CVE-116 U.S.S. Badoeng Strait

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CVE-116 U.S.S. Badoeng Strait

Badoeng Strait

(CV~116: dp. 10,330; 1. 557'1", b. 105'2"- dr. 30'8" s.
19.1 k.; cpl. 1072; a. 2 5"; cl. Commencement Bay

San Alberto Bay was renamed Badoeng Strait a November 1943, Launched 15 February 1945 by Todd-Pacific Shipyards, Inc., Tacoma, Wash.; sponsored by Mrs. T. EI. Binford, wife of Captain Binford; commissioned 14 November 1945, Captain R. H Turner in command, and reported to the Pacific Fleet.

Badoeng Strait operated out of San Diego until March 1946. When she made a. A cruise to the Hawaiian IsIands. On 20 April 1946 she was placed out of commission. The ship was recommissioned 6 January 1947

Between February 1947 and June 195 0 Badoeng Strait operated in the Pacific, testing new anti-submarine warfare equipment, training her personnel, and participating in numerous anti-submarine warfare exercises. At various intervals she served as flagship ot Carrier Divisions 17 and 15.

From July 1950 until February 1953 Badoeng Strait completed three tours in Korea (29 July 1950-23 January 1951, 2 October 1951-14 February 1952, and 6 October 1962-11 February 1953), as a unit of TF's 95 and 77. During these tours she operated on anti-submarine warfare duty and as a part of the blockade-escort force. Her aircraft provided invaluable close ground support during the early period of the action, particularly during the defense of' the Pusan Perimeter (6 August-12 September 1950), Inchon landing (15 September), and Hungnam evacuation (9-24 December 1950).

Since 1953 the ship has undergone modernization (1 April-15 March 1953); continued extensive experimental work in anti-submarine warfare with new naval aircraft and helicopters; participated in various Pacific Fleet training exercises; and carried out extensive exercises with Marine assault helicopters. She has also completed another tour of the Far East and participated in Operation Redwing in the Pacific Proving Grounds during February~ July 1956.

On 14 January 1957 Badoeng Strait sailed for Bremerton, Wash., for inactivation. She went out of commission in reserve 17 May 1957

Badoeng Strait received the Navy Unit Commendation and six battle stars for her services during the Korean action.


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