Shamrock Bay file photo [1848]

USS Shamrock Bay

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassCasablanca-class Escort Carrier
Hull NumberCVE-84
BuilderKaiser Shipyards, Vancouver, Washington, United States
Laid Down15 Mar 1943
Launched4 Feb 1944
Commissioned15 Mar 1944
Decommissioned6 Jul 1946
Displacement7800 tons standard; 10400 tons full
Length512 feet
Beam108 feet
Draft22 feet
MachineryTwo 5-cyl Skinner Unaflow engines, four 285psi boilers, two shafts
Power Output9000 SHP
Speed19 knots
Range10,240nm at 15 knots
Crew860
Armament1x5in/38cal DP gun, 8x2x40mm Oerlikon cannon, 28x20mm Bofors guns
Aircraft28

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ww2dbaseUSS Shamrock Bay was commissioned into service in Mar 1944, and until Jun 1944 she remained off the west coast of the United States qualifying pilots for carrier landings. In mid-1944, she conducted several aircraft and personnel ferrying missions across the Atlantic Ocean. In Dec 1944, she joined the US Navy 7th Fleet in the Pacific Ocean. With 12 TBM Avenger and 20 FM-2 Wildcat aircraft on board, she contributed to the air cover over Task Groups 79.1 and 79.2 and the invasion beach between 31 Dec 1944 and 17 Jan 1945 in Ligayen Gulf in the Philippine Islands. On 8 Jan, a Japanese special attack Ki-43 aircraft dove at her; the aircraft was successfully driven off, but that Japanese aircraft would ultimately be successful in crashing into USS Kitkun Bay. USS Shamrock Bay would serve as the temporary home for the aircraft from USS Kitkun Bay. In 1945, she played similar roles during the actions at the Japanese islands of Iwo Jima and Okinawa; during the latter action, she would launch over 1,200 sorties. Her WW2 combat service ended in Jul 1945 when she arrived at San Diego, California, United States and disembarked US Navy squadron VC-96. After the war, she participated in Operation Magic Carpet which brought US servicemen back to the United States from the Pacific bases. After inactivation work in early 1946, she was decommissioned in Jul of that year. She remained in the Reserve Fleet until 1958 when she was sold to the firm Hyman-Michaels Company of Chicago, Illinois, United States for scrapping.

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USS Shamrock Bay Operational Timeline

15 Mar 1943 The keel of Shamrock Bay was laid down by the firm Kaiser Shipyards in Vancouver, Washington, United States.
10 Jun 1943 While under construction, Shamrock Bay's hull number changed from ACV-84 to CVE-84.
4 Feb 1944 Shamrock Bay was launched in Vancouver, Washington, United States, sponsored by the wife of James R. Dudley.
15 Mar 1944 USS Shamrock Bay was commissioned into service, Captain Frank T. Ward, Jr. in command.
27 Oct 1944 USS Shamrock Bay arrived at Norfolk, Virginia, United States, completing her second ferrying mission across the Atlantic Ocean.
11 Nov 1944 USS Shamrock Bay departed Norfolk, Virginia, United States.
18 Nov 1944 USS Shamrock Bay transited the Panama Canal.
27 Nov 1944 USS Shamrock Bay arrived at San Diego, California, United States.
2 Dec 1944 USS Shamrock Bay embarked the aircraft of US Navy squadron VC-93 at San Diego, California, United States; the aircraft of VC-42 were already on board.
9 Dec 1944 USS Shamrock Bay arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii.
11 Dec 1944 USS Shamrock Bay departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii.
22 Dec 1944 USS Shamrock Bay was assigned to US Navy 7th Fleet.
17 Jan 1945 USS Shamrock Bay completed her duties off Luzon, Philippine Islands and set sail for Ulithi, Caroline Islands as a part of Task Group 77.14.
16 Feb 1945 USS Shamrock Bay departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands as a part of Task Unit 50.8.25 in support of the invasion of Iwo Jima, Japan.
5 Mar 1945 USS Shamrock Bay departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands.
15 Apr 1945 USS Shamrock Bay launched four FM-2 Wildcat fighters, which shot down six Japanese aircraft 50 miles north of Okinawa, Japan; some of the six aircraft might have been special attack aircraft aiming for destroyer USS Laffey.
11 May 1945 USS Shamrock Bay departed waters off Okinawa, Japan, sailing for Guam, Mariana Islands.
20 May 1945 Captain J. E. Leeper was named the commanding officer of USS Shamrock Bay, relieving Captain Frank T. Ward, Jr, while the ship was at Guam, Mariana Islands.
28 May 1945 USS Shamrock Bay departed Apra Harbor, Guam, Mariana Islands with US Navy squadron VC-96 on board.
27 Jun 1945 USS Shamrock Bay arrived at San Pedro Bay in the Philippine Islands.
5 Jul 1945 USS Shamrock Bay departed San Pedro Bay in the Philippine Islands for Guam, Mariana Islands.
27 Jul 1945 USS Shamrock Bay arrived at San Diego, California, United States.
2 Nov 1945 USS Shamrock Bay arrived at San Diego, California, United States, bringing back US servicemen from Pacific bases.
26 Jan 1946 USS Shamrock Bay arrived at Seattle, Washington, United States, bringing back US servicemen from Pacific bases.
1 Mar 1946 USS Shamrock Bay arrived at Boston, Massachusetts, United States for inactivation work.
6 Jul 1946 USS Shamrock Bay was decommissioned from service.
12 Jun 1955 Shamrock Bay redesignated CVU-84 while in the Reserve Fleet.
27 Jun 1958 Shamrock Bay was struck from the US Navy Register.

Photographs

USS Shamrock Bay in measure 33 design 10A camouflage at Astoria, Oregon, United States, Apr 1944USS Shamrock Bay (bottom of photograph) with two other escort carriers, Astoria, Oregon, United States, 6 Apr 1944; photo taken by an aircraft from USS Shipley BayUSS Shamrock Bay moored at Astoria, Oregon, United States, 6 Apr 1944; photo taken from aircraft of USS Shipley BayUSS Shamrock Bay underway, 10 Nov 1944
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USS Shamrock Bay in measure 33 design 10A camouflage at Astoria, Oregon, United States, Apr 1944
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