Allied Warships

USS Croatan (ii) (CVE 25)

Escort carrier of the Bogue class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeEscort carrier
PennantCVE 25 
Built bySeattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp. (Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.) 
Laid down15 Apr 1942 
Launched23 Aug 1942 
Commissioned9 Apr 1943 
End service20 May 1946 

Decommissioned 20 May 1946.
Redesignated as a utility carrier (CVU 25) on 1 July 1958 and reactivated as aircraft transport the same date.
Underwent transport conversion and operated with a civilian crew as T-CVU 25.
Redesignated as an aviation transport (T-AKV 43) on 7 May 1959.
Served as an experimental ship under NASA control from October 1964 until May 1965.
In May 1965 she resumed aircraft transport duties.<>/br> Placed out of service 23 October 1969.
Stricken 15 September 1970.
Sold and scrapped in 1971.


Commands listed for USS Croatan (ii) (CVE 25)

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1T/Capt. John Ballachey Lyon, USN28 Apr 194323 Nov 1943
2T/Capt. John Pinckney Wheeler Vest, USN23 Nov 194316 Nov 1944
3T/Capt. Kenneth Craig, USN16 Nov 194415 Sep 1945
4T/Capt. Paul David Stroop, USN15 Sep 194513 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Croatan (ii) include:

12 Jun 1944
German U-boat U-490 was sunk north-west of the Azores in position 42°47'N, 40°08'W by depth charges from the US escort carrier USS Croatan, and depth charges from the destroyer escorts USS Frost, USS Huse and USS Inch.

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