|USS Shipley Bay (CVE-85)|
|Name:||USS Shipley Bay|
|Laid down:||22 November 1943|
|Launched:||12 February 1944|
|Commissioned:||21 March 1944|
|Decommissioned:||28 June 1946|
|Struck:||1 March 1959|
|Fate:||Sold for scrapping 2 October 1959|
|Class & type:||Casablanca-class escort carrier|
7,800 tons (light)|
10,400 tons (full load)
|Length:||512 ft 3 in (156.13 m) overall|
65 ft 2 in (19.86 m)|
108 ft 1 in (32.94 m) maximum width
|Draft:||22 ft 6 in (6.86 m)|
2 × 5-cylinder reciprocating Skinner Unaflow engines|
4 × 285 psi boilers
2 shafts, 9,000 shp
|Speed:||20 knots (37 km/h)|
|Range:||10,240 nmi (18,960 km) at 15 kn (28 km/h)|
860 officers and men|
Embarked Squadron: 50 to 56 officers and men
Total: 910 to 916 officers and men.
1 × 5-inch/38 cal. DP gun|
16 × 40 mm AA cannon in 8 twin mounts
20 × 20 mm AA machine guns in single mounts
United States Pacific Fleet (1944-1946)|
Atlantic Reserve Fleet (1946-1958)
Battle of Okinawa|
Operation Magic Carpet
|Awards:||2 Battle stars|
USS Shipley Bay (CVE-85) was an Casablanca class escort carrier of the United States Navy. She was laid down under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1122) on 22 November 1943 by Kaiser Co., Inc., Vancouver, Washington; launched on 12 February 1944; sponsored by Mrs. L. B. Richardson; and commissioned on 21 March 1944, Captain Edgar T. Neale in command.
Shipley Bay moved down the coast and operated in the San Diego-San Pedro area until 3 May when the carrier began her maiden voyage to Pearl Harbor and the South Pacific ferrying planes and pilots to advance bases. She shuttled between the west coast, Pearl Harbor, Majuro Atoll, Guadalcanal, and Tulagi until October. During this period, the carrier transported 496 aircraft.
Shipley Bay's next assignment was that of replenishment carrier, delivering pilots, aircraft, and ammunition to the fast carriers operating with Task Force (TF) 38. She rendezvoused with TF 38 for three resupply missions, delivering 100 planes. The first rendezvous was made from 17 October to 29 October, 150 miles east of Samar, P.I.; the second took place 450 miles east of Luzon from 10 December to 24 December; and the last, from 26 December 1944 to 12 January 1945, occurred 350 miles northeast of Luzon. Shipley Bay returned to Pearl Harbor and operated as a training carrier for the next three months.
On 22 April, Shipley Bay stood out of Pearl Harbor en route to Okinawa, via Guam, for her first combat operations. From 7 May to 16 May, planes from the carrier attacked enemy gun emplacements, supply dumps, radar installations, and caves, flying 352 missions. On the 16th, while taking on gasoline from Cache (AO-67), the aviation gasoline tanks were damaged, and she was forced to return to Guam for repairs.
Shipley Bay was back in action off Okinawa on 9 June with five other escort carriers. From 14 June to 16 June, strikes were launched against Miyako-jima and Ishigaki-jima to neutralize the airfields on those islands. Aircraft from Shipley Bay returned to pound the airfields again from 18 June to 22 June. On that day, the carrier departed the operating area. She was at the repair base in San Diego undergoing overhaul when the war ended.
On 26 September 1945, Shipley Bay sailed out of San Diego to participate in "Operation Magic Carpet", the return of American forces from overseas. The carrier shuttled from San Francisco to Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, and Kwajalein, returning several thousand troops to the United States.
Shipley Bay sailed to Boston in February 1946 for deactivation and lay-up, arriving there on 9 March. On 28 June, the carrier was placed "out of commission, in reserve," with the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. Shipley Bay was struck from the Navy list on 1 March 1959 and sold for scrap on 2 October of that year.
This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.
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