- USS Suisun (AVP-53)
USS "Suisun" (AVP-53) was a "Barnegat"-class small
seaplane tenderin the United States Navy, named for a bay off the Californiacoast. She was laid down on 4 October 1942by the Lake Washington Shipyard, Houghton, Washington; launched on 14 March 1943; sponsored by Mrs. C. W. Martyr; and commissioned on 13 September 1944, Cdr. James. J. Vaughan in command. She was named after a bay on the Californiacoast.
After fitting out, "Suisun" steamed to
San Diego, on 18 October, for her shakedown cruise which lasted until 21 November. She had a post-shakedown yard availability period and sailed for Hawaiion 7 December. The ship arrived at Pearl Harboron 14 Decemberand sailed for Eniwetok, Marshall Islands, four days later. She remained there from 26 December1944 to 1 January 1945when she sailed to the Marianas Islands. From there she went to Ulithi, Caroline Islands, for three days. On 13 January, "Suisun" got underway for Kossol Passage, Palau Islands, and operated there until 5 Februarywhen she returned to Ulithi. Three days later she sailed to the Marianas and operated there until mid-April.
"Suisun" sailed from
Saipanon 20 Apriland anchored at Kerama Retto, Ryukyu Islands, on 25 April. She tended seaplanes until forced to go to Saipan for emergency aviation supplies during the period of 15 Juneto 26 June. The ship resumed her former operations at Kerama Retto until sailing for Japanon 16 August. The tender was in Tokyo Bayfrom 28 Augustuntil 16 Novemberwhen she departed for the United States, via Pearl Harbor.
"Suisun" arrived at
San Franciscoon 9 December1945 and was routed onward to the east coast. She steamed into Norfolk, Virginiaon 3 January 1946and, after an overhaul, operated along the east coast until October. She was then homeported at Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone. Training cruises were made to Trinidad, Galapagos, Key West, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. "Suisun" transited the canal in early April 1947and anchored at San Diego on 9 April. On 21 Julyshe deployed to the Far East and operated between Guam, Okinawa, and Tsingtao until returning to San Diego on 19 January 1948.
"Suisun" remained on the west coast until
15 Junewhen she began another Far East tour that lasted until 25 November1948. From 19 Januaryto 3 March 1949, the ship participated in Operation “Micowex 49A.” Ports of call were Seattle, Sitka, Kodiak, and Cold Bay, Alaska. She operated in Alaskan waters again from 6 Julyto 18 Augustwhen she returned to Mare Islandfor an overhaul that lasted into October. She then made a short cruise to Magdalena Bay, Mexico, and returned to San Diego on 4 December1949.
26 April 1950, "Suisun" sailed to Whidbey Island, Washington, where she loaded Patrol Squadron 6and ferried it to Naval Air Station Barber's Point, Hawaii. She departed there on 12 Mayfor Guam but was directed to Yap Islandand arrived there on 28 May. The next day she steamed to Koror, Palau Islands, and thence to Sangley Point, Philippine Islands. Next, she called at Saipan and Guam, before returning to Sangley Point on 2 July. The next day she sailed for Buckner Bay, Okinawa. The tender arrived there on 5 July. She serviced and fueled aircraft of Patrol Squadron 46until 16 Julywhen the planes flew, and the ship sailed, to the Pescadores Islandsto begin operations from that base. From 17 Julyto 20 October, "Suisun" and the squadron were assigned to the 7th Fleet.
"Suisun" spent 10 days in
Hong Kongfor a leave and upkeep period and sailed for the United States on 2 November, via Okinawa and Pearl Harbor. She arrived at Whidbey Island on 27 Novemberand moved to San Diego on 1 December. She deployed to the Far East again from 12 Februaryto 6 August 1951and from 26 November1951 to 25 May 1952. The tender was deployed to the western Pacific for three more tours before she was inactivated. They were: 23 September1952 to 21 May 1953; 18 September1953 to 17 March 1954; and from 2 Julyto 23 November1954. On 2 March 1955, she reported to the Pacific Reserve Fleetfor inactivation.
"Suisun" was placed in commission, in reserve, on
10 May, and out of commission, in reserve, on 5 August1955. She was struck from the Navy Liston 1 April 1966and sunk as a target in October of that year.
"Suisun" received two
battle starsfor World War IIservice and two for service in Korea.
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