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Argentia Timeline

The table below was copied from another website.
When I find the URL for that website again I will plug it in.
Sid H.

Site selected in Placentia Bay. Originally called Little Placentia, it was renamed Argentia
Oct 13
USS Bowditch arrived with US Corps of Engineers and civilian hydrographic and surveyor personnel
Jan 19
USS Richard Peck arrived with 1,500 US construction workers and engineers
Jan 25
First all-military troops arrived when 120 US Marines came ashore
Feb 13
US Marines offically raised first US flag
May 15
The seaplane tender Albemarle arrived at Argentia, Newfoundland, to establish a base for Patrol Wing, Support Force operations and to prepare for the imminent arrival of VP-52, the first squadron to fly patrols over the North Atlantic convoy routes
July 15
Naval Operating Base Argentia offically commissioned. First Commanding Officer was Captain J.A. Morgan
July 30
Vice Admiral A.L. Bristol, Commander Task Force 24, arrived on USS Prarie to take command
Aug 10
Site of rendezvous between US President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Churchill
Aug 28
Naval Air Station Argentia offically commissioned
Sept 17
Five US destroyers from Argentia met a fifty ship merchant marine convoy and escorted it across the Atlantic
March 01
Ensign William Tepuni, USNR, piloting a Lockheed Hudson, PBO, of VP-82 based at Argentia, attacked and sank the U-656 southwest of Newfoundland. It was the first German submarine sunk by U.S. forces in World War II
US Navy Wing 7 and US Army Corps unit were stationed at Argentia
Sept 06
The first Naval Air Transport Service flight to Argentia, Newfoundland, marked the beginning of air transport expansion along the eastern seaboard that during the month extended briefly to Iceland and reached southward to the Canal Zone and Rio de Janeiro
The 17th Naval Construction Battalion (Seabees) arrived. The Battalion was part of the 10th Construction Regiment, consisting of 1,049 personnel. They assumed construction responsibilities and base maintenance from the US civilian construction companies
British Navy established a shop maintenance base for their escort destroyers
March 05
Bogue, with VC-9 on board, joined Task Group 24.4 at Argentia and began the escort of convoys to mid-ocean and return. Although the Santee had previously operated on Hunter-Killer duty, Bogue was the center of the first of the Hunter-Killer groups assigned to convoy escort
Oct 05
Coast Guard Patrol Squadron 6 was established at Argentia, Newfoundland, Commander D. B. MacDiarmid, USCG, commanding, to take over the rescue duties being performed by naval aircraft in Greenland and Labrador




Over 10,000 US Naval, Marine, Seabee and Army troops at Argentia. Thousands of ships and war planes passed through Argentia en route to European Theatre of War
June 01
Airships of ZP-14, assigned to antisubmarine operations around Gibraltar, completed the first crossing of the Atlantic by non-rigid airships. The flight began 29 May from South Weymouth, Mass., and ended at Port Lyautey, French Morocco, covering a distance of 3,145 nautical miles in 58 hours. Including time for stopovers at Argentia and the Azores, the airships moved their area of operations across the Atlantic in 80 hours
European war over. Japanese war continued until August 1945
Most of US Army troops and artillery moved out of Argentia
Argentia Naval activity increased; personnel and equipment increased
Approximately 7,000 naval and Marine troops at Argentia
Korean War alert. Military personnel increased
Argentia assigned support to Northeast Air Command
Approximately 8,500 Naval, Marine and Air Force troops in Argentia
Adjacent McAndrew Air Force Base closed. Navy took over some facilities
Use of airstrip at Argentia curtailed
Korean War over; Naval and Marine personnel reduced
Argentia assigned support to 64th Air Division and NORAD
Sept 01
VW-13 Established
Feb 08
A detachment of Patrol Squadron 11 at Argentia began ice reconnaissance flights over the Gulf of St. Lawrence to aid in evaluating satellite readings of ice formations transmitted by Tiros 4 which was put into orbit the same day
July 30
VW-13 Disestablished
Oct 07
VW-11 Disestablished
Oct 01
VW-13 Redesignated VAQ-130 
US Naval and Marine troops reduced to 3,000
US Naval and Marine troops reduced to 1,000
Deactivated buildings and facilities on north side turned over to Government of Canada
US Air Force at Argentia relinquished all command to US Navy. Argentia Airfield closed.



US marine troops vacated Argentia. Only Navy personnel remained

On north side, federal government occupied 20% of all buildings and facilities, provincial government 40% and private enterprise 40%
US Navy still occupies south side of base
Argentia one of the most modern US facilities in Navy
US Navy activities at Argentia cease
Some buildings still remain and are privately owned. Argentia Management Authority plans to build industrial park