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USS Palau was commissioned in January of 1946 as a part of the post-war demobilization. She trained in California and Boston, and was sent to Norfolk where she sat until May of 1947. When the ship was again mobilized, she was sent to Cuba for updated training and then back to Norfolk and onto New York.
After that, she headed for Recife and West Africa, returning to the East Coast in August. She was immobilized again at Norfolk from December of 1947 to March of 1948. After this, she trained off the East Coast and departed for the Mediterranean to help the Turkish Aid Program with the delivery of planes.
Palau remained in the Western Atlantic after that, traveling in all areas from the Maritime Provinces to the West Indies. This went on until 1952, when she returned to the Mediterranean to help the 6th fleet through late June. The ship was designated for decommissioning in 1953 but remained active for one last ferry cruise to Yokosuka with planes in tow.
She arrived at Philadelphia in 1954, decommissioning and being put into the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. In 1960, she was stricken from the Navy list and then sold for scrap.
CVE-122 Deployments - Major Events
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|Month||Year||to||Month||Year||Deployment / Event|
|FEB||1945||-||Keel Date: 19 FEB 1945|
at Todd Pacific Shipyards
|AUG||1945||-||Launch Date: 6 AUG 1945|
|JAN||1946||-||Commissioned: 15 JAN 1946|
|JUL||1947||-||Shellback Initiation - 15 JUL 1947 - Atlantic Ocean|
|JUL||1947||-||Shellback Initiation - 17 JUL 1947 - Atlantic Ocean|
|JUN||1954||-||Decommissioned: 15 JUN 1954|
CVE-122 General Specifications
Class: Commencement Bay-class escort carrier
Complement: 1066 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 10900 tons
Length: 557 feet
Beam: 75 feet
Draft: 32 feet
Final Disposition: Sold for scrapping 13 July 1960