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USS HOLLANDIA   (CVE-97)
(later CVU-97 and AKV-33)

Specifications 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.
Operational and Building Data

Built by Kaiser Co., Inc., Vancouver, Wash. Initially named Astrolabe Bay. Keel laid 12 Feb 1944, launched 28 Apr 1944. Renamed Hollandia 30 May 1944. Commissioned 1 Jun 1944.

Decommissioned 17 Jan 1947. While in reserve, she was reclassified as an "Utility Aircraft Carrier" (CVU-97), 12 Jun 1955; again reclassified as a "Cargo Ship and Aircraft Ferry" (AKV-33), 7 May 1959. Stricken from the Navy list 1 Apr 1960 and sold for scrap in July that year.


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CVE-97 Hollandia
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USS Hollandia (CVE-97) shows the gun arrangement of the Casablanca-class in this September 1944 photograph: two twin Bofors on each quarter, and a single 5"/38 (barely visible) aft.

Ron Reeves
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USS Hollandia (CVE-97) underway along an unidentified breakwater circa 1944. She is camouflaged in Measure 32, Design 16A.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, photo # 1996.488.034.005. Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

Robert Hurst
Mike Green
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USS Hollandia (CVE-97) off California, 18 September 1944. Camouflaged in Measure 32, Design 16A.

Gerd Matthes, Germany
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USS Hollandia (CVE-97) circa 1945, but exact date and location unknown. Camouflaged in Measure 21.

Ron Reeves
CVE-97 Hollandia
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USS Hollandia (CVE-97) arrives at Naval Air Station Alameda, California on 29 November 1945. She was transporting 1100 servicemen home from Eniwetok and Kwajalein, in the Marshall Islands, as part of Operation Magic Carpet. By this time the ship was camouflaged in Measure 21.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command (#NH 106721).

Naval History & Heritage Command, via Robert Hurst
Memorabilia
CVE-97 Hollandia
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Plank Owner's Certificate, with embossed ship's seal.

Tommy Trampp
CVE-97 Hollandia
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Shellback Certificate, dated 19 July 1944, with embossed ship's seal.

Tommy Trampp

Read the USS HOLLANDIA (CVE-97 / CVU-97 / AKV-33) DANFS History entry

Old 97
"Old 97", The Story of the U.S.S. Hollandia, by Lieut. Arthur C. Walsh
(Submitted by Ron Reeves)

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Zane Lambert
Address:315 10th Ave SE Olympia, WA, 98501-1312
Phone: 360-357-8560
E-mail: None

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

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