- USS Biscayne (AVP-11)
USS "Biscayne" (AVP-11) was a sclass|Barnegat|seaplane tender in the service of the
United States Navy. She was launched on 23 May 1941by the Puget Sound Navy Yard; sponsored by Mrs. A. M. Charleton; and commissioned on 3 July 1941, Lieutenant Commander C. C. Champion, Jr., in command.
World War II North African operations
Following her shakedown cruise, USS "Biscayne" joined the Atlantic Fleet and operated out of
Boston, Massachusetts, on patrol and plane guard missions 7 December 1941- 27 May 1942. For the next four months she served as a seaplane tender and communications ship in Newfoundland and Greenlandwaters.
The tender departed
Norfolk, Virginia, 17 October 1942and after a short stop at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, moved to Freetown, Sierra Leone, with Patrol Squadron 92, arriving 2 November 1942. She moved to Casablanca, French Morocco, on 18 Novemberand remained there until 25 April 1943supporting patrol squadrons.
USS "Biscayne" arrived at
Mers-el-Kebir, Algeria, 26 April 1943and became the flagshipof Rear Admiral Richard Lansing Conolly, Commander, Landing Craft and Bases, Northwest African Waters. While at Mers-el-Kebir she was fitted out as an amphibious force flagship by USS|Delta|AR-9, 2- 31 May 1943. She was not reclassified AGC-18 until 10 October 1944. In May she shifted her moorings to Bizerte, Tunisia. Departing 10 July 1943, she served as flagshipof the Joss ( Licata) Force in the invasion of Sicily. USS "Biscayne" remained off Sicilyuntil 22 Julyand then returned to Bizerte.
Supporting landings in Italy
9 September- 11 October 1943USS "Biscayne" took part in the landings at Salerno, Italy, as flagship for Admiral Conolly and Vice Admiral H. K. Hewitt. While off Salerno, she escaped unscathed from frequent air and gunfire attacks. On 12 Septembershe sent a fire and rescue team on board the British ammunition ship"Lyninge" and saved that vessel and her cargo of ammunition from destruction. USS "Biscayne" also served as a temporary hospital shipwhile off Salerno.
USS "Biscayne" retired to
Bizerte 11 October 1943and on 7 November 1943became the flagship of Rear Admiral F. J. Lowry, Commander, 8th Amphibious Force. Sailing for Italy once again, she served as flagship during the Anziolandings ( 22 January- 2 February 1944). She became flagship of Rear Admiral B. J. Rodgers, Commander, Amphibious Group 2, 8th Amphibious Force, in May 1944and during 15 August- 16 September 1944took part in the invasion of southern France.
Operations in the Pacific Theatre
USS "Biscayne" left the
Mediterraneanon 12 October 1944for Boston, and then steamed to the Pacific. She arrived at Pearl Harbor 9 January 1945and became flagship of Frederick Moosbrugger, Commander, Destroyer Squadron 63. She took part in the invasion of Iwo Jima( 19 February– 4 March 1945) as flagship of the transport screen. USS "Biscayne" carried out similar duties during the landings on Kerama Retto, Okinawa( 26 March- 1 April) and on Okinawa itself. She remained off Okinawa until 1 July 1945, during which time she served as flagship for the occupation of Iheyaand AguniIslands, Okinawa (3- 9 June). After her tour at Okinawa, USS "Biscayne" retired to Leyteand remained in the Philippinesuntil departing for the occupation of Korea 8 September. She remained on occupation duty in Korean and Chinese waters until 30 Octoberwhen she left for the United States.
Post-War Activity and decommissioning
USS "Biscayne" arrived at
San Diego, Californiaon 21 December 1945and Portland, Maineon 7 January 1946. She then moved to the U.S. Naval Academyfor use as quarters for the aviation instruction staff.
USS "Biscayne" was decommissioned on
29 June 1946and transferred to the U.S. Coast Guardat Curtis Bay, Marylandon 19 July 1946.
USS "Biscayne" received six
battle starsduring World War II.
List of United States Navy ships
* [http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/#Anchor-Editoria-14954 Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]
* [http://www.navsource.org/archives/10/01/0118.htm NavSource Online Amphibious Photo Archive - AVP-11 / AGC-18 Biscayne - WAGC-16 / WAVP / WHEC-385 Dexter]
* [http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/ships/dafs/AGC/agc18.html DANFS: USS Biscayne (AGC-18/AVP-11)]
* [http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/ships/AGC/AGC-18_Biscayne.html Ships of the U.S. Navy, 1940-1945 - AGC-18 USS Biscayne]
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