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USS Hammondsport (AKV-2)
USS Hammondsport (APV-2) (1941 - 1942)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Oscar - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Kitty Hawk Class Aviation Transport:
  • Laid down, 20 January 1932, as SS Seatrain Havana for the Seatrain Lines at Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Chester, PA.
  • Launched, 26 September 1932
  • Acquired by the Navy and commissioned as Transport and Aircraft Ferry, USS Hammondsport (APV-2), 11 December 1941, CDR. Paul R. Glutting in command
  • Designation changed to Aircraft Transport (AKV-2), 15 September 1943
  • During World War II USS Hammondsport was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 7 March 1946, at Philadelphia, PA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Returned to Seatrain Lines, 10 May 1946, name reverted to SS Seatrain Havana
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 13 March 1973, to Hua Eng Copper and Iron Industrial Co. Ltd., Taiwan
    Displacement 4,000 t.(lt), 16,480 t.(fl)
    Length 478'
    Beam 63' 6"
    Draft 22' 10" (lim)
    Speed 16 kts.
    Officers 17
    Enlisted 238
    Largest Boom Capacity 11 t.
    Cargo Capacity 3,300 DWT
    non-refrigerated 592,000 Cu ft
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 8,730 Bbls
    one De Laval steam turbine
    three Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 420psi 680°
    double De Laval Main Reduction Gears Ship's Service Generators
    three turbo-drive 200Kw 230V A.C.
    one Diesel-drive 90Kw 230V A.C.
    single propeller, 8,000shp

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    USS Hammondsport (APV-2)
    Hammondsport 105k USS Hammondsport (APV-2) probably soon after the completion of conversion at the end of 1941.
    US National Archives, RG-80-G. photo # 80-G-31885, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    150k USS Hammondsport (APV-2) at Pearl Harbor, T.H, circa February 1942, off Ford Island. Note USS Arizona (BB-39), under salvage at left background.
    US National Archives, Catalog No. 80-G-K-464
    Mike Green
    Ballard 200k From bottom to top; USS Ballard (AVD-10), USS Hammondsport (APV-2), USS Vestal (AR-4) and a garbage lighter (YG) surrounded by anti-submarine nets at Pearl Harbor, 12 July 1942.
    US Navy photo # NH 84001, courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Forrestal Collection
    US Naval Historical Center
    Hammondsport 127k USS Hammondsport (APV-2) underway circa 1942-1943 with a PBY Catalina flying boat as deck cargo.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. photo a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.
    Robert Hurst
    USS Hammondsport (AKV-2)
    Hammondsport 34k USS Hammondsport (AKV-2) in San Francisco Bay, 2 October 1944, with a large deck cargo of aircraft.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. photo # 19-N-77631, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Hammondsport 211k USS Hammondsport (AKV-2) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst and Mike Green
    Hammondsport 100k USS Hammondsport (AKV-2) in San Francisco Bay , 7 March 1945.
    US National Archives, RG-19-, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Hammondsport 144k A panoramic photograph of USS Hammondsport (AKV-2)'s officers and crew posed beside her in 1945. Photographed by Thompson, Los Angeles, CA. The name Robert E. Burton was written on the original print. He may have been a member of Hammondsport's crew.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 106247, donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Hammondsport (APV-2 / AKV-2)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Glutting, Paul Rolland11 December 1941 - ?
    02CDR. Ballreich, Clarence John30 August 1942 - 1943
    03LCDR. Ryder, Henry Shorb7 August 1943 - ?
    04LCDR. Modin, Benny C.24 May 1945 - 7 March 1946
    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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    MARAD Vessel History Database
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