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USS Saidor

USS Saidor (CVE-117) was a Commencement Bay class escort carrier of the United States Navy.

Originally named the Saltery Bay, she was renamed on 5 June 1944, was laid down on 29 September 1944 by Todd-Pacific Shipyards, Inc., Tacoma, Washington; launched on 17 March 1945; sponsored by Mrs. Walter F. Boone; and commissioned on 4 September 1945, Capt. A. P. Storrs in command.

Following shakedown off the United States west coast, she served at Pearl Harbor from 12 December 1945 to 20 March 1946. Sailing via the Panama Canal, she operated at Norfolk, Va., from 16 April to 22 April, before returning via the Panama Canal to the west coast. Departing San Diego on 6 May, Saidor arrived at Bikini on the 24th to serve as a photographic laboratory for the atomic bomb testing program, Operation Crossroads. She processed film, documenting the destructive power of atomic weapons on selected targets at various ranges, during the nuclear explosions of 1 July and 25 July. 

USS SAIDOR CVE-117

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She departed Bikini on 4 August and returned to San Diego where she remained into 1947, when she began inactivation. Saidor was decommissioned on 12 September 1947 and berthed with the Pacific Reserve Fleet at San Diego. Reclassified CVHE-117 on 12 June 1955, and AKV-17 on 7 May 1959, she remained in the Reserve Fleet until 1 December 1970 when she was struck from the Navy list. She was sold to American Ship Dismantlers, Portland, Oreg., for scrapping on 22 October 1971

Name: USS Saidor
Builder: Todd Pacific Shipyards
Laid down: 29 September 1944
Launched: 17 March 1945
Commissioned: 4 September 1945
Decommissioned: 12 September 1947
Reclassified:
  • Helicopter Carrier, CVHE-117, 12 June 1955
  • Cargo Ship and Aircraft Ferry, AKV-17, 7 May 1959
Struck: 1 December 1970
Fate: Sold 22 October 1971, and scrapped
General characteristics
Class & type: Commencement Bay-class escort carrier
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