to isolated areas of Haiti; then, after being honored Assigned to TF 95, Saipan was primarily engaged in surveillance and reconnaissance missions along the coast and in inspection patrols of the islands just south of the 38th parallel. Annapolis assured a smooth and steady flow of information and relaying operational orders. Departing Norfolk on Christmas Day, she arrived off Cape Farewell on 28 December and prepared to launch the helicopters as soon as weather allowed. We put out fire in Na Trang too. After 34 days on station, she spent five days in Hong Kong, then returned to Subic Bay, whence she steamed to Tonkin Gulf in early December 1967 for her third "Yankee Station" communications patrol. back. My father only knew him by his nick name “Sticks” and was one of 3 sailors that found him hanging in their quarters. USS Annapolis (AGMR-1) was the former USS Gilbert Islands (ex-Sunset Bay) and a Commencement Bay-class escort carrier of the United States Navy.. Reclassified as AGMR-1 on 1 June 1963, renamed USS Annapolis on 22 June 1963, and then commissioned on 7 March 1964 with Captain John J. Rowan becoming its first commanding officer. On returning to the Gulf. eleven months after the close of World War II, Saipan trained student pilots out of In November, she returned to she continued on to Tonkin Gulf, It was probably the fastest speed Annapolis ever made with rumors of her making almost 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph). From the 7th to the 24th, electronic instrument evaluation was interrupted briefly. USS Mansfield (DD-728) [Destroyer] [Operated on Saigon River August 8-19, 1967 and December 21-24, 1968] USS Richard E. Kraus (DD-849) [Destroyer] [Operated on coastal inlet north of Da Nang, June 2-5, 1966, protecting Marines holding a bridge] Remaining on station from On 20 April, she delivered the helicopters to Air Force personnel in the Philippines; and, at the end of the month, she resumed operations off the coast of Korea. On 19 April, she departed Norfolk for Quonset Point, Rhode Island, where, on 3 May, she embarked Fighter Squadron 17A. Departing Norfolk on 7 From 11–19 March, she conducted operations for the development force; then made a reserve training cruise to Canada. Again assigned as primary landing area communications relay ship, she departed Pearl Harbor on 11 May and steamed for the Apollo 10 recovery area, some 2,400 miles south of Hawaii. On 29 December however, a C-47, equipped with jet assist takeoff and skis, landed on the ice, took on the marooned airmen and made it out again. conversion. In February 1948, however, her work in jet operational techniques, carrier support tactics, and electronic instrument evaluation was interrupted briefly. patrol; but, by mid-June, she was back on station. Video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Whiteman | Expeditionary Combat Camera | Date: 10.28.2013. Vietnam War Command History Reports. Captain Rowan also served as the pre-commissioning officer … At coast. communications ship returned to the Vietnamese was primarily engaged in surveillance the Atlantic Reserve Fleet until March 1963. exercises in the Caribbean; then proceeded to Philadelphia for overhaul. On 18 April, she also relieved Mindoro as flagship of Carrier Division 17 (CarDiv 17). There the aircraft were turned over to French forces. On 6 March Because of that unique relationship, Arlington wanted to give the USS Arlington a homecoming unlike any the Navy had ever seen before: a salute from the emergency officials who responded to the attack on the … Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.; launched on 8 July 1945; sponsored by Mrs. John W. McCormack; and commissioned Veterans who served on a vessel operating not more than 12 nautical miles seaward from the demarcation line of the waters of Vietnam and Cambodia, as defined in Public Law 116-23 are eligible for the Agent Orange Registry. in rescue personnel, and distributed food, water, and medical supplies, primarily in the flooded Learn how and when to remove this template message, Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service, Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation, List of aircraft carriers of the United States Navy, Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=USS_Saipan_(CVL-48)&oldid=991522697, World War II aircraft carriers of the United States, Cold War aircraft carriers of the United States, Cold War auxiliary ships of the United States, United States Navy Virginia-related ships, Articles lacking in-text citations from September 2008, Wikipedia articles incorporating text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 30 November 2020, at 14:28. for Pearl Harbor. The ship was stricken from the Navy List on 15 August 1975, and was sold by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping on 1 June 1976. Like her sister ships, USS New York and Somerset, she is named in commemoration of the attacks. I went to DaNang airbase to be transported to Clark Air Base … On 1 November, she entered the shipyard there for overhaul; and, in April, resumed Tonkin Gulf on 10 April. USS Saipan (CVL-48, built 1946) was originally being converted to a command ship CC-3 in 1963. On 19 April, she departed Reclassified AVT-6 on 15 conference on 8 June; and, on the 9th, she 1951, she got underway as flagship, CarDiv From there, Arlington proceeded to Midway Atoll where she provided communications support for the Nixon-Thieu conference on 8 June 1969, and, the next day, she sailed west. $31.99. On the Please note that being in the Agent Orange Registry does not verify eligibility fo… McDonnell FH-1 Phantom on USS Saipan in 1948. From there, Arlington proceeded to jets. His best friend and ship mate committed suicide aboard the ship. In January 1954, she interrupted her patrols to provide air support for Japanese manned LSTs ferrying former Chinese POWs from Inchon to new homes on Taiwan. to new homes on Formosa.