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October 15, 1957 -- Valencia, Spain


USN 1114106:   USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39), aerial.   U.S. Navy Photographs, now in the collection of the National Archives.
Caption: USN 1114106: USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39), aerial. U.S. Navy Photographs, now in the collection of the National Archives.

K-78101:  USS Washtenaw County (LST-1166), moored in Subic Bay, Philippines, October 4, 1969.   U.S. Navy Photographs, now in the collection of the National Archives.
Caption: K-78101: USS Washtenaw County (LST-1166), moored in Subic Bay, Philippines, October 4, 1969. U.S. Navy Photographs, now in the collection of the National Archives.

USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39) reached Valencia, Spain, to assist in flood rescue work.  The American ambassador to Spain, John Davis Lodge, requested Lake Champlain to provide assistance for the rescue operations.   The ship's Sikorsky H-19 "Chickasaw" helicopters undertook numerous rescue missions, and the ship's crew assisted in battling the mud that followed the disaster.  USS Washtenaw County (LST-1166) and USS Thuban (AKA-19) also took part in the rescue. 


L45-281.02.01:  USS Thuban (AKA-19), starboard view of attack cargo ship, 1963.   NHHC Photograph Collection.
Caption: L45-281.02.01: USS Thuban (AKA-19), starboard view of attack cargo ship, 1963. NHHC Photograph Collection.
Published: Tue Apr 21 13:01:54 EDT 2020