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Circa 1951

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News May 1951 "...Seaplane Super Service - Page 17 to 20 - Naval Aviation News - May 1951..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1951/jun51.pdf [24JUL2004]

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Circa 1942

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Patrol Wings - Rear Admiral A. D. Bernhard - August 1942..." Contributed by John Lucas JohnLucas@netzero.com [28DEC2005]

CPW-3CDR G. L. Compo
CPW-5CDR G. R. Owen
CPW-7CDR F. L. Baker
CPW-9CDR O. A. Weller
CPW-11CDR S. J. Michael
VP-31LCDR A. Smith
VP-32LCDR B. C. McCaffree
VP-33LCDR H. D. Hale
VP-34LCDR R. S. Calderhead
VP-52LCDR F. M. Hammitt
VP-53LCDR F. M. Nichols
VP-73LCDR J. E. Leeper
VP-74LCDR W. A. Thorn
VP-81LCDR T. B. Haley
VP-82LCDR J. D. Greer
VP-83LCDR R. S. Clarke
VP-84LCDR J. J. Underhill
VP-92LCDR C. M. Heberton
VP-93LCDR C. W. Harman
VP-94LCDR D. W. Shafer
USS Albemarle (AV-5) 
USS Pocomoke (AV-9) 
USS Chandeleur (AV-10) 
USS Clemson (AVP-17) 
USS Goldsborough (AVP-18) 
USS Lapwing (AVP-1) 
USS Sandpiper (AVP-9) 
USS Barnegat (AVP-10) 
USS Biscayne (AVP-11) 
USS Humboldt (AVP-21) 
USS Matagorda (AVP-22) 
USS Rockaway (AVP-29) 
USS San Pablo (AVP-30) 
USS Unimak (AVP-31) 

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...13NOV42: VP-73 arrived at Port Lyautey from Iceland via Bally Kelly, Ireland, and Lyncham, England. Supported by the seaplane tender USS Barnegat (AVP-10), the squadron began antisubmarine operations from French Morocco over the western Mediterranean, the Strait of Gibraltar, and its approaches. VP-92 also arrived at Port Lyautey on the same day via Cuba, Brazil, Ascension Island, and West Africa..." http://www.history.navy.mil/branches/avchr5.htm [02JAN2001]

Circa 1941

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...03JUL41: The Seaplane tender USS Barnegat (AVP-10), first of 26 ships of her class was commissioned at Bremerton, Commander F. L. Baker commanding..." http://www.history.navy.mil/branches/avchr5.htm [02JAN2001]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Tender ThumbnailCameraUSS Barnegat (AVP-10) "...The USS BARNEGAT (AVP 10) first day of Postal Service..." Contributed by John Lucas JohnLucas@netzero.com [15NOV2003]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Tender ThumbnailCameraUSS Barnegat (AVP-10) "...The USS BARNEGAT (AVP 10) taken in late 1941..." Contributed by Mahlon K. Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [17MAR2001]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Tender ThumbnailCameraUSS Barnegat (AVP-10) "...A stern view of the USS BARNEGAT (AVP 10) taken in late 1941..." Contributed by Mahlon K. Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [17MAR2001]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Barnegat (AVP-10)..." http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-b/avp10.htm [04JAN2001]

Barnegat (AVP-10), 1941-1958

USS Barnegat, the first ship in a large class of 1,766-ton small seaplane tenders, was built at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, and was commissioned in July 1941. She spent her first ten months conducting trials of the new AVP design, first in the Puget Sound area and after November 1941 near Boston, Massachusetts. In May 1942 the tender deployed to Iceland where she tended a seaplane squadron and performed a variety of other support services, and in November she and her aircraft participated in the invasion of North Africa.

Between June 1943 and May 1944 Barnegat operated in Brazil, where her seaplanes sank two U-boats. In February 1945 she arrived in Panama, where she tended seaplanes and conducted a wide range of other support activities until returning to the U.S. in November. Barnegat was decommissioned in May 1946, stricken from the Navy list in May 1958, and later sold into Greek merchant service as Kentavros.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Barnegat (AVP-10) ..." http://www.hazegray.org/danfs/auxil/avp10.htm [03JAN2001]

Barnegat (AVP-10)

Barnegat is a bay in New Jersey.

(AVP-10: dp. 1766; l. 311'8"; b. 41'1"; dr. 13'6"; s. 18.6 k.; cpl. 215; a. 1 5"; cl. Barnegat)

The second Barnegat (AVP-10) was launched 23 May 1941 by Puget Sound Navy Yard; sponsored by Mrs. Lucien S. Kimball, wife of Captain Kimball; and commissioned 3 July 1941, Commander F. T. Baker in command.

After a fitting-out and shakedown period which lasted several months, Barnegat departed for Iceland 5 May 1942 carrying personnel and equipment of Patrol Squadron 73. She remained in Icelandic waters performing important supply, salvage, and patrol duties until 24 October.

On 25 October 1942 she departed Iceland for French Morocco, where she arrived 7 November. The following day she provided fire support during the landings at Mehedia. After the port of Mehedia was secured, Barnegat proceeded up the Wadi Sebu and spent 12 November-10 December establishing the Naval Air Station at Port Lyautey, French Morocco. She departed Port Lyautey 11 December and returned to the United States.

Between January and July 1943 she shuttled supplies between Boston and Iceland, conducting training exercises enroute. On 15 June 1943 she departed for Natal, Brazil, where she was assigned patrol and escort duties, as well as serving as tender for patrol planes in the area. During this tour of duty she rescued many allied and enemy seamen, victims of both submarine and anti-submarine warfare.

She departed Natal 12 May 1944 for overhaul at Boston. Between 21 July 1944 and 5 February 1945 she carried troops and supplies from the United States to Europe. In February 1945 she sailed to the Panama Canal Zone and, until December 1945, served as a unit of Fleet Air Wing 3, acting as a tender and transport. Much of her time was spent in the Galapagos Islands where she supplied the advanced air base and tended patrol bombers.

In December 1945 she departed the Canal Zone and proceeded to Orange, Tex., where she commenced pre-inactivation overhaul 15 January 1946 and went out of commission in reserve 17 May 1946.

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