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WE THE CREW AND OFFICERS OF THE U. S. S. DUXBURY BAY CAVP-385,
having set sail on the Third of October, Nineteen Hundred and Fifty-seven for
our annual cruise to the Persian Gulf, do present to our families and friends
this cruise book to be a lasting memory of our experiences and life during our
time spent in the Middle East.
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on 3 May 1949. On this cruise she visited Pearl Harbor, Wake Island, Manila, Singapore, Colombo
and numerous ports in the Persian Gulf where she paused for a month to serve as flagship for Com-
mander Persian Gulf Area. In October of 1949 she took part in cold weather exercises acting as a
seaplane base at Halifax, Nova Scotia.
In January 1950 she began her present duty as flagship for Commander Middle East Force
and has visited such places in the Middle East as Karachi, Pakistan, Colombo, Ceylon, Madras,
India Trincomalle, Ceylon, Cochin, India and Various por
turn trips she has been to Port Suez, Port Said, E gyptg Naples , Gibralter, Athens , Greece and other Med
The DUXBURY BAY is painted white due to the extreme temperatures in which she Works,
and is air conditioned for the comfort of her crew. She is a proud ship and has served well in demon-
strating the American way of life to the world.
ts in the Persian Gulf itself. On her re-
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A MESSAGE FROM THE CAPTAIN
A cruise book depictingvarious activities of
a ship's crew is a valuable momento of a team
working together. At the beginning of my tour
the DUXBURYBAYwas no more than a receiving
ship for personnel coming for brief periods and
others departing for other duty. You, who be-
came the permanent crew for our Persian Gulf
duty, have every right to be proud of your work.
The Operational Readiness Inspection, cruise
to the Gulf, and the carrying of desparately
needed supplies to Ceylon are testimonials to
Good luck to all of you, inside or out of the
CAPTAIN WILLIAM M, COLLINS, USN
CaptainWilliam M. Collins, USN, Commanding Officer of the Seaplane tender USS DUXBURY
BAYQAVP-385, has hada long and varied naval career. He graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy
in 1934 andwas assigned to the cruiser USS NORTHHAMPTON as his first duty. From there he pro-
ceeded to flight training at Pensacola, and was designated a naval aviator in January 1938. His sub-
sequent duty assignments were Fighting Squadron Four on the USS RANGER, Senior Naval Aviator on
the battleship USS NEW MEXICO, the Naval Air Station, Norfolk and Aide to the Chief of Naval Air
In May 1943 he assumed command of Fighting Squadron Eight on the Carrier USS BUNKER
HISS and served in all Pacific campaigns from the initial Palau carrier strikes in March 1944 to the
invasion of Leyte in November 1944,
He later served as Executive Officer on the Naval Air Station, Miami, Florida and as Com-
manding Officer of Air Transport Squadron Three. In February 1947 he became Navigator and later
Air Officer of the carrier USS KEARSARGE, Duty followed as Commanding Officer of the aircraft
Constitution and two years as an instructor at the Naval War College, Newport. His most recent
duty has been on the staff of the Commander-in-Chief, Far East and United Nations Command in
Tokyo, and head ofthe Career Activities Branch in the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington, D. C.
His awards include the Navy Cross, four Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Bronze Star,
eight Air Medals, the Purple Heart and the Presidential Unit Citation.
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