Allied Warships

USS Belleau Wood (CVL 24)

Light fleet carrier of the Independence class


USS Belleau Wood as seen during World War Two.

NavyThe US Navy
TypeLight fleet carrier
ClassIndependence 
PennantCVL 24 
Built byNew York Shipbuilding Corp. (Camden, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Ordered9 Sep 1940 
Laid down11 Aug 1941 
Launched6 Dec 1942 
Commissioned31 Mar 1943 
End service13 Jan 1947 
History

Decommissioned 13 January 1947.
Transferred to France in June 1951.
The ship was renamed Bois Belleau (R 97) and was commissioned in the French Navy on 9 September 1953.
She was returned to the U.S.N. in September 1960.
Stricken 1 October 1960.
Scrapped at Chester, Pennsylvania in 1962.

 
Former nameNew Haven (CL-76)

Commands listed for USS Belleau Wood (CVL 24)

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CommanderFromTo
1Capt. Alfred Melville Pride, USN31 Mar 194312 Apr 1944
2Capt. John A Perry, USN12 Apr 194426 Jan 1945
3Capt. William Gosnell Tomlinson, USN26 Jan 194515 Dec 1945

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Clash of the carriers

Barrett Tillman


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