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USS Suncock (AN-80)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Foxtrot - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Cohoes Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Laid down, 30 November 1944, as Yard Net Tender Suncock (YN-99); at Commercial Iron Works, Portland, OR.
  • Redesigned Net Laying Ship (AN-80), 17 January 1945
  • Launched, 16 February 1945
  • Commissioned USS Suncock (AN-80), 5 May 1945, LT. Robert C. Ramey USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Suncock (AN-80) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • USS Suncock (AN-80) was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.2.7 Target Vessel Group - Salvage Units for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
  • Decommissioned, 12 June 1947, at Astoria, OR. and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Astoria
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration in 1961
  • Custody transferred to the Department of Interior, Bureau of Mines
  • Moved to the Pacific Reserve Fleet at Mare Island, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1962
  • Custody transferred to MARAD in September 1962, for use as a research vessel by the Bureau of Mines, renamed RV Grass Valley
  • Returned to US Navy custody for disposal, 18 June 1968
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 28 July 1971, to Waterman Supply Co., Wilmington, CA.
    Displacement 785 t.
    Length 168' 6"
    Beam 33' 10"
    Draft 10' 10"
    Speed 12.3 kts.
    Officers 4
    Enlisted 42
    Largest Boom Capacity 12 t.
    one single 3"/50 cal gun mount
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 905 Bbls
    two Busch-Sulzer BS-539 Diesel-electric engine
    single Westinghouse Main Reduction Gear
    two 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,200shp

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    USS Suncock (AN-80)
    Suncock 67k USS Suncock (AN-80) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial
    Stan Svec
    Suncock 370k Decommissioned USS Suncock (AN-80) at the US Naval Reserve Fleet at Mare Island in June 1965 while being reactived for use by the Bureau of Mines. Suncock was activated by the US Naval Reserve Ship Activation and Repair Division 12-2(M). (See attached Activation Report). She is moored alongside the decommissioned cruiser USS Oakland (CLAA-95) outboard of the decommissioned cruiser USS Roanoke (CL-145).
    File name: AN 80-03, Navy Photo, June 1965.
    Darryl Baker
    Suncock 295k Decommissioned USS Suncock (AN-80) at the US Naval Reserve Fleet at Mare Island in June 1965 while being reactived for use by the Bureau of Mines.
    File name: AN 80-04, Navy Photo, June 1965.
    Darryl Baker
    RV Grass Valley
    Suncock 346k Ex-USS Suncock (AN-80) as Bureau of Mines research ship RV Grass Valley moored pierside at the Marine Mineral Technology Center, Tiburon, CA. in August 1965.
    File name: AN 80-08, Navy Photo, August 1965
    Darryl Baker

    USS Suncock (AN-80)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Ramey, Robert Clifton, USNR5 May 1945 - 14 November 1945
    02LT. Lefcourt, Louis Lawrence, USNR14 November 1945 - 22 February 1946
    03LT. Nickle, Leslie George, USN22 February 1946 - 12 June 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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