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
USS SALISBURY SOUND (AV-13)
Puget Sound (AV-13) was laid down on 10 April 1943 by Todd Shipyards Corp.
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.
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
and Tsingtao from March through October 1946. From April into September 1947
she voyaged Okinawa
and Guam; and later from May into September 1948
she sailed to Yokosuka
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
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
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
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
eport was changed from San Francisco
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
where she remained until sold to Ziddell Explorations
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]