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Auxiliary seaplane tender
314' 4" x 31' 8" x 9' 10"
4 × 4" guns
1 × 3"guns
12 × 21" torpedo tubes
Conversion to Seaplane Tender
During the Guadalcanal campaign, USS Ballard along with USS Mackinac were supporting PBY Catalinas from VP-23 and VP-11 operating from Graciosa Bay on Ndeni Island. On September 12, 1942, both ships were shelled by a Japanese submarine. Ballard slipped its anchor and proceeded at full speed to find the submarine but it submerged and escaped and neither side inflicted any damage.
Between 15 June and 3 July 1944 she participated in the Saipan operation, laying aircraft buoys, and tending the first patrol squadron to operate from the area. Next, she performed patrol duties during the seizure of the Palau during 12 September – 11 December 1944).
In late December 1944 she began another stateside yard period, at Seattle, Washington. Upon completion of repairs, she was once again assigned to plane guard duties, operating out of San Diego until 1 October 1945.
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