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USS Yew (AN-37)
International Radio Call Sign:
USS Yew (YN-32) (1942 - 1944)
Yew (YN-32) (1942)
November - Whiskey - Foxtrot - Yankee
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
USS Yew (AN-37) was transferred to France and renamed Scorpion (A-728)
Aloe Class Net Laying Ship:
Laid down, as Yard Net Tender YN-32, 22 May 1941, at John H. Mathis Co,, Camden, N.J.
Launched, 4 October 1941
Placed in service as Yew (YN-32), 1 July 1942
Commissioned USS Yew (YN-32), date unknown
Reclassified as a Net Tender Ship redesignated USS Yew (AN-37), 1 January 1944
Decommissioned, 30 November 1944, at Oran, Algeria, simultaneously transferred to the French Navy under lend-lease, renamed RFS Scorpion (A-728)
Returned to US custody, 21 March 1949 and sold outright to France the same day
Yew was struck from the Naval Register, 28 April 1949
Final Disposition, sunk at Cikobia Island, Fiji, 30 July 1978, while under tow by RFS Locuste (A-765) [ex-USS Locust (AN-22)]. RFS Locuste struck a reef causing both vessels to sink
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 dual purpose gun mount
two .50 cal machine guns
Largest Boom Capacity 12 t.
one General Motors 6278 Diesel-electric engine
Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gears
two Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ships Service Generators
Single propeller, 800shp
Fuel Capacity - Diesel 660 Bbls
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USS Yew (AN-32)
||Yew (YN-32) under construction on the builders ways at the John H. Mathis Co,, Camden, N.J. Shipyard, circa 1941-1942.
Photos from Independence Seaport Museum, John Mathis collection (For educational and non-commercial use).
||Yew (YN-32) fitting out after launching at the John H. Mathis Co,, Camden, N.J. Shipyard, circa 1941-1942.
Photo from Independence Seaport Museum, John Mathis collection (For educational and non-commercial use).
||Yew (YN-32) under way, date and location unknown.
| RFS Scorpion (A-728)
||Ex-USS Yew (YN-32) underway while in French Naval service as RFS Scorpion (A-728) heading towards Papeete, circa 1969.
||RFS Scorpion (A-728) dry docked, date and location unknown.
||RFS Scorpion (A-728) at anchor and location unknown.
Photo from Marine Nationale.
USS Yew (AN-37)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Net Tender Stories
Last Updated 22 January 2016
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