USS Anzio file photo [24528]


CountryUnited States
Ship ClassCasablanca-class Escort Carrier
Hull NumberCVE-57
BuilderKaiser Vancouver Shipyard
Laid Down12 Dec 1942
Launched1 May 1943
Commissioned27 Aug 1943
Decommissioned5 Aug 1946
Displacement7,800 tons standard
Length512 feet
Beam65 feet
Draft22 feet
Speed19 knots
Armament1x5-in Anti-aircraft, 16x40mm, 20x20mm


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Anzio Operational Timeline

27 Aug 1943 Casablanca-class escort carrier Coral Sea was placed in commission at Astoria, Oregon.
20 Nov 1943 Aircraft from carriers USS Corregidor, Coral Sea, and Liscombe Bay strike Makin Island as part of the Gilbert Island Campaign.
15 Sep 1944 While at San Diego, escort carrier USS Coral Sea was renamed USS Anzio.
18 Nov 1944 Ships and aircraft from the hunter-killer group built around escort carrier USS Anzio conducted a coordinated attack 350 miles east of the Philippines on the submerged Japanese submarine I-41 commanded by LtCdr Kondo Fumitake. Destroyer escort USS Lawrence C. Taylor launched a successful spread of Hedgehog anti-submarine mortars and the I-41 was lost with all hands. Other ships in the Anzio group were USS Melvin R. Nawman, USS Tabberer, USS Oliver Mitchell, and USS Robert F. Keller.
13 Feb 1945 Destroyer escort USS Tabberer arrived off Saipan, Mariana Islands and delivered a supply convoy. Tabberer then sailed with escort carrier USS Anzio and destroyer USS Ralph Talbot for Iwo Jima.
16 Feb 1945 USS Anzio, USS Tabberer, and the rest of their task group arrived southwest of Iwo Jima where the carriers launched pre-invasion strikes against the island.
26 Feb 1945 45 miles west of Iwo Jima, Japanese submarine I-368 was spotted on the surface by US Navy Lt(jg) F.M. Fay flying a TBM-1C Avenger from USS Anzio. The Avenger released a Mark 24 FIDO acoustic homing torpedo and I-368 was lost with all 86 hands.
12 Mar 1945 USS Anzio and USS Tabberer arrived at San Pedro Bay, Leyte, Philippines.
27 Mar 1945 USS Anzio and USS Tabberer arrived on station off Okinawa and remained for 52 days covering the landings there.
31 Mar 1945 In the Philippine Sea, Japanese submarine I-361 with its deck loaded with five Kaitens was spotted on the surface by US Navy Lt(jg) Sam Stovall flying a TBM-3E Avenger from USS Anzio. The Avenger released a Mark 24 FIDO acoustic homing torpedo and I-361 was lost with all 76 hands plus the five Kaiten pilots.
5 Aug 1946 Anzio was decommissioned from service.


Bow view of USS Coral Sea, Sep 1943Stern view of USS Coral Sea, Sep 1943USS Coral Sea underway, Sep 1943USS Coral Sea underway, Sep 1943
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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Dennis McFann says:
24 Feb 2006 05:19:47 PM

Thanks for passing on the info on this carrier :-)
2. Cecil C. Noennich says:
24 Feb 2006 06:17:32 PM

Im happy to know there are people out there that are interested in our Ship. I will be happy to have your site as a link to my site
3. Steve Voorhees says:
28 Jan 2021 11:34:55 AM

It looks like all of page 1 and most of page 2 of the photographs are incorrectly identified as the USS Coral Sea.
4. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
28 Jan 2021 01:32:31 PM

Steve Voorhees (above):
This ship was commissioned as the USS Coral Sea in 1943 and was renamed USS Anzio in 1944. The photos you referenced were taken before the name change so they are captioned correctly for their respective dates. The carrier we are most familiar with named USS Coral Sea was a Midway-class carrier commissioned in 1947, a different ship.
5. Steve Voorhees says:
7 Feb 2021 05:02:22 AM

Thank you for the clarification.

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