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USS COMMENCEMENT BAY   (CVE-105)
(later CVHE-105 and AKV-37)

CLASS - COMMENCEMENT BAY
Displacement 11,3730 Tons, Dimensions, 557' 7" (oa) x 75' x 30' 8" (Max)
Armament 2 x 5"/38AA 36 x 40mm, 20 x 20mm, 33 Aircraft.
Machinery, 16,000 SHP; Allis-Chambers, Geared Turbines, 2 screw
Speed, 19 Knots, Crew 1066.

Operational and Building Data

Built by Todd Pacific, Tacoma, Wash. Initially named St. Joseph Bay. Keel laid 23 Sep 1943, launched 9 May 1944; commissioned 27 Nov 1944.

Decommissioned 30 Nov 1946. While in reserve, she was reclassified as an "Escort Helicopter Aircraft Carrier" (CVHE-105), 12 Jun 1955; again reclassified as a "Cargo Ship and Aircraft Ferry" (AKV-37), 7 May 1959.

Fate: Stricken from the Navy list 1 April 1971. Sold to Nicolai Joffe Corporation, Beverly Hills, CA, 25 August 1972, for $131,311. Departed Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Naval Station, San Diego, California, 22 September 1972, under tow of tug Ranger. Scrapped. (Thanks to Ron Reeves for the information.)


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Stern view, 135° off centerline, 20 October 1944. Todd Pacific Shipyards Inc. neg. no. 55-50. BuAer photo 180018.

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Commissioning Program. Monday, 27 November 1944.

From the collection of Pearl Harbor Survivor Hoyt "Bud" Colburn, plankowner yeoman aboard USS Commencement Bay.

Courtesy of Carol Edgemon Hipperson, author of "Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor and World War II in the Pacific."
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Port broadside view of USS Commencement Bay (CVE-105) underway, her hull painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 16A, circa 1944. Commencement Bay was the lead ship of a 19-ship class of escort carriers. Commissioned on 27 November 1944, the ship spent her entire career as a training carrier, based in the Pacific Northwest.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, photo # 1996.488.035.005. Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

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USS Commencement Bay (CVE-105) arrives in San Francisco, 16 December 1945. Note camouflage Ms. 21 and 40-mm AA guns alongside the flight deck.

Gerd Matthes, Germany

USS COMMENCEMENT BAY CVE-105 History
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Hazegray & Underway World Aircraft Carrier Pages By Andrew Toppan.
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