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USS Kittiwake (ASR-13)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Lima - Whiskey
NULW
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (4) - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (6)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2)


Chanticleer Class Submarine Rescue Ship:
  • Laid down, 5 January 1945, at Savannah Machinery and Foundry, Co., Savannah, GA.
  • Launched, 10 July 1945
  • Commissioned USS Kittiwake (ASR-13), 18 July 1946, LT. L. H. Collier in command
  • Decommissioned, 30 September 1994
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 30 September 1994
  • Title transferred to MARAD, 31 March 2000, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Withdrawn from National Defense Reserve Fleet, 18 February 2010, and towed to Dominion Marine, Norfolk, VA. to prepare her for reefing
  • Final Disposition, to be reefed, 5 January 2011, in the Cayman Islands as a dive site
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,780 t.(lt) 2,141 t.(fl)
    Length 251' 4"
    Beam 42'
    Draft 14' 10" (lim)
    Speed 14.5 kts.
    Complement
    Officer 6
    Enlisted 96
    Largest Boom Capacity 20 t.
    Armament
    two single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    eight single 20mm gun mounts
    four depth charge tracks
    