USS Breton (CVE-23)

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For other ships of the same name, see USS Breton.
USS Breton (CVE-23) underway 1943.jpeg
USS Breton (CVE-23) underway in 1943
Career (United States)
Laid down: 25 February 1942
Launched: 27 June 1942
Commissioned: 12 April 1943
Decommissioned: 20 August 1946
Fate: Sold for scrap, 1972
General characteristics
Displacement: 7,800 tons
Length: 495.66 ft (151.08 m)
Beam: 111.5 ft (34.0 m)
Draft: 26 ft (7.9 m)
Speed: 17.6 knots
Complement: 1,205 officers and men
Armament: 2 × 5 in (127 mm) guns
Aircraft carried: 24

USS Breton (CVE-23) (previously AVG-23 then ACV-23) was a Bogue class escort carrier of the United States Navy. Breton was in service as an escort carrier from 1943 to 1946 and as an aircraft transport from 1958 to 1970.

Breton launched on 27 June 1942 by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding of Tacoma, Washington under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. A. H. Rooks, widow of Captain Rooks; and commissioned on 12 April 1943, Captain E. C. Ewen in command.

Service history[edit]

Throughout her World War II service, Breton operated with the Carrier Transport Squadron, Pacific Fleet. Her sailings carried her throughout the Pacific supplying men, materiel, and aircraft to units of the fleet engaged in making strikes on the enemy. While engaged in these duties, Breton took part in the capture and occupation of Saipan (11 June–10 August 1944); the Battle of the Philippine Sea (19–20 June); the 2nd Bonins raid (24 June); and the assault and occupation of Okinawa (6–7 April 1945).

Upon her return to the west coast in January 1946 after serving as a unit of the Far Eastern occupation forces, Breton prepared for inactivation at Tacoma, and went out of commission in reserve there on 30 August 1946. She was reclassified CVHE-23 on 12 June 1955. On 1 July 1958, she was redesignated as a utility carrier, CVU-23, and then again on 7 May 1959 as an aviation transport, T-AKV-42. Breton was put out of service in 1971 and stricken for disposal on 6 August 1972, where she was subsequently sold for scrap.

Awards[edit]

Breton received two battle stars for her World War II service.

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