CV-6 U.S.S. ENTERPRISE


Class: YORKTOWN
Commissioned 05/12/1938
Length Overall 827' (oa)
Beam: 83' at w. l.
Standard Displacement tons: 19,800
Max Draft: 31'
Ships Company: 2217
Armament: Primary:
(8) 5"/38 cal. DP
Armament: Secondary:
(8) 40mm twin
(6) 40mm quads
(50) 20mm
Air Group 10: VF-10
VB-10
VS-10
VT-10
Aircraft: 90
Designed Speed: 30 knots
Designed Shaft Horse Power: 120,000 shp
Screws: 4
Engine Manufacturer: (9) Babcock and Wilcox boilers
(4) Parson geared turbines
Type: Geared Turbine
Fuel (oil) tons 6,900




WAR DIARY U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV6) From: November 1, 1942 To: November 30, 1942
REPORT FOR COMMANDING OFFICER, U.S.S. ENTERPRISE. November 1, 1942 to November 11, 1942 Anchored at Great Roads Anchorage, Noumea, New Caledonia Under going repairs. November 11, 1942 G.C.T. L.C.T. 1805 0505 Underway from berth A-7 & A-8, Great Roads, Noumea, New Caledonia, shifting berths in accordance with Commander Task Force 16 despatch 101000 of November. 1846 0546 Anchored outside of torpedo net in berth B-26, Dumbea Bay, Noumea. Ship on one hour's notice for getting underway. 0106 1206 Underway from berth B-26, Dumbea Bay, Noumea, New Caledonia, for war operations in accordance With Commander Task Force 16 despatch 101032 of November, 0244 1344 Stood out to sea from Bulari Passage. 0315 1415 Formed cruising disposition 1, course 230°T., axis 100°T., speed 20 knots, guide in ENTERPRISE. 0352 1452 Landed 9 VT and 6 VSB. 0406 1506 Changed fleet course to 300°T. 0700 1800 Changed to zone minus 12 time. 0721 1921 Completed landing remainder of Air Group. 0800 2000 2000 position: Lat. 22° 30.2' S., Long. 165°47' E. 1115 2315 Changed fleet course to 317°T. R. W. RUBLE Commander, U.S. Navy, Navigator. U.S.S. ENTERPRISE REPORT FOR COMMANDING OFFICER, U.S.S. ENTERPRISE. November 12, 1942 G.C.T. L.C.T. 1812 0612 Launched 18 VSB for search. Launched 3 VTB for Inner Air Patrol. 1821 0621 Changed fleet axis to 150°T. 1832 0632 Changed fleet course to 305°T. 0912 0712 Launched 15 VF and 3 VSB for gunnery. 2000 0800 0800 position: Lat. 20° 27.3'S., Long. 163° 04.1'E. 2025 0825 Changed fleet course to 330°T. 2125 0925 Maneuvered to avoid a submarine contact. 2217 1017 Launched 2 VSB for tow planes. Recovered Search and Gunnery flights. 2300 1100 Commenced Gunnery Exercise CT, completing at 1153. 0000 1200 1200 position: Lat. 19° 48.4'S., Long. 162° 35.1'E. Course and speed made good since 1344, November11: Course 308°T., speed 12 knots. 0142 1342 Formed cruising disposition 1-V, prepared to repel air attack, and simulated avoiding action for air attack for drill purposes. Resumed cruising disposition one as before at 1403. 0230 1430 Launched 4 VF for Combat Air Patrol, and 5 VSB for Intermediate Air Patrol. 0602 1802 Landed Inner, Intermediate, and Combat Air Patrols. 0606 1806 Changed fleet course 352°T. 0800 2000 2000 position: Lat. 17° 52.1'S., Long. 161° 50.4'E. R. W. RUBLE Commander, U.S. Navy, Navigator. U.S.S. ENTERPRISE REPORT FOR COMMANDING OFFICER, U.S.S. ENTERPRISE. November 13, 1942 G.C.T. L.C.T. 1750 0550 Went to general quarters. 1819 0619 Launched 8 VF for First Combat Air Patrol, 3 VSB for Inner Air Patrol, and 10 VSB for search. 2000 0800 0800 position: Lat. 14° 21.7'S., Long. 161° 20'E. 2022 0822 Launched 6 VF and 9 VTB for flight to Cactus. Changed fleet course to 015°. 2038 0838 Sighted PENSACOLA, PRESTON, and GWIN bearing 043°T., distant 15 miles, joining. 2103 0903 Launched 12 VF for Combat Air Patrol. Landed First Inner Air Patrol. 2230 1030 Launched 3 VSB for Inner Air Patrol, recovered search. 2245 1045 Maneuvered to avoid a submarine contact on starboard bow. BENHAM sighted a torpedo. 2344 1144 Transferred mail to GWIN. 0000 1200 1200 position: Lat. 13° 56' S., 161°45' E. Course and speed made good since 1200, Nov. 12: Course 351°T., speed 14.9 knots. 0008 1208 Lieutenant Vejtasa's section shot down a four-engine Jap patrol plane. 0029 1229 Launched 12 VF for Third Combat Air Patrol and 3 VSB for Third Inner Air Patrol. Landed Third Combat and Inner Air Patrol. 0034 1234 Changed fleet course to 270°T. 0116 1316 Changed fleet course to 000°T. 0252 1452 Bogies reported bearings 295°T., distant 39 miles. 0304 1504 Launched 12 VF for Combat Air Patrol. 0316 1516 Changed fleet course to 180°T. 0330 1530 Guadalcanal planes reported enemy CV off the east coast of Guadalcanal. 