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(later CVHA-1 and LPH-6)

Courtesy of Al Grazevich

Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Expeditionary Medal [LPH]
2nd Row: American Campaign Medal / Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1 star) / World War II Victory Medal
3rd Row: Navy Occupation Service Medal ("Asia" clasp) / National Defense Service Medal [LPH] / Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3) [LPH]

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Yankee - Tango

Displacement 7,800 Tons, Dimensions, 512' 3" (oa) x 65' 2" x 22' 4" (Max)
Armament 1 x 5"/38AA 8 x 40mm, 12 x 20mm, 27 Aircraft.
Machinery, 9,000 IHP; 2 Skinner, Uniflow engines, 2 screws
Speed, 19 Knots, Crew 860.

Operational and Building Data

Built by the Kaiser Shipbuilding Co., Vancouver, Wash. Laid down 22 Dec 1943, launched 16 Mar 1944 and commissioned 21 Apr 1944. Decommissioned to reserve, 7 Aug 1946.

Converted to an "Assault Helicopter Aircraft Carrier"; redesignated CVHA-1, 1 Jul 1955. Recommissioned 20 Jul 1956; conversion completed 1 Sep.

Reclassified as an "Amphibious Assault Ship (Helicopter)" and redesignated LPH-6, 28 May 1959.

FATE Decommissioned and struck from the Navy list, 1 Mar 1964. Sold for scrap.

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Thetis Bay

CVE-90 (later CVHA-1 and LPH-6) was named Thetis Bay for a bay at the south end of Tebenkof Bay, on the west coast of Kuiu Island, Alexander Archipelago, Alaska (NS0309008). The bay was named in 1928 by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (USC&GS), for the US Revenue-Cutter Service (USRCS) ship Thetis, in which LCDR (later RADM) Charles H. Stockton, USN, made explorations in Alaska in 1889.

(Map courtesy of Google Maps.)

World War II
CVE-90 Thetis Bay

USS Thetis Bay (CVE-90) enroute to NAS Alameda, California, with a deckload of war-weary planes on 8 July 1944. The planes visible on deck are eight Consolidated PBY Catalina flying boats, 18 Grumman F6F Hellcat fighters, and a Grumman J2F Duck amphibious biplane. U.S. Navy Naval Aviation News, April 1975.

U.S. Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation photo # 1996.488.034.011. Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

Robert Hurst
CVE-90 Thetis Bay

USS Thetis Bay (CVE-90) starboard side view, taken 7 August 1944. She is painted in Measure 33, Design 10A camouflage scheme.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives (# 19-N-69273).

Mike Green
CVE-90 Thetis Bay

USS Thetis Bay (CVE-90) port side view, taken 7 August 1944. She is painted in Measure 33, Design 10A camouflage scheme.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives (# 19-N-69572).

Mike Green
CVE-90 Thetis Bay

USS Thetis Bay (CVE-90) photographed on 7 August 1944. The ship is painted in Camouflage Measure 33, Design 10A.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives (# 19-N-69574).

Robert Hurst
CVE-90 Thetis Bay

"Booklet of General Plans, Aircraft Carrier, CVE90," USS Thetis Bay, 31 May 1945.

Courtesy of Ed Zajkowski & the Historic Naval Ships Association
CVE-90 Thetis Bay

USS Thetis Bay (CVE-90) in San Francisco Bay, 12 December 1945, completing a Magic Carpet trip from the Pacific Theater. Anti-aircraft guns are covered with canvas. The ship is painted in Measure 21 camouflage.

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CVE-90 Thetis Bay

"1991, 6th Reunion, USS Thetis Bay CVE-90 CVHA-1 LPH-6, Kerrville, Texas"

Tommy Trampp

For more information about this ship, see:

Read the USS THETIS BAY (CVE-90 / CVHA-1 / LPH-6) DANFS History entry
Crew Contact and Reunion Information
Contact: Dennis "Doc" Moss
Address: PO Box 65, Isle, MN 56342
Phone: 320-676-8940
Web site: USS Thetis Bay Association

Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway World Aircraft Carrier Pages By Andrew Toppan.
USS Thetis Bay Association
Escort Carrier Sailors & Airmen Association

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