The USS PINE ISLAND (AV-12), a Currituck-class seaplane tender, was commissioned on 26 APR 1945. Built at Todd Pacific Shipyard in San Pedro, California, USS PINE ISLAND sailed to Okinawa and then served in occupation duty before returning to the US East Coast in 1946. In Decmeber 1946, PINE ISLAND sailed for the Antarctic in support of Operation Highjump and returned to California. A China deployment followed in 1947-48. The Korean and Vietnamese Wars called PINE ISLAND westward. She routinely deployed the "West Pac" through the remaining twenty years of her service career. USS PINE ISLAND served her country for 22 years, 1 month and 21 days, until decommissioned on 16 JUN 1967. USS PINE ISLAND was sold to Zidell Co. in 1972 for scrapping.
The USS PINE ISLAND (AV-12) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:
AV-12 General Specifications
Class: Currituck-class seaplane tender
Named for: Pine Island
Complement: 684 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 14000 tons
Length: 540 feet 5 inches
Beam: 69 feet 3 inches
Flank Speed: 18 knots
Final Disposition: Sold 7 February 1972
USS PINE ISLAND (AV-12)
From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
Pine Island (AV-12) was laid down 16 November 1942 by Todd Shipyards Corp.
Calif.; launched 26 February 1944
sponsored by Mrs. Knefler McGinnis
and commissioned 26 April 1945
Comdr. Henry Titus Hodgskin in command.
Departing California 16 June 1945
Pine Island (AV-12) steamed to Okinawa. There she tended seaplanes engaged in air-sea rescue operations during the final phases of World War II. At the end of the war
she entered Tokyo Bay and contributed seaplane flight operations to the occupation of Japan in 1945. Following occupation duty in Japan
she conducted seaplane flight operations in the Whangpoo River near Shanghai
China. She left the Pacific in 1946
and steamed via the Suez Canal to Norfolk
Departing Norfolk in December
she arrived in the Antarctic area in January 1947. She contributed to the aerial exploration of Antarctica in Operation Highjump
and saved several downed aviators from the hostile climate. Departing the Antarctic in March
she traveled from Rio de Janeiro via the Panama Canal to San Diego
arriving in April.
Leaving California for the Far East in August 1947
she spent the winter at Tsingtao
and the summer of 1948 in the Northern Pacific. Awaiting a major overhaul in 1949
she decommissioned 1 May 1950.
Recommissioned 7 October 1950 at Alameda
in response to the Korean War
she departed for the Western Pacific in December. She tended seaplanes that flew missions over enemy-held territory in Korea
before returning to San Diego in September 1951. She was away from California on WestPac deployments January to September 1952 February to September 1953
January to August 1954
and February to August 1955. Deployed to WestPac in June 1956
she visited Brunei
before returning to San Diego in December. From April to December 1957 she operated in WestPac.
Sailing for WestPac in May 1958
she visited Bangkok
and was at Kaohsiung
during Communist bombardment of Quemoy and Matsu. She returned to San Diego in December
and departed for WestPac in June 1959. During 1960 and 1961 she continued her Pacific duties.
Deployed to WestPac from January to June 1962
she embarked news media personnel from several countries in March in connection with the SEATO exercise "Tulungan." Steaming for WestPac in March 1963
she operated out of Okinawa
received visitors at Chinhae
and delivered fresh water to Hong Kong in August
before returning to San Diego in September. In January 1964 she departed San Diego for the Galapagos Islands
where she provided assistance to scientists before returning to San Diego in February.
Deployed to WestPac in June 1964
she served at Da Nang
in August. In September 1965
she returned to WestPac
conducted seaplane operations in Cam Ranh Bay
and participated in the 1966 Coral Sea anniversary festivities in Australia and New Zealand before returning to San Diego in June.
Decommissioned 16 June 1967
Pine Island entered the Maritime Administration's National Defense Reserve Fleet
where she remains into 1970.
Pine Island received one battle star for World War II service
and service medals for Korea and Vietnam.
[Note: The above USS PINE ISLAND (AV-12) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS PINE ISLAND (AV-12) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]