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(later CVHA-1 and LPH-6)

Courtesy of Al Grazevich

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

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

Built by the Kaiser Shipbuilding Co., Vancouver, Wash. Laid down 22 Dec 1943, launched 16 Mar 1944 and commissioned 21 Apr 1944. Decommissioned to reserve, 7 Aug 1946.

Converted to an "Assault Helicopter Aircraft Carrier"; redesignated CVHA-1, 1 Jul 1955. Recommissioned 20 Jul 1956; conversion completed 1 Sep.

Reclassified as an "Amphibious Assault Ship (Helicopter)" and redesignated LPH-6, 28 May 1959.

FATE Decommissioned and struck from the Navy list, 1 Mar 1964. Sold for scrap.

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CVE-90 Thetis Bay

USS Thetis Bay (CVE-90) photographed on 7 August 1944. The ship is painted in Camouflage Measure 33, Design 10A.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives (# 19-N-69574).

Robert Hurst
CVE-90 Thetis Bay

"Booklet of General Plans, Aircraft Carrier, CVE90," USS Thetis Bay, 31 May 1945.

Courtesy of Ed Zajkowski & the Historic Naval Ships Association
CVE-90 Thetis Bay

USS Thetis Bay (CVE-90) in San Francisco Bay, 12 December 1945, completing a Magic Carpet trip from the Pacific Theater. Anti-aircraft guns are covered with canvas. The ship is painted in Measure 21 camouflage.

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CVE-90 Thetis Bay

USS Thetis Bay (CVE-90) enroute to NAS Alameda, California, with a deckload of war-weary planes on 8 July 1944. The planes visible on deck are eight Consolidated PBY Catalina flying boats, 18 Grumman F6F Hellcat fighters, and a Grumman J2F Duck amphibious biplane. U.S. Navy Naval Aviation News, April 1975.

U.S. Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation photo # 1996.488.034.011. Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

Robert Hurst

For more information about this ship, see:

Read the USS THETIS BAY (CVE-90 / CVHA-1 / LPH-6) DANFS History entry
Crew Contact and Reunion Information
Contact: Dennis "Doc" Moss
Address: PO Box 65, Isle, MN 56342
Phone: 320-676-8940
Web site: USS Thetis Bay Association

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

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