A continuation of the unheralded U.S. seaplane tenders that rose to prominence at the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during the Second World War.

USS Currituck (AV-7)

The first of its seaplane tenders class, the USS Currituck Sound, was launched in 1943 to sea after almost a year of construction at the Philadelphia Navy Yard and entered U.S. Navy to serve under the command of Captain W. A. Evans at the height of the Second World War. Also known as Wild Goose, she was assigned to support deployed men at the Pacific Theater, earning her two battle stars. She received another two battle stars for serving in the Vietnam War before finally being relieved from service and docked at the Oakland Reserve Fleet in 1967 until she was sold for scrapping in early 1972.

Seaplane Tender USS Currituck
USS Currituck moored pier side somewhere in the Puget Sound area, date unknown. (Image source: Navsource)

Currituck has a displacement of 15,092 t.(fl) with a length of 540.5 ft., a beam of about 69 ft., and a draft of 22.3 ft.

USS Tangier (AV-8)

The second to be built Type C3-class cargo ship by the Maritime Commission, USS Tangier, was converted into a seaplane tender upon joining the fleet of the U.S. Navy during World War II. Initially named SS Sea Arrow, she had her maiden sail in 1939 before her commission in 1941, serving along fellow seaplane tending platforms at the Asiatic-Pacific Theater under USN Commander Clifton A. F. Sprague. Tangier was there to witness that fateful day of the Pearl Harbor attack and supported the armed forces until the end of the war with three battle stars under her name. After her staunch service, she was anchored at the Atlantic Reserve Fleet in 1947. Almost two decades later, she was sold for conversion for mercantile use as SS Detroit before reaching her final disposition in 1974.

USS Tangier
Seaplane Tender USS Tangier anchored off Mare Island Navy Yard, circa August 1941. (Image source: Navsource)

Tangier measures about 492 ft., with a beam of 69.9 ft., a draft of 23.9 ft., and a displacement of 14,200 t.(fl).

USS Pocomoke (AV-9)

After the Pearl Harbor attack and the U.S. joined the chaos of the Second World War, USS Pocomoke was among the seaplane tenders to be sent into the Pacific. She was built as SS Exchequer in 1939 and joined the USN a year later under Commander John D. Price. Pocomoke conformed to her duties until 1946, when she was sold for scrapping in 1961.

USS Pocomoke
A photo of USS Pocomoke, circa late 1940 to early 1941. (Image source: Navsource)

Pocomoke weighed nearly 14,130 t. and stood tall at 492 ft., with a beam of roughly 70 ft and a draft of 21.2 ft.

USS Chandeleur (AV-10)

In 1942, USS Chandeleur began supporting the South Pacific bases as a tender and a cargo vessel that would deliver supplies from San Diego to Efate, Espiritu Santo, Samoa, and Nouméa under USN Commander Captain William Sinton. Upon arriving at Espiritu Santo, she’d provide a home base for Patrol Squadron 71 (VP-71) from June to October 1943. After the war and a couple more tending operations in the Far East, Chandeleur was decommissioned and docked at the Atlantic Reserve Fleet in 1947 with five battle stars under her name. Almost three decades passed, and she was sold for scrapping that would ultimately conclude her naval career.