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USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13)
USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13)
USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13) at San Diego Bay, ca. 1957
Name: USS Salisbury Sound
Namesake: Salisbury Sound
Builder: Todd Pacific Shipyards
Laid down: 10 April 1943
Launched: 18 June 1944
Commissioned: 26 November 1945
Decommissioned: 31 March 1967
Fate: Sold, 7 February 1972
General characteristics
Class & type: Currituck-class seaplane tender
Displacement: 14,000 tons (full load)
Length: 540 ft 5 in (164.72 m)
Beam: 69 ft 3 in (21.11 m)
Draft: 22 ft 3 in (6.78 m)
Propulsion: Steam turbines
4 × boilers
2 × shafts
12,000 shp (9.0 MW)
Speed: 18 knots (33 km/h)
Complement: 684
Armament: • 4 × 5"/38 DP guns
• 3 × Quad 40 mm guns
• 4 × Dual 40 mm guns
• 20 × 20 mm guns
Service record
Part of: United States Pacific Fleet (1945-1967)
National Defense Reserve Fleet (1967-1972)
Operations: Korean War
Vietnam War
Awards: 4 Campaign stars (Vietnam)

USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13), a Currituck-class seaplane tender, was laid down on 10 April 1943 by Todd Pacific Shipyards, San Pedro, California. The ship was originally named Puget Sound, however it was renamed on 5 June 1944, before it was launched on 18 June 1944. Salisbury Sound was sponsored by Mrs. John D. Price, and commissioned on 26 November 1945, Capt. Doyle G. Donaho in command. She was named after the Salisbury Sound; a sound near Sitka, Alaska and until her decommissioning was affectionately referred to by her crewmembers as the "Sally Sound" .

After shakedown, Salisbury Sound departed San Diego on 12 February 1946 and commenced her first of 19 deployments to the western $3, where she served during a portion of every year from 1946 through 1966. The seaplane tender operated at Okinawa, Shanghai, and Tsingtao from March through October 1946. From April into September 1947, she voyaged Okinawa, Tsingtao, and Guam; and later, from May into September 1948, she sailed to Yokosuka, Tsingtao, and Shanghai. Upon completion of several west coast operations in 1949, she steamed to Hong Kong later that year and returned to San Diego on 13 June 1950.

On 26 July 1950, soon after North Korean forces invaded South Korea, Salisbury Sound sailed from San Diego. After delivering cargo to Yokosuka and Okinawa, she tended planes at Iwakuni, Japan, and at Okinawa from September into December. Her planes performed reconnaissance work in the Korean area and in the Taiwan Strait. After returning to San Diego on 31 March 1951, she sailed on 1 August, and served at Boko Ko in the Pescadores Islands, at Okinawa, and at Iwakuni, before returning to San Diego on 16 April 1952. Departing Long Beach on 15 August, she again tended planes at Okinawa, before arriving at Alameda, California, on 25 March 1953.

From 1954 through 1966, Salisbury Sound operated frequently at Okinawa, and also at Taiwan and Luzon. She served as flagship of the Formosa Patrol Force during the evacuation of the Tachen Islands in February 1955. Effective 1 August 1963, her homeport was changed from San Francisco, California, to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington - specifically at the Seaplane Base - where she carried and tended to the P5M Marlin. Voyaging to Vietnam, she visited Saigon from 1 to 4 June 1964. She steamed to Danang, Con Son Island, and Cu Lao Cham Island in 1965, and to Cam Ranh Bay in 1966. It also took place in Operation Market Time.

Decommissioned on 31 March 1967, the "Sally Sound" was transferred to the Maritime Administration on 3 July 1968 and entered the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, Washington, where she remained until sold to Zidell Explorations, Inc., of Portland, Oregon, on 7 February 1972.

The vessel's commissioning plaque was saved and is currently on board the museum ship USS Hazzard in Omaha, NE.

Salisbury Sound received four campaign stars for service in Vietnam.

See also


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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