Manila Bay

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassCasablanca-class Escort Carrier
Builder NameKaiser Shipbuilding Co., Inc., Vancouver, WA
Laid Down15 Jan 1943
Launched10 Jul 1943
Commissioned5 Oct 1943
Decommissioned31 Jul 1946
Displacement7,800 tons standard; 10,400 tons full
Length512 feet
Beam65 feet
Draft22 feet
MachineryTwo Skinner, Uniflow engines with two screws
Power Output9,000 SHP
Speed19 knots
Crew860
Armament1x5-in Anti-aircraft, 8x40mm, 12x20mm
Aircraft27

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Manila Bay Operational Timeline

5 Oct 1943 Manila Bay was commissioned into service.
31 Jul 1946 Manila Bay was decommissioned from service.

Photographs

USS Coral Sea during an exercise, seen from USS Manila Bay, 13 Jan 1944P-47D Thunderbolt of the 318th Fighter Group being ferried to Saipan on Escort Carrier USS Manila Bay is launched instead to avoid an aerial attack by four D3A Aichi “Val” dive bombers, Jun 23 1944. Photo 3 of 3P-47D Thunderbolts of the 318th Fighter Group being ferried to Saipan on Escort Carrier USS Manila Bay. Note bomb splashes from an aerial attack by four D3A Aichi “Val” dive bombers during refueling operations east of Saipan, Jun 23 1944. Photo 1 of 2USAAF pilot Lt Eubanks Barnhill flies his P-47D Thunderbolt off the deck of Escort Carrier USS Manila Bay to ward off an aerial attack from four D3A Aichi “Val” dive bombers during refueling operations east of Saipan, Jun 23 1944. Photo 2 of 2
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USS Coral Sea during an exercise, seen from USS Manila Bay, 13 Jan 1944
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