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|New Bedford (PF 71)|
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|USS New Bedford (PF 71)|
Courtesy of Commander D. J. Robinson, 1976
Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 79080
Departing New York on 6 February 1945 the New Bedford proceeded to Oran escorting her first trans-Atlantic convoy which put safely into Oran on 23 February. On 3 March the frigate joined the anti-submarine screen of a west bound convoy, arriving Boston 20 March. She next sailed to Hampton Roads, Virginia to pick up an east bound convoy. She departed Hampton Roads 8 April and arrived at Oran on 24 April. She made her final westbound passage on 2 May and arrived at Boston on 19 May. She was then converted for duty as a weather ship while on an availability that lasted until 31 July 1945.
She was assigned to weather patrol in the Pacific and sailed from Boston on 31 July. The war ended as she was en route from the Canal Zone to Pearl Harbor, where she arrived 27 August 1945. Three days later she departed for Guam. For the next six months the New Bedford stood regular weather station patrols, returning to Guam, her home base, only long enough to fuel, provision and afford a period of recreation for the crew. The weather patrols were, for the most part, dull and tiring. Violent tropical storms sometimes beat her unmercifully as she stood her station. Once a Japanese destroyer on a peaceful reparation mission was sighted.
The frigate arrived at San Francisco on 10 March 1946 and then proceeded onto Seattle. She was decommissioned there on 24 May 1946.
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