Dunham
CVE-23 Breton
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Stern view of USS Breton (CVE-23) off San Francisco on 4 March 1944. Mare Island Navy Yard photo, # 1483-44.

(So, how many Seagulls does a CVE carry?)

Darryl Baker
CVE-23 Breton
NS0302305a
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Broadside, starboard, view of USS Breton (CVE-23) off San Francisco on 4 March 1944. Mare Island Navy Yard photo, # 1490-44.

Official U.S. Navy photo, from the collections of the Naval History & Heritage Command (#NH 45509).

Robert Hurst
CVE-23 Breton
NS0302305
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Broadside view of USS Breton (CVE-23) off San Francisco on 4 March 1944. Mare Island Navy Yard photo, # 1491-44.

Darryl Baker
CVE-23 Breton
NS0302306
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Bow on view of USS Breton (CVE-23) off San Francisco on 4 March 1944. Mare Island Navy Yard photo, # 1493-44.

Darryl Baker
CVE-23 Breton
NS0302311
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USS Breton (CVE-23) in San Francisco Bay, 17 November 1945, returning from a Magic Carpet trip. She is painted in Measure 21 camouflage.

Gerd Matthes, Germany
In "Mothballs," 1946–1958
Ex-Breton
NS0821319
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U.S. training sub Greenling (SS-213) sails out of South Boston Navy Yard, 29 October 1956. Note the humidifiers on the mothballed ships. There are several CVE's among them, and a few can be identified: ex-Suwannee (CVHE-27), ex-Santee (CVHE-29), and ex-Breton (CVHE-23), just behind Greenling.

Photo # 08_06_023256 courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection, via Sean Hert & flickr.com.
Ex-Breton
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Another photo of the same vintage. There are several CVEs among the "mothballed" ships, and a few can be identified: ex-Suwannee (CVHE-27), left; ex-Breton (CVHE-23), foreground; ex-Salerno Bay (CVE-110) and ex-Kula Gulf (CVE-108), background.

Photo # 08_06_022688 courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection, via Michael Mohl.
USNS Breton, 1958–1971
USNS Breton
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As an aviation transport, after reactivation in 1958. Note cranes and funnels, simple radar outfit and lack of weapons.

Gerd Matthes, Germany
USNS Breton
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As an Aviation Transport.

USN
USNS Breton
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The cargo ship and aircraft ferry USNS Breton (T-AKV 42, ex-T-CVU 23, ex-CVHE 23, ex-CVE 23, ex-ACV 23) underway, date and location unknown (USN, MSTS photo).

Robert Hurst
USNS Breton
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The cargo ship and aircraft ferry USNS Breton (T-AKV 42) underway with a cargo of cocooned USAF F-104A Starfighters on deck, in 1964, location unknown. US Navy official photo. Image scanned from the 1966–67 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships.

Robert Hurst
CVA-43
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USS Coral Sea (CVA-43), with A-4E Skyhawks from VA-153 "Blue Tail Flies" and VA-155 "Silver Foxes," moored to pier #3 South, U.S. Naval Air Station, Alameda, California, 22–26 July 1967. USS Hancock (CVA-19) is moored to pier #3 North, and USS Ranger to pier #2 North. Other ships present include: USS Bellatrix (AF-62) and USS Aludra (AF-55), moored port side and starboard side, respectively, to pier #2 South; and probably USNS Breton (T-AKV 42), astern of Coral Sea.

Courtesy of William T. Larkins
USNS Breton
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The former USNS Breton (AKV-42, ex-CVE-23, ex-ACV-23) being prepared for towing to a scrap yard in 1972.

Naval History & Heritage Command photo (# NH 89320).

Mike Green

For more photos and information about this ship, see:

Read the USS Breton (ACV-23 / CVE-23 / CVHE-23 / CVU-23 / AKV-42) DANFS History entry

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