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USS Cabot (CVL-28/AVT-3) was an in the United States Navy, the second ship to carry the name. Cabot was commissioned in 1943 and served until 1947. She was recommissioned as a training carrier from 1948 to 1955. From 1967-1989, she served in the Spain as . After futile attempts to preserve her, she was scrapped in 2002.

USS Cabot was laid down as Wilmington (CL-79)', redesignated CV-28 on 2 June 1942, renamed Cabot on 23 June 1942 and converted while building. She was launched on 4 April 1943 by New York Shipbuilding Companymarker, Camden, New Jerseymarker; sponsored by Mrs. A. C. Read. She was reclassified CVL-28 on 15 July 1943 and commissioned on 24 July 1943, with Captain Malcolm Francis Schoeffel in command.

Service History

United States

World War II (1943-1947)

Cabot sailed from Quonset Point, Rhode Island with Air Group 31 aboard, on 8 November 1943 for Pearl Harbormarker, where she arrived on 2 December. Clearing for Majuromarker on 15 January 1944, she joined TF 58 to begin the consistently high quality of war service which was to win her a Presidential Unit Citation. From 4 February-4 March 1944, she launched her planes in strikes on Roi, Namurmarker, and the island stronghold of Trukmarker, aiding in the neutralization of these Japanese bases as her part in the invasion of the Marshalls.

Cabot returned to Pearl Harbor for a brief repair period, but was back in action from Majuro for the pounding raids on the Palaus, Yapmarker, Ulithimarker, and Woleai at the close of March 1944. She sailed to provide valuable air cover for the Hollandia marker operation from 22-25 April, and 4 days later began to hurl her air power at Truk, Satawan, and Ponapemarker. She cleared Majuro again on 6 June for the preinvasion air strikes in the Mariana Islandsmarker, and on 19 June and 20 June launched sorties in the key Battle of the Philippine Sea, the famous "Marianas Turkey Shoot", which hopelessly crippled Japanese naval aviation. Cabot s air group 31 pounded Japanese bases on Iwo Jimamarker, Pagan, Rotamarker, Guammarker, Yap and Ulithi as the carrier continued her support of the Marianas operation until 9 August.

Preinvasion strikes in the Palaus in September 1944 along with air attacks on Mindanaomarker, the Visayas, and Luzon paved the way for the long- awaited return to the Philippines. On 6 October, Air Group 29 relieved Air Group 31, and Cabot sailed from Ulithi for raids on Okinawamarker to provid air cover for her task group during the heavy enemy attacks off Formosamarker on 12 October and 13 October. Cabot joined the group which screened "Cripple Division 1", and which had been torpedoed off Formosa, to the safety of the Carolines, then rejoined her group for continued air strikes on the Visayas, and the Battle of Leyte Gulfmarker on 25 October and 26 October.

Cabot remained on patrol off Luzonmarker, conducting strikes in support of operations ashore, and repelling desperate kamikaze attacks. On 25 November, a particularly vicious one occurred. Cabot had fought off several kamikazes when one, already flaming from hits, crashed the flight deck on the port side, destroying the still-firing 20 mm gun platform, disabling the 40 mm Mounts and a gun director: Another of Cabot s victims crashed close aboard and showered the port side with shrapnel and burning debris. 62 men were killed or wounded but careful training had produced a crew which handled damage control smoothly and coolly. While she continued to maintain her station in formation and operate effectively, temporary repairs were made. On 28 November, she arrived at Ulithi for permanent repairs.

Cabot returned to action on 11 December 1944, steaming with the force striking Luzon, Formosa, Indo-China, Hong Kongmarker, and the Nansei Shotomarker in support of the Luzon operations. From 10 February-1 March 1945, her planes pounded the Japanese homeland and the Bonins to suppress opposition to the invasion of Iwo Jima. Continued strikes against Kyūshūmarker and Okinawa in March prepared for the invasion of the latter island. After these prolonged, intensive operations, Cabot was homeward bound for San Franciscomarker for a much-needed overhaul completed in June.

After refresher training at Pearl Harbor with Air Group 32 aboard, the carrier launched strikes on Wake Island on 1 August while en route to Eniwetok. Here she remained on training duty until the end of the war. Sailing on 21 August, she joined TG 38.3 to support the landings of occupation troops in the Yellow Seamarker area in September and October. Embarking homeward-bound men at Guam, Cabot arrived at San Diegomarker on 9 November, then sailed for the east coast. Cabot was placed out of commission in reserve at Philadelphiamarker on 11 February 1947.

Post-War (1948-1955)

Cabot as a training carrier, 1949.

Recommissioned 27 October 1948, Cabot was assigned to the Naval Air Reserve training program. She operated out of Pensacolamarker, then Quonset Point, on cruises to the Caribbean, and had one tour of duty in European waters from 9 January-26 March 1952. Cabot was again placed out of commission in the reserve fleet at the Philadelphia Naval Yardmarker on 21 January 1955. She was reclassified AVT-3 on 15 May 1959.

Spanish Navy


Cabot as the Spanish Dedalo.
Cabot in New Orleans in 1995.
In 1967, after over twelve years in "mothballs", Cabot was loaned to Spainmarker, in whose navy she served as . The loan was converted to a sale and USS Cabot was stricken from Naval Vessel Register on 1 August 1972. Dedalo was stricken by the Spanish Navy in August 1989 and given to a private organization in the U.S. for conversion to a museum ship.

Preservation Attempts (1990-2002)

It was designated as a National Historic Landmark on 29 June 1990. The ship spent most of the 1990s tied to a dock in New Orleansmarker. The private groups attempting to preserve her as a memorial were unable to pay creditors, so, on 10 September 1999, the ship was auctioned off by the U.S. Marshals Service to Sabe Marine Salvage. Its designation as a National Historic Landmark was withdrawn on 7 August 2001. Scrapping of the hulk was completed in 2002. Her island, a small stub of metal and glass, was preserved until it too was scrapped in 2007, the last relic of over 100 light and escort carriers of World War II.


In addition to the Presidential Unit Citation, Cabot received nine battle stars for World War II service.


  3. Withdrawal of U.S.S. Cabot: National Historic Landmarks Program (NHL)

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