POST WWII / PRE KOREA II
1946 “MAGIC CARPET”
Departing San Francisco, 1 January 1946, CAVALIER steamed direct to Samara, Philippine Islands, thence to Guam, Marianna Islands and from there to Eniwetok and Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. Embarking military passengers at each of these ports, she then steamed via Pearl Harbor to debark her "magic carpet" passengers at San Francisco on 22 February 1946. She remained for repairs and on 16 April 1946, Captain Kenneth Earl, USN, relieved Captain Carl E. Guisness, USCG, and all duties aboard CAVALIER were assumed by officers and men of the U. S. Navy, replacing her Coastguard crew. This same day CAVALIER steamed for refresher training at San Diego, California.
On 5 May 1946, CAVALIER departed San Diego for a tour of the Far East, arriving at Shanghai, China on 24 May. Rear Admiral B. J. Rodgers hoisted his flag on CAVALIER on 28 May and she became flagship of Commander Amphibious Group 3, serving for the remainder of this tour, and at times as f lagship of Rear Admiral T. G. W. Settle,Commander Amphibious Force, SEVENTH FLEET and Amphibious Forces, Western Pacific. She remained on China Station until 7 April 1947 with principal operations between the ports of Tsingtao, Shanghai, and Chinwangtao, carrying troops, supplies and equipment, intervened by a visit to Jinsen, Korea on 14 September 1946, in conjunction with an inspection tour of Naval Bases in Korea and China by Commander Amphibious Group 3.
- JUL 1947 – MAR 1948
Departing Chanwangtao, China on 7 April 1947 with Marine personnel and cargo for transportation to Guam, she arrived 14 April. After loading 557 men of the llth Marines with their equipment she sailed 17 April to arrive at San Diego on 30 April 1947. CAVALIER remained at San Diego until 28 May, then steamed for overhaul in the Terminal Island Shipyard from 2 June through 6 September 1947. While in overhaul status, on 20 June 1947, Commander Arthur R. Johnson, USN, relieved Captain Kenneth Earl, USN. On 22 July 1947, Commander Johnson was relieved by Captain C. L. Clement, USN. Upon completion of overhaul, CAVALIER returned to her base at San Diego and maintained a schedule of training operations off Coronado Roads and San Clemente Island until 25 March 1948, when she departed for another tour of the Far East.
APR 1948 – FEB 1950
Steaming via Pearl Harbor (1-3 April), CAVALIER arrived at Guam, Marinanas Islands on 13 April 1948. Here she embarked troops of the Ninth Marines and after amphibious training exercises off Pago Bay, departed 22 April for Tsingtao, China, arriving 30 April to serve as a unit of Amphibious Group 3. Based at Tsingtao during the entire tour, she twice transported tons of rice furnished by the American relief agencies at Shanghai, for use of by thousands of Chinese refugees in Tsingtao. On 29 July 1948, Captain E. W. Armentrout, Jr., relieved Captain C. L. Clement, USN. CAVALIER departed Tsingtao on 14 December and returned to Long Beach, California on 29 December 1948. She underwent overhaul in the Long Beach Naval Shipyard; then continued operations while based at San Diego. On 16 March 1949, she sailed for Guam, returning to San Diego on 23 April with 1150 men of the First Provisional Brigade and 57 of their dependents. On 2 June 1949, she sailed for Hilo, Hawaii and upon return to Oakland, 2 July, Captain S. S. Bowling relieved Captain E. W. Armentrout, Jr., USN. She continued local operations at San Diego until 12 September, then sailed for Olympia, Washington, arriving 16 September to embark elements of the Second Army
Division from Fort Lewis, Washington. She then sailed to take part in a full-scale assault exercise on the Island of Oahu (Operation Mike), returning to debark the troops at Olympia on 16 November 1949. She resumed operations out of San Diego, making one voyage to Guam and returning with Marine passengers (15 January - 11 February 1950). She departed San Diego on 3 April 1950 for another tour of the Far East.