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USS SALISBURY SOUND (AV-13) - a Currituck-class seaplane tender

In Commission 1945 to 1967

AV-13 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
APR 1943 - Keel Date: 10 APR 1943
at Todd Pacific Shipyards
JUN 1944 - Launch Date: 18 JUN 1944
NOV 1945 - Commissioned: 26 NOV 1945
JAN 1959 - JAN 1960 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1961 - JUL 1961 West Pac
JAN 1961 - DEC 1961 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1962 - DEC 1962 West Pac
NOV 1963 - Shellback Initiation - 26 NOV 1963 - Pacific Ocean
NOV 1963 - Shellback Initiation - 26 NOV 1963 - Pacific Ocean
MAR 1964 - APR 1964 Alaska
AUG 1964 - MAR 1965 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1966 - NOV 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1967 - Shellback Initiation - 2 FEB 1967 - Pacific Ocean
MAR 1967 - Decommissioned: 31 MAR 1967

AV-13 General Specifications

Class: Currituck-class seaplane tender

Named for: Salisbury Sound

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


Puget Sound (AV-13) was laid down on 10 April 1943 by Todd Shipyards Corp. San Pedro Calif.; renamed Salisbury Sound On 5 June 1944 launched on 18 June 1944; sponsored by Mrs. John D. Price and commissioned on 26 November 1945 Capt. Doyle G. Donaho in command.

After shakedown Salisbury Sound departed San Diego on 12 February 1946 and commenced her first of 19 deployments to the western Pacific where she served during a portion of every year from 1946 through 1966. The seaplane tender operated at Okina wa Shanghai and Tsingtao from March through October 1946. From April into September 1947 she voyaged Okinawa Tsingtao and Guam; and later from May into September 1948 she sailed to Yokosuka Tsingtao and Shanghai. Upon completion of several west co ast operations in 1949 she steamed to Hong Kong later that year and returned to San Diego on 13 June 1950.

On 26 July 1950 soon after Communist forces invaded South Korea Salisbury Sound sailed from San Diego. After delivering cargo to Yokosuka and Okinawa she tended planes at Iwakuni Japan and at Okinawa from September into December. Her planes p erformed reconnaissance work in the Korean area and in the Taiwan Strait. After returning to San Diego on 31 March 1951 she sailed on 1 August and served at Boko Ko in the Pescadores Islands at Okinawa and at Iwakuni before returning to San Diego on 16 April 1952. Departing Long Beach on 15 August she again tended planes at Okinawa before arriving at Alameda Calif. on 25 March 1953.

From 1954 through 1966 Salisbury Sound operated frequently at Okinawa and also at Taiwan and Luzon. She served as flagship of the Formosa Patrol Force during the evacuation of the Tachen Islands in February 1955. Effective 1 August 1963 her hom eport was changed from San Francisco Calif. to Whidbey Island Wash. Voyaging to Vietnam she visited Saigon from 1 to 4 June 1964 [sic; former crewmember reports she was in the USA at that time] . She steamed to Danang Con Son Island and Cu Lao Cham Island in 1965 and to Cam Ranh Bay in 1966. Decommissioned on 31 M arch 1967 she was transferred to the Maritime Administration on 3 July 1968 and entered the National Defense Reserve Fleet Olympia Wash. where she remained until sold to Ziddell Explorations Inc. of Portland Oreg. on 7 February 1972.

Salisbury Sound received four campaign stars for Vietnam service.

[Note: The above USS SALISBURY SOUND (AV-13) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS SALISBURY SOUND (AV-13) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]