USS Suisun (AVP-53)
was a United States Navy Barnegat-class
small seaplane tender
in commission from 1944 to 1955.
Construction, commissioning, and shakedown
was laid down on 4 October 1942 by Lake Washington Shipyard
at Houghton, Washington
. She waslaunched on 14 March 1943, sponsored by Mrs. C. W. Martyr, and commissioned
on 13 September 1944 with Commander
James. J. Vaughan in command.
After fitting out, Suisun
steamed to San Diego, California
, on 18 October 1944 for her shakedown
cruise, which lasted until 21 November 1944. She then had a post-shakedown yard
World War II operations 1944-1945
Central Pacific operations
departed the United States West Coast
on 7 December 1944. She arrived at Pearl Harbor
, Hawaii, on 14 December 1944, and departed for Eniwetok
in the Marshall Islands
on 18 December 1944. She remained at Eniwetok from 26 December 1944 to 1 January 1945, when she sailed to the Marianas Islands
. From there she went to Ulithi Atoll
in Caroline Islands
for three days.
On 13 January 1945, Suisun
got underway for Kossol Passage
in the Palau Islands
, and operated there until 5 February 1945, when she returned to Ulithi. On 8 April 1945 she sailed to the Marianas and operated there until mid-April 1945.
Operations in the Ryukyu Islands
in the Marianas on 20 April 1945 and anchored at Kerama Retto
in the Ryukyu Islands
, on 25 April 1945. She tended seaplanes
until forced to leave for Saipan... Read More