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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Commencement Bay Class Escort Carrier
    Ordered as PORTAGE BAY
    Renamed BAIROKO June 5 1944
    Keel Laid July 25 1944 - Launched January 25 1945

    Commissioned July 16 1945 - Decommissioned April 14 1950
    Recommissioned September 12 1950 - Decommissioned February 18 1955
    Redesignated Aviation Transport (AKV-15) May 7 1959, while in reserve

    Struck from Naval Register April 1 1960
    Scrapped January 1961

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. Covers Page     (1945-51)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Close-Up Image
Thumbnail Link To
Full Cover Image

1st Commissioning July 16 1945 to April 14 1950


Locy Type
2(n) Oct 27, 1945




Locy Type


Add-on cachet by Bruce D. Liddell


Locy Type


Navy Day


Locy Type

(Br. #16009)


Sailor's Mail


Locy Type




Locy Type
LDPS 2(n)


LDPS, Placed in Mothballs, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson

2nd Commissioning September 12 1950 to February 18 1955


Locy Type




Locy Type


Korean War Ends


Other Information

BAIROKO earned 3 Battle Stars (Korea)

NAMESAKE - A small harbor on the north coast of New Georgia in the Solomon Islands. In 1942 and 1943, the Japanese used this harbor as the port of supply for Munda airfield itself important for the battles in and around Guadalcanal. American forces captured Bairoko on August 25 1943, and its seizure marked an important milestone in the southwestern Pacific counter-offensive



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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