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USS Shamrock Bay was a Casablanca-class aircraft carrier built and active during World War II. A busy carrier, she earned three battle stars for her brief but important wartime service. Below are highlights of her activities:

  • Shamrock Bay at was part of the Atlantic Fleet in her early days, transporting planes and personnel to Casablanca, Morocco, and back.
  • Instead of operating in the South Atlantic as planned, she was transferred to the Pacific Fleet to replace carriers lost in the Philippines.
  • Between December 1944 and January 1945, the carrier was part of two different task groups during the Lingayen Gulf operation. Shamrock Bay escaped unscathed; she took on planes belonging to other carriers that had been damaged by kamikaze strikes.
  • After the Philippines were secured, the carrier moved on to the waters south of Japan to support the assaults on Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Her planes flew over a thousand sorties in these operations and she also survived a typhoon.

After the Japanese surrender, Shamrock Bay participated in Operation “Magic Carpet,” ferrying thousands of returning veterans home from the Pacific. She was decommissioned in 1946 and sold for scrap in 1958.

CVE-84 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAR1943-Keel Date: 15 MAR 1943
at Kaiser Shipyards
FEB1944-Launch Date: 4 FEB 1944
MAR1944-Commissioned: 15 MAR 1944
APR1944-SEP1944West Pac-Indian Ocean
JUL1946-Decommissioned: 6 JUL 1946

CVE-84 General Specifications

Class: Casablanca-class escort carrier

Complement: 860 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 7800 tons

Length: 512 feet 3 inches

Beam: 65 feet 2 inches

Draft: 22 feet 6 in

Range: 10 240 Nautical Miles

Final Disposition: Sold for scrapping May 1958