- USS Shipley Bay (CVE-85)
USS "Shipley Bay" (CVE-85) was an "Casablanca" class
escort carrierof the United States Navy. She was laid down under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1122) on 22 November 1943by Kaiser Co., Inc., Vancouver, Washington; launched on 12 February 1944; sponsored by Mrs. L. B. Richardson; and commissioned on 21 March 1944, Capt. Edgar T. Neale in command.
"Shipley Bay" moved down the coast and operated in the
San Diego-San Pedro area until 3 Maywhen the carrier began her maiden voyage to Pearl Harborand the South Pacific ferrying planes and pilots to advance bases. She shuttled between the west coast, Pearl Harbor, Majuro Atoll, Guadalcanal, and Tulagiuntil 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 Octoberto 29 October, 150 miles east of Samar, P.I.; the second took place 450 miles east of Luzonfrom 10 Decemberto 24 December; and the last, from 26 December 1944to 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.
22 April, "Shipley Bay" stood out of Pearl Harbor en route to Okinawa, via Guam, for her first combat operations. From 7 Mayto 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 Junewith five other escort carriers. From 14 Juneto 16 June, strikes were launched against Miyako Shimaand Ishigaki Shimato neutralize the airfields on those islands. Aircraft from "Shipley Bay" returned to pound the airfields again from 18 Juneto 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.
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
Bostonin 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 1959and sold for scrap on 2 Octoberof that year.
"Shipley Bay" received two
battle stars for World War IIservice.
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