Clearing Puget Sound 6
February 1943, Core qualified pilots in carrier operations off San
Diego, then sailed on to the east coast, arriving at Norfolk 11
April. She continued to train pilots in Chesapeake Bay until 27 June
when she sortied as the nucleus of TG 21.12, a hunter-killer group.
Such groups, providing cover for the movement of convoys, made a
contribution of great significance to winning the Battle of the
Atlantic, and the innovation represented by their formation was a
marked advance in antisubmarine warfare. Planes from Core worked in
coordination with accompanying destroyers scoring a number of
successful attacks. Her planes sank U-487 on 13 July 1943, at
27°15′N 34°18′W, and U-67 on 16 July at 30°05′N 44°17′W. One of her
escorts, George E. Badger, sank U-613 on 23 July, at 35°32′N
28°36′W. Core returned to Norfolk 31 July from a most successful
On Core's second hunter-killer patrol, from 16 August to 2 September
1943, her planes sank U-84 on 24 August at 27°09′N 37°03′W, and
U-185 the same day at 27°00′N 37°06′W. Putting to sea again 5
October in TG 21.15, Core's planes sank U-378 on 20 October at
47°40′N 28°27′W. She returned to Norfolk 19 November.
Following another hunter-killer patrol from 6 December 1943 to 18
January 1944, Core ferried 56 P-51s and other cargo to Liverpool
from 6 February to 9 March. From 3 April to 29 May, she operated
with TG 21.16 in the central and North Atlantic, then sailed from
New York 24 June to ferry 85 Army aircraft to Glasgow, Scotland,
returning to Norfolk 20 July. Returning to antisubmarine operations
8 August as CTG 22.4, Core conducted training exercises against
newly revealed enemy submarine tactics off Bermuda until 8 October
when she returned to Norfolk for an overhaul. After a period
qualifying carrier pilots at Quonset Point, she sailed from Norfolk
24 January 1945 to lead her group against weather reporting
submarines operating in the North Atlantic, but fog and rough
weather prevented successful attacks. She sailed from Norfolk 3
April to join a large antisubmarine unit at Guantanamo Bay 7 April.
Operating in the central and North Atlantic as part of Operation
Teardrop, the escorts of this group combined to sink U-546 on 24
April at 43°53′N 40°07′W, after the enemy submarine had torpedoed
and sunk Frederick C. Davis. Core returned to New York 11 May for
repairs and replenishment.
Clearing Norfolk 13 June 1945, Core arrived at San Diego 25 June.
She carried aircraft and aviation personnel to Pearl Harbor and to
Samar, returning 30 August. Until 20 October, she sailed between
Alameda and Seattle on transport duty then sailed for Yokosuka,
Japan, on "Magic Carpet" duty, to return homeward-bound servicemen.
She made two such voyages from 20 October 1945 to 18 January 1946.
Core was placed out of commission in reserve 4 October 1946 at Port
The ship was redesignated as a helicopter escort carrier (CVHE-13)
12 June 1955, a utility carrier (CVU-13) 1 July 1958 and finally an
aviation transport (T-AKV-41) 7 May 1959. On December 11, 1961, the
USNS Core docked in the Saigon Port to unload 32 H-21 Shawnee
helicopters and more than 400 U.S. soldiers from the 57th Transport
Company from Fort Lewis, and the 8th and 9th Transport Companies
from Fort Bragg.
Core was stricken for disposal on 15 September 1970 and sold for
scrap in 1971.