At the outbreak of the war, the MANZANITA was fitted out and supplied with special submarine cables for the laying of a protective loop across the approach to Dutch Harbor and again, she was loaned to the Canadian authorities for the laying of a similar cable at Prince Rupert. The tenders performed their regular duties during the war, but were equipped with small arms, depth charge racks and deck guns for protection against enemy submarines. This armament was removed following cessation of hostilities and the complements of the tenders thereby gradually reduced.

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