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USS TAKANIS BAY   (CVE-89)
(later CVU-89 and AKV-31)



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

CLASS - CASABLANCA
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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"Concerted Action Gets Results. Close cooperation and planning paid dividends again to riggers, shipwrights and shipfitters on Berth 2 of the Outfitting dock, who set a new record in the installation of the gun buckets on carriers. Shown above from left: (first row) B. Coverdale, L. Ochs, F. Thrall, B. Adams, D. Payne, C. Lamb, F. Rogers, Young, R. Stark. (Second row) L. Garner, R. Whitney, L. j Jaynes, S. Moore, R. Johnson, A. Black, J. Ammerman, G. Nevitt, C. Morgan. (Third row) Y. Cole, Q. Nims, J. Owen, E. Clawson, J. Udell. (Vancouver Photo)"

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"The gun turrets on the U.S.S. Takanis Bay were all hung in the record time of two hours and 10 minutes. The two previous ships were completed in eight hours each but, to the three crews engaged on the work, that was only a beginning. [...]"

(From "Bo's'n's Whistle," Vol. 4, No. 7; March 24, 1944; page 5).

Courtesy of Ron Gough,
Bea Dee, Ltd.,
Kaiser Vancouver / Swan Island & Oregon Shipyards website
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Takanis Bay was sponsored on Friday, 10 March 1944, by Mrs. Alden Ream Sanborn. Her mother, Mrs. Don M. Wright, was matron of honor, and her son, Donald Sanborn (photo) was flower boy.

(From "Bo's'n's Whistle," Vol. 4, No. 6; March 17, 1944; page 8).

Courtesy of Ron Gough,
Bea Dee, Ltd.,
Kaiser Vancouver / Swan Island & Oregon Shipyards website
World War 2
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155k Aerial view of USS Takanis Bay (CVE-89) underway on 5 May 1944, as commissioned. Based in San Diego, California, with Fleet Air West Coast through August 1945 as a training ship for pilots, from 24 May 1944 through 28 August 1945 the ship qualified 2,509 pilots.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, photo # 1996.488.034.013.

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Robert Hurst
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A milestone in the carrier's history: the first take off, by a Wildcat.

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Undated photograph of USS Takanis Bay (CVE-89) in dry dock.

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A Grumman F6F Hellcat in trouble. Good detail of the ship's island and SK radar antenna.

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F4U Corsair making 5,000th "trap" aboard USS Takanis Bay (CVE-89).

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CAPT Courtney Shands relieves CAPT Anthony R. Brady as Commanding Officer, USS Takanis Bay (CVE-89), 3 June 1945.

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CAPT Brady presents the Silver Star to CAPT Shands, probably on 3 June 1945.

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Another milestone in the carrier's history: the 20,000 landing, made by an Avenger. According to the source "Takanis Bay holds the record for landings aboard vessels of her class. From commissioning to inactivation over 20,000 landings were made. A record only topped by a very few first line carriers."

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Post-War
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Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, May 23, 1946. Port side view of USS Takanis Bay (CVE-89) at time of inclining experiment. Puget Sound Naval Shipyard photo #871-46.

Seattle Branch of the National Archives. Record Group 181.

Tracy White,
Researcher @ Large
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Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, May 23, 1946. Bow view of starboard side at time of inclining experiment. Puget Sound Naval Shipyard photo #873-46.

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Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, May 23, 1946. Topside view of island structure at time of inclining experiment. Puget Sound Naval Shipyard photo #882-46.


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View the USS Takanis Bay (CVE-89 / CVU-89 / AKV-31)
DANFS History entry located on the Naval History & Heritage Command website.

Crew Contact and Reunion Information
Date:  
Place:  
Contact: Charlie Rankin,
89 Chairman
Address: 500 Wichita Ave. Unit 11,
McAllen, Tx. 78503
Phone: (956)686-0113
Fax: (956)686-4943
Cell: (956)279-6313
E-mail: charbillrank2000@yahoo.com
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