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USS Sicily (CVE-118)

USS Sicily was built at Tacoma, Washington and commissioned in February of 1946. She joined the Atlantic Fleet and served there until April of 1950 when she went back to the Pacific. Once the Korean War started, the Commencement Bay class escort carrier was sent immediately to the western Pacific to provide anti-submarine support.


However, she ended up supporting combat forces that were working onshore, defending the Pusan Perimeter and the Inchon landings. She then went back to anti-submarine support and then again helped with ground operations. These tasks went back and forth for some time, before her first tour ended in 1951.

Sicily made two more cruises to the combat area during 1951 and 1952, providing various types of support and getting involved in combat operations wherever she was needed. In the second cruise, the ship was responsible for operating Marine Helicopters to experiment with vertical envelopment techniques.

The war was nearing an end when the ship returned to the U.S. in 1954. She was decommissioned after this last deployment, the ship was put in the Pacific Reserve Fleet and reclassified in 1959, although she never returned to combat. In November of 1960, the ship was sold for scrapping.

CVE-118 Deployments - Major Events

Add a CVE-118 Shellback Initiation Add a CVE-118 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
OCT 1944 - Keel Date: 23 OCT 1944
at Todd Pacific Shipyards
APR 1945 - Launch Date: 14 APR 1945
JAN 1946 - DEC 1948 Atlantic Ops
JAN 1946 - MAR 1946 Guantanamo Bay
FEB 1946 - Commissioned: 27 FEB 1946
SEP 1948 - SEP 1948 North Atlantic
JUL 1950 - APR 1951 Inchon Landing
JAN 1952 - JAN 1954 Middle Pacific
APR 1952 - Shellback Initiation - 4 APR 1952 - Pacific Ocean
APR 1952 - Shellback Initiation - 4 APR 1952 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1952 - Shellback Initiation - 7 JUL 1952 - Pacific Ocean

CVE-118 General Specifications

Class: Commencement Bay-class escort carrier

Complement: 1170 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 10900 tons

Length: 557 feet

Beam: 75 feet

Draft: 31 feet

Final Disposition: Sold for scrap 31 October 1960