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USS San Pablo (AGS-30)
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USS San Pablo (AVP-30) (1943 - 1948)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Uniform - Kilo
NBUK
San Pablo (AVP-30) Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from left to right top to bottom
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)


San Pablo (AGS-30) Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal (6-Cuba) - National Defense Service Medal


Barnegat Class Small Seaplane Tender:
  • Laid down, 2 July 1941, at Associated Ship Building Inc., Seattle, WA.
  • Launched, 31 March 1942
  • Commissioned, USS San Pablo (AVP-30), 15 March 1943, CDR. Roy R. Darron in command
  • During World War II USS San Pablo was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Eastern New Guinea operation
    Finschhafen operation, 21 January to 17 February 1944
    Western New Guinea operations
    Toem-Wakde-Sarmi area operation, 13 to 28 May 1944
    Morotai Landings, 15 October 1944
    Support and consolidating operations designated by Com 7th Flt, 12 October to 7 November 1944
    Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Admiralty Island landings, 24 March to 17 April 1944
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 21 to 29 November 1944

  • Decommissioned, 13 January 1947
  • Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned, USS San Pablo (AGS-30), 17 September 1948, San Francisco, CA., CDR. Thomas E. Chambers in command
  • Decommissioned, 29 May 1969
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 January 1969
  • Loaned to Ocean Science Center of the Atlantic Commission, Savannah GA., 14 September 1971
  • Final Disposition, sold to Margo Zahardis, Vancouver, WA., fate unknown
  • USS San Pablo (AVP-30) earned four battle stars for World War II service
    AVP Specifications:
    Displacement 1,766 t.(lt) 2,750 t.(fl), 2,800 t.(lim)
    Length 310' 9"
    Beam 41' 2"
    Draft 13' 6" (lim)
    Speed 18.2 kts. (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 73
    Enlisted 294
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    one quad 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    Diesel 1,955Bbls
    Gasoline 84,340Gals
    Propulsion
    four Fairbanks Morse Diesel 32D81/8
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gear Ship's Service Generators
    one Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    one Diesel-drive 200Kw 450V A.C.
    two propellers, 6,080shp

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    USS San Pablo (AVP-30)
    San Pablo 98k San Pablo (AVP-30) near Seattle, Washington, 9 March 1943, a few days before her commissioning, builder's photo
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-42493, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    San Pablo 103k San Pablo (AVP-30) near Seattle, Washington, 9 March 1943, a few days before her commissioning, builder's photo
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-42494, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    San Pablo 102k USS San Pablo (AVP-30) and USS Rehoboth (AVP-50) moored at Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel Island, Azores, 22 February 1949. Both had been reactivated as surveying ships in 1948 although they retained their AVP classifications until August 1949.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-413565, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    USS San Pablo (AGS-30)
    San Pablo 47k USS San Pablo (AGS-30) underway, date and location unknown. Haze Gray & Underway Web Site
    San Pablo 90k USS San Pablo (AGS-30) moored outboard of USS Rehoboth (AGS-50) at Monoco, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, November 1959
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    San Pablo 41k USS San Pablo (AGS-30) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from DANFS.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    San Pablo 108k USS San Pablo (AGS-30) at sea off Bermuda, 16 January 1962.
    US Navy photo # NH 97534 by PH2 Warren, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    Robert Hurst
    San Pablo 137k USS San Pablo (AGS-30) underway, circa 1967, location unknown.
    US Navy photo # NH 97535-KN from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    Robert Hurst
    San Pablo 79k USS San Pablo (AGS-30) Ship's plaque Ron Reeves

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


    For more photos and information about USS San Pablo see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • USS San Pablo Association
  • Commanding Officers
  • USS Barnegat AVP-10 Class Seaplane Tenders
  • Navy Survey Ships (AGS)

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