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USS Penguin (ASR-12)

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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

Penguin Class Submarine Rescue Ship:
  • Laid down, 9 February 1943 as Fleet Tug, Chetco (AT-99) at Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 20 July 1943
  • Redesignated and renamed Submarine Rescue Ship Penguin (ASR-12), 23 September 1943
  • Commissioned USS Penguin (ASR-12), 29 May 1944, LCDR. George W. Albin, Jr. USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Penguin was assigned to SubRon 1, at New London, CT.
  • Decommissioned, 4 September 1947, at New London, CT.
  • Recommissioned, at New London, CT., 3 April 1952
  • Decommissioned, 29 June 1970, at Key West, FL.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,740 t.
    Length 205'
    Beam39' 3"
    Draft 15' 6"
    Speed 16 kts.
    Officers 6
    Enlisted 199
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 20mm AA gun mounts
    two depth charge tracks
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 2,310 Bbls
    Diesel-electric, four Alco diesel main engines driving four General Electric generators and three General Motors 3-268A auxiliary services engines
    single propeller, 3,000shp

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    Chetco (AT-99)
    Penguin 1234k Chetco (AT-99) on the builders ways at Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Charleston, S.C. in July 1943 prior to her conversion to Penguin (ASR-12) in September 1943. Alan Owens
    USS Penguin (ASR-12)
    Penguin 91k USS Penguin (ASR-12) under way, late 1940s, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #'s 80-G-626122 and NH 105502, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Penguin 48k USS Penguin (ASR-12) under way, date and location unknown. (NAFTS)
    National Association
    of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Penguin 116k USS Penguin (ASR-12) under way, 2 February 1959, probably at Key West, FL. She is wearing the emblem of Submarine Squadron 12 (SUBRON 12) on her bridge wing. Photo taken from USS Bushnell (AS-15).
    US Naval History and Heritage Command (UA-283), Photo # Unknown, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Penguin 113k USS Penguin (ASR-12) stands by in Malta at M'sida, prior NATO Exercise 'Medflex Invicta', April 16-21, 1961.
    Imperial War Museum British Post-1945 Official Classified Print Collection, Photo No. IWM (HU 102633)
    Mike Green
    Penguin 76k USS Penguin (ASR-12) under way off Key West FL, November 1966 ©Richard Leonhardt
    Penguin 69k USS Penguin (ASR-12) under way in Valletta Harbor, Malta, circa 1961.
    Photo A. & J. Pavia from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1961-62 edition.
    Robert Hurst
    Penguin 97k USS Penguin (ASR-12) under way in Valletta Harbor, Malta, circa 1961 or 1969.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.

    USS Penguin (ASR-12)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Albin Jr., George Waugh29 May 1944 - 28 May 1945
    02LT. Bastianelli, Harry Thomas28 May 1945 - 24 September 1945
    03LT. Engler, Clifford W.24 September 1945 - 1 October 1946
    04LCDR. Messick, Harry Joseph1 October 1946 - 4 September 1947
     Decommissioned4 September 1947 - 3 April 1952
    05LT. Enright, George Earnest, USN1958 - 20 May 1960
    06LT. Kutzleb Sr., Robert Eugene20 May 1960 - ?
    07LCDR. Carry, Allan Harry, USN1964
    08LCDR. Prescott, Robert1965 - 23 June 1967
    09LCDR. Mustard, James Dale, USN23 June 1967 - 15 August 1969
    10LCDR. Mullaly, William Joseph, USN15 August 1969 - 29 June 1970
     LCDR. Putnam, John Clarence, USN (USNA 1956)no dates
     LCDR. Mikich, Emil, USNno dates
    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
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
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