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USS Varuna (AGP-5)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Yankee - Juliet
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)
Portunus Class Motor Torpedo Boat Tender:
Laid down, 23 August 1942, at Dravo Shipbuilding Yard, Neville Island, PA.
Launched, 9 December 1942
Redesignated a Motor Torpedo Boat Tender, 13 January 1943
Placed in reduced commission, 26 March 1943, for towing to Tampa, FL.
Decommissioned at Tampa and converted to a Portunus Class Motor Torpedo Boat Tender
Recommissioned USS Varuna (AGP-5), 31 August 1943, LCDR. L. W. Borst, USNR, in command
During WWII USS Varuna was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Bismarck Archipelago operation
Designated duty in connection with motor torpedo boat operations, February to May 1944
|Manila Bay - Bicol operations
Zambales - Subic Bay, 29 to 31 January 1945
|Western Caroline Islands operation
Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 1 to 20 July 1945
Balikpapan operation 1 to 20 July 1945
Decommissioned, 4 January 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1946
Sold to Stavenger Tankrederi, 31 July 1947, renamed MV Guaralina, reflagged Norway
Final Disposition, fate unknown
USS Varuna earned four battle stars for her World War II services
Displacement 3,960 t.(lt) 4,100 t.(fl)
Draft 11' 2"
Speed 11.6 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
Boats two LCVP
two quad 40mm AA gun mounts
eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
Diesel 4,480 Bbls
Gasoline 62,000 Gals
two General Motors 12-567A Diesel engines
single Falk Main Reduction Gears
Ship's Service Generators
three Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
two Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
two propellers, 1,800 shp, twin rudders
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||USS Varuna (AGP-5) probably photographed in late 1943, either after completion of conversion in September or in the Canal Zone in December. The original caption describes her camouflage pattern as the "green color system."
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. photo # not assigned
||USS Varuna (AGP-5) with five PT boats alongside, date and location unknown.
USS Varuna (AGP-5)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
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Last Updated 13 June 2014
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