USS Altamaha (ii) (CVE 18)
Escort carrier of the Bogue class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp. (Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||19 Dec 1941|
|Launched||22 May 1942|
|Commissioned||15 Sep 1942|
|End service||27 Sep 1946|
Decommissioned 27 September 1946.
Commands listed for USS Altamaha (ii) (CVE 18)
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|1||T/Capt. Jackson Rogers Tate, USN||15 Sep 1942||14 Oct 1943 (1)|
|2||T/Capt. Alfred Clarence Olney, Jr., USN||20 Oct 1943||28 Feb 1945 (1)|
|3||Lt.Cdr. William Alexander Sutherland, Jr., USN||28 Feb 1945||15 Feb 1946|
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Notable events involving Altamaha (ii) include:
18 Dec 1944
By early morning on the 18th December 1944, Altamaha had been hit by a raging typhoon while performing transfer operations in the Philippine Sea. By 0900, the escort carrier was labouring heavily and rolling as much as 25 to 30 degrees to either side. An hour later, visibility dropped to zero, and the vessel abandoned all effort to keep station. Almost one-half of the aircraft on board Altamaha broke loose and plunged overboard. The ship also experienced problems with flooding in the forward elevator pit. Many ships, including the Altamaha were heavily damaged, and some even sunk. No personnel were lost aboard the Altamaha. (2)
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