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Commencement Bay Class Conversion Seaplane Tender (mid-1950s)

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A mid-1950s proposal was to convert escort carriers of the Commencement Bay class into sea plane tenders for the Martin P6M SeaMaster jet sea plane bomber. According to Friedman, this conversion program died when the P6M was canceled to offset the cost of the Polaris missile program.

Images from US Aircraft Carriers: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman (1983).

http://books.google.com/books?id=-UT7MDTeKj8C&pg=PA346&lpg=PA346&dq=Commencement+Bay+seaplane+tender&source=bl&ots=HTbk_LCwMa&sig=uSEV06NeWzHPCHtiaNvjDDTfoxs&hl=en&ei=wkNmSom4D43usQO55IjbDg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commencement_Bay_class_escort_carrier
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P6M
 

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What specification, displacement, speed and capability on seaplane replenished, helicopter carrier, hangar capability, weapon systems, sensors and magazines tell that ship project? I can´t see google reference book.
 

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I have a copy of Friedman's book at hand. The basic characteristics of the CVE 105 conversion isn't given, but would probably not have differed too much from the unmodified ship (possibly a bit longer with the seaplane ramp at the stern?)


As shown in the drawing, armament would have been 4 twin 3-inch/50 mounts, with SPS-10 surface-search radar and SPS-12 air-search radar as sensors. The ship would have carried six HSS (aka SH-34) helicopters. Magazine space was about 900 tons for conventional weapons an 80 tons for "special" nuclear weapons. Fuel capacity is given as 1.1 million gallons of JP-5 (something around 3,400 tons), plus 45,000 gallons of avgas (around 120 tons).
 

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Looks like it could service one Martin P6M SeaMaster and refuel two other.
Nice proposal and probably the last seaplane tender project?
 
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