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Courtesy of CAPT Gene Oleson, CHC, USN (Ret)
(bluejacket.com)

USS SIBONEY   (CVE-112)
(later AKV-12)



Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Juliet - Romeo - Foxtrot
CLASS - COMMENCEMENT BAY
Displacement 11,373 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

Initially named Frosty Bay. Renamed Siboney on 26 April 1944.

Reclassified as a Cargo Ship and Aircraft Ferry, and redesignated AKV-12, on 7 May 1959.


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USS Siboney (CVE-112) at anchor, date and location unknown.

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Air Officer, Commanding Officer, Executive Officer. Exact date and location unknown (the year was 1949).

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This Avenger (probably assigned to Composite Squadron 31 (VC-31)) missed the arresting wire on April 19, 1949. It ended up crashing into the island. The pilot survived, but a photographer, who was filming the landing, was killed; it was believed at the time that he was hit by the prop.

Mario Canevaro was a signal man assigned to the blinker light which was just below the escape hatch where the photographer lost his life.

Mario Canevaro
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Five more photos, as above.

Milton W. Irwin explains: "I served aboard the USS Siboney in 1948 and 1949. I have many pictures including the crash of the TBM in 1949 where my photographer friend was killed. I was nozzleman on fire and rescue on the flight deck at the time of the crash and took a few pictures after the crash."

Milton W. Irwin (Electrician)
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One more photo, as above.

Pieter Bakels
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Crew of USS Siboney (CVE-112), 21 October 1949. CAPT Herbert L. Hoerner, USN, Comdg. CDR Charles B. Lanman, USN, Exec Off.

Milton W. Irwin (Electrician)
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Electrical Div Warrant Officer, Gmeiner.

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USS Siboney (CVE-112) underway, date and location unknown.

San Diego Air & Space Museum photo, catalog # SHIPS01574.

Ron Reeves
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Sikorsky HRS-1/2 troop-carrying helicopters of Marine Helicopter Transport Squadrons (HMR) -261 and -262 aboard the escort carrier USS Siboney (CVE-112). USN photo (1952?).

Robert Hurst
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A series of eight photos taken during a Navy/Marine Corps exercise to develop the assault helicopter concept (1951–52), involving USS Siboney (CVE-112) and Marine Helicopter Squadron (HMX) 1.

Courtesy of LIFE magazine.

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Two Piasecki HRP-2 (BuNo 111831 and 111832; only five HRP-2's were built) and three HRP-1 Rescuers, HMX-1, on the flight deck of USS Siboney (CVE-112). Destroyer USS O'Hare (DD-889) is steaming alongside Siboney.

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Piasecki HRP-2's and HRP-1's Rescuers, HMX-1 squadron, on the flight deck of USS Siboney (CVE-112). Note destroyer USS O'Hare (DD-889) astern of Siboney and a blimp in flight in the background.

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A Piasecki HRP-1 takes off from USS Siboney (CVE-112), while two HRP-2's await their turn on the flight deck. Destroyer USS O'Hare (DD-889) is steaming astern of Siboney.

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Marines board their HRP-1 and -2 helicopters, from squadron HMX-1, on the flight deck of USS Siboney (CVE-112).

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USMC helicopters from HMX-1 squadron in flight over USS Siboney (CVE-112).

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Briefing in the hangar deck of USS Siboney (CVE-112).

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Helicopters fly over USS Siboney (CVE-112). (This photo is dated April 1951.)

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USS Siboney (CVE-112) in UK waters, circa 1956. On the flight deck are S2F-1 Trackers from VS-22 "Checkmates" and VS-30 "Sea Tigers." Photo Wright & Logan, Southsea, England.

From Jane's Fighting Ships, 1956–57 edition.

Thanks to Bob Kowalski, who was a pilot with VS-30 for that cruise and identified the Trackers. Bob adds: "We also had 2 AD-3Q and 2 AD-4Q [Skyraiders] with us. I seem to remember them as being from VC-4 ([tail code] 'NA') and their role was as target tows, obviously for the other ships in our Task Group."

Robert Hurst
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Undated picture of the escort carrier USS Siboney (CVE-112) underway, location unknown. Note aircraft and crewmen on her flight deck. Photo U.S. Navy official.

From Jane's Fighting Ships 1961–62 edition.

Robert Hurst
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USS Siboney (CVE-112) operating U.S. Marine Corps HRS helicopters during the mid-1950s. The original photograph was received in May 1956.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command (#NH 106717-KN).

Naval History & Heritage Command, via Robert Hurst
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This photo may have been taken in October–December 1949, during a large Exercise in the North Atlantic-Arctic circle. The man in the front row, center, with the other man sitting on his left knee, appears to be Becky's uncle, Jesse Thomas Smith.

If you can identify any of the men in this photo, or when/where it was taken, please let us know.

Becky Smyth.
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45k Ship's patch, "Siboney, Nulli Secunda" ("Second to None.") Gerd Matthes, Germany.

For more photos and information about this ship, see:
  • Photos from the collection of Ted Lewis, USS Siboney, 1948

USS SIBONEY CVE-112 History
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