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SEAPLANE TENDERS

 

The first USN seaplane tenders in service were the converted Lapwing class Minesweepers (AM to AVP) followed by the conversion of the USS LANGLEY (CV-1) the first aircraft carrier. These were followed by the Currituck, Kenneth Whiting and Barnegat seaplane tenders and some miscellaneous conversions (DD to AVD, LST to AVB, etc) Many of the Barnegat class tenders ultimately ended up in USCG service as (WAVP) tenders and then (WHEC) High Endurance Cutters on Market Time and Arctic patrols. Some of the WHEC cutters were transferred to the VNN and 'lost' in the fall of Saigon in 1975, the fortunate ones having escaped to the Philippines where they were interned and transferred to the BRP.

 

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USS PELICAN (AVP-6) Lapwing class converted minesweeper

 

USS TIMBALIER (AVP-54) Barnegat class seaplane tender with PBM Mariners

 

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USS CURRITUCK (AV-7) Class leader in service 1944 to 1976

 

While operating with the Mobile Riverine Force in Vietnam USS Currituck’s call sign was "Flying Goose"

 

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USS CURRITUCK (AV-7) Class leader in service 1944 to 1976

 

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USS SALISBURY SOUND (AV-13) "The Sally Sound", Currituck class in service 1945 to 1967

 

Flagship of the Korean War Formosa Patrol and Cold War Taiwan Straits Patrol

 

AV 13 USS SALISBURY SOUND 001.jpg

 

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USS SALISBURY SOUND (AV-13) "The Sally Sound", Currituck class in service 1945 to 1967

 

Taiwan Patrol flagship patch circa 1958

 

AV 13 USS SALISBURY SOUND 002.jpg

 

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USS SALISBURY SOUND (AV-13) "The Sally Sound", Currituck class in service 1945 to 1967

 

Vietnam Market Time Black Cat patch, Japanese made - nice good luck-bad luck symbology on their crest

 

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An interesting bit of information captured in the photo of Currituck hoisting the seaplane over the stern. The small craft approaching the port quarter, is a USN version of the USCG 40' Utility Boat that was an icon of Coast Guard small boat operations in the 1950's, 1960's and to the mid 1970's. I have seen one other photo from the MCAS at Iwakuni, Japan showing the same type boat rigged to assist seaplanes.

 

There are also other photos out there of the same class boat that was built for the French for use for patrol on the rivers and canals of Viet Nam during the 1950's.

 

The fore runner of the USN Viet Nam War PBRs and SWIFTS was a Coast Guard utility boat..

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USS NORTON SOUND (AV-11/AVM-1) Currituck class in service 1945 to 1986. Utilized as a guided missile test platform since 1948 and redesignated as AVM-1 in 1951. She tested Viking, Terrier and Tartar missiles in the 1950's and then launched three low yield atomic rockets over the Falkland islands during Project Argus in 1958

 

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USS NORTON SOUND (AV-11/AVM-1) Currituck class in service 1945 to 1986. Utilized as a guided missile test platform since 1948 and redesignated as AVM-1 in 1951

 

1960's cut edge patch depicting Tartar and Terrier missiles. She was also developing the Sea Sparrow missile system during the 1960's

 

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In the 1970's she was tasked to develop the AEGIS weapons system for the US Navy

 

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USS NORTON SOUND (AV-11/AVM-1) Currituck class in service 1945 to 1986.

 

1970's AEGIS Weapons System

 

AVM 1 USS NORTON SOUND 005 AEGIS.jpg

 

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USS NORTON SOUND (AV-11/AVM-1) Currituck class in service 1945 to 1986.

 

1970's patch

 

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In 1973 she received the first ship-borne installation of the Aegis Combat System, which later became the primary combat system in U.S. Navy cruisers and destroyers.
 
In the spring of 1981, the pre-production model of the Vertical Launching System (VLS) was installed at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi. During the next two years the VLS underwent extensive testing. The Norton Sound was the only AT-SEA Testing Platform for the AEGIS Weapon System, later installed on Ticonderoga-class cruisers and Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. The summer of 1983 saw the installation of an advanced VLS which underwent testing until the end of Norton Sound's active service.

 

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USS NORTON SOUND (AV-11/AVM-1) Currituck class in service 1945 to 1986.

 

In 1978 Ensign Charlene Albright was assigned to the USS NORTON SOUND, one of the first women assigned to shipboard duty in the US Navy

 

The historic vessel Norton Sound was decommissioned 11 December 1986, and struck from the Naval Register 26 January 1987. One of her anchors is on display in WestSound Viewpoint at the end of McCall Blvd in Bremerton, WA, overlooking Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Dyes Inlet.

 

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AVM 1 First USN woman engineer2.jpg

 

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Has anyone ever seen a patch for the USS St. George, AV-16? My father in law was on the St. George through out WWII until it was decommissioned. Thanks - Jeff

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USS ORCA (AVP-49) Barnegat class WWII "Black Cat" mother ship, in service 1944 to 1960. Later served in Korean War and as Hong Kong Station ship for the Formosan/Taiwan Straits Patrol.  Also involved in the Atomic tests at Bikini Atoll

 

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USS VALCOUR (AVP-55) In service 1946 to 1973. She was the last of the 35 Barnegat class ships to commission

 

PG - Persian Gulf 1954, Flagship of Commander Middle East Force (COMMIDEASTFOR)

 

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USS TALLAHATCHIE COUNTY (AVB-2) On 3 February 1962 her conversion was completed to an Advance Aviation Base Ship (one of two ships of the steam-powered LST-1153-class) and redesignated USS Tallahatchie County (AVB-2.) Her aft superstructure was extended forward and her forecastle built up; electronic antennas and a heavy king post were mounted amidships. As an AVB, Tallahatchie County was designed to provide command and logistic facilities to a squadron of P-2 Neptune or P-3 Orion antisubmarine patrol planes operating from an improvised land base in Souda Bay, Crete. Squadron equipment was carried in mobile vans, transported in Tallahatchie County's tank deck, and landed over her bow ramp.

 
For the remainder of her career, Tallahatchie County provided support to aviation units in the Mediterranean. She was decommissioned on 3 January 1970 and struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 15 July 1970. Tallahatchie County was sold for scrapping to Contieri Navali Santa Maria of Genoa, Italy in July 1970.
 

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USS TALLAHATCHIE COUNTY LST and AVB patches

 

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USS San Pablo (AVP-30), Barnegat class redesignated (AGS-30)

 

 

 

 

San Pablo was in commission from 1943 to 1947 as a seaplane tender, performing her World War II service in the Pacific, where she saw action in the Southwest Pacific, the New Guinea campaign, the Central Pacific, and the Philippines campaign. She recommissioned in 1948 after conversion to a hydrographic survey ship, redesignated AGS-30, and served in this capacity until 1969

 

 

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USS San Pablo (AVP-30), Barnegat class redesignated (AGS-30)

 

 

San Pablo was in commission from 1943 to 1947 as a seaplane tender, performing her World War II service in the Pacific, where she saw action in the Southwest Pacific, the New Guinea campaign, the Central Pacific, and the Philippines campaign. She recommissioned in 1948 after conversion to a hydrographic survey ship, redesignated AGS-30, and served in this capacity until 1969

 

 

AGS-30 USS SAN PABLO 003.jpg

 

 

AGS-30 USS SAN PABLO 004.jpg

 

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