USS Bridge (AF-1)

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USS Bridge
Career Union Navy Jack 100x35px
Builder: Boston Navy Yard
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: 18 May 1916
Commissioned: 2 June 1917 at Boston, Massachusetts
Decommissioned: 27 June 1946 at Sasebo, Nagasaki, Japan
Struck: 1946 (est.)
Fate: scrapped at Manila, 1947
Notes: one battle star for Okinawa Gunto operation
General characteristics
Class and type: Bridge-class stores ship
Displacement: 5207 tons
Length: 422 ft 11 in (128.91 m)
Beam: 55 ft 3 in (16.84 m)
Draught: 20 ft 8 in (6.30 m)
Propulsion: system unknown, single propeller
Speed: 14 knots
Complement: 238 officers and enlisted
Armament: four 5-inch guns
twin 40-mm Bofors

The first USS Bridge (AF-1) was the lead ship of her class of stores ships for the United States Navy, and served in both World War I and World War II

Early career

Bridge was launched 18 May 1916 at the Boston Navy Yard; sponsored by Mrs. Granville Searcy Fleece, a grandniece of Commodore Bridge; and commissioned 2 June 1917, Lieutenant Commander W. K. Riddle in command.

Following her commissioning Bridge loaded stores and provisions, and transported and issued them to the fleet and shore stations.

World War I

During 1917–1918 she made four round trips across the Atlantic as a unit of the Naval Overseas Transportation Service. On 1 July 1918, while at New York, she was assigned to the Train, Atlantic Fleet, and operated between New York, York River, and the Chesapeake.

Interwar period

In 1922 she sailed for Europe and duty with the U. S. Naval Detachment in Turkish Waters. Remaining a year in that area, she then joined Train, Squadron 1, Base Force, U. S. Fleet, in servicing and provisioning the Fleet from bases on both the east and west coasts of the United States, the Caribbean, and Canal Zone. In 1937–1938 Bridge spent six months on temporary duty with the Asiatic Fleet. In 1940–1941 she made 11 voyages between California bases and Pearl Harbor; the tenth trip also included the outlying bases of Midway Island, Guam and Wake Island.

World War II

With the entry of the United States into World War II Bridge expanded her Pacific voyages to include the Fiji, Tonga, and New Caledonia Islands. Between 10 August and 20 October 1942 she shuttled cargo between San Francisco and Alaska and then returned to the South Pacific. Between October 1942 and April 1943 she carried cargo to the Hawaii, Tonga, Loyalty Islands, and Samoan Islands. From 2 April until 3 July 1943 she ferried supplies between Nouméa, New Caledonia, and Auckland, New Zealand. In July she steamed to San Francisco and thence to Alaska where she operated until October. She returned to Pearl Harbor 3 November and operated between the Hawaiian and Ellice Islands until April 1944. Between 19 April 1944 and 27 April 1945 Bridge operated exclusively between Pearl Harbor and the Marshall Islands. During 9-22 May and 11 July-13 August 1945 she landed supplies at Okinawa, returning to Pearl Harbor each time.

On 10 October 1945 Bridge departed Pearl Harbor and steamed to Japan, via Okinawa, for occupation duty. While operating off Korea, 1 November, she struck a mine and suffered considerable damage but no personnel casualties. Towed to Japan 21 November by USS Sioux (ATF-75), she underwent repairs at Sasebo until January 1946. Bridge remained on occupation duty until June 1946. She was decommissioned at Sasebo 27 June 1946; turned over to the Foreign Liquidation Commission for disposal; and sold at Manila, Philippine Islands, 22 December 1947.

Bridge received one battle star for her World War II service.


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