USS Commencement Bay

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USS Commencement Bay in early 1945
United States
NameCommencement Bay
NamesakeCommencement Bay in Washington
BuilderTodd Pacific Shipyards, Tacoma, Washington
Laid down23 September 1943
Launched9 May 1944
Commissioned27 November 1944
Decommissioned30 November 1946
  • Helicopter Carrier, CVHE-105, 12 June 1955
  • Cargo Ship and Aircraft Ferry, AKV-37, 7 May 1959
Stricken1 April 1971
FateSold for scrap, 25 August 1972
General characteristics
Class and typeCommencement Bay-class escort carrier
Displacement10,900 long tons (11,100 t)[1]
Length557 ft (170 m)
Beam75 ft (23 m)
Draft30 ft 6 in (9.30 m)
Propulsion2-shaft geared turbines, 16,000 shp
Speed19 knots (22 mph; 35 km/h)
Aircraft carried34

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.

Construction and service[edit]

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 placed out of commission in reserve 30 November 1946. She was re-classified CVHE-105, 12 June 1955; and AKV-37, 7 May 1959. Commencement Bay was struck from the Navy List on 1 April 1971 before being sold for scrap on 25 August 1972.[2]



  1. ^ Silverstone, Paul H. (1965). US Warships of World War 2. USA: Naval Institute Press. p. 444. ISBN 0-87021-773-9.
  2. ^ Bauer & Roberts 1991, p. 131.


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.