Within five hours of a devastating earthquake and resulting tidal wave, USS Salisbury Sound (AVS-13) deaprted from U.S. Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island, Washington, to assist. P-3A Orion and C-54 Skymaster aircraft from Moffett Field, California, also helped in the efforts. The operation lasted 14 days. The tender also provided power and heat to the severrely damaged Naval Station at Kodiak. U.S. Navy Seabees, Mobile Construction Battalion Nine, from Point Mugu, California, also provided assistance.