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USS Commencement Bay (CVE-105)

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USS Commencement Bay (CVE-105)
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United States
Name: USS Commencement Bay
Builder: Todd Pacific Shipyards
Launched: 9 May 1944
Commissioned: 27 November 1944
Decommissioned: 30 November 1946
Reclassified:
  • Helicopter Carrier, CVHE-105, 12 June 1955
  • Cargo Ship and Aircraft Ferry, AKV-37, 7 May 1959
Fate: Scrapped sometime after 1971
General characteristics
Class and type: Commencement Bay-class escort carrier
Displacement: 10,900 long tons (11,100 t)
Length: 557 ft (170 m)
Beam: 75 ft (23 m)
Draft: 30 ft 6 in (9.30 m)
Propulsion: 2-shaft geared turbines, 16,000 shp
Speed: 19 knots (22 mph; 35 km/h)
Complement: 1,066
Armament:
  • 2 × 5 in (130 mm) guns (2×1)
  • 36 × 40 mm AA guns
Aircraft carried: 34

USS Commencement Bay (CVE-105) (ex-St. Joseph Bay), the lead ship of her class, was an escort carrier and later helicopter carrier of the United States Navy, used mostly as a training ship.Commencement Bay was launched 9 May 1944 by Todd Pacific Shipyards, Tacoma, Washington; sponsored by Mrs. F. Eves; and commissioned 27 November 1944, Captain Roscoe Leroy Bowman in command.

Commencement Bay reported at Seattle 1 February 1945 for duty as a training ship in Puget Sound until 2 October. During this time she trained 545 officers and 5,053 men of precommissioning crews for sister escort carriers, and qualified 249 pilots of eight air groups in carrier takeoffs and landings. She sailed from Bremerton 21 October 1945, and arrived at Pearl Harbor 4 November for training and to conduct carrier qualifications until sailing 27 November for Seattle and Tacoma.

After visits to Los Angeles and San Pedro, she returned to Tacoma 28 January, where she was placedd out of commission in reserve 30 November 1946. She was re-classified out of commission in reserve 30 November 1946. She was re-classified CVHE-105, 12 June 1955; and AKV-37, 7 May 1959.

 

NavSource Online: Escort Carrier Photo Archive

USS COMMENCEMENT BAY   (CVE-105)(later CVHE-105 and AKV-37)
CLASS - COMMENCEMENT BAYDisplacement 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 by Todd Pacific, Tacoma, Wash. Initially named St. Joseph Bay. Keel laid 23 Sep 1943, launched 9 May 1944; commissioned 27 Nov 1944.

Decommissioned 30 Nov 1946. While in reserve, she was reclassified as an "Escort Helicopter Aircraft Carrier" (CVHE-105), 12 Jun 1955; again reclassified as a "Cargo Ship and Aircraft Ferry" (AKV-37), 7 May 1959.

Fate: Stricken from the Navy list 1 April 1971. Sold to Nicolai Joffe Corporation, Beverly Hills, CA, 25 August 1972, for $131,311. Departed Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Naval Station, San Diego, California, 22 September 1972, under tow of tug Ranger. Scrapped. (Thanks to Ron Reeves for the information.)

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258k Commissioning Program. Monday, 27 November 1944. From the collection of Pearl Harbor Survivor Hoyt "Bud" Colburn, plankowner yeoman aboard USSCommencement Bay.

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114k Port broadside view of USSCommencement Bay (CVE-105) underway, her hull painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 16A, circa 1944. Commencement Bay was the lead ship of a 19-ship class of escort carriers. Commissioned on 27 November 1944, the ship spent her entire career as a training carrier, based in the Pacific Northwest. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, photo # 1996.488.035.005. Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection. Mike Green
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98k USS Commencement Bay (CVE-105) arrives in San Francisco, 16 December 1945. Note camouflage Ms. 21 and 40-mm AA guns alongside the flight deck. Gerd Matthes, Germany


 

From the “Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships,”

(1969) Vol. 2, pp.152-153.COMMENCEMENT BAY CVE-105

Displacement:  11,373 t.Length:  577’1” Beam:  75’Extreme

Width:  105’2”Draft:  32’

Speed:  19 k.

Complement:  1,066Armament:  2 5”

Class:  COMMENCEMENT BAY

COMMENCEMENT BAY (CVE-105) was launched 9 May 1944 by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp., Tacoma, Wash.; sponsored by Mrs. F. Eves; and commissioned 27 November 1944, Captain R. L. Bowman in command. COMMENCEMENT BAY reported at Seattle 1 February 1945 for duty as a training ship in Puget Sound until 2 October.  During this time she trained 545 officers and 5,053 men of precommissioning crews for sister escort carriers, and qualified 249 pilots of eight air groups in carrier takeoffs and landings.  She sailed from Bremerton 21 October 1945, and arrived at Pearl Harbor 4 November for training and to conduct carrier qualifications until sailing 27 November for Seattle and Tacoma. After visits to Los Angeles and San Pedro, she returned to Tacoma 28 January, where she was placed out of commission, in reserve, 30 November 1946. 

She was reclassified

CVHE-105, 12 June 1955; and

AKV-37, 7 May 1959.

Transcribed by Michael Hansen mhansen2@home.com