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495.7' x 111.5' x 26'
2 x 4"/50 guns
8 x Twin 40mm AA guns
27 x 20mm AA guns
USN July 1944
Built by Todd Pacific Shipyards in Tacoma, Washington. Laid down on June 18 1941 under Maritime Commission contract with hull number 169 as a civilian ship Steel Architect type C3-S-A1. On February 8, 1942 while under construction acquired by the U. S. Navy (USN) and completed as a Bogue-Class Escort Carrier at Bremerton Navy Yard as Aircraft Escort Vessel 12 (AVG-12). On August 20, 1942 reclassified as Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier 12 (ACV-12). On July 15, 1943 again reclassified as Escort Carrier (CVE-12). Launched October 21, 1941 as USS Copahee CVE-12 named for Copahee Sound in South Carolina. Commissioned June 15, 1942 in the U. S. Navy (USN) with commander J. G. Farrell in command and underwent a shake down cruse ending at Alameda.
On September 5, 1942 departed Alameda loaded with with cargo of planes, stores and passengers on her first voyage to the South Pacific and arrived at Noumea on September 28, 1942. From October 7 to 11 October, she cruised toward Guadalcanal to launch 20 marine fighter planes for Henderson Field, then returned to San Diego, California 29 October for overhaul.
After training at Pearl Harbor, Copahee departed from San Diego 25 February 1943 to begin transport duty carrying aircraft, aviation stores and personnel to the forward bases in the New Hebrides, Fiji and New Caledonia plus trips to the Hawaiian Islands until June 7, 1943.
Between 2 September 1943 and 19 January 1944, she made two voyages to deliver aircraft at Townsville and Brisbane and one trip to Pearl Harbor. She sailed from San Diego 10 April to ferry aircraft from Pearl Harbor to Majuro until 3 June when she began supporting the Marianas operation by supplying replacement pilots and aircraft to carriers of the 5th Fleet.
Captured Japanese Aircraft
After an overhaul, Copahee returned to transport duty. Until the end of the Pacific War, she made six voyages loaded with cargo from Alameda across the Pacific to locations including Manus, Majuro, Guam, Saipan and Pearl Harbor. For her World War II services, earned one battle star.
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