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USS RENDOVA   (CVE-114)
(later AKV-14)



Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Bravo - Oscar

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

Originally named Mosser Bay. Built by Todd-Pacific Shipyards, Inc., Tacoma, Wash.; laid down 15 Jun 1944; launched 28 Dec 1944; commissioned 22 Oct 1945.

Decommissioned to reserve 27 Jan 1950. Recommissioned 3 Jan 1951. Put "in commission, in reserve" in 1953, returned to the active fleet in 1954 as a hunter-killer carrier.

Fate: Decommissioned 30 Jun 1955. Redesignated as an aviation transport (AKV-14) 7 May 1959 while in reserve. Stricken for disposal 1 April 1971. Sold and scrapped in 1971.


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Builders' Trial, CVE-114, U.S.S. Rendova.

Willamette, Iron & Steel Corporation, Portland, Oregon.

Carl C. (Bill) Pennington, BM1,
via Carl (Clay) Pennington
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U.S.S. Rendova, Commissioning Ceremony, October 22, 1945.

Carl C. (Bill) Pennington, BM1,
via Carl (Clay) Pennington
CVE-114 Rendova
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84k Undated, Post war image. USN

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45k Undated, Post war image. John San Marco

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USS Rendova (CVE-114), date and location unknown.

(See here for identification details.)

Robert M. Cieri

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91k Date and place unknown. Edwin Kaukali

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100k Date and place unknown. Edwin Kaukali

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NY1-1468-(G-S)-9-2-52, USS Rendova (CVE-114), Broadside Port - S.F.N.S. - 2 September 1952, after regular overhaul, San Francisco Naval Shipyard.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), photo # rg19nn-b1584-006-020_pr, from Record Group 19.

NARA

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NY1-1469-(G-S)-9-2-52, USS Rendova (CVE-114), Bow On - S.F.N.S. - 2 September 1952, after regular overhaul, San Francisco Naval Shipyard.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), photo # rg19nn-b1584-006-021_pr, from Record Group 19.


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NY1-1470-(G-S)-9-2-52, USS Rendova (CVE-114), Forward Quarter Starboard - S.F.N.S. - 2 September 1952, after regular overhaul, San Francisco Naval Shipyard.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), photo # rg19nn-b1584-006-022_pr, from Record Group 19.


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NY1-1471-(G-S)-9-2-52, USS Rendova (CVE-114), Abeam Starboard - S.F.N.S. - 2 September 1952, after regular overhaul, San Francisco Naval Shipyard.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), photo # rg19nn-b1584-006-023_pr, from Record Group 19.


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NY1-1472-(G-S)-9-2-52, USS Rendova (CVE-114), Aft Quarter Starboard - S.F.N.S. - 2 September 1952, after regular overhaul, San Francisco Naval Shipyard.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), photo # rg19nn-b1584-006-024_pr, from Record Group 19.


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NY1-1473-(G-S)-9-2-52, USS Rendova (CVE-114), Stern On - S.F.N.S. - 2 September 1952, after regular overhaul, San Francisco Naval Shipyard.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), photo # rg19nn-b1584-006-025_pr, from Record Group 19.


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Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, 2 January 1948. Broadside view, starboard side. Taken in Puget Sound, off Restoration Point.

Seattle Branch of the National Archives photo.

Tracy White

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Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, 2 January 1948. Bow view, approx 45 degrees off center line. Taken in Puget Sound, off Restoration Point.

Seattle Branch of the National Archives photo.

Tracy White

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116k On 1 April 1948, Rendova departed San Francisco en route to Turkey with a cargo of AT-6 training planes for that country's air force. Steaming via the Panama Canal, she arrived at Yesilkoy 28 April, off loaded her cargo, and continued her voyage 4 May. She moved south to Suez, thence crossed the Indian and Pacific Oceans. With numerous good will visits en route, she returned to San Diego 1 July. Here she is seen crossing the Panama Canal. Edwin Kaukali

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71k Another view, as above. Edwin Kaukali

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75k At Gatun Lock, Panama Canal (see above). Edwin Kaukali

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USS Rendova (CVE-114) entering Gibraltar harbor in April 1948, with a deckload of aircraft, including AT-6 training planes to be delivered to the Turkish Air Force (see above).

Photographed from USS Valley Forge (CV-45), which was then on her 'round the World cruise. Note Grumman F8F Bearcat fighters in the foreground.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-705546).

