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USCGC Bering Strait (WHEC-382)
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USCGC Bering Strait (WAVP-382) (1948 - 1966)
USS Bering Strait (AVP-34) (1944 - 1948)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign (3)
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Vietnam Service Medal (5) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (5) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal



USCGC Bering Strait (WHEC-382) was transferred to South Vietnam and renamed RVNS Tran Quang Khia (HQ-2), later transferred to the Philippines and renamed BRP Diego Silang (PF-9)
Barnegat Class Small Seaplane Tender:
  • Laid down, 7 June 1943, at Lake Washington Shipyards, Houghton, WA.
  • Launched, 15 January 1944
  • Commissioned, USS Bering Strait (AVP-34), 19 July 1944, CDR. Walter Deans Innis USN, in command
  • During World War II USS Bering Strait was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 15 February to 16 March 1945
    3rd 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 Bering Strait performed Occupation duty in the Far East from 2 September to 30 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, 21 June 1946, at NAS Alameda, Alameda, CA.
  • Transferred on loan to the US Coast Guard, 14 September 1948
  • Commissioned USCGC Bering Strait (WAVP-382), 14 September 1948
  • Redesignated High Endurance Cutter (WHEC-382), 1 May 1966
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 26 September 1966
  • During the Vietnam War USCGC Bering Strait participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    15 May to 31 May 1967
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    9 to 21 June 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    1 June 1967 to 29 January 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    2 to 15 and 28 to 31 July 1970
    16 to 31 August 1970
    7 to 26 October 1970
    7 to 21 November 1970
    22 November to 1 January 1971
    Tet Counteroffensive - Phase III
    30 January to 4 February 1968
     

  • Decommissioned by the Coast Guard, and transferred to South Vietnam, 1 January 1971, renamed RVNS Tran Quang Khia (HQ-2)
  • USS Bering Strait earned three battle stars for her World War II service and five campaign stars as USCGC Bering Strait for Vietnam War service
  • Custody assumed by the Republic of the Philippines
  • Sold outright to the Republic of the Philippines, 5 April 1976
  • Commissioned into the Philippine Navy in April 1976, as BRP Diego Silang (PF-9)
  • Decommissioned by Philippine Navy in June 1985
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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
    USN
    three single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    one quad 40mm AA gun mount
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    USCG
    one single 5"/38 cal. Mk 12, Mod 1 dual purpose gun mount
    two .50 caliber machine guns M2
    one flare mortar MK13
    one A/S rocket launcher MK10
    two torpedo tubes mounts MK32-5
    six torpedo tubes MK10-8 torpedo tubes
    MK44 torpedoes
    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
    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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    USS Bering Strait (AVP-34)
    Bearing Strait
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    Namesake
    Bering Strait - Is a strait between the Pacific and Arctic oceans, separating the Chukchi Peninsula of the Russian Far East from the Seward Peninsula of Alaska. The present Russia-United States maritime boundary is at 168° 58' 37" W longitude, slightly south of the Arctic Circle at about 65° 40' N latitude. The Strait is named after Vitus Bering, a Danish explorer in the service of the Russian Empire.
    Photo - Little Diomede Island (US, left) and Big Diomede Island (Russia, right) ©Dave Cohe, July 2006.
    Map - Defense Mapping Agency topographical map of the Bering Strait, 1973
    Tommy Trampp
    Bearing Strait 79k USS Bering Strait (AVP-34) being christened at Lake Washington Shipyards, Houghton, WA., 15 January 1944 by Mrs. George F. Cornwall.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-58235 A US Navy photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection now fin the US National Archives
    Bill Gonyo
    Bearing Strait 121k USS Bering Strait (AVP-34) being launched at Lake Washington Shipyards, Houghton, WA., 5 January 1944.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-58204 A US Navy photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection now in the US National Archives
     
    Bearing Strait 91k USS Bering Strait (AVP-34) photographed off Houghton, WA., 12 July 1944, shortly before commissioning. Bering Strait is painted in Measure 32/2Ax camouflage (light gray, ocean gray, and black).
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-72076 A US Navy photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection now in the US National Archives
     
    Bearing Strait 83k USS Bering Strait (AVP-34) photographed, 1 October 1944. She has a main armament of three 5"/38 guns. Bering Strait is painted in Measure 32/2Ax camouflage (light gray, ocean gray, and black).
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-73151. A US Navy photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection now in the US National Archives
     
    Bearing Strait 142k USS Bering Strait (AVP-34) photographed, 1 October 1944. Bering Strait is painted in Measure 32/2Ax camouflage (light gray, ocean gray, and black).
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-73152 A US Navy photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection now in the US National Archives
     
    Bearing Strait 144k USS Bering Strait (AVP-34) photographed, 1 October 1944. Bering Strait is painted in Measure 32/2Ax camouflage (light gray, ocean gray, and black).
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-73153 A US Navy photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection now in the US National Archives
     
    Bearing Strait 97k USS Bering Strait (AVP-34) photographed, 1 October 1944. Bering Strait is painted in Measure 32/2Ax camouflage (light gray, ocean gray, and black).
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-73155 A US Navy photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection now in the US National Archives
     
    Bearing Strait 49k USS Bering Strait (AVP-34) during WWII, date and location unknown. Bering Strait is painted in Measure 32/2Ax camouflage (light gray, ocean gray, and black).
    US Navy photo
     
    Bearing Strait 57k USS Bering Strait (AVP-34) during WWII tending seaplanes, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
     
