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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.

    Casablanca Class Escort Aircraft Carrier
    Converted from Maritime Commission hull, type S4-S2-BB3
    Ordered as Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier (ACV) (Date unknown)
    Reclassified Aircraft Escort Vessel (AVG) (Date unknown)
    Keel Laid November 23 1943
    Launched February 19 1944 as Escort Aircraft Carrier (CVE)

    Commissioned March 28 1944 - Decommissioned November 30 1946

    Placed In Service July 29 1950 - Out Of Service July 27 1954
    Redesignated Utility Aircraft Carrier (CVU) June 12 1955, While in reserve
    Redesignated Cargo Ship and Aircraft Ferry AKV-30 May 7 1959, While in reserve

    Struck from Naval Register April 1 1960
    Sold August 30 1960 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. Sitkoh Bay Covers Page 1    (1945-50)



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

1st Commissioning March 28 1944 to November 30 1946


Locy Type


JonBurdett sitkohbay cve86 19460328 pm.jpg
JonBurdett sitkohbay cve86 19460328.jpg

As CVE-86


Locy Type


JohnGermann Sitkoh Bay CVE86 19460424 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Sitkoh Bay CVE86 19460424 1 Front.jpg

"East Coast Lefty" cachet by Walter Lupton.

2nd Commissioning July 29 1950 to July 27 1954


Locy Type


JonBurdett sitkohbay cve86 19500916 pm.jpg
JonBurdett sitkohbay cve86 19500916.jpg

As CVE-86


Locy Type


GregCiesielski SitkohBay TCVE86 19531102 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski SitkohBay TCVE86 19531102 1 Front.jpg

As T-CVE-86


Locy Type


JonBurdett sithohbay cve86 19530925 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett sithohbay cve86 19530925.jpg

As T-CVE-86


Other Information

SITKOH BAY was awarded three battle stars for her World War II service and one battle star for her Korean War service.

NAMESAKE - An inlet on Chichagof Island, north of Sitka, Alaska.



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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