NHC

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65k The Shaikh of Bahrain onboard Rendova, 20 May 1948, during the ship's World Cruise (see above). Edwin Kaukali

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76k The Shaikh of Bahrain listens while Captain T. R. Frederick, USN, describes flight operations around the carrier (see above). Edwin Kaukali

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USS Rendova (CVE-114) Mediterranean moored to the BAPCO pier at Bahrain, circa July 1948. Mooring description from the original report: "A Mediterranean type moor to the BAPCO pier was employed when the ship refueled. The port anchor was dropped well up stream and thirty fathoms of chain veered. The starboard anchor was then dropped and one hundred and five fathoms of chain veered. At the same time the amount of chain veered to the port anchor was increased to one hundred and thirty-five fathoms. The stern was pushed around until perpendicular to the dock and then secured to the dock ...".

The original photograph is in a 16 July 1948 report among USS Rendova post-1946 Reports, held by the Naval Historical Center's Operational Archives Branch, 1999.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97445).

NHC

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136k USS Rendova — World Cruise (see above). Edwin Kaukali

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"Around the World in 100 Days." Article from the Association of Naval Aviation Newsletter, San Diego Squadron, July 2009 issue.

Courtesy of John Fry, Association of Naval Aviation, San Diego Squadron

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Rear Admiral Daniel E. Barbey, USN, Commander, 13th Naval District joins Mayor John Anderson of Tacoma, Washington, and members of the ship's crew at a meal in the crew's mess of USS Rendova (CVE-114), on 3 January 1951. Rendova was recommissioned on that day for Korean War service.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-425481).

NHC

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"And Let the Rest of the World Roll By"

"The thoughts of Arthur James Yettke, aviation boatswain's mate, third class, USN, are far from the realities of war as he catches a few winks while waiting for striking planes to return home. 'Home', for the present, is the escort carrier USS Rendova (CVE-114) now operating off the coast of Korea with the Marine 'Devilcats' Squadron."

Photograph and caption released by Commander Naval Forces Far East, under date of 20 October 1951. His bed, and the surroundings, consist of .50 caliber machine gun ammunition in wooden crates, ammunition cans and unpackaged in links. Crates are marked with both Navy Bureau of Ordnance crossed cannon and Army Ordnance flaming bomb.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the "All Hands" collection at the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97083).

NHC

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Lieutenant Colonel Manuel Brilliant, USMC, "Commanding Officer of the Marine 'Devilcats' Squadron (VMF-212) returns aboard the escort carrier USS Rendova (CVE-114) from the British destroyer HMS Comus." Brilliant was shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire and after bailing out of his damaged plane, was rescued at sea by the Comus.

Photograph and quoted portion of caption released by Commander Naval Forces, Far East, under date of 20 October 1951. Note details of breeches bouy used for the transfer, and crew working jackets marked with Rendova's hull number.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the All Hands collection at the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97105).

NHC

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Vought F4U-4 Corsairs assigned to U.S. Marine Corps Fighter Squadron Two One Two (VMF-212) aboard the escort carrier USS Rendova (CVE-114) in 1951 during a deployment to Korea. Photo from U.S. Navy Naval Aviation News, February 1952 issue.

Robert Hurst

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"In order to impress the importance of making third class petty officer on 94 new PO3s, the ship's company of USS Rendova (CVE 114) assembled on the flight deck to witness the awarding of petty officer certificates."

From All Hands magazine, January 1952 issue.

Stanley Svec

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An aerial view of USS Rendova (CVE-114), 6 May 1952. National Archives photo # 80-G-442040.

NHC

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USS Rendova (CVE-114) off San Diego, California, circa 1952-54, with crewmen paraded on the flight deck. The photo was received by the Naval Photographic Center in December 1959.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97443).

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com

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A Sikorsky HO4S helicopter belonging to Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (HS) 4 on the escort carrier USS Rendova (CVE-114) in 1954. Photo U.S. Navy Naval Aviation News, February 1955 issue.

Robert Hurst

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USS Rendova (CVE-114) departing San Diego, California, January 1954, with her crew manning the rails and her anti-submarine warfare air group on the flight deck. USS Sperry (AS-12), with submarines alongside, and another tender are moored in the background.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97444).

NHC

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USS Rendova (CVE-114) berthed at Mare Island on 29 October 1954. She was undergoing repairs at Mare Island from 28 October 1954 to 2 February 1955. Official US Navy photo (# 23460-10-54).

Darryl Baker

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