AVC-1: Photographs

These photographs were selected to show the original configuration of this class and major subsequent modifications. For most classes many other photographs exist.
For more complete online collections of U. S. Navy ship photographs see in particular the NHHC Online Library of Selected Images and the NavSource Photo Archive.

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USS AVC-1

At the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 9 January 1941, about a week before being placed in service.
The ship in reserve on the right is USS Bridgeport (AD-10), which the Navy decided not to return to service in World War II and which later became the Army hospital ship Larkspur and transport Bridgeport.

Photo No. Unknown
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS AVC-1

At the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 9 April 1941 while the catapult was being installed.
This stern view shows part of the ramp up which the XPBM-2 seaplane was raised before being placed on the catapult. The ships in reserve on the right are USS Bridgeport (AD-10) and Maumee (AO-2).

Photo No. Unknown
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS AVC-1

On 2 June 1942 with the Martin XPBM-2 patrol bomber at release point from the launching car of the XH-III catapult.
This aircraft, Bu# 1247, was a PBM-1 Mariner modified for long-range operations with additional fuel tanks and a reinforced airframe to permit catapult launching. Only the prototype was built, and after catapult trials it served as a static test article at Philadelphia until stricken in June 1944.

Photo No. NH 94608
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command