She was commissioned in January 1945. In August 1945 she arrived to Western Pacific, but did't take part in combats due to Japanese capitulation. From the end August 1945 to early 1949 she support occupation of Japan, North China, Manchuria, and Korea. During the latter stages of that assignment, her airmen conducted surveillance missions in that area as a result of the civil war in China between communist and nationalist. In the beginning of 1949 she returned to USA and deactivated. In January 1951 she was reactivated due to Korean War began. From November 1951 to March 1952 she participated in Korean War, her air group flew about 6000 combat sorties of all types. In April 1952 she returned to USA. In Summer 1952 she was deactivated and in August reclassified CVA-36.
Took part in wars:
Chinese Civil War (1945-1950)
Korean War (1950-1953)
Curtiss SB2C Helldiver/A-25 Shrike [ 7 ];
Grumman TBF/TBM Avenger [ 8 ];
Chance Vought F4U Corsair [ 14 20 ];
Douglas AD/A-1 Skyraider [ 4 ];
Grumman F7F Tigercat [ 1 ];
Grumman F8F Bearcat [ 3 6 ];
Grumman F9F Panther/Cougar [ 14 ].