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USS Locust (AN-22)
International Radio Call Sign:
USS Locust (YN-17) (1942 - 1944)
Locust (YN-17) (1941 - 1942)
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:
|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)
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 (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)
||Ex-Locust (AN-22) in French service as Le gabare RFS Locuste (A-765), underway, date and location unknown.
USS Locust (YN-17 / AN-22)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
| ||LT. Jordan Jr., Robert Albert, USNR||December 1942|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
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Last Updated 20 June 2014
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