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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.,
Displacement 785 t.
Length 168' 6"
Beam 33' 10"
Draft 10' 10"
Speed 12.3 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 12 t.
one single 3"/50 cal gun mount
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) underway, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial
||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.
||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.
|RV Grass Valley
||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
USS Suncock (AN-80)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Net Tender Stories
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 19 February 2016
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