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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:

    Asiatic-Pacific 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
    Borneo operation
    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)
    Length 328'
    Beam 50'
    Draft 11' 2"
    Speed 11.6 kts.
    Officers 19
    Enlisted 240
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    Boats two LCVP
    one 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    two quad 40mm AA gun mounts
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    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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    Varuna 112k 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
    Robert Hurst
    Varuna 28k USS Varuna (AGP-5) with five PT boats alongside, date and location unknown. Rudolph Zielke

    USS Varuna (AGP-5)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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