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TINIAN   (CVE-123)
(later CVHE-123 and AKV-23)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Charlie - Papa

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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CVE-123 was named for a 20-square mile island of the southern Marianas assigned by the League of Nations to Japan as a mandate after World War I. It was captured by United States Marines after fierce fighting from 24 July to 1 August 1944.

It was from Tinian that the bombers from the 509th Composite Group carrying the atomic bombs Little Boy and Fat Man were launched against Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Parts and nuclear material to be used in the atomic bombs had been delivered to the island by USS Indianapolis (CA-35) on 26 July 1945.

NS0312304a: Memorial on the old North Field airfield, at the loading pits. Originally, the pits were constructed to load the large atomic bombs, since each bomb was too large to be loaded in the conventional manner. The planes were maneuvered over a pit with their bomb bay doors open to facilitate loading.

Photos courtesy of Wikipedia.

Text courtesy of DANFS and Wikipedia.
CVE-123 Tinian

Miss Grace L. Woods christening the ship.

National Archives photo # 80-G-343590.

Daniel Dunham
CVE-123 Tinian

Launching of Tinian (CVE-123) at Todd Pacific Shipyards Inc., Tacoma, Washington. Bow on view of vessel passing down ways, 5 September 1945.

National Archives photo # 80-G-343591.

Daniel Dunham
CVE-123 Tinian

This is a rare photo of a ship which never commissioned, Tinian (CVE-123).

Dated 21 February 1946, and credited to Todd Pacific Shipyards, Inc. (negative # 79-3), the back credit is "USN Official, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, U.S. Navy."

This is one of the few photos that could be taken of her underway (here she is steaming at 16 knots), since she went immediately into the Reserve Fleet where she stayed until stricken and scrapped.

David Buell
CVE-123 Tinian

Cropped version of photo above.

Naval History & Heritage Command photo (# NH 82150). Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975.

Ron Reeves
CVE-123 Tinian

Colorized version of photo above.

Yu Chu
CVE-123 Tinian

Starboard quarter view of Tinian (CVE-123) running trials, 21 February 1946.

Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975.

Naval History & Heritage Command photo (# NH 82149).

Mike Green
CVE-123 Tinian

Colorized version of photo above.

Yu Chu

For more photos and information about this ship, see:

Read the Tinian (CVE-123 / CVHE-123 / AKV-23) DANFS History entry

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