The Commencement Bay class escort aircraft carriers were unlike most earlier CVE classes, they were built as carriers from the keel up. The Commencement Bays were completed in 1944-45 as the final class of escort carriers. Only a few ships were completed in time to see combat during WW II, therefore most of the class saw little or no operational service. Thirty-three of them were ordered but many were cancelled prior to completion. Nineteen saw commissioned service, four were broken up on the ways at the end of the war, two were accepted from the builders, but never commissioned and the remainder were cancelled before being laid down.
USS Commencement Bay (CVE-105)
USS Block Island (CVE-106)
USS Gilbert Islands (CVE-107)
USS Kula Gulf (CVE-108) originally USS Vermillion Bay
USS Cape Gloucester (CVE-109)
USS Salerno Bay (CVE-110)
USS Vella Gulf (CVE-111) originally named Totem Bay
USS Siboney (CVE-112) originally named Frosty Bay
USS Puget Sound (CVE-113)
USS Rendova (CVE-114) originally named Mosser Bay, then Willamette
USS Bairoko (CVE-115) originally named Portage Bay
USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116)
USS Saidor (CVE-117) originally named Saltery Bay
USS Sicily (CVE-118) originally named Sandy Bay
USS Point Cruz (CVE-119) originally named Trocadero Bay
USS Mindoro (CVE-120)
USS Rabaul (CVE-121)
USS Palau (CVE-122)
USS Tinian (CVE-123) never commissioned
USS Bastogne (CVE-124) cancelled
USS Eniwetok (CVE-125) cancelled
USS Lingayen (CVE-126) cancelled
USS Okinawa (CVE-127) cancelled
Any service era or vessel configuration - we can build a model of them all - your pick.
We offer our Commencement Bay class escort carrier models in several size/scale offerings. We offer these popular size/scale selections for easy check out. If you would like a quote on a size or scale, other than the selection listed, please contact us with your request. Custom orders are our specialty!
Our escort carrier models are made-to-order, meaning that we do not stock any pre-made models. Only when a customer tells us the size and/or scale desired do we build the model. Each model is exquisitely crafted by our master model builders and comes fully assembled with a solid hull - hand carved from kiln-dried mahogany. Other parts are made from a variety of woods, putty, resin and metals. Every model includes pedestals, a polished mahogany base board, and a name plate. Options include keel block mounting, waterline models, ships seals and ribbons, and weathering paint schemes. As appropriate to the vessel and service era specified, scale aircraft with appropriate air wings, flagging and assorted deck machines are included.
The model build time is generally 16-20 weeks from receipt of the order and deposit. The normal procedure is a 50% deposit with the commissioning, with the balance due prior to shipping. Note that prior to shipping, we take a series of photos of the model and send them to you for final review and approval – so you know exactly what your model will look like and allow for any necessary modifications. Once you have approved your model, we’ll collect the final balance and she will be shipped in a robust shipping crate and insured for your protection.
We offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee: In the unlikely event you are not completely satisfied with your model and wish to return it, notify us within 7 days of the model delivery and we will issue a refund or exchange.
FREE SHIPPING in the USA - Note that our model prices include shipping and insurance within the USA.
Shipping costs outside the USA will depend on the model size ordered and shipping destination. You will be responsible for any applicable taxes or duties, based on the commercial invoice value for the model.
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