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Floyds Bay (AVP-40)

(AVP-40: dp. 1,766; l. 310'9"; b. 41'2"; dr. 13'6"; s. 18 k.; cpl. 215; a. 1 5"; cl. Barnegat)

A bay in the coast of Virginia, now renamed Burtons Bay.

Floyds Bay (AVP-40) was launched 28 January 1945 by Lake Washington Shipyards, Houghton, Wash.; sponsored by Mrs. R. R. McCracken; and commissioned 25 March 1945, Commander J. R. Ogden in command.

After training at Pearl Harbor and in the Marianas, Floyds Bay arrived at Okinawa 28 July 1945 to operate with Air-Sea Rescue Squadron 6 and other seaplanes until 9 September. From that time, she controlled seadromes at Wakanoura Wan and Nagoya, Japan, and Shanghai and Tsingtao, China, until sailing from Yokohama 1 December 1946 for San Francisco. From her home port, San Diego, Floyds Bay sailed on a round-the-world good-will cruise between 5 June 1947 and 27 March 1948. Proceeding eastward, she called at Mediterranean and Far Eastern ports, operating in Japanese waters for several months.

In the summer of 1948, Floyds Bay served as tender for planes flying photographic missions from Annette Island, Alaska, and during the next summer, carried out important assignments at Hong Kong, when she served as communications base for diplomatic officials and maintained a seadrome for the evacuation of Americans from Communist-threatened Canton. Annually from 1950 through 1959, she had tours of duty in the Far East, serving as seaplane tender at Iwakuni, Japan, during the Korean War, and often as station ship at Hong Kong. With these cruises she alternated west coast duty which took her from Mexico to Alaska. On 26 February 1960 she was placed out of commission in reserve at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.

Floyds Bay received one battle star for World War II service and one for Korean War service.


Published: Sun Jan 28 01:02:44 EST 2018