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Chuck Gibfried was called upon to support the conversion of a World War II seaplane tender into a floating palace.
That ship, reconverted into a seaplane tender, went down in a hail of Japanese fire on Feb.
Supported by USS Shawmut (CM 4), a minelayer adapted for use as a seaplane tender, the detachment of flying boats began operations off Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in February 1919.
Navy's several dozen seaplane tenders, large and small.
With three new carriers in the fleet, and others under construction, Langley was converted to a seaplane tender (AV 3) at Mare Island from October 1936 to February 1937.
After a tour at the Navy Supply School in Boston, he returned to sea duty in the Pacific theatre aboard Pocomoke, a seaplane tender.