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(later CVU-83)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - X-Ray - Yankee

Displacement 7,800 Tons, Dimensions, 512' 3" (oa) x 65' 2" x 22' 4"(Max)
Armament 1 x 5"/38AA 8 x 40mm, 12 x 20mm, 27 Aircraft.
Machinery, 9,000 IHP; 2 Skinner, Uniflow engines, 2 screws
Speed, 19 Knots, Crew 860.

Operational and Building Data

 Originally classified AVG-83, was reclassified ACV-83 on 20 August1942,
allocated to Great Britain, under Lend Lease, on 11 November,
reallocated to the United States on 21 June 1943; reclassified CVE-83
on 15 July. laid down on 8 November 1943; launched on
31 January 1944, and commissioned on 9 March 1944.

Decommissioned to reserve on 23 July 1946.
Reclassified "Utility Aircraft Carrier" and redesignated CVU-83 on 12 June 1955, while in reserve.

FATE Struck from the Navy list on 27 June 1958

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CVE-83 Sargent Bay

Mrs. Rissie Farrnick of the Salvage shop, flower girl, presents flowers to the sponsor. Sargent Bay, Vancouver's 29th escort carrier, was launched on Monday, January 31, 1944 and sponsored by Mrs. Edith W. DeBaun, wife of Captain George H. DeBaun, a ranking naval flier. Attendants were Mrs. O. M. Mikkelson, matron of honor, and Mrs. Farrnick.

(From "Bo's'n's Whistle," Vol. 4, No. 3; February 11, 1944; page 7.)

Courtesy of Ron Gough,
Bea Dee, Ltd.,
Kaiser Vancouver / Swan Island & Oregon Shipyards website
World War II
CVE-83 Sargent Bay

Commissioned on 9 March 1944, USS Sargent Bay (CVE-83) is being moved by tugs at the Kaiser Shipbuilding Yard at Vancouver, Washington, 25th March.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1996.488.034.001. Robert L. Lawson Photo Collection.

Mike Green
CVE-83 Sargent Bay

USS Sargent Bay (CVE-83) at anchor, circa 1944, location unknown. USN photo.

Robert Hurst
CVE-83 Sargent Bay

This is a photo of FM-2 Wildcat D-12. It has just crashed into the barrier on USS Sargent Bay (CVE-83). The date is August 27, 1944. The pilot was LT(JG) Bob Hambley of VC-79. He survived the crash,and is still with us.

Frank Harmon
CVE-83 Sargent Bay

USS Sargent Bay (CVE-83) underway, 250 miles from the Philippines, 1,000 feet height, 26 October 1944.

Sargent Bay was camouflaged in Measure 32, Design 15A (thanks to Aryeh Wetherhorn.)

Jerry Wintermute
CVE-83 Sargent Bay

Chichi Jima, Bonin Islands (Ogasawara Gunto), on 16 February 1945, under attack by aircraft from Task Group 52.2 (including Sargent Bay's VC-79), and in 2009.

Jerry Wintermute
CVE-83 Sargent Bay
CVE-83 Sargent Bay

Okinawa Campaign, 1945 — Ships in Kerama Retto anchorage spread an anti-kamikaze smoke screen, 3 May 1945, seen from USS Sargent Bay (CVE-83). TBM and FM-2 aircraft are on her flight deck. Ship in left center is USS Pinkney (APH-2), which had been damaged by a Kamikaze on 28 April. Photographed by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Oliver E. Pfeiffer.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-342629).

Scott Dyben
CVE-83 Sargent Bay

Lt. McNinch, VC-83, leaves VF-4 after water landing, 30 May 1945.

Jerry Wintermute
CVE-83 Sargent Bay

Lt. McNinch, VC-83, returned to USS Sargent Bay (CVE-83) after rescue from water by USS Richard S. Bull (DE-402), 30 May 1945.

Jerry Wintermute
CVE-83 Sargent Bay

Ensign H.O. Cullen, VC-83, abandons his sinking FM-2 Wildcat (BuNo 75028).

Jerry Wintermute
CVE-83 Sargent Bay

USS Spikefish (SS-404) rescues Ens. Cullen (in raft, lower right), VC-83, off Ishigaki Jima, 7 June 1945.

Picture was posted in the ship's library where I was assigned as Chaplain's assistant.

CVE-83 Sargent Bay

USS Sargent Bay (CVE-83), anchored at San Pedro, California, 29 September 1945. Her simple lines and relatively uncomplicated machinery were designed for rapid mass production. While Pacific Fleet escort carriers shared the antisubmarine mission of their Atlantic counterparts, their major combat task was air support of amphibious operations.

Photo and text from Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS).

Robert Hurst
Ex-USS Sargent Bay
CVU-83 Sargent Bay

In reserve. South Boston Naval Annex, 1959.

© Richard Leonhardt
CVU-83 Sargent Bay

As above.

© Richard Leonhardt

View the USS Sargent Bay (CVE-83 / CVU-83)
DANFS History entry located on the Naval History & Heritage Web Site.

Crew Contact and Reunion Information
Contact: Jerry Wintermute
Address: 26817 Circle of the Oaks
Newhall, CA 91321
Phone: 661 298 7920
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Hazegray &Underway World Aircraft Carrier Pages By Andrew Toppan.
Official U.S. Navy Carrier Website
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