USS Mindoro (CVE-120)
USS Mindoro (CVE-120) underway in April 1952
|Builder:||Todd Pacific Shipyards|
|Laid down:||2 January 1945|
|Launched:||27 June 1945|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. R. L. Bowman|
|Commissioned:||4 December 1945|
|Decommissioned:||4 August 1955|
|Reclassified:||Cargo Ship and Aircraft Ferry, AKV-20, 7 May 1959|
|Struck:||1 December 1959|
|Fate:||Sold June 1960, and scrapped in Hong Kong|
|Class and type:||Commencement Bay-class escort carrier|
|Displacement:||11,373 long tons (11,556 t)|
|Length:||557 ft 1 in (169.80 m)|
|Beam:||75 ft (23 m)|
|Draft:||32 ft (9.8 m)|
|Speed:||19 knots (22 mph; 35 km/h)|
USS Mindoro (CVE-120) was a Commencement Bay-class escort carrier launched during World War II but too late to see active service. After service in the Caribbean, Atlantic and the Mediterranean during the post-war period, she was stricken from the Navy list on 1 December 1959, and scrapped.
USS Mindoro was laid down by Todd-Pacific Shipyards, Inc., in Tacoma, Washington, on 2 January 1945, and launched on 27 June 1945. She was sponsored by Mrs. R. L. Bowman, and commissioned at Tacoma 4 December 1945, with Captain Edwin R. Peck in command. She was nicknamed the "Mighty Minnie".
She was 557 ft 1 in (169.80 m) long, 75 ft (23 m) across, displaced 11,373 long tons (11,556 t), and had a draft of 32 ft (9.8 m). She was powered by Allis-Chalmers geared steam turbines generating 16,000 shaft horsepower (12,000 kW), and had twin screws. She had a top speed of 19 knots (22 mph; 35 km/h), was armed with two 5 in (130 mm) guns, thirty-six 40 mm AA guns, and twenty 20 mm AA guns, and carried 33 planes. She had a complement of 1,066.
After her shakedown along the west coast from 10 to 29 January, while temporarily based at NAS San Diego, Mindoro sailed for the east coast, via the Panama Canal, on 30 January 1946 and arrived in Norfolk, Virginia, on 15 February. She was assigned to Carrier Division 14, where she began carrier air training operations along the east coast.
In May she joined ships of the Eighth Fleet for exercises in the West Indies. For the remainder of the year she ranged the Atlantic from New England to Cuba, training naval aviators and taking part in top-secret anti-submarine Hunter-killer Group exercises. She continued to carry out a busy schedule of training and readiness operations. During the next nine years she operated out of Norfolk. Her numerous type training and fleet exercises sent her the length of the eastern coast of North America from Davis Strait to the Caribbean, and across the Atlantic to the British Isles and the Mediterranean. In 1950 and again in 1954 she deployed to the Mediterranean where she joined the Sixth Fleet.
After completing exercises off the Virginia Capes, Mindoro steamed to Boston 17 January 1955. She was decommissioned at Boston on 4 August 1955 and joined the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. While berthed at Boston, she was reclassified AKV-20 (Hunter-Killer craft 20) on 7 May 1959. Later that year she was authorized for disposal, and her name was stricken from the Navy list on 1 December. Subsequently, she was disposed of in June of 1960 and sold to Comarket, Inc., to be scrapped at Hong Kong later that year.
|Rank||Name||Date of command|
|Captain||Edwin Ronald Peck||4 December 1945 − c.1946|
|Captain||Benjamin Barnes Compton Lovett||c.1946 − c.1947.|
|Captain||Joseph Malcolm Carson||September 1947 − May 1948|
|Captain||George Whelan Anderson, Jr.||July 1948 − 15 August 1949|
|Captain||Joseph Lester Kane||15 October 1949 − 1949|
|Captain||Clifford Steele Cooper||1949 − 1950|
|Captain||Milton Adolphus Nation||1950 − August 1951|
|Captain||David Lamar McDonald||August 1951 − July 1952|
|Captain||Laurence Oldham Mathews, Jr.||July 1953 − April 1954|
|Captain||Edward Joseph O'Neill||April 1954 − May 1955|
|Commander||David Morris Burns||May 1955 − 4 August 1955|
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
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