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USS BLOCK ISLAND   (CVE-106)
(later LPH-1, CVE-106 and AKV-38)

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 Sunset Bay. Keel laid 25 Oct 1943, launched 10 Jun 1944; commissioned 30 Dec 1944. Placed in service, in reserve, 28 May 1946.

Recommissioned as an ASW carrier, 28 Apr 1951. Decommissioned 27 Aug 1954. Reclassified as an "Amphibious Assault Ship (Helicopter)" and redesignated LPH-1, 22 Dec 1957, but conversion cancelled in Jun 1958. Reverted to original CVE designation, 17 Feb 1959. Reclassified as a "Cargo Ship and Aircraft Ferry" (AKV-38), 7 May 1959. Stricken from the Navy list 1 Jul 1959 and scrapped.


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CVE-106 Block Island
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USS Block Island (CVE-106), location and date unknown (appears to be early in her career). Camouflaged in Measure 33, Design 18A.

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BuAer photo of USS Block Island (CVE-106), taken on 13 January 1945 off the north end of Vashon Island, Washington. Taken at an altitude of 500 feet. Speed of CVE-106 was listed as 8 knots. Photo #Stl 1728-1-45.

David Buell
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USS Birmingham (CL-62), maneuvering alongside USS Block Island (CVE-106), 30 January 1945. Taken by LT(JG) Hoffman from an airship of ZP-31. USN photo.

David Buell
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CVE-106 Block Island
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Recovery of Ensign E.H. Barry, pilot of a Grumman AF-2 Guardian from anti-submarine squadron VS-22, by a Piasecki HUP-1 Retriever helicopter after the plane was forced to ditch immediately after launching on 12 August 1953. The parent escort carrier USS Block Island (CVE-106) is standing by in the background.

NS0310605: Photo USN. Source U.S. Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation, photo No. 1996.488.035.009.

NS0310605a: Photo USN. Source Naval Aviation News, October 1953 issue.

Pieter Bakels
Mike Green
Robert Hurst
CVE-106 Block Island
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Gerd Matthes, Germany
CVE-106 Block Island
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In "Mothballs"
Reserve Fleet at Philadelphia
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Reserve Fleet Basin, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Pennsylvania, photographed on 19 May 1955 with numerous cruisers, escort carriers, and auxiliaries in reserve.

The nearest ship is the never-completed Hawaii (CB-3), which lacks its previously-installed three 12" gun turrets.

The cruisers outboard of Hawaii are (in unknown order) Honolulu (CL-48), Columbia (CL-56), Denver (CL-58), Galveston (CL-93), and Portsmouth (CL-102).

To their left are Tranquility (AH-14), Sanctuary (AH-17), and Pocono (AGC-16).

Behind Hawaii (from left to right) are Montpelier (CL-57), Houston (CL-81), Huntington (CL-107), Savannah (CL-42), Cleveland (CL-55), and Wilkes-Barre (CL-103).

Beyond them (from left to right) are Wichita (CA-45), Oregon City (CA-122), Chester (CA-27), and New Orleans (CA-32).

The cruisers on the left side of the basin (from front to rear) are Minneapolis (CA-36), Tuscaloosa (CA-37), San Francisco (CA-38), Augusta (CA-31), Louisville (CA-28), and Portland (CA-33).

Among the other ships in reserve in the basin are Fomalhaut (AE-20), Webster (ARV-2), Albemarle (AV-5), Tangier (AV-8), Pocomoke (AV-9), Chandeleur (AV-10), Abatan (AW-4), Mission San Carlos (AO-120), Prince William (CVE-31), Anzio (CVE-57), Block Island (CVE-106), Palau (CVE-122), and San Carlos (AVP-51).

Moored in the shipyard at the extreme left are Tennessee (BB-43), California (BB-44), and Cabot (CVL-28).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-668655).

Robert Hurst

USS BLOCK ISLAND CVE-106 History
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Crew Contact and Reunion Information
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Contact: Bill MacInnes
Address: 6650 Richard St.,
San Diego, CA 92115
Phone: 619- 460- 3568
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Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway World Aircraft Carrier Pages By Andrew Toppan.
USS Block Island Association
Official U.S. Navy Carrier Website
Escort Carrier Sailors & Airmen Association

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