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AVB is defined as a Aviation Logistics Support Ship, didn’t know that myself. This was the former LST 32 from WWII.
O.K. I got it, the LST sailors land the SeaBees, and build the air strip.
There are currently two T-AVBs in the Ready Reserve Force (T-AVB 3: Wright and T-AVB 4: Curtiss) which are designed to transport a set of modular maintenance facilities (meeting 20 foot ISO container standards) to provide IM level support to a Marine Air Wing. I was assigned as the SUPSHIP New Orleans Project Officer during their conversion from commercial combo roll-on/roll-off/containerships at Todd Shipyard in Galveston, TX in 1985-87. I did some research at the time and if I remember correctly, AVB 1 and 2 were intended to support forward deployed patrol plane squadrons.
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