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USS Floyds Bay (AVP-40)
USS Floyds Bay (AVP-40)
USS Floyds Bay (AVP-40) off Houghton, Washington on 22 March 1945.
Career (US)
Name: USS Floyds Bay
Namesake: Floyds Bay, since renamed Burtons Bay, on the coast of Virginia
Builder: Lake Washington Shipyard, Houghton, Washington
Laid down: 16 May 1944
Launched: 28 January 1945
Sponsored by: Mrs. R. R. McCracken
Commissioned: 26 March 1945
Decommissioned: 26 February 1960
Struck: 1 March 1960
Honors and
One battle star for World War II service
One battle star for Korean War service
Fate: Sold 20 July 1960
General characteristics
Class & type: USS Floyds Bay
Type: Barnegat-class small seaplane tender
Displacement: 1,766 tons (light)
2,750 tons (full load)
Length: 310 ft 9 in (94.72 m)
Beam: 41 ft 1 in (12.52 m)
Draught: 13 ft 6 in (4.11 m)
Installed power: 6,000 horsepower (4.48 megawatts)
Propulsion: Diesel engines, two shafts
Speed: 18.6 knots (34.4 km/h)
Complement: 215 (ship's company)
367 (including aviation unit)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Radar; sonar
Armament: 1 x single 5-inch (127 mm) 38-caliber dual-purpose gun mount
1 x quad 40-mm antiaircraft gun mount
2 x dual 40-mm antiaircraft gun mounts
4 x dual 20-mm antiaircraft gun mounts
2 x depth charge tracks
Aviation facilities: Supplies, spare parts, repairs, and berthing for one seaplane squadron; 80,000 US gallons (300,000 L) aviation fuel

USS Floyds Bay (AVP-40) was a United States Navy Barnegat-class small seaplane tender in commission from 1945 to 1960 that saw service in World War II and the Korean War.

Construction and commissioning[edit | edit source]

USS Floyds Bay (AVP-40) is launched at Lake Washington Shipyard at Houghton, Washington on 28 January 1945.

Floyds Bay (AVP-40) was laid down at Lake Washington Shipyard at Houghton, Washington. She was launched on 28 January 1945, sponsored by Mrs. R. R. McCracken, and commissioned on 25 March 1945 with Commander J. R. Ogden in command.

World War II operations 1945[edit | edit source]

After training at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and in the Mariana Islands, Floyds Bay arrived at Okinawa on 28 July 1945 to operate with Air-Sea Rescue Squadron 6 and other seaplanes. She was on these duties when World War II ended with the cessation of hostilities with Japan on 15 August 1945.

Honors and awards[edit | edit source]

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

Peacetime operations 1945-1950[edit | edit source]

Floyds Bay continued her duties at Okinawa until 9 September 1945. From that time, she controlled seadromes at Wakanoura Wan and Nagoya in Japan and at Shanghai and Tsingtao, China. She concluded her post-World War II occupation duties when she departed Yokohama, Japan, on 1 December 1946 bound for San Francisco, California. From her home port, San Diego, California, Floyds Bay sailed on a round-the-world good-will cruise between 6 June 1947 and 27 March 1948. Proceeding eastward, she called at Mediterranean and Far Eastern ports, operating in Japanese waters for several months.

USS Floyds Bay sometime between the installation of a quad 40-millimeter antiaircraft gun mount on her fantail ca. 1948 and its removal ca. 1956.

In the summer of 1948, Floyds Bay served as tender for seaplanes flying photographic missions from Annette Island, Alaska. During the summer of 1949, she 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, China, during the Chinese Civil War.

Korean War 1950-1953 and peacetime operations 1953-1959[edit | edit source]

Annually from 1950 through 1959, Floyds Bay had tours of duty in the Far East. She servied as a seaplane tender at Iwakuni, Japan, during the Korean War (1950–1953), and often as station ship at Hong Kong. With these cruises she alternated dury on the United States West Coast, which took her from Mexico to Alaska.

Honors and awards[edit | edit source]

Floyds Bay received one battle star for her Korean War service.

Decommissioning and disposal[edit | edit source]

On 26 February 1960, Floyds Bay was decommissioned and placed in reserve at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard at Bremerton, Washington. She was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 March 1960 and sold on 20 July 1960.

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