For other ships with the same name, see USS White Plains.

History

United States

Name:
USS White Plains

Builder:
Kaiser Shipyards

Laid down:
11 February 1943

Launched:
27 September 1943

Commissioned:
15 November 1943

Decommissioned:
10 July 1946

Struck:
1 July 1958

Fate:
Sold for scrap on 29 July 1958

General characteristics

Class and type:
Casablanca-class escort carrier

Displacement:
10,400 tons

Length:
512 ft 3 in (156.13 m) overall

Beam:
65 ft 2 in (19.86 m), 108 ft (33 m) maximum width

Draft:
22 ft 6 in (6.86 m)

Propulsion:

2 × 5-cylinder reciprocating Skinner Uniflow engines
4 × 285 psi boilers
2 shafts
9,000 shp

Speed:
19.3 knots (35.7 km/h)

Range:
10,240 nmi (18,960 km) @ 15 kn (28 km/h)

Complement:

Total:910-916 officers and men

Embarked Squadron:50-56
Ship’s Crew:860

Armament:
1 × 5 in (127 mm)/38 cal dual purpose gun, 12 × Bofors 40 mm guns (8×2), 20 × 20 mm cannon]]s (20×1)

Aircraft carried:
24

Service record

Part of:
United States Pacific Fleet (1943-1946), Atlantic Reserve Fleet (1946-1958)

Operations:
Battle of Saipan, Battle of Leyte Gulf, Operation Magic Carpet

Awards:

Presidential Unit Citation
5 Battle stars

USS White Plains (CVE-66) was an Casablanca class escort carrier of the United States Navy.
She was laid down on 11 February 1943 at Vancouver, Washington, by the Kaiser Shipbuilding Company, Inc., under a Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1103) as Elbour Bay (ACV-66); renamed White Plains on 3 April 1943; redesignated CVE-66 on 15 July 1943; launched on 27 September 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Marc A. Mitscher; delivered to the Navy on 15 November 1943 at Astoria, Oregon; and commissioned that same day, Captain Oscar A. Weller in command.

Contents

1 Service history

1.1 World War II

1.1.1 Battle of Leyte Gulf

1.2 Post-War

2 Awards
3 References
4 External links
5 Books
6 References

Service history[edit]
World War II[edit]
The USS White Plains completed her outfitting at Astoria, Oregon, on 4 December 1943, and then she began shakedown training on 8 December. At the conclusion of her initial cruise, the warship entered San Diego on 21 December. On 30 December, she returned to sea, bound for the Gilbert Islands. She arrived at Tarawa Atoll on 11 January 1944 and unloaded the aircraft she had transported. On 17 January, the ship headed back to Oahu, arriving in Pearl
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