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Alazon Bay

The northeastern arm of Baffin Bay which in turn is an estuary emptying into Laguna Madre, a sound paralleling the coast of Texas in the vicinity of Corpus Christi.

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The projected aircraft escort vessel, AVG-55, was originally assigned the name Ameer, but, following her reclassification as an auxiliary aircraft carrier, ACV-55, on 20 August 1942, she was renamed Alazon Bay on 22 January 1943. The ship was laid down under a Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1092) on 3 November 1942 at Vancouver, Wash., by the Kaiser Shipbuilding Co.; but on 3 April 1943, two days before her launching, she was again renamed, this time Casablanca (q.v.) to commemorate the recent Allied landings in North Africa.

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On 28 June 1943, the name Alazon Bay was reassigned to the projected auxiliary aircraft carrier, ACV-94, (later to be reclassified CVE-94) but the warship was renamed Lunga Point (q.v.) on 6 November 1943, well in advance of her keel-laying which occurred on 19 January 1944.

Published: Thu Jun 11 16:03:18 EDT 2015