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USS Greenwich Bay (AVP-41)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Alpha - Lima
NCAL
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal


Barnegat Class Small Seaplane Tender:
  • Laid down, 18 July 1944, at Lake Washington Shipyards, Houghton, WA.
  • Launched, 18 March 1945
  • Commissioned, USS Greenwich Bay (AVP-41), 20 May 1945, CDR. Peter F. Boyle USN in command
  • Following World War II USS Greenwich Bay was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    15 September 1945 to 27 March 194615 September 1945 to 27 March 1946
     3 to 5 May 1946
  • Decommissioned in June 1966
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1966
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 21 June 1967, to Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, MD.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,766 t.(lt) 2,800 t.(fl)
    Length 310'
    Beam 41' 2"
    Draft 13' 6" (limiting)
    Speed 18.2 kts. (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 14
    Enlisted 201
    Aviation Unit Accommodations
    Officers 59
    Enlisted 93
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    one quad 40mm AA gun mount
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    Diesel 1,955 Bbls.
    Gasoline 84,340 Gals.
    Propulsion
    four Fairbanks Morse 38D8 1/8 Diesel engines
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gear
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gear
    Ships Service Generators
    two diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    two diesel-drive 200Kw 450V A.C.
    two propellers, 6,080shp

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    Greenwich Bay 84k USS Greenwich Bay (AVP-41) underway near her builder's yard at Houghton, Washington, 16 May 1945.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-87294, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Greenwich Bay 84k USS Greenwich Bay (AVP-41) underway near her builder's yard at Houghton, Washington, 16 May 1945.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-87295, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Greenwich Bay 72k USS Greenwich Bay (AVP-41) moored in the harbor of Alexandria, Egypt, June 1946.
    US Navy photo # NH 81168 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center. Courtesy LCDR W. H. Cressman, USN (Ret.)
    US Naval Historical Center
    Greenwich Bay 439k USS Greenwich Bay (AVP-41) prepares to come alongside USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38) in the Red Sea/Persian Gulf area in 1952 in preparation for assuming duties as flagship Command Middle East Force. Carl Musselman
    Duxbury Bay 82k USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38) coming alongside USS Greenwich Bay (AVP-43) at Pier 2, Naval Operating Base Norfolk, VA. in 1954. Moored on the opposite side of Pier 2 is the Fleet Oiler USS Chukawan (AO-100)
    US Navy photo.
    Carl Musselman
    Greenwich Bay 84k USS Greenwich Bay (AVP-41) refueling a P5M seaplane of VP-44, 24 May 1955. She is wearing the white paint of a Middle East Force flagship.
    US Navy photo # NH 97640 by PH3 R.P. Champine, USN from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Greenwich Bay 495k USS Greenwich Bay (AVP-41) and USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38) moored side by side at Naval Operating Base Norfolk, VA. in 1956.
    US Navy photo from USS Coral Sea Cruise book
    Carl Musselman
    Greenwich Bay 58k USS Greenwich Bay (AVP-41) photographed circa 1958 from a P5M, whose port side wing float is visible at the top of the photo. Other P5M aircraft are parked at the seaplane base below. The small cargo ship with heavy lift booms amidships may be the USNS Col. William J. O'Brien (T-AK-246) or USNS Short Splice (T-AK-249) Note also the small unidentified structure on Greenwich Bay's after deck. The original print carried the rubber stamped date 22 May 1958 on its reverse side.US Navy photo # NH 38797 from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. Robert Hurst
    Greenwich Bay 684k USS Greenwich Bay (AVP-41) moored pierside at the Navy Pier on the Savannah River near the old Talmadge Memorial Bridge, Savannah, GA., June 1958. She is wearing the white paint of a Middle East Force flagship.
    Photos by L. R. Case, Jr.
    C. E. Case
    Greenwich Bay 1102k
    Greenwich Bay 73k USS Greenwich Bay (AVP-41) seen here as Middle East Command Ship, circa April 1949 to June 1966. Haze Gray & Underway
    Duxbury Bay 32k USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38) relieving USS Greenwich Bay (AVP-41) as flagship for COMIDEASTFOR, late 1960.
    Photo from 1960-1961 USS Duxbury Bay Cruise Book.
    Carl Musselman
    Greenwich Bay 111k USS Greenwich Bay (AVP-41), at Barcelona, Spain, late May or early June 1961. Barcelona was the first of a series of Mediterranean ports that the ship visited in mid-1961 before transiting the Suez Canal and becoming flagship of Commander Middle East Force.
    US Navy photo # NH 97755 from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Greenwich Bay 85k USS Greenwich Bay (AVP-41) at anchor with awnings rigged in a photograph released in 1965. She now has a tripod mast and a tall whip antenna right aft..US Navy photo # NH 98799 from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. Robert Hurst


    For more photos and information about USS Greenwich Bay, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • Barnegat Class Seaplane Tenders
  • Profile and Sky Views - Barnegat Class Small Seaplane Tenders - Lake Washington Shipyard, Houghton, WA.

  • Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Boyle, Peter Frederick, USN (1935)20 May 1945 - October 1946
    01CAPT. Adair, Crutchfield, USN (1924)October 1946 - September 1947
    02CAPT. Butts, Whitmore Spencer, USN (USNA 1929) :RADMSeptember 1947 - 25 October 1948
    03CAPT. Wilson, Thomas Payne25 October1948 - 2 October 1949
    04CAPT. Briner, Robert Rathbone2 October 1949 - 21 November 1950
    05CAPT. Williams, Macpherson Berrien (Mac) USN (30)21 November 1950 - October 1951
    06CAPT. Gjoerloff, George OliverOctober 1951 - January 1953
    07CAPT. Shields, Ward ThorntonJanuary 1953 - 10 November 1953
    08CAPT. Lewis, John Greenough10 November 1953 - 10 February 1955
    09CAPT. McCormick, William Morgan10 February 1955 - 25 February 1956
    10CAPT. Gayler, Noel Arthur Meredyth :ADM25 February 1956 - January 1957
    11CAPT. Wampler Jr., FrenchJanuary 1957 - December 1957
    12CAPT. Wright, James MahanDecember 1957 - 1 January 1959
    13CAPT. Riera, Robert Emmett :RADM1 January 1959 - 18 January 1960
    14CAPT. Davie, Theodore Henry18 January 1960 - February 1961
    15CAPT. Aurand, Evan Peter :VADMFebruary 1961 - September 1961
    16CAPT. Harty Jr., Harry Lafayette :ADMSeptember 1961 - October 1962
    17CAPT. Shryock, William AlexanderOctober 1962 - January 1963
    18CAPT. Griber, Peter Anthony MatthewJanuary 1963 - 28 July 1963
    19CAPT. Cason Jr., Arthur Caldwell28 July 1963 - 5 June 1964
    20CDR. Watson, Fred Carson5 June 1964 - 25 June 1965
    21CDR. King, William Clark25 June 1965 - 1 July 1966
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves. Photos courtesy Bill Gonyo

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

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