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The Currituck-class seaplane tenders were four ships built for the American People's Navy during World War II. The role of a seaplane tender was to provide base facilities for squadrons of seaplanes in a similar way that an aircraft carrier does for its squadrons.


  • Type: Seaplane Tender
  • Service Period: 1943-1987
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 540 feet 5 inches (164.72 meters)
    • Beam: 69 feet 3 inches (21.11 meters)
    • Draft: 22 feet 3 inches (6.78 meters)
    • Displacement: 14,000 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 684-1,247
  • Propulsion: Steam turbines, 4 × boilers, 2 × shafts, 12,000 shp (9.0 MW)
  • Range:
  • Speed: 18 knots (33.34 km/h)
  • Armament:
    • 4 x 5"/38-caliber Mk.12 dual purpose naval guns (2x2)
    • 20 x Bofors 40mm anti-aircraft guns (3x4, 4x2)
    • 20 x Oerlikon 20mm anti-aircraft cannons (

Unit RunEdit

  • APNS Currituck (AV-7)
  • APNS Norton Sound (AV-11)
  • APNS Pine Island (AV-12)
  • APNS Salisbury Sound (AV-13)

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