Joining the Fast Carrier task force in october 1944. USS Hancock was committed against coastal targets through-out that month. As the allies drew nearer the Japanese home islands. Finally engaging the enemy fleet as it withdrew from defeat at the Battle of the Leyte Gulf.
The following month after becoming Flagship of Taskforce 38.1. Hancock weatger a hurricane and a kamikaze hit. Forcing her back to Ulithi for repairs. The japanese navy now a spent force. Hancock saw out the war in support of amphibious operations and raiding japanese coasts.