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Contributed by Mike Smolinski

USS BAIROKO   (CVE-115)
(later AKV-15)

(Ex- PORTAGE BAY)
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 as PORTAGE BAY (CVE-115) renamed BAIROKO 5 June 1944;
launched 25 January 1945 and commissioned 16 July 1945.

FATE  Decommissioned to reserve 18 Feb 1955.
Redesignated as an aviation transport (AKV 15) 7 May 1959
while in reserve. Stricken for disposal 1 April 1960.
Sold and scrapped at Hong Kong 1/61.


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USS Bairoko underway.

Joe Wilson
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US Navy photo of USS Bairoko (CVE-115) underway, date and location unknown.

David Buell
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USS Bairoko (CVE-115). Date and location unknown.

Tommy Trampp
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USS Bairoko (CVE-115). Date and location unknown.

Tommy Trampp
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Photos from the collection of Frank J. White, USS Bairoko (CVE-115), 1944–1945.

F4U Corsairs on deck.

Donald White and
Melanie White Brackenrich,
children of Frank J. White
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SB2C Helldivers on deck.

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View of the island.

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Frank J. White.

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The escort carrier USS Bairoko (CVE-115) underway just before the end of the war, location unknown. She is fitted with SK-2 air-search radar. Note the rounded stern, carrying two quad 40mm sponsons; visible forward of the port side sponson is the muzzle of one of the pair of 5"/38's. USN photo.

Robert Hurst
Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
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Starboard quarter view of USS Bairoko (CVE-115), steaming off San Pedro, California, 10 October 1945. BuAer photo (# SP10461).

David Buell
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"WASHINGTON: It was reported here 5/25[, 1948,] that the U.S. aircraft carrier Bairoko was exposed to radioactive dust from the recent Pacific H-bomb tests but none of the 1,500-man crew was seriously injured. The Navy and the AEC refused to comment on the report. Above the 13,000-ton baby flattop is shown at anchor. UNITED PRESS TELEPHOTO FROM FILES."

Tommy Trampp
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"Escort Carrier, the USS Bairoko, (CVE-115), part of the Air Support Group under the command of Rear Admiral M.R. Greer, USN, steams past snow covered mountains of Kodiak while recovering Marine support aircraft during 'Operation MICOWEX'".

Quoted from the original picture caption. This view was taken by a USS Boxer (CV-21) photographer on 10 February 1949. A U.S. Marine Corps F4U aircraft is flying over the carrier and other F4Us are parked on her flight deck, forward. Kodiak Island is in the background.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97321).

NHC
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"The 10,900 ton escort aircraft carrier, USS Bairoko, is shown as she arrived at Pearl Harbor Thursday evening, July 28 (1949), from San Diego, Calif., with 30 officers and 150 enlisted personnel from Composite Squadron 25, which will receive six weeks' training with Fleet All Weather Training Unit at Barber's Point Naval Air Station, Oahu, T.H. The Bairoko is commanded by Captain S. Gazze, USN, of Coronado, California".

Quoted from the original picture caption, released by 14th Naval District Public Information Office on 29 July 1949.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97319).

Fred Weiss
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USS Bairoko (CVE-115) photographed during the later 1940s or early 1950s, off San Diego, California. This photograph was received by the Naval Photographic Center in December 1959, many years after it was taken.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97320).

Fred Weiss
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"Everybody turns to when it's reactivation time. Here storekeeper striker D.W. Shore ... and Glenn Hobbs ... remove a dehumidifier from the hangar deck of USS Bairoko prior to its actual reactivation by San Francisco Naval Shipyard employees."

"Navy men like Seaman Hobbs and Storekeeper Shore were given the task of helping in reassembling the ship that would be theirs when the ship departed from San Francisco."

Quoted caption was released with this photo circa August 1950. Bairoko recommissioned for Korean War service on 12 September 1950.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the All Hands collection at the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97004).

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Aerial view of USS Bairoko (CVE-115) underway. Photo is dated 20 April 1950, but was probably taken during the second half of 1949, as Bairoko reported to the San Francisco Naval Shipyard for pre-inactivation maintenance on 15 December 1949, and was placed out of commission, in reserve, on 14 April 1950.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No.1996.488.035.020. Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

Mike Green

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NY13-17750, USS Bairoko (CVE-115), Antennas - 30 September 1952. Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Long Beach 2, California. Official Navy Photograph.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), photo # rg19nn-b1584-006-039_pr, from Record Group 19.

NARA

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NY13-17751, USS Bairoko (CVE-115), Antennas - 30 September 1952. Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Long Beach 2, California. Official Navy Photograph.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), photo # rg19nn-b1584-006-040_pr, from Record Group 19.


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NY13-17752, USS Bairoko (CVE-115), Antennas - 30 September 1952. Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Long Beach 2, California. Official Navy Photograph.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), photo # rg19nn-b1584-006-041_pr, from Record Group 19.


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NY13-17753, USS Bairoko (CVE-115), Antennas - 30 September 1952. Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Long Beach 2, California. Official Navy Photograph.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), photo # rg19nn-b1584-006-042_pr, from Record Group 19.


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NY13-17754, USS Bairoko (CVE-115), Antennas - 30 September 1952. Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Long Beach 2, California. Official Navy Photograph.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), photo # rg19nn-b1584-006-043_pr, from Record Group 19.


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NY13-17755, USS Bairoko (CVE-115), Antennas - 30 September 1952. Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Long Beach 2, California. Official Navy Photograph.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), photo # rg19nn-b1584-006-044_pr, from Record Group 19.

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US Marine Corps F4U-4 Corsairs from Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 312 "Checkerboards" operating aboard USS Bairoko (CVE-115), probably off Korea, 1952–1953.

Tommy Trampp
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Read the USS Bairoko (CVE-115 / AKV-15) DANFS History entry

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