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USS Locust (AN-22)
USS Locust (YN-17) (1942 - 1944)
Locust (YN-17) (1941 - 1942)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Oscar - Yankee
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 5 April 1943)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

USS Locust also transferred to France and renamed RFS Locuste (A-765)
Aloe Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Laid down, 18 October 1940, at American Shipbuilding Co., Cleveland, OH.
  • Launched, 1 February 1941
  • Placed in service as Locust (YN-17), 13 July 1941
  • Commissioned, USS Locust (YN-17) in December 1942, LT. Robert A. Jordan, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Locust was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Consolidation of Solomon Islands
    Consolidation of southern Solomons, 5 April 1943

  • Redesignated (AN-22), 20 January 1944
  • Decommissioned, 8 July 1946, at Astoria, OR.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Astoria
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1962
  • Transferred, sold, to France under the Military Assistance Program, date unknown, and renamed RFS Locuste (A-765)
  • Decommissioned, date unknown, by the French Navy and sold to a Malaysian shipowner
  • Final Disposition, with Scorpion (A-728) [ex-USS Yew (AN-37)] in tow Locuste (A-765) struck a reef off Cikobia Island, Fiji, 30 July 1978, causing both vessels to sink
  • USS Locust (YN-17) earned one battle star for World War II service
    Displacement 700 t.(fl) 805 t.(lim)
    Length 162' 2""
    Beam 30' 6"
    Draft 11' 8" (lim)
    Speed 12.5 kts. (trial)
    Officers 4
    Enlisted 44
    Armament (upgraded)
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Largest Boom Capacity 12 t.
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 620 Bbls
    one General Motors 6278 Diesel-electric engine
    three Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ships' Service Generators
    single Fairbanks-Morse Main Reduction Gears
    single propeller, 800shp
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    Locust (YN-17)
    Locust 126k Locust (YN-17) on builders trials at 7 knots near Cleveland, Ohio,5 August 1941. The small object wrapped in canvas forward of the bridge is her 3"/23 gun.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-34503, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Derick Hartshorn and Robert Hurst
    RFS Locuste (A-765)
    Locust 72k Ex-Locust (AN-22) in French service as Le gabare RFS Locuste (A-765), underway, date and location unknown. Michel Martin

    USS Locust (YN-17 / AN-22)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
     LT. Jordan Jr., Robert Albert, USNRDecember 1942
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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    Last Updated 20 June 2014