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USS BADOENG STRAIT   (CVE-116)
(later AKV-16)

CVE-116 ship's patch
Contributed by Gerd Matthes, Germany


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Bravo - Uniform
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 San Alberto Bay; renamed 6 Nov 1943. Built by Todd-Pacific, Tacoma; completed at Commercial Iron Works, Portland. Laid down 18 Aug 1944, launched 15 Feb 1945, commissioned 14 Nov 1945. Decommissioned to reserve 20 Apr 1946 but recommissioned 6 Jan 1947. Saw extensive service as ASW trials and tactics development ship, and as an ASW carrier during the Korean war. Decommissioned to reserve 17 May 1957. Redesignated as an aviation transport (AKV-16) 7 May 1959 while in reserve.

Fate: (Thanks to Ron Reeves for this information.) Stricken for disposal 1 Dec 1970. Sold for scrapping to American Ship Dismantlers, Inc., Portland, Oreg., 8 May 1972, for $101,277.77. Released from Naval Custody 5 Jun 1972.


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March 1945, arriving in Portland to be completed by Commercial Iron Works.

Seattle Branch of the National Archives photo.

Tracy White
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USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116) early in her career, painted in camouflage Measure 21.

Gerhard Mueller-Debus
CVE-116 Badoeng Strait
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USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116) underway, date and location unknown. Photo U.S. Navy official.

From Jane's Fighting Ships, 1961–62 edition.

Robert Hurst
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USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116) underway, date and location unknown.

Gerhard Mueller-Debus
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A Grumman F6F Hellcat fighter is catapulted from USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116), during operations in the eastern Pacific, circa early 1946. The carrier was then flagship of Commander Carrier Division 17, Rear Admiral Dixwell Ketcham.

Collection of Vice Admiral Dixwell Ketcham.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 95747).

NHC
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A Ryan FR-1 Fireball launches from the flight deck of the escort carrier USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116), March–June 1947. U.S. Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation photo No. 1996.253.7133.011.

Robert Hurst
CVE-116 Badoeng Strait
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With small craft in front, USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116) is moored at an unknown port, circa 1947–1951. U.S. Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation photo No. 1996.488.035.037.

Mike Green
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Gun crews conducting practice firing aboard USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116) circa 1948. The post-war enclosed bridge and island structure are evident here.

National Naval Aviation Museum photo, Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection (# 1996.488.035.034).

Mike Green
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USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116), exact date and location unknown. This photo might have been taken at Smith Cove, just north of the old "Navy Base, Seattle" that is now Pier 91 (note Mt. Rainier in the background), in early July 1949.

(Thanks to Tracy White, Researcher@Large, who helped identify the possible location.)

Bud Gray, son of Donald Calvin Gray, USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116)
CVE-116 Badoeng Strait
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USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116).

Capt. A.S. Born, USN, Commanding — Cdr. C.J. Odend'hal, Jr., USN, Ex.Off.

16 July 1949.

(Larger, 6Mb copy available on request.)

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TBM-3 Avenger, BuNo 53800, in flight over USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116), 1949–50.

Air Anti-Submarine Squadron Twenty-Five, tail code "SK," was established as Composite Squadron (VC) 25 at NAS San Diego, 1 April 1949. The squadron became Anti-Submarine Squadron (VS) 25 on 20 April 1950.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1996.253.1344.

Mike Green

NS0311611
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One of the photos available for the crew to purchase. Most likely taken during the later 1940s or early 1950s.

Jimmy Rainey, son of Jack Rainey,
USS Badoeng Strait, c.1950-1951

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Another view, as above.

Jimmy Rainey, son of Jack Rainey,
USS Badoeng Strait, c.1950-1951

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Kids wave at USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116) in this late 1940s–early 1950s photo. Location unknown.

Gerhard Mueller-Debus
CVE-116 Badoeng Strait
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"Upon completion of maneuvers, USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116) is tied up at Pearl Harbor while her personnel enjoy liberty and Aloha Week celebrations in Honolulu — Photo by James H. Curtright, SN, USN." (original caption from All Hands magazine, February 1950 issue; thanks to Stanley Svec for this information.)

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97371).

NHC
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"GREETING TO HAWAII—An aerial cameraman pictures the greeting 'Aloha to Hawaii' formed on the USS Badoeng Strait's flight deck by over two hundred mishipmen as the carrier arrives at Pearl Harbor June 30[, 1950]. The naval reserve officers training corps' midshipmen from [??] colleges and universities are participating in the Navy's summer NROTC training cruise. (AP WIREPHOTO via navy radio from Honolulu)"

Tommy Trampp
Enhanced photo submitted by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
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USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116) loading Marine Corps F4U-4B Corsair fighters at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, California, for transportation to Korea, July 1950. Badoeng Strait carried planes and aircrew of Marine Air Group 33 as part of the trans-Pacific movement of the First Provisional Marine Brigade, the initial Marine Corps deployment of the Korean War. She left San Diego in mid-July and arrived at Kobe, Japan on 31 July, flying her planes off the following day.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 96995).

NHC
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"Old Glory" flies from USS Badoeng Strait's icy rigging, during operations off Korea, 14 November 1950.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the "All Hands" collection at the Naval History & Heritage Command (# NH 97027).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
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Crewmen clear snow from the carrier's flight deck, during operations off the Korean coast, 14 November 1950. Planes on deck are Marine Corps F4U-4B Corsair fighters.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97372).

