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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.

    Commenencement Bay Class Escort Carrier
    Keel Laid February 7 1944 as TOTEM BAY
    Renamed April 26 1944
    Launched October 19 1944

    Commissioned April 9 1945 - Decommissioned August 9 1946
    Reclassified Escort Helicopter Carrier (CVHE) June 12 1955, While in reserve
    Reclassified Cargo Ship and Aircraft Ferry AKV-11 May 7 1959, While in reserve

    Struck from Naval Register June 1 1960
    Reinstated to Naval Register November 1 1960
    Transferred to Military Sea Transportation Service
    Redesignated T-AKV-11, While in reserve

    Struck from Naval Register December 1 1970
    Sold October 22 1971 to American Ship Dismantlers, Inc., of Portland, Oreg. for scrap


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 1    (1945-46,1993)



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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

Post Office Established April 1 1945 - Disestablished April 12 1946


Locy Type




Locy Type

(Br. #15727)




Locy Type
LDPS 2(n) Apr 12, 1946


Last Day Postal Service


Other Information

NAMESAKE - The Battle of Vella Gulf was a naval battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II fought on the night of August 6, 1943 – August 7, 1943, in Vella Gulf between Vella Lavella Island and Kolombangara Island in the Solomon Islands of the South Pacific.

Two ships of the US Navy have been named VELLA GULF - USS Vella Gulf CVE-111 and USS Vella Gulf CG-72.



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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