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ENIWETOK   (CVE-125)

CLASS - COMMENCEMENT BAY
Displacement 21,397 Tons (full load), 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.

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Construction canceled on 12 August 1945.


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CVE-125 was assigned the name Eniwetok after an atoll in the Marshall Islands (NS0312501), invaded and captured by U.S. forces, 17–22 February 1944 (Operation Catchpole). (Map courtesy of Google Maps.)

RADM Samuel P. Ginder's Task Group 58.4—USS Saratoga (CV-3), USS Princeton (CVL-23), and USS Langley (CVL-27), with three cruisers and eight destroyers—supported the invasion force by operating north of the atoll from 17 to 28 February, helping the CVEs in the attack group—USS Sangamon (CVE-26), USS Suwannee (CVE‑27), and USS Chenango (CVE-28), all three under RADM Van H. Ragsdale—to maintain a daytime combat air patrol, conducting wide searches and making numerous strikes.

NS0302828: Four SBD-5 Dauntless bombers fly over the northern part of Eniwetok Atoll, 18 February 1944. Large island below is Engebi, captured on 17–18 February. Photographed from a Chenango plane. (Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration, photo # 80-G-218609.)

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