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USS MATANIKAU CVE-101
An Escort Carrier named for a Battle that took place on the Island of GUADALCANAL in 1942
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Matanikau was laid down as Dolomoi Bay under Maritime Commission contract
by Kaiser Co., Inc. Vancouver, Washington on 10 March 1944;
renamed Matanikau 26 April 1944; launched on 22 May 1944,
sponsored by Mrs. Robert A. Grant, delivered to the Navy on 24 June 1944,
Commissioned at Astoria, Oregon the same day, Captain W. L. Erdmann in command.

Class and type:        Casablanca-class escort carrier
Displacement:        7,800 tons (standard), 10,400 tons (full load)
Length:          512 ft 3 in (156.13 m) overall
Beam:          65 ft 2 in (19.86 m), 108 ft 1 in (32.94 m) maximum width
Draft:          22 ft 6 in (6.86 m)
Propulsion: (2) 5-cylinder reciprocating Skinner Unaflow engines
                     (4) × 285 psi boilers  (2) shafts  9,000 shp 
                     Speed: 19 knots (35 km/h)
Range:          10,240 nmi (18,960 km) at 15 kn (28 km/h)
Complement:    Total: 910-916 officers and men
Embarked Squadron: 50-56  Ship's Crew: 860
Armament:  (8) 5 in (127 mm)/38 cal dual purpose gun,
                     (16) × Bofors 40 mm guns (8×2),
                     (20) × Oerlikon 20 mm cannons (20×1)
                     Aircraft carried: (28) Cousair
         Inactivated:  1 June 1946 at Todd Shipyards Seattle, 1946
Decommissioned:  11 October 1946 in Olympia, WA.        Struck:  1 April 1960
                     Fate:  Sold Jacq. Pierot, Jr. & Sons of New York on 27 July 1960


This webpage was stimulated by a close friend of this webmaster.
Her father served on the USS Matanikau.
He was on the first three assignments shown on the Ship Label, Left.
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