Allied Warships

USS Santee (CVE 29)

Escort carrier of the Sangamon class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeEscort carrier
PennantCVE 29 
Built bySun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) 
Laid down31 May 1938 
Launched4 Mar 1939 
Commissioned24 Aug 1942 
End service21 Oct 1946 

Launched as the Esso Seakay (hull 3). Aquired by the US Navy on 18 October 1940 and became the navy tanker AO-29 on 30 October 1940. converted to escort carrier at Norfolk Navy Yard being commissioned on 24 August 1942. Torpedoed on 25 October 1944 and damaged by aircraft accident in July 1945. Decommissioned 21 October 1946. Stricken 1 March 1959. Sold 5 December 1959 and scrapped in 1960.


Commands listed for USS Santee (CVE 29)

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1Cdr. William Gibb Bartlett Hatch, USN30 Oct 1940early 42

2T/Capt. William Dodge Sample, USN24 Aug 194222 May 1943
3T/Capt. Harold Foster Fick, USN22 May 194311 Jul 1944 (1)
4T/Capt. Robert Edwin Blick, USN11 Jul 194427 Jan 1945
5T/Capt. John Valdemar Peterson, USN27 Jan 194521 Feb 1946 (1)
6T/Capt. Jesse Samuel McClure, USN21 Feb 194621 Oct 1946 (1)

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Notable events involving Santee include:

14 Jul 1943
German U-boat U-160 was sunk south of the Azores, in position 33°54'N, 27°13'W, by aerial torpedoes from Avenger and Wildcat aircraft (from VC-29) of the US escort carrier USS Santee.

15 Jul 1943
German U-boat U-509 was sunk in the mid-Atlantic north-west of Madeira, in position 34°02'N, 26°01'W, by aerial (Fido) torpedoes from "Avenger" aircraft (VC-29) of the US escort carrier USS Santee.

30 Jul 1943
German U-boat U-43 was sunk south-west of the Azores, in position 34°57'N, 35°11'W, by a Fido homing torpedo from an Avenger aircraft (VC-29 USN/T-13), assisted by a Wildcat aircraft (VC-29 USN/F-2), of the US escort carrier USS Santee.

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