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Online Library of Selected Images:
-- U.S. NAVY SHIPS --

USS Gardiners Bay (AVP-39), 1945-1958

USS Gardiners Bay, a 2592-ton Barnegat class small seaplane tender built at Houghton, Washington, was commissioned in February 1945. During the last months of the Pacific War, she supported patrol and air-sea rescue operations in the Central Pacific and the Ryukyu Islands. In August 1945, upon Japan's capitulation, she moved to Tokyo Bay and shifted to the China coast in early 1946. Gardiners Bay returned to the United States in November 1946.

Over the next decade, USS Gardiners Bay actively tended to the needs of Pacific Fleet seaplane squadrons. She deployed regularly, making ten cruises to the Central and Western Pacific through 1957, including four during the Korean War. Decommissioned in February 1958, Gardiners Bay was transferred to Norway in May of that year. Until 1974, she served as the Norwegian Navy training ship Haakon VII.

This page features views of USS Gardiners Bay.

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Photo #: 19-N-85076

USS Gardiners Bay (AVP-39)


Off the Lake Washington Shipyards, Houghton, Washington, 18 February 1945.
She is painted in camouflage Measure 33, Design 1F.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.

Online Image: 129KB; 740 x 600 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
National Archives photographic reproduction system.

 
Photo #: 19-N-85074

USS Gardiners Bay (AVP-39)


Off the Lake Washington Shipyards, Houghton, Washington, 18 February 1945.
She is painted in camouflage Measure 33, Design 1F.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.

Online Image: 148KB; 740 x 615 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
National Archives photographic reproduction system.

 
Photo #: 19-N-79691

USS Gardiners Bay (AVP-39)


Sliding down the building ways, during her launching at the Lake Washington Shipyards, Houghton, Washington, 2 December 1944.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.

Online Image: 87KB; 740 x 625 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
National Archives photographic reproduction system.

 



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25 May 1999