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USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116)

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USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116) was laid down on 18 August 1944 at Tacoma, Wash., by the Todd-Pacific Shipyards, Inc.; launched on 15 February 1945. 

After fitting out as a flagship, USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116) steamed to San Diego for shakedown training and a regular series of air qualifications and catapult trials. In late March 1946, she departed San Diego for a voyage to Pearl Harbor, arriving there on 2 April. Resuming exercises in early January 1949, USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116) conducted intensive ASW operations with TBM-3E Avengers of Composite Squadron (VC) 21. 

Following leave and upkeep, USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116) resumed her old role as a pilot training platform. On 10 August 1952, while at Kobe, the escort carrier embarked VS-931 and then spent the next week engaged in ASW operations in Okinawan waters. Returning to Sasebo on 5 February 1953, USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116) spent two days loading vehicles and boats before sailing for Honshu.

USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116) was decommissioned on 17 May 1957 and assigned to the Inactive Ship Facility, Pacific Reserve Fleet, at Bremerton. Although reclassified as an aircraft ferry and redesignated AKV-16 on 7 April 1959, the ship was never recommissioned. Her name was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 December 1970, and she was sold to American Ship Dismantlers, Inc., Portland, Oreg., on 8 May 1972, for scrapping.

For a complete history of USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116) please see its DANFS page.