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Ships' patch at left contributed by Ron Reeves, patch at right by Mike Smolinski

USNS Corpus Christi Bay (T-ARVH-1)
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USS Albemarle (AV-5) (1940 - 1966)

USS Albemarle (AV-5)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Echo - Delta
NEED

USNS Corpus Christi Bay (T-ARVH-1)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Xray - Foxtrot
NAXF
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
USS Albemarle (AV-5)


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service

USNS Corpus Christi Bay (T-ARVH-1)

Precedence of awards is from left to right
National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Curtiss Class Seaplane Tender:
  • Laid down, 12 June 1939, at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 13 July 1940
  • Commissioned USS Albemarle (AV-5), 20 December 1940, CDR. Henry M. Mullinnix in command
  • During World War II USS Albemarle was assigned to both the Europe-Africa-Middle East and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters
  • Decommissioned, 14 August 1950
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, New York Group, Brooklyn
  • Recommissioned, 21 October 1957, CAPT. William A. Dean Jr., in command
  • Decommissioned, 21 October 1960
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Norfolk Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1962
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Reinstated on the Naval Register, 27 March 1965
  • Converted to an Aircraft Repair Ship, Helicopter at Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston S.C.
  • Placed in service as USNS Corpus Christi Bay (T-ARVH-1) in January 1966 under the control of the Military Sealift Command (MSC)
  • During the Vietnam War USNS Corpus Christi Bay participated in campaigns between 1966 to 1969
  • Placed out of-service in 1973
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Corpus Christi, TX.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 December 1974
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 17 July 1975, to Brownsville Steel and Salvage Inc
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,671 t.(lt) 14,079 t.(fl)
    Length 527' 4"
    Beam 69' 3"
    Draft 21' 11"
    Speed 19.7 kts.
    Complement
    (AV-5)
    Officers - 100
    Enlisted - 1,035
    (ARVH-1) 128 civilian, 308 Army Technicians
    Largest Boom Capacity 20 t.
    Armament
    (AV) As Built
    four single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    three quad 40MM AA gun mounts
    (AV) Added during WWII
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
    (ARVH) none
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO - 9,670 Bbls
    Diesel - 290 Bbls
    Gasoline - 269,620 Ga;s
    Propulsion
    two New York Shipbuilding Parsons type geared turbines
    four Babcock and Wilcox Express boilers 400psi 600°
    double De Laval Main Reduction Gears
    four turbo-drive 500Kw 450V A.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 12,000shp

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    USS Albemarle (AV-5)
    Albemarle 126k Launching of Albemarle (AV-5), 13 July 1940, at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
    AP Wirephoto.
    Tommy Trampp
    Albemarle 99k USS Albemarle (AV-5) at anchor in Havana Harbor, Cuba, 22 February 1941, "dressed" for Washington's Birthday. Splinter protection (gun tubs) have been fitted around her single enclosed and three open 5"/38 gun mounts. The ship's OS2U Kingfisher seaplanes are on deck aft.
    US Navy photo # NH 96538 from the collections of the US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Robert Hurst
    Albemarle 33k USS Albemarle (AV-5) dressed overall at Argentia, Newfounfland, Canada, in June 1941. Note that Albemarle is painted in the seldom used Measure 2 camouflage. US Navy photo from "U.S. Navy Naval Aviation News" May 1990. Robert Hurst
    Albemarle 20k USS Albemarle (AV-5) at anchor, 5 May 1942, location unknown. Note Albemarle is painted in Measure 12(modified) camouflage scheme.
    US Navy photo
     
