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USS Hamlin (AV-15)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Xray - Papa
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Kenneth Whiting Class Seaplane Tender:
Laid down, 19 July 1943, at Todd Pacific Shipyards, Inc., Tacoma, WA.
Launched, 11 January 1944
Commissioned USS Hamlin (AV-15), 26 June 1944, CAPT. Gordon Alexander McLean, USN in command
During World War II USS Hamlin was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 8 March 1945
|3d Fleet operations against Japan, 10 to 25 July 1945
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 30 June 1945
Following World War II USS Hamlin was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September t o15 December 1945
Decommissioned, 18 January 1947 at San Diego, CA
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego, CA.
Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration, September 1962 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1963
USS Hamlin earned three battle stars for service in World War II
Title passed to the Maritime Administration, 1 July 1963
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 7 November 1972, to National Metal & Steel Corp. (PD-X-949), for $87,500.00, Withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet the same day
Displacement 8,510 t.(lt) 12,610 t.(fl) 14,000 t.(lim)
Beam 69' 6"
Draft 23' 9" (lim)
Speed 18.7 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 20 t.
two single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
two quad 40mm AA gun mounts
two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
sixteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
Gasoline 312,475 Gals
one Allis Chalmers steam turbine
two Foster and Wheeler D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
double Falk Main Reduction Gears
three turbo-drive Ship's Service Generators, 500Kw 450V A.C.
one propeller, 8,500shp
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||Miss Constance Taffinder christening the seaplane tender Hamlin (AV-15), 11 January 1944. She was the daughter of Rear Admiral S. A. Taffinder,
Commandant of the 13th Naval District.
||S. Dale Hargrave
||USS Hamlin (AV-15) at anchor, 13 February 1945, in Tanapag Harbor, Saipan. Hamlin is painted in Measure 32/8Ax
US National Archives Photo # RG-80-G-306648, (taken from USS Chandeleur (AV-10)). A US Navy photo now in the
collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
||USS Hamlin (AV-15) at anchor in Ulithi Harbor, Carolines, circa October-December 1944.
US National Archives Photo # 80-G-K-2587, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|US Naval History and Heritage Command
||USS Hamlin (AV-15) R Div, date unknown.
USS Hamlin (AV-15)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|Commanding Officers||01||CAPT. McLean, Gordon Alexander, USN (USNA 1926) :RADM||26 June 1944 to December 1945|
|02||CDR. McKeel, William C., USNR||December 1945 to March 1946|
|03||CAPT. Shafer, David William, USN (USNA 1927)||March 1946 - 18 January 1947|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
US Navy Patrol Squadrons - USS Hamlin (AV-15)
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 24 December 2020
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