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USS Monterey (CVL-26) was converted from a light cruiser to an Independence-class light aircraft carrier in Camden, New Jersey in 1941. It was launched and commissions two years later.

WWII Operations

Her first operation was the Gilbert Islands invasion in November of 1943. Following this, she played an integral role in the following operations:

  • Marshall Islands
  • Japanese attacks in Central Pacific
  • Japanese attacks in New Guinea
  • Marianas invasion
  • Battle of the Philippine Sea
  • Strikes on Wake Island and the Philippines
  • Battle of Leyte Gulf
  • Invasion of Okinawa

Though she survived this battles and invasions, a typhoon caused serious enough damage to her that she had to sail back to the U.S. for repairs. After she was repaired and cleared for battle, she took part in the invasions that secured Okinawa and ferried veterans home from battle.

Service Between Wars

Between wars, Monterey spent her time in the Atlantic, ferrying Italian men to the United States. She was decommissioned in 1947.

Korean War

Monterey was recommissioned in 1950 for the Korean War. She acted as a training carrier in Pensacola, Florida until 1955. She joined the Reserve Fleet in 1956. In 1959, she was reclassified as transportation for aircraft. In 1971, she was sold for scrap.

CVL-26 Deployments - Major Events

Add a CVL-26 Shellback Initiation Add a CVL-26 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
DEC 1941 - Keel Date: 29 DEC 1941
at New York Shipbuilding Corporation
FEB 1943 - Launch Date: 28 FEB 1943
MAR 1943 - JUN 1943 Overhaul at Bremerton 1943
JUN 1943 - Commissioned: 17 JUN 1943
DEC 1943 - Shellback Initiation - 6 DEC 1943 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1944 - Shellback Initiation - 13 JUL 1944 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1955 - JAN 1957 Naval Training Command Pensacola FL Pilot Qualifications
JAN 1956 - Decommissioned: 16 JAN 1956

CVL-26 General Specifications

Complement: 1 569 officers and men

Displacement: 11000 tons

Length: 622.5 feet

Beam: 71.5 feet

Draft: 26 feet

Flank Speed: 31 Knots