USS Cumberland Sound (AV-17)
Lambert M. SurhoneISBN: 978-6-1320-0458-1;
USS Cumberland Sound (AV-17) was a Kenneth Whiting-class seaplane tender in the United States Navy. Cumberland Sound was launched 23 February 1944 by the Todd-Pacific Shipyards, Inc., Tacoma, Washington; sponsored by Mrs. O. A. Tucker; and commissioned 21 August 1944, Captain E. Grant in command. Cumberland Sound was underway on 28 October 1944, bound for Pearl Harbor carrying six planes, passengers, and cargo. After training in the Hawaiian Islands, she sailed for Eniwetok on 1 December. From 13 December 1944 to 1 January 1945 she completed her training at Eniwetok, then loaded spare parts at Guam and arrived at Ulithi 12 January. She operated search patrols from this base until 24 June, then returned to Eniwetok, where until 7 August she tended the seaplanes of Patrol Bomber Squadron 22. Cumberland Sound rendezvoused with elements of the 3rd Fleet at Okinawa 18 August and sailed to Tokyo Bay, arriving 28 August to set up a seadrome. She...
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