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Type and Characteristics - Small seaplane tender, Barnegat-class, AVP-12, built by Puget Sound Navy Yard, launched 15 November 1941, commissioned 27 December 1941. 2,800 tons, 311ft long x 41ft beam x 13ft draft, 20kts, armed with 4-5in guns, 215 crew, first commanded by Commander T. S. Combs.
Log Period and Areas of Service - 1941-47, Alaska, Aleutians, Central, South West and Western Pacific campaigns.
Summary of Service
Early 1942 – Patrol and seaplane tender duties off NW coast.
5 May 1942 – Arrived Sitka, Alaska to survey for seaplane moorings and carry out tender duties. Based at Cold Harbor, and visited Dutch Harbor, Chernofski Harbor, Kodiak, and Nazan Bay.
30 August 1942 – At anchor in Nazan Bay, torpedoed and damaged by Japanese submarine RO.61, got underway, beached and later salvaged. Five crew killed and 20 wounded.
12 September 1942 – Refloated, followed by emergency repairs at Dutch Harbor and Kodiak.
3 March 1943 – Repairs and overhaul completed at Puget Sound Navy Yard.
March 1943 - Returned to Aleutians, based at Constantino Harbor, Amchitka as tender to Fleet Air Wing Four.
May 1943 – Supported US Army's invasion of Japanese-occupied Attu island as tender to seaplanes carrying out anti-submarine and search missions.
November 1943 – Sailed for Bremerton, WA for overhaul.
February 1944 – Arrived Marshall Islands, tender to patrol squadron seaplanes at Majuro, Kwajalein and later Eniwetok.
September 1944 – Temporary duties as cargo carrier during build-up for Philippines operations, shuttling between Saipan, Ulithi and the Palaus.
November 1944 – Returned to seaplane tender duties in the Palaus.
January 1945 – Same duties at Ulithi.
April 1945 – Overhauled at Saipan.
25 April 1945 – Arrived Kerama Retto for Okinawa invasion. Tender to both seaplanes and a motor torpedo boat squadron.
July 1945 – Returned to West Coast.
Spring 1946 – Returned to Far East for operations in Philippines, followed by training duties off Galveston, TX.
Fate - Decommissioned 10 April 1947, transferred to Coast Guard on 19 April 1949.
Links: DANFS, also Aleutian campaign:
Documentary made by John Huston in 1943 - at http://archive.org/details/Report_From_The_Aleutians
United States Navy Combat Narrative The Aleutians Campaign June 1942--August 1943 at http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/USN-CN-Aleutians.html
A general note on the sources.