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USS Currituck (AV-7) 

Please see below for item level images and donated collections containing photographs of USS Currituck (AV-7) 

USS Currituck (AV-7) was launched 11 September 1943 by Philadelphia Navy Yard; sponsored by Mrs. M. F. Draemel; and commissioned 26 June 1944, Captain W. A. Evans in command.

USS Currituck (AV-7) put to sea from Philadelphia 31 August 1944 bound for duty with the Pacific Fleet. USS Currituck (AV-7) sailed from Leyte 6 January 1945 for the initial landings at Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, three days later, and remained there, at Cabalitan Bay, and at Mindoro tending seaplanes and directing seaplane search operations. Departing Manila 10 June 1945 USS Currituck (AV-7) maintained a base for seaplanes conducting night searches from Lingayen Gulf between 11 June and 20 August, then returned to Manila 24 August. 

USS Currituck (AV-7) remained in the Far East in support of the reoccupation of the Chinese mainland, tending seaplanes at Jinsen, Korea, and Shanghai, Tsingtao, and Taku, China, returning to Okinawa 28 October. She returned by way of the Panama Canal to Norfolk, Va., arriving 18 April. USS Currituck (AV-7) was placed out of commission in reserve 7 August 1947, berthed at Philadelphia.Recommissioned 1 August 1951, USS Currituck (AV-7) got underway 17 December for Norfolk. From this port she operated locally and in the Caribbean, primarily on training duty. On 6 July 1954 she cleared for a European cruise, calling at Milford Haven, England, continuing to Taranto, Italy, and touching again at Milford Haven and Portsmouth before returning to Norfolk 18 September.

Between 26 August and 13 December 1956 USS Currituck (AV-7) served with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean, returning to training cruises to the Caribbean and local operations at Norfolk until 9 January 1958 when she entered the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. She was decommissioned there 12 February 1958 for thorough modernization and was recommissioned 20 August 1960. After shakedown and training on the east coast and in the Caribbean, USS Currituck (AV-7) arrived at her new home port of San Diego on 3 December 1960, and remained there for the duration of the year.

For a complete history of USS Currituck (AV-7) please see its DANFS page.