CVE-23 U.S.S. Breton

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This Month in Naval History
CVE-23 U.S.S. Breton

Breton I

Breton (CVE10) was built by Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, Miss. She was commissioned 9 April 1943 and transferred the same day, under Lend-Lease, to the United Kingdom as HMS Chaser. The carrier was returned to United States' custody 12 May 1946 and sold 20 December 1946.

Breton II
(CVE 23: dp. 7800; 1. 495'8"; b. 111'6"- dr. 26'; B. 17.6 k.; cpl. 1205; a. 2 5"; cl. Bopue)

Breton was launched 27 June 1942 by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp., Tacoma, Wash., under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs A. H. Rooks widow of Captain Rooks, and commissioned 12 April 1943, Captain L. a. Ewen in command.

Throughout her World War II service Breton operated with the Carrier Transport Squadron, Pacific Fleet. Her sailings carried her throughout the Pacific supplying men, materiel, and aircraft to units of the fleet engaged in making strikes on the enemy. While engaged in these duties Breton took part in the capture and occupation of Saipan (11 June 10 August 1944); the Battle of the Philippine Sea (19-20 June); the 2nd Bonins raid (24 June); and the assault and occupation of Okinawa (6-7 April 1945)

Upon her return to the west coast in January 1946 after serving as a unit of the Far Eastern occupation forces, Breton prepared for inactivation at Tacoma, Wash., and went out of commission in reserve there 30 August 194G. She was reclassified CVHE~23 on 12 June 1955.

 

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