High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Metomkin was to have
been one of 41 Barnegat-class small seaplane tenders the U.S. Navy
planned to commission during the early 1940s, and was to have been
built at Houghton, Washington, by the Lake Washington Shipyard.
However, by the spring of 1943 the Navy deemed that number of
seaplane tenders excess to requirements, and decided to complete
four of them as motor torpedo boat tenders and one as a catapult
training ship. In addition, the Navy also decided to cancel six of
the Barnegat-class ships prior to their construction, freeing up
the diesel engines that would have powered them for use in escort
vessels and amphibious landing craft.
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