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USS Takanis Bay (CVE 89)

- formerly ACV 89, formerly AVG 89 -
- later CVU 89, later AKV 31 -
- decommissioned -


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USS TAKANIS BAY was the 35th CASABLANCA - class escort aircraft carrier. Decommissioned on May 1, 1946, the TAKANIS BAY was placed in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Bremerton. The ship was re-classified CVU 89 on June 12, 1955, and AKV 31 in May 1959. The TAKANIS BAY was stricken from the Navy list on August 1, 1959, and was sold to Hyman-Michaels Co. of Chicago on June 29, 1960, for scrap.

General Characteristics:Awarded: 1942
Keel laid: December 16, 1943
Launched: March 10, 1944
Commissioned: April 15, 1944
Decommissioned: May 1, 1946
Builder: Kaiser Shipbuilding Co., Vancouver, Wash.
Propulsion system: four boilers
Propellers: two
Length: 512.5 feet (156.2 meters)
Flight Deck Width: 108 feet (32.9 meters)
Beam: 65 feet (19.9 meters)
Draft: 22.6 feet (6.9 meters)
Displacement: approx. 10,400 tons full load
Speed: 19 knots
Catapults: one
Aircraft: 28 planes
Armament: one 5-inch L/38 gun, 16 40mm guns, 20 20mm guns
Crew: 860


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS TAKANIS BAY. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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Embarked Squadrons:

PeriodSquadron (Aircraft)
March 1944VC-85 (5 FM, 6 F4F and 9 TBF/TBM)


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History of USS TAKANIS BAY:

TAKANIS BAY was laid down under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1126) on 16 December 1943 at Vancouver, Wash., by the Kaiser Shipbuilding Co.; launched on 10 March 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Alden R. Sanborn; and commissioned on 15 April 1944, Capt. A. R. Brady in command.

After shakedown, TAKANIS BAY operated out of San Diego with Fleet Air, West Coast, through the end of hostilities with Japan in mid-August 1945. She tested pilots for carrier operations, and, between 24 May 1944 and 28 August 1945, she qualified 2,509 pilots.

On the latter day, she sailed for Hawaii and was assigned to Carrier Transport Squadron, Pacific. In two trips, she returned 1,300 servicemen to San Diego. Late in September, the carrier was assigned to the “Magic-Carpet” fleet which had been established for the sole purpose of bringing veterans home. At San Diego, bunks for 800 passengers were installed in the carrier, and she made two more round trip voyages to Hawaii and one to the Tokyo Bay area to repatriate servicemen.

TAKANIS BAY arrived at San Pedro from her last voyage on 2 January 1946. She moved to Puget Sound in April, where inactivation work was begun, and she was decommissioned on 1 May 1946. TAKANIS BAY was reclassified CVU 89 on 12 June 1955 and was struck from the Navy list on 1 August 1959. She was sold on 29 June 1960 to Hyman-Michaels Co., Chicago, Ill., for scrap.


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