    Bearing Strait 2144k USS Bering Strait (AVP-34) at Kerama Retto in the Spring of1945.
    Photo by PhoM2/c Paul D. Guttman.
    Robert Guttman for his father Paul D. Guttman PhoM2/c
    USCGC Bering Strait (WAVP-382) (WHEC-382)
    Bearing Strait 31k Ex-USS Bering Strait (AVP-34) in US Coast Guard service as USCGC Bering Strait (WAVP-382) Ken Laesser
    Bearing Strait 106k USCGC Bering Strait (WAVP-382) photographed during the 1950s.
    US National Archives photo # NH 97595. A US Navy photo from the collections of the
    Jason
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    118k Five white 311-foot cutters of Coast Guard Squadron Three, assigned to support Operation MARKET TIME tied up alongside Navy repair ship USS Jason (AR-8) at Naval Station Subic Bay in the Philippines, 4 August 1967. From inboard to outboard:
    USCGC Half Moon (WHEC-378);
    USCGC Yakutat (WHEC-380);
    USCGC Gresham (WHEC-387);
    USCGC Barataria (WHEC-381) and
    USCGC Bering Strait (WHEC-382)
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian’s Office Coast Guard Photo Rel. No. 6201; August 4,1967
    Photo by CDR Richard Morse, USCG, Commanding Officer USCGC Barataria (WHEC-381)
    Robert Hurst and
    Bob Canchola
    Bearing Strait 47k USCGC Bering Strait (WAVP-382) at anchor off the coast of Subic Bay, Philippines, 4 October 1970.
    US Coast Guard photo.
    USCG Historian's Office
    Bearing Strait 30k Starboard broadside view of USCGC Bering Strait (WAVP-382) anchored while in Vietnam War service, date and location unknown. Photo from US Coast Guard Historian's Office. Mike Green
    Bearing Strait 555k Aerial view of USCGC Bering Strait (WAVP-382) seen here in her gray paint scheme of 1970 during the Vietnam War, where she conducted operations in support of Operation Market Time, at anchor in December 1970 at Subic Bay, P.I. Carl Musselman, courtesy John "Jack" Forsythe USCGC Bering Strait
    Bearing Strait 164k USCGC Bering Strait (WAVP-382) at Subic Bay Naval Base, P.I. being prepared for turnover to the South Vietnamese navy, prior to December 1970. Carl Musselman, courtesy Jerry Muller and John Reuter USCGC Bering Strait
    Bearing Strait 198k
    RVNS Tran Quang Khia (HQ-2)
    Bearing Strait 63k RVNS Tran Quang Khia (HQ 02) ships' plaque. Tommy Trampp
    Bearing Strait 51k Vietnamese Naval officers and CPOs boarding their new ship, RVNS Tran Quang Khia (HQ 02), which was transferred to the Republic of Vietnam Navy, 1 January 1971.
    US Coast Guard photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Bearing Strait 77k Ex-USCGC Bering Strait (WAVP-382) in South Vietnam naval service as RVNS Tran Quang Khia (HQ 02) coming along side USCGC Castle Rock (WHEC-383) while anchored in Vung Tau Harbor South Vietnam, 4 August 1971. Photos by Carl Backman QMCS USCG (Ret.)
    Bearing Strait 141k
    Bearing Strait 80k
    Bearing Strait 147k RVNS Tran Quang Khia (HQ 02) under way in 1971, location unknown.
    Official South Vietnamese Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Bering Strait 69k Ex-USCGC Castle Rock (WHEC-383) in South Vietnamese naval service as RVNS Tran Binh Trong (HQ-5) moored outboard of ex-USCGC Cook Inlet (WHEC-384) in South Vietnamese naval service as RVNS Tran Quoc Toan (HQ-6) and ex-USCGC Bearing Strait (WHEC-382) in South Vietnamese naval service as RVNS Tran Quang Khia (HQ-2) at Saigon in May 1972. © Richard Leonhardt
    Bearing Strait 106k Three LSMs in formation with RVNS Tran Quang Khia (HQ 02) moored pierside in the background, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Bearing Strait
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    226k A South Vietnamese Barnegat-class seaplane tender pulls alongside USS Cook (DE-1083) in the South China Sea, during "Operation Frequent Wind", in late April 1975. Although the pennant number is barely visible, the ship appears to be RVNS Tran Quang Khia (HQ-02), formerly USS Bering Strait (AVP-34). To starboard of Tran Quang Khia is the South Vietnam self-propelled gasoline barge RVNS HQ-471 (ex US Navy YOG-33) and in the background is a Newport-class tank landing ship.
    U.S. Navy photo [1] from the USS Cook (DE-1083) 1974-1975 cruise book
    Robert Hurst

    USS Bering Strait (AVP-34)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    USS Bering Strait (AVP-34) Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Innis, Walter Deane, USN (USNA 1932) :RADM19 July 1944 - November 1945
    02CAPT. Corbin, Frank Temple, USN (USNA 1927)November 1945 - 21 June 1946
    USCGC Bering Strait (WAVP-382 / WHEC-382) Commanding Officers
    03CAPT. Scalan, Bernard Edward, USCG (USCGA1935)June 1952 - 1954
    04CDR. Kerr Jr., Evor Samuel, USCG1954 - August 1955
    05CDR. Perry, Ellis Lee, CDR USCG (USCGA 1942) :VADMAugust 1955 - September 1957
    06CAPT. Bender, Chester Robey, USCG (USCGA 1936) :ADM1959 - June 1961
    07CAPT. Mihlbauer, John Pearson, USCG (USCGA 1950)no dates
    08CAPT. Roberge, Theodore L., USCG (USNA 1947)1967
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
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    Profile and Sky Views - Barnegat Class Small Seaplane Tenders - Lake Washington Shipyard, Houghton, WA.
    US Navy Patrol Squadrons - USS Bering Strait (AVP-34)
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