Allied Warships

USS Altamaha (ii) (CVE 18)

Escort carrier of the Bogue class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeEscort carrier
ClassBogue 
PennantCVE 18 
Built bySeattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp. (Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down19 Dec 1941 
Launched22 May 1942 
Commissioned15 Sep 1942 
End service27 Sep 1946 
History

Decommissioned 27 September 1946.
Stricken 1 March 1959.
Sold 25 April 1961.

 

Commands listed for USS Altamaha (ii) (CVE 18)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Capt. Jackson Rogers Tate, USN15 Sep 194214 Oct 1943 (1)
2T/Capt. Alfred Clarence Olney, Jr., USN20 Oct 194328 Feb 1945 (1)
3Lt.Cdr. William Alexander Sutherland, Jr., USN28 Feb 194515 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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