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(later CVU-84)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Yankee - Bravo

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.

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CVE-84 Shamrock Bay

Launched on Friday, February 4, 1944 Vancouver's 30th carrier, USS Shamrock Bay (CVE-84) was christened by Mrs. James R. Dudley. CAPT Frank T. Ward, who would be Shamrock Bay's first commanding officer, delivered the principal address.

(From "Bo's'n's Whistle," Vol. 4, No. 4; February 25, 1944; page 7.)

Courtesy of Ron Gough,
Bea Dee, Ltd.,
Kaiser Vancouver / Swan Island & Oregon Shipyards website
World War II
CVE-84 Shamrock Bay

Undated, transporting aircraft. She is painted in Measure 33, Design 10A camouflage.

Robert Hurst
CVE-84 Shamrock Bay

USS Shamrock Bay (CVE-84) at Astoria, Oregon, about a month after commissioning (April 1944). Painted in Measure 33, Design 10A.

Seattle Branch of the National Archives. Record Group 181.

Tracy White,
Researcher @ Large
CVE-84 Shamrock Bay

USS Shamrock Bay (CVE-84), left foreground, about to leave Pier Number Two at Astoria, Oregon, 6 April 1944. Photographed from an airplane attached to Shipley Bay.

The other two escort aircraft carriers visible are not definitely identified, but they may be USS Saginaw Bay (CVE-82), top, and USS Shipley Bay (CVE‑85), center.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command (#NH 106710).

Naval History & Heritage Command, via Robert Hurst
CVE-84 Shamrock Bay

This image is cropped from photo NS0308406, above. USS Shamrock Bay (CVE-84) is painted in camouflage Measure 33, Design 10A.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command (#NH 106710-A).

Naval History & Heritage Command, via Bob Crawford
CVE-84 Shamrock Bay

USS Shamrock Bay (CVE-84) underway, in a photo dated 11 November 1944.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-289883).

Tracy White,
Researcher @ Large
CVE-84 Shamrock Bay

The Royal Baby shares his milk (likely spoiled) with a polliwog during a Neptune Party on December 21, 1944.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-335706).

Tracy White,
Researcher @ Large
CVE-84 Shamrock Bay

A rocket-armed TBM-3 Avenger of VC-94 prepares for a catapult launch from USS Shamrock Bay (CVE-84), to support the invasion of Okinawa in April of 1945.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-335707).

Tracy White,
Researcher @ Large
CVE-84 Shamrock Bay

Loading rockets on the folded wing of a TBM-3 Avenger of VC-94 between strikes on Okinawa, aboard USS Shamrock Bay (CVE-84). The yagi antenna of the aircraft's ASB radar is visible on the left.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-335708).

Tracy White,
Researcher @ Large
CVE-84 Shamrock Bay
69k USS Shamrock Bay (CVE-84) as seen from USS Sangamon (CVE-26). Both are leaving Kerama Retto on May 4, 1945. USN
Ex-USS Shamrock Bay
CVE-84 Shamrock Bay
86k In reserve, South Boston Naval Annex, May 1958. White Plains (CVE-66) to the right. © Richard Leonhardt
CVE-84 Shamrock Bay

Ex-Shamrock Bay was scrapped at Hong Kong. Newspaper clips, December 1959.

Ron Reeves

Read the USS SHAMROCK BAY (CVE-84 / CVU-84) DANFS History entry

Crew Contact and Reunion Information
Contact: Anthony Mammola,
President, USS Shamrock Bay Assoc.
Address: 7 North Meadow Road, Old Saybrook, Connecticut 06475-4126
Phone: (860) 388-9170
Web site:  

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Hazegray & Underway World Aircraft Carrier Pages By Andrew Toppan.
Official U.S. Navy Carrier Website
Escort Carrier Sailors & Airmen Association

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