NHC
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Marine Corps F4U-4B Corsair fighter parked on the snowy flight deck of USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116), during operations off the Korean coast, 14 November 1950.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History & Heritage Command (# NH 97373).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
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Aboard USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116), crewmen use a power brush and shovels to remove ice and snow from the carrier's flight deck, during operations off the Korean coast, 30 November 1950.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History & Heritage Command (# NH 97374).

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
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Aboard USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116), crewmen use a power brush to remove ice and snow from the carrier's flight deck, during operations off the Korean coast, 30 November 1950.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History & Heritage Command (# NH 97375).

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com

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U.S. Navy and Marine ordnance personnel load Marine F4U Corsair fighter-bombers with rockets and napalm bombs aboard USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116) off the coast of Korea, December 1950.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History & Heritage Command (# NH 97059).

Fred Weiss

Larger copy submitted by Gerd Matthes, Germany

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Lieutenant Joseph Wosser next to his Vought F4U-4B Corsair of Marine Fighter Squadron 323 (VMF-323) "Death Rattlers," Marine Air Group 12, aboard the escort carrier USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116). Photo courtesy Joseph Wosser.

Photo and text from Combat over Korea, by Philip Chinnery.

Robert Hurst

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T/Sgt [Technical Sergeant] Hugh "Whiskey" Newell in his Vought F4U-4B Corsair of Marine Fighter Squadron 323 (VMF-323) "Death Rattlers," Marine Air Group 12, aboard the escort carrier USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116). He was killed on 7 December 1950, while attacking Chinese positions near Haguru-ri during the Marines retreat from the Chosin Reservoir. Photo courtesy T.C. Crouson.

Photo and text from Combat over Korea, by Philip Chinnery.

Robert Hurst

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"SAN DIEGO, Cal., Feb. 8[, 1951]—HER DADDY COMES HOME—Little Rebecca Braswell, 2 1/2, watches aircraft carrier Badoeng Strait arrive from Korean war with her daddy, Chief Quatermaster L.D. Braswell. There were other wives and children on the pier when the carrier arrived yesterday but Rebecca had found a solitary spot to seek out the face and waving hand of her daddy on the big ship. He had been away seven months. (AP WIREPHOTO)."

Gerhard Mueller-Debus

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USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116) underway off Korea operating Vought F4U Corsairs of Marine Fighter Squadron (VMF) 212, 13 January 1952. U.S. Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation, Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection, photo # 1996.488.035.040.

Robert Hurst
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USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116) underway on 6 August 1952, while en route to the Far East for her third, and final, Korean War deployment. Seven F4U Corsair fighter bombers are spotted on the forward end of her flight deck. The "LD" painted on their vertical stabilizers shows that they belong to Marine Fighter Squadron 212 (VMF-212).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97370).

NHC
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USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116) underway off San Diego, California, on 17 February 1953. U.S. Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation photo No. 1996.488.035.041.

Mike Green
CVE-116 Badoeng Strait
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A Grumman AF-2S Guardian anti-submarine plane landing on board USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116), 1 April 1954. This was the ship's 20,000th landing.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History & Heritage Command (# NH 52419).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
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USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116) at sea with Sikorsky HO4S helicopters of squadron HS-4 on board, during exercises off the U.S. west coast, 27 July 1954.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History & Heritage Command (# NH 52412).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CVE-116 Badoeng Strait
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USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116) operating with Sikorsky HO4S helicopters of squadron HS-4, during exercises off the U.S. west coast, 27 July 1954.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History & Heritage Command (# NH 52413).

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USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116) underway while operating Sikorsky HO4S helicopters of squadron HS-4, during exercises off the U.S. west coast, 27 July 1954.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History & Heritage Command (# NH 52414).


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Sikorski HO4S helicopter, of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Four (HS-4) lifts off for a routine guard mail run, during exercises off the U.S. west coast, 27 July 1954.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 52417).

Joe Radigan, MACM, USN, Ret.

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S2F aboard USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116), Summer 1955, Pacific Ocean.

Robert N. Runion
AE2 - US Navy 1951-1956
SMSGT USAF 1956-1981

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VS-38, S2F ASW on USS Badoeng Strait, Pacific Ocean, Summer 1955. R.N. Runion, AE2; Jerry Kane, AE3; Bruce Chapin, AE3.

Robert N. Runion
AE2 - US Navy 1951-1956
SMSGT USAF 1956-1981

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Photo number (6293-56) indicates the year is 1956. Probably in the San Francisco bar.

Source: San Francisco Naval Shipyard – Hunters Point, Historical Shipyard Photographic Collection 1904–74 NARA Pacific Region (San Francisco).

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
Models

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Model of USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116).

Courtesy of Joel Rosen, Motion Models

For more photos and information about this ship, see:

View the Badoeng Strait (CVE-116 / AKV-16)
DANFS History entry located on the Naval Historical Center Web Site.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Henry C Trotter
Address:106 Sage Dr Universal City, TX, 78148-4028
Phone: 210-658-3447
E-mail: hctrotter@yahoo.com
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