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USS Mahogany (AN-23)
USS Mahogany (YN-18) (1942 - 1944)

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

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

Aloe Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Laid down, 18 October 1940, at American Shipbuilding Co., Cleveland, OH.
  • Launched, 18 February 1941
  • Placed in service, 14 September 1941, as Mahogany (YN-18)LTjg. Ravenel L. Collins, USNR, Officer in Charge
  • Commissioned Yard Net Tender USS Mahogany (YN-18), 22 December 1942, LT. Ravenel L. Collins, USNR, in command
  • Redesignated as Net Tending Ship AN-23, 20 January 1944
  • During World War II USS Mahogany was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 17 April to 30 June 1945
  • Final Disposition, damaged beyond economical repair during Typhoon Ida at Okinawa, 14 September 1945, towed to Guam, stripped of all useable materials, decommissioned, struck from the Naval Register, and destroyed, 19 April 1946
  • USS Mahogany 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
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two .50 cal machine guns
    one y-gun.
    Largest Boom Capacity 12 t.
    one Enterprise DSG-6 Diesel-electric engine
    Single Westinghouse Main Reduction Gear
    two Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ships Service Generators
    Single propeller, 800shp
    Fuel Capacity - Diesel 620 Bbls

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    Mahogany 223k USS Mahogany (AN-23) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Stan Svec

    USS Mahogany (YN-18 / AN-23)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Collins, Ravenel Lewis, USNR (Officer in Charge)14 September 1941 - 22 September 1942
    01LT. Collins, Ravenel Lewis, USNR22 September 1942 - 22 December 1942
    02LT. Connelly Jr., Ernest Clyde, USNR22 December 1942 - 19 April 1946
    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
    Net Tender Stories

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