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622' 6" x 109' 2" x 26'
26 x 40mm AA guns
20 x 20mm AA guns
Launched on February 28, 1943 sponsored Mrs. P. N. L. Bellinger. In May 1943 part of the pre-commissioning detachment included Lt(jg) Gerald Ford, future U. S. President who would serve as assistant navigator, Athletic Officer, and antiaircraft battery officer.
Commissioned June 17, 1943 with Captain Lestor T. Hundt in command and reclassified as CVL-26 on July 15, 1943 and had a after shakedown cruise then departed Philadelphia transiting the Panama Canal to the Pacific.
During February 1944 to July 1944 joined Task Force 58 (TF 58) and her aircraft flew missions against the Caroline Islands, Mariana Islands, New Guinea and the Bonin Islands. During June 19-20, 1944 participated in the Battle of the Philippine Sea.
Afterwards, departed for Pearl Harbor for overhaul then departed on August 29, 1944. On September 3, 1944 participated in strikes against Wake Island. Afterwards, joined Task Force 38 (TF 38) and participated in strikes in the southern Philippines and the Ryukyu Islands. During October through December 1944 supported the American landings at Leyte and Mindoro.
During December 1944 Monterey entered Typhoon Cobra, with winds over 100 knots that lasted for two days and caused several aircraft to break loose and fires in the hanger deck. In January 1945 arrived at Bremerton, Washington for overhaul.
Rejoined Task Force 58 (TF 58) and supporting Okinawa operations and striking Nansei Shoto and Kyūshū during May 9, 1945 to June 1, 1945. Afterwards, joined Task Force 38 (TF 38) for air strikes during July 1, 1945 to August 15, 1945 against Honshū and Hokkaidō.
On September 7, 1945 embarked troops at Tokyo Bay then departed to the United States arriving at New York on October 17, 1945. During World War II, Monterey received eleven battle stars for World War II service. In total, her aircraft sank five enemy warships, and damaged others. She was responsible for the destruction of thousands of tons of Japanese shipping, hundreds of planes, and vital industrial complexes.
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