    Albemarle 69k USS Albemarle (AV-5) in Narragansett Bay, 8 August 1942. All four 5"/38 guns are now enclosed mounts, probably fitted during an overhaul at Boston in April 1942. her sister USS Curtiss (AV-4) never received this upgrade.
    US National Archives photo # (unknown), RG-19-LCM.
    Robert Hurst
    Albemarle 137k USS Albemarle (AV-5) underway, 30 July 1943, in what is probably Measure 22(5-N) camouflage.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-76629, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Robert Hurst
    Albemarle 140k USS Albemarle (AV-5) underway near Norfolk, VA., 7 September 1943. The ship is loaded with aviation cargo for transportation to the British Isles. A Martin PBM Mariner flying boat is shown on her fantail.
    US Navy photo # 80-G-204836 from the collections of the US Navy History and Heritage Command.
    Robert Hurst
    Albemarle 29k USS Albemarle (AV-5) at anchor, 5 April 1943, location unknown. Note Albemarle is painted in Measure 12(modified) camouflage scheme.
    US Navy photo
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Albemarle 76k USS Albemarle (AV-5) underway, 10 June 1943, location unknown. Note Albemarle is painted in Measure 12(modified) camouflage scheme.
    US Navy photo.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Albemarle 21k USS Albemarle (AV-5) at anchor, date and location unknown. Tom Camfield
    Albemarle 177k USS Albemarle (AV-5) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from 1966/67 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships"
    Robert Hurst
    Albemarle 67k USS Albemarle (AV-5) with a Martin PBM-3 Mariner of patrol bomber squadron VPB-210 is being prepared for hoisting aboard Albemarle at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 5 January 1945.
    U S Navy History and Heritage Command photo # 80-G-304427 from the "Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons. Volume 2: The History of VP, VPB, VP(H) and VP(AM) Squadrons [1]"
    Robert Hurst
    BB-44 California 138k Reserve Fleet Basin, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Pennsylvania. Photographed on 19 May 1955 with numerous cruisers, escort carriers, and auxiliaries in reserve. The nearest ship is the never-completed
    Hawaii (CB-3), which lacks her previously-installed three 12" gun turrets.
    The cruisers outboard of Hawaii are (in unknown order)
    Honolulu (CL-48),
    Columbia (CL-56),
    Denver (CL-58),
    Galveston (CL-93), and
    Portsmouth (CL-102).
    To their left are
    Tranquility (AH-14),
    Sanctuary (AH-17), and
    Pocono (AGC-16).
    Behind Hawaii (from left to right) are
    Montpelier (CL-57),
    Houston (CL-81),
    Huntington (CL-107),
    Savannah (CL-42),
    Cleveland (CL-55), and
    Wilkes-Barre (CL-103).
    Beyond them (from left to right) are
    Wichita (CA-45),
    Oregon City (CA-122),
    Chester (CA-27), and
    New Orleans (CA-32).
    The cruisers on the left side of the basin (from front to rear) are
    Minneapolis (CA-36),
    Tuscaloosa (CA-37),
    San Francisco (CA-38),
    Augusta (CA-31),
    Louisville (CA-28), and
    Portland (CA-33).
    Among the other ships in reserve in the basin are
    Fomalhaut (AE-20),
    Webster (ARV-2),
    Albemarle (AV-5),
    Tangier (AV-8),
    Pocomoke (AV-9),
    Chandeleur (AV-10),
    Abatan (AW-4),
    Mission San Carlos (AO-120),
    Prince William (CVE-31),
    Anzio (CVE-57),
    Block Island (CVE-106),
    Palau (CVE-122), and
    San Carlos (AVP-51).
    Moored in the shipyard at the extreme left are
    Tennessee (BB-43),
    California (BB-44), and
    Cabot (CVL-28).
    US Navy Photo # 80-G-668655, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Albemarle 66k USS Albemarle (AV-5) in the Azores, 21 August 1958, her stem showing the extensive modifications made to enable her to handle the projected Martin P6M Seamaster flying boats.
    US Navy photo # USN 1044231 by PHC Leuko.
    Robert Hurst
    Albemarle 91k USS Albemarle (AV-5) probably in January 1959 after being rebuilt to support the P6M Seamaster jet flying boat. Note the ramp and hoisting gear on the stern, which enabled the ship to bring the huge P6M on board without using a crane. The P6M program was canceled in August 1959 and Albemarle never serviced this aircraft.
    US Navy photo # USN 1033848 from the collections of the US Navy History and Heritage Command.
    Robert Hurst
    USNS Corpus Christi Bay (T-ARVH-1)
    Albemarle 171k USNS Corpus Christi Bay (T-ARVH-1) undergoing conversion from a Seaplane Tender to a Helicopter Repair Ship, at Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston S.C. fires up her boilers for the first time in five years on 19 July 1965. (See Charleston Naval Shipyard Newspaper article.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hall
    Albemarle 74k USNS Corpus Christi Bay (T-ARVH-1) moored pierside, Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, S.C., date unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Haze Gray and Underway
    Albemarle 48k USNS Corpus Christi Bay (T-ARVH-1) underway, overhead view, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
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    Albemarle 95k USNS Corpus Christi Bay (T-ARVH-1) fires up her boilers while in drydock, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, January 1969, by C. Ferguson JOC, USN.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Albemarle 43k USNS Corpus Christi Bay (T-ARVH-1) at anchor off Vung Tau, South Vietnam, circa 1967-69. Pete Harlem, Courtesy Bob Sheasley USA
    Albemarle 44k USNS Corpus Christi Bay (T-ARVH-1) at anchor off Vung Tau, South Vietnam, circa 1967-69. Pete Harlem, Courtesy Bob Sheasley USA
    Albemarle 55k USNS Corpus Christi Bay (T-ARVH-1) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Albemarle 72k USNS Corpus Christi Bay (T-ARVH-1) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Albemarle 122k USNS Corpus Christi Bay (T-ARVH-1) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    Robert Hurst
    Albemarle 551k Post card image of USNS Corpus Christi Bay (T-ARVH-1) off the Vietnam coast, sometime between 1966 and 1969. Tommy Trampp

    USS Albemarle (AV-5) / USNS Corpus Christi Bay (T-ARVH-1)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Mullinnix, Henry Maston :RADM20 December 1944 - 4 March 1941
    02CDR. Sallada, Harold Bushnell :ADM4 March 1941 - 8 April 1942
    03CDR. Meadows, Harold Letcher8 April 1942 - 6 October 1942
    04CAPT.Wiltsie, Irving Day 6 October 1942 - 12 June 1943
    05CDR. Wilcox, Donald Edmund12 June 1943 - 26 February 1944
    06CDR. Mills, Donald Lewis26 February 1944 - 11 May 1945
    07CAPT. DuBorg, Christian Harold11 May 1945 - ?
    08CAPT. Southerland, Leonard Bradshaw :RADM1947 - 1948
    09LCDR. Ward Edward Michael1948 - 1949
    10CDR. Eckelmeyer Jr., Edward Herman :RADM1949 - 10 July 1950
    11CDR. Stevens, William Randolph10 July 1950 - 14 August 1950
     Decommissioned14 August 1950 - 2 October 1957
    12CAPT. Dean Jr., William Arthur21 October 1957 - August 1958
    13CAPT. Minter Jr., Charles Stamps :VADMAugust 1958 - April 1959
    14CAPT. De Poix, Vincent Paul :VADMApril 1959 - November 1959
    15CAPT. Melvin, Clarence AgeeNovember 1959 - 21 October 1960
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    US Navy Patrol Squadrons - USS Albemarle (AV-5)
    MARAD Vessel History Database
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