USS Croatan (CVE-25)

Croatan anchored in the Hudson River, October, 1945. Photo in the collection of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.

Laid Down
1942
Launched
1942
Commissioned
1943
Decommissioned
1946
AD/BC
AD
History

One of the Bogue-class escort carriers, USS Croatan (CVE-25) was commissioned 28 April, 1943. Transferred to the Atlantic after working up, Croatan was part of a hunter-killer group, prowling for U-boats above the Equator. Her group sank four U-boats from April to July, 1944, and two more in April, 1945. Croatan interspersed her ASW patrols with aircraft ferry work, training, and some escort missions, and was undergoing refit when the War ended. Decommissioned 20 May, 1946, Croatan was left in reserve until 1958, when she resumed ferry work with a civilian crew. In 1964-65 she was used by NASA for experiments, and she ferried US Army helicopters to Vietnam in 1965. Croatan was stricken from the Navy List 15 September, 1970, and sold for scrap the following year.

Bonus Photos

Croatan in late 1964 while working with NASA. NASA photo.