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USS Barnegat (AVP-10)

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USS Barnegat (AVP-10), the lead ship of a new class of built for the purpose small seaplane tenders, was laid down on 27 October 1939 at Bremerton, Wash., by the Puget Sound Navy Yard; and launched on 23 May 1941. Mrs. Lucien F. Kimball christened the tender on the same day when she was commissioned, 3 July 1941, Cmdr. Felix L. Baker in command.

Her trials completed by mid October, USS Barnegat (AVP-10) stood out of Seattle on 15 October 1941 and, later that afternoon, retrieved her assigned aircraft, a Curtiss SOC-1 floatplane, from the Naval Air Station (NAS), Seattle, Wash. Underway from the Boston Navy Yard on 1 May 1942, USS Barnegat (AVP-10) transited the Cape Cod Canal later that day, anchoring for the evening in Buzzard’s Bay.

On 24 October 1942, the tender received orders to transport VP-73 to Londonderry, Northern Ireland. During the passage, USS Barnegat (AVP-10) encountered heavy seas and, at 1541 on the 26th, took a “rapid, heavy roll to starboard” while efforts were underway topside to secure depth bombs that had come adrift on deck. Late in February 1943, USS Barnegat (AVP-10) returned to Boston for repairs to her engines, degaussing gear, and radar. After a brief call at Quonset Point, she loaded aviation gasoline for Argentia at Boston on 8 March. 

USS Barnegat (AVP-10) remained in Brazilian waters into the spring of 1944, operating at Bahia, Recife, Natal, Fortaleza, Fernando Noronha, Sao Luiz, and Florianapolis. USS Barnegat (AVP-10) wrapped up her work in Brazilian waters, at Sao Luiz, on 12 May 1944 and sailed for the U.S. that afternoon. Steaming via Bermuda and Norfolk, she arrived at Boston on the 24th. USS Barnegat (AVP-10) set course for the U.S. on 11 December 1945 and reached the Naval Repair Base, Algiers, La., on the 15th. Shifting on the 17th to a berth alongside the destroyer escort Reuben James (DE-153), Barnegat spent the remainder of the year there. In January 1946, she moved on to Orange, Tex., arriving there on the 14th. Decommissioned on 17 May 1946, USS Barnegat (AVP-10) saw no more active service. Her name was stricken from the Navy Register on 23 May 1958. 

For a complete history of USS Barnegat (AVP-10) please see its DANFS page.