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USS Nahant (AN-83)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Oscar - Zulu
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

USS Nahant (AN-83) was transferred to Uruguay and renamed Rou-Huracan (BT-30)
Cohoes Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Authorized as (YN-102)
  • Redesignated (AN-83), 20 January 1944
  • Laid down, 31 March 1945, at Commercial Iron Works, Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 30 June 1945
  • Commissioned, USS Nahant (AN-83), 24 August 1945, LT. Walter M. Hupfel USNR in command
  • Decommissioned, 25 July 1947, at Orange, TX.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange
  • Recommissioned, 14 February 1952, LT. Wilbur Joseph USN in command
  • Decommissioned, 30 September 1968
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1968
  • Transferred (sold) under terms of the Defense Assistance Act, to Uruguay and renamed Rou-Huracan (BT-30)
  • Rou-Huracan served as a Uruguay navy auxiliary
  • Decommissioned, 25 January 1993
  • Acquired by a fishing club in Paysand˙ and based on the Uruguay River
  • Sold, date unknown, renamed Nuestra Se˝ora De Los 33, converted into a barge, removing her propulsion
  • Current Disposition, As of October 2020 she remains extant as a floating workshop and office in Nueva Palmira
    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
    three single 20mm AA gun mounts
    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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    Nathan 322k USS Nahant (AN-83) drydocked at Gulfport Boiler and Iron Works, Port Arthur TX. in 1946, while being prepared deactivation and lay up in Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Orange TX. Group.
    Photos from the files of from the files of Gulfport Boiler and Iron Works, Port Arthur, TX.
    Jim Swank
    Nathan 71k
    221k USS Nahant (AN-83) underway, date and location unknown. Robert J. Cooke, US Navy
    209k Looking over the bow USS Nahant (AN-83) while underway, date and location unknown. Robert J. Cooke, US Navy
    Nathan 76k USS Nahant (AN-83) underway, date and location unknown. Tom N. Constine USS Nahant
    Nathan 44k USS Nahant (AN-83) moored at Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA, April 1958. Tom N. Constine USS Nahant
    Nathan 75k USS Nahant (AN-83) moored at Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA, April 1958. Tom N. Constine USS Nahant
    Nathan 392k USS Nahant (AN-83) doing maintenance work on the submarine nets at Naval Air Station at Quonset Point R.I. in Narragansett Bay in 1961. Nathant's job was to clean, repair and replace the net. During this operation, the ship would place three anchors in a triangular pattern which allowed the ship to be moved along the net. Each anchor was marked with a marker buoy which floated on the surface. One afternoon, President John F. Kennedy and his family came cruising over in the presidential yacht, Honey Fitz to watch our operation . Unfortunately, the Captain of the Honey Fitz got too close to one of our marker buoys and fouled a prop. We had to send one of our divers below to untangle the line, while the presidential party poured another drink and toasted us. The captain of USS Nahant at this time was LT. B.W. Reed and he is pictured in the second photo standing at the top of the starboard horn. Edward C. Cleveland, LT. USNR, Ret. USS Nahant
    Nathan 421k
    Nathan 377k
    Nathan 110k USS Nahant (AN-83) at anchor while hauling in anti-submarine nets, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from 1966/67 "Jane's Fighting Ships".
    Robert Hurst

    USS Nahant (AN-83)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Hupfel, Walter Martin, USNR24 August 1945 - December 1945
    02LTjg. Cella, Roy Francis, USNDecember 1945 - 25 July 1947
     Decommissioned25 July 1947 - 14 February 1952
    03LT. Joseph, Wilbur, USN14 February 1952 - January 1953
    04LT. Cooke, Robert Joseph, USNJanuary 1953 - May 1954
    05LT. Walker, George Dale, USNJanuary 1955 - 30 July 1957
    06LTjg. Merget, Andrew George, USN (USNA 1953)30 July 1957 - 25 October 1958
    07LT. Knight, Cecil Francis, USN25 October 1958 - 29 August 1960
    08LTjg. Jones Jr., Freasie L., USN29 August 1960 - 1960
    08LT. Reed, Benjamin William, USN1960 -?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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

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