CVE-25 USS Croatan .
CVE-25 USS Croatan


Bogue Class


Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp.

Tacoma Washington

Laid down

15 April 1942


1 August 1942


28. April 1943

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign


NS San Diego CA
2 July 1943 - 19 July 1943
Transit o Norfolk
VC-19 ? FM- , TBM- -
last update 17. July 2015
5. August 1943 - 22. September 1943
Atlantic (ASW.Cruise)
VC-19 FM- , TBM- -
last update 17. July 2015
17 October 1943 - 29 December 1943
Two Ferry Trips to Casablanca
- - -
last update 17. July 2015
14. January 1944 - 27. February 1944
Atlantic (ASW.Cruise)
VC-? - -
last update 17. July 2015
24 March 1944 - 11 May 1944
Atlantic (ASW.Cruise)
VC-42 - -
last update 17. July 2015
2 June 1944 - 22 July 1944
North Atlantic
VC-95 FM- , TBM- 0
last update 20. April 2015
25. March 1945 - 14. May 1945
Atlantic (ASW.Cruise)
VC-55 - -
last update 20. May 2020


20. May 1946


History (short)

Sailing from San Diego, California on 2 July 1943, Croatan arrived at Norfolk, Virginia on 19 July. As the nucleus for a hunter-killer group, she sailed on 5 August for antisubmarine operations in the Atlantic covering the movement of convoys. Her planes had two skirmishes with surfaced submarines, and on 5 September initiated night flying operations from escort carriers. She returned to Norfolk on 22 September.
From 17 October-29 December 1943, Croatan made two voyages to Casablanca ferrying aircraft and plane crews for the North African operations. After another antisubmarine patrol from 14 January-27 February 1944, she took part in tests with the Naval Research Laboratory at Annapolis, Maryland. From 24 March-11 May, Croatan made a most successful patrol. On 7 April, her planes marked out U-856, which was sunk by her escorts Champlin and Huse. On the night of 25–26 April, her four escorts joined in sinking U-488. She was also successful in her patrol from 2 June-22 July. On 10 June, Croatan's planes and escorts Frost, Huse, and Inch attacked U-490 and remained in constant contact with it, forcing it to surface the next day. Sixty survivors, including the commanding officer, were rescued before the submarine sank from scuttling charges at 42°47′N 40°08′W. Aircraft and escorts Frost and Inch combined again to sink U-154 on 3 July, at 34°00′N 19°30′W.
Following a brief overhaul and radar tests with the Naval Research Laboratory, Croatan put to sea again on 20 August 1944. On 15 September 1944, she aided survivors from Warrington who had foundered in a hurricane. Returning to Norfolk on 1 October 1944, Croatan next sailed for antisubmarine training at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and Bermuda, then proceeded to provide air cover for a high-speed east bound task force, returning to New York on 4 February 1945. For the next month, she qualified pilots in carrier operations, then sailed from Norfolk on 25 March 1945 to join a barrier line to intercept German submarines as part of Operation Teardrop. On 16 April, her escorts, Frost and Stanton sank U-880 and U-1235 at 47°53′N 30°26′W. Croatan returned by way of Naval Station Argentia, Newfoundland to New York City on 14 May for overhaul.
From 15 September-3 November, Croatan qualified aviators at Quonset Point, then cleared Norfolk on 23 November on the first of two transatlantic voyages to bring troops home from Le Havre, France.
Croatan was placed out of commission in reserve at Norfolk on 20 May 1946. Reactivated, Croatan was assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service in a noncommissioned status, manned by a civilian crew on 16 June 1958. In August 1963, she carried 23 F-104 Starfighters delivered to the Royal Norwegian Air Force 331 Squadron at Bodø, Norway. In October 1964, she served as an experimental ship under NASA control until May 1965. In August 1965, she helped transport helicopters for the US Army's 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) to Vietnam. She was stricken for disposal on 15 September 1970 and sold for scrap in 1971.

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