0402 1602 Launched 3 VSB for Inner Air Patrol, and 4 VSB for Intermediate Air Patrol. Landed Third Inner and Combat Air Patrols. 0554 1754 Secured from general quarters, set condition of readiness Two and Material Condition Baker. 0613 1813 Changed fleet course t 000°T. 0646 1846 Recovered all patrols. 0715 1915 WASHINGTON, SOUTH DAKOTA, GWIN, PRESTON, WALKE, and BENHAM left formation to proceed toward Guadalcanal. 0727 1927 Fleet changed course to 180°T. 0740 1940 Transferred mail to MUSTIN. MUSTIN left formation proceeding eastward. 0800 2000 2000 position: 14° 25' S., Long. 161° 58.5'E. 0949 2149 Changed fleet course to 300°T., changed speed to 23 knots. 1108 2308 Changed speed to 25 knots. R. W. RUBLE Commander, U.S. Navy, Navigator. U.S.S. ENTERPRISE REPORT FOR COMMANDING OFFICER, U.S.S. ENTERPRISE. November 14, 1942 G.C.T. L.C.T. 1800 0600 Went to general quarters. 1832 0632 Changed fleet course to 350°T. 1915 0715 Launched 8 VF for First Combat Air Combat Air Patrol and 10 VSB for morning search. 1927 0727 Changed speed to 22 knots. 2000 0800 0800 position: Lat. 12° 52.1'S., Long. 158° 44.5'E. 2008 0808 Received a message from 9V63 that a group of 10 unidentified planes were headed in our direction at 2500 feet. 2019 0819 Formed cruising disposition 1-V, and prepared to repel air attack. 2056 0856 Launched 8 VF for Attack Group Escort, 14 VF for Combat Air Patrol and 17 VSB for Attack Group. 2057 0857 Changed fleet course to 180°T., changed speed to 25 knots. 2125 0925 Contact report received from 7-V-63 concerning 9 enemy ships. One converted CV. This is amplifying report of S13 at 0918. 2129 0929 Message received from 7-V-63 "Broken clouds 6000 to 8000 feet. Disposition favorable for dive bombers". 2140 0940 Bogie reported bearing 010°T., distant 42 miles. 2145 0945 Attack Group ordered to attack enemy contact. 2152 0952 Enemy Kawanishi four-engine VP just shot down by Reaper Five. - Smoke can be seen on port quarter. 2159 0959 Changed course to 345°T. 2212 1012 Landed 8 VF of First Combat Air Patrol. 2217 1017 B-17 sighted bearing 000°T., identified as friendly and made a pass over after end of flight deck. U.S.S. ENTERPRISE REPORT FOR COMMANDING OFFICER, U.S.S. ENTERPRISE. November 15, 1942 G.C.T. L.C.T. 1230 0030 Changed fleet course to 180°T. 1330 0130 Changed fleet course to 135°T. 1823 0623 Launched 3 VF for Inner Air Patrol and 5 VF for Intermediate Air Patrol. 2000 0800 0800 position: Lat. 17° 14'S., Long. 159° 14'E. 2056 0856 Launched 2 VF for flight to Tontouta. 2119 0919 Launched 5 VF for Inner and Intermediate Air Patrols. Recovered First Patrols. 0000 1200 1200 position: Lat. 17° 54'S., Long. 160° 02'E. Course and speed made good since 1200, Nov. 14: Course 169.8°T., speed 12.9 knots. 0035 1235 Relieved Air Patrols. 0041 1241 Changed fleet axis to 130°T. 0357 1557 Relieved Air Patrols. 0402 1602 NORTHAMPTON, PENSACOLA, ANDERSON, RUSSELL, and MORRIS left formation proceeding t Button. 0416 1616 Changed speed to 20 knots. 0703 1903 Landed patrols. 0708 1908 Changed fleet course and axis to 135°T. 0800 2000 2000 position: Lat. 19° 14'S., long. 161° 50.5'E. R. W. RUBLE Commander, U.S. Navy, Navigator. U.S.S. ENTERPRISE REPORT FOR COMMANDING OFFICER, U.S.S. ENTERPRISE. November 16, 1942 G.C.T. L.C.T. 1630 0430 Canged fleet course and axis to 121°T. 1755 0555 Launched 2 VF for flight to Noumea and 5 VF for Inner and Intermediate Air Patrols. 1808 0608 Changed speed to 22 knots. 1820 0620 Sighted New Caledonia bearing 077°T., distant about 35 miles. 1905 0705 Changed fleet course and axis to 130°T. 2000 0800 0800 position: Lat. 12° 42.1'S., Long. 164° 46.6'E. 2158 0958 Relieved Inner and Intermediate Air Patrols. 2330 1130 Launched 6 VF for covering Task Force on entry of channel. Planes relieved on station went in to Tontouta. 2336 1136 Changed fleet course and axis to 050°T. 0100 1300 Changed to zone minus 11 time. 0242 1342 Entered Bulari Passage standing up to assigned anchorage. 0440 1340 Anchored in berth CV No. 1 (Special), Great Roads, Noumea, New Caledonia. R. W. RUBLE Commander, U.S. Navy, Navigator. U.S.S. ENTERPRISE REPORT FOR COMMANDING OFFICER, U.S.S. ENTERPRISE. November 17, 1942 to November 30, 1942. Anchored in berth CV No. 1 (special) Great Roads, Noumea, New Caledonia, undergoing repair and salvage work and preparing for war operations. R. W. RUBLE Commander, U.S. Navy, Navigator.

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