CountryUnited States
Ship ClassIndependence-class Light Carrier
BuilderNew York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, NJ
Laid Down16 Mar 1942
Launched4 Apr 1943
Commissioned24 Jul 1943
Decommissioned11 Feb 1947
Displacement11,000 tons full
Length623 feet
Beam72 feet
Draft26 feet
MachineryGeneral Electric geared turbines with four screws
Power Output100,000 shaft horsepower
Speed31 knots
Armament24x40mm, 22x20mm anti-aircraft
Armor5" belt, 2" deck, 0.5" conning tower
Recommissioned27 Oct 1948
Second Decommission21 Jan 1955
Transferred to Spain30 Aug 1967


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Light Carrier Cabot Interactive Map


Launching of the Light Carrier Cabot, 4 Apr 1943, Camden, New Jersey, United States.As seen from the flight deck of the USS Hancock near the No. 1 5-inch mount, sailors look at the nearby carriers Intrepid, Cabot, and Belleau Wood while anchored at Ulithi, Caroline Islands, 9 Nov 1944.US Navy ships at anchor in the Ulithi Lagoon, Caroline Islands, early Dec 1944. Note that this is a reverse angle and distant view of the ships in the famous “Murderers’ Row” photograph but a day or two earlier.Captain Walton Smith of the Independence-class carrier USS Cabot on the bridge with war correspondent Ernie Pyle off Japan, Feb 1945. Note inscription by Pyle.
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Cabot Operational Timeline

24 Jul 1943 Cabot was commissioned into service.
18 Dec 1944 Many ships from the United States Third Fleet, Task Force 38 sailed into Typhoon Cobra in the Philippine Sea. Three destroyers and 790 men were lost.
11 Feb 1947 Cabot was decommissioned from service.

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Thank you for the article. My father, Sterling H. Wright was radar maintenance officer and a plank owner.

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Light Carrier Cabot Photo Gallery
Launching of the Light Carrier Cabot, 4 Apr 1943, Camden, New Jersey, United States.
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