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USS Littlehales (AGSC-15)
USS YF-854 (1952 - 1959)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Papa - Mike
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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National Defense Service Medal

YF-852 Class Self-propelled Lighter / Littlehales Class Coastal Survey Ship:
  • Laid down, 31 May 1945, as YF-854 at Erie Concrete & Steel Co., Erie, PA.
  • Launched, 28 August 1945
  • Delivered to the Reserve Fleet upon completion
  • Commissioned USS YF-854, 17 December 1952
  • Redesignated a Coastal Survey Ship and named Littlehales (AGSC-15), 14 February 1959
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 20 February 1968
  • Decommissioned, 1 April 1968
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 300 t.
    Length 132' 6"
    Beam 31'
    Draft 9'
    Speed 10 kts.
    Complement 19
    Armament none
    Propulsion diesel, single propeller

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    Markab 133k YF-854 YF-881, YF-852 and USS Markab (AD-21) laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Orange,TX., circa 1947-1952.
    US Navy photo from Naval Station Orange, TX.
    Tommy Trampp
    USS Littlehales (AGSC-15)
    Littlehales 162k USS Littlehales (AGSC-15) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from DANFS.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    327k USS Littlehales (AGSC-15) underway off Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA., 11 October 1963.
    US National Archives Photo # USN 1087564
    a US Navy photo in the collections of the US Naval History and heritage Command
    Orlando Gallardo, Jr.

    USS YF-854 / USS Littlehales (AGSC-15)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. McBain, Robert Darwin, USN1956 - ?
    02LT. Welshe Jr., Edward Camice, USN1960 - 27 November 1961
    03LT. Rankin, James Franklin, USN27 November 1961 - 6 September 1963
    04LT. Bradshaw, Joe Leslie USN6 September 1962 - September 1965
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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