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Circa 1951

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News May 1951 "...Seaplane Super Service - Page 17 to 20 - Naval Aviation News - May 1951..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1951/jun51.pdf [24JUL2004]

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Circa 1946

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: USS Timbalier Pictures ThumbnailCamera "...USS Timbalier (AVP-54), 1946-1960. USS Timbalier, a 1,766-ton Barnegat class small seaplane tender, was built at Houghton, Washington, and was commissioned in May 1946. In February 1944 the Puget Sound Navy Yard was directed to complete her and Valcour (AVP-55), but in June 1945 they were ordered transferred back to the Lake Washington Shipyard at Houghton, resulting in their delayed completion. After a brief period of shakedown training at San Diego, Timbalier proceeded to the East Coast. In December 1946 she departed Norfolk for the Caribbean, and for the next eight years she tended the Martin PBM Mariner seaplanes of Fleet Air Wing 11 there and along the East Coast. Timbalier was decommissioned in November 1954 and placed in reserve. She was sold in December 1960 to a Greek merchant ship operator who renamed her Rhodos and converted her into the passenger vessel. She was scrapped at Eleusis, Greece, in 1989...." http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-t/avp54.htm Contributed by KOONTS, AT2 Billy billkoonts@aol.com [26SEP2002]

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