USS Mindoro (CVE-120)

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USS Mindoro (CVE-120) underway in April 1952.jpg
USS Mindoro (CVE-120) underway in April 1952
History
United States
Name: USS Mindoro
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
Homeport: Norfolk, Virginia
Nickname(s): Mighty Minnie
Fate: Sold June 1960, and scrapped in Hong Kong
Badge: Badge of the USS Mindoro.gif
General characteristics
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)
Propulsion:
  • Steam turbines, 16,000 shp (12,000 kW)
  • 4 450 psi boilers
  • 2 shafts
Speed: 19 knots (22 mph; 35 km/h)
Complement: 1,066
Armament:
  • 2 × 5 in (127 mm) guns (2×1)
  • 36 × 40 mm AA guns
Aircraft carried: 33
Service record
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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.

Construction[edit]

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".[1]

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.[2]

Service history[edit]

A K-class blimp landing on USS Mindoro in the 1950s

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.[3]

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.[4]

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.[2][4]

Commanders[edit]

List of known commanders.[2]
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lawrence Dale Sheaffer Biography" (PDF). Imthistory. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "Escort Carrier Photo Index: USS MINDORO (CVE-120)". www.navsource.org. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  3. ^ Mooney, James L. (1970). Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Government Printing Office. p. 366-367. ISBN 9780160020193. 
  4. ^ a b "USS MINDORO (CVE-120) Deployments & History". www.hullnumber.com. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 

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