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(later CVU-88)

Courtesy of Al Grazevich

USS Cape Esperance (CVE-88)
Courtesy of Gerd Matthes, Germany
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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World War 2
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USS Cape Esperance (CVE-88) underway, circa 1945. USN photo.

Robert Hurst
CVE-88 Cape Esperance

"War Cruise of the U.S.S. Cape Esperance CVE-88," commissioning–May 1946. USN.

Robert Hurst
Collection of Joseph A. Swift
Submitted by his youngest son, Tim Swift
CVE-88 Cape Esperance, J.A. Swift collection
Joe A. Swift aboard USS Cape Esperance (CVE‑88)
CVE-88 Cape Esperance, J.A. Swift collection
Crossing the Line ceremony, 16 August 1944
CVE-88 Cape Esperance, J.A. Swift collection
With the ship's mascot
CVE-88 Cape Esperance, J.A. Swift collection
Joe and some shipmates, in front of the ship's island
CVE-88 Cape Esperance, J.A. Swift collection
Joe at his workplace
Korea—The 1950s
CVE-88 Cape Esperance

USS Cape Esperance (CVE-88) raising the flag as the ship is recommissioned for Korean War service, at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, 5 August 1950. Members of the color detail are (from left to right): Quartermaster First Class Howard L. Foley, USNR; Seaman Bobby G. Young, USN; Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Alva L. Dixon, USN; Seaman Apprentice Raymond E. Garcia, USN; and Seaman Cesar C. Abrajano, USN.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the All Hands collection at the Naval History & Heritage Command (# NH 97005).

Courtesy of Scott Koen &
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50k Undated, showing her deck crammed with aircraft. USN
CVE-88 Cape Esperance

Ferrying aircraft, date and location unknown.

Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
CVE-88 Cape Esperance
102k Cape Esperance in the 1950s, as a T-CVU (Utility Carrier civilian manned by the Military Sea Transportation Service). She is carrying Navy Banshees and Skyraiders and has been stripped of guns and all but navigational radar. Not long afterwards the Casablanca-class were replaced as aircraft transports by Bogue-class ships, more economical to operate. Robert Hurst
CVE-88 Cape Esperance

USNS Cape Esperance (T-CVE 88) underway en-route to Korea carrying six Air Force F-84E Thunderjets, two North American F-86 Sabres, eight North American LT-6G Texans, four Lockheed F-80C Shooting Stars, four Navy Grumman F6F-5K Hellcats and five De Havilland Canada L-20 Beaver liaison aircraft. The LT-6Gs were used by the USAF for battlefield surveillance and forward air control duties over Korea. The F6F-5K drones were used by Guided Missile Unit 90 to carry a single 2,000 lb bomb to attack bridges in Korea, flying from USS Boxer (CV-21). They were radio-controlled from an escorting AD Skyraider.

Note single 5" gun aft.

National Naval Aviation Museum photo (# 1996.488.034.014).

Robert Hurst
CVE-88 Cape Esperance

"The first shipment of light bombers to be transferred to Thailand under the Mutual Defense Program. These SB2C Curtiss Hell Divers [and SNJ Texans] spotted on the flight deck of the USS Cape Esperance (CVE-88) arrive at Bangkok, Thailand for further transfer."

Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 708240, dated 1 June 1951.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1996.488.166.039. Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

Mike Green
CVE-88 Cape Esperance

USNS Cape Esperance (T-CVU 88) at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, with a cargo of Navy and Air Force aircraft during the mid-1950s. Aircraft visible on her flight deck include AD Skyraider attack planes, F2H Banshee fighters and at least one U.S. Air Force F-100 Super Sabre.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command (# NH 52441).

Naval History & Heritage Command via Robert Hurst
CVE-88 Cape Esperance

USNS Cape Esperance ferrying aircraft, exact date and location unknown.

Gerhard Mueller‑Debus

Read the USS CAPE ESPERANCE (CVE-88 / CVU-88) DANFS History
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