USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38)
USS "Duxbury Bay" (AVP-38) was a "Barnegat" class small seaplane tender in the
United States Navy, named for a bayon the coast of Massachusetts. She was launched 2 October 1944by Lake Washington Shipyard, Houghton, Washington; sponsored by Mrs. R. E. Torkelson; and commissioned 31 December1944, Commander F. N. House in command. She was named for a bay on the coast of Massachusetts.
"Duxbury Bay" sailed from
San Diego 12 March 1945, called at Pearl Harbor, and tended planes at Eniwetokand Ulithibefore arriving at Kerama Rettooff Okinawa, 29 April. She supported the US Third Fleetthrough service as seadromecontrol tender, mail ship, movie exchange, and gasoline supply ship for small craft until the end of the war. "Duxbury Bay" served in the Far East tending patrol squadrons at Shanghaiand Tsingtao, China; Jinsen, Korea; and Hong Kong, British Crown Colony, until returning to San Francisco 20 October 1946.
"Duxbury Bay" had two more tours of duty in the Far East, from
25 Februaryto 8 September 1947and from 2 Februaryto 27 July 1948. During the first she operated out of Yokosukaand Okinawa; during the second she tended planes patrolling over Chinese territory during the expansion of Communistcontrol.
Long Beach, California, 17 March 1949, "Duxbury Bay" headed west on the first leg of a round-the-world cruise. She spent one month as flagshipfor Commander, Persian Gulf, a foretaste of her future duty, then sailed on to arrive at Norfolk, Virginia 3 July. Between 29 Octoberand 21 Novembershe operated as seaplanebase at Halifax, Nova Scotia, during cold-weather exercises.
4 January 1950and early 1966, "Duxbury Bay" served 15 tours of duty in the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Oceanas flagship for Commander, United States Middle East Force. On average, she performed one cruise per year, based in Bahrain, spending the intervening periods in upkeep at her home port of Norfolk and undergoing refresher training at Guantanamo Bay. During most of this period the Middle Eastflagship duty rotated between three AVPs, all eventually painted white and specially fitted for the purpose: "Duxbury Bay", USS|Greenwich Bay|AVP-41, and USS|Valcour|AVP-55.
Her service was highlighted by a number of important diplomatic missions in this critical area. During her
1951tour, her crew members served on security patrol and as messengers for the Southeast Asia Treaty Conferenceat Ceylonat which Commander, Middle East Force, represented the United States Department of Defense. She was visited by Emperor Haile Selassiein February 1953and transported him to French Somaliland. Homeward bound during her 1954- 1955tour, she sailed by way of Mombasa, Kenya; Durban, Union of South Africa; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for good will visits.
"Duxbury Bay" sailed from Norfolk
3 October 1956headed for her regular assignment when the Suez Crisisbroke out. With the canalblocked, she was stationed on patrol off the eastern end of Creteassisting in the operation of Souda Bayairfield for aircraft of the United NationsEmergency Force. She also carried underwater demolition teams to Saros Bay, Turkey, for survey operations in February 1957before returning to Norfolk 11 March1957. During her next cruise, in January 1958she joined in flood relief at Ceylon.
She paid a special call to
Karachiin December 1959on the occasion of the visit of US President Dwight D. Eisenhowerto Indiaand Pakistan.
1963"Duxbury Bay" participated in Project Mercuryas a recovery ship.
"Duxbury Bay" was decommissioned in April
1966, only a few months after returning from her last deployment. She was sold for scrap in July 1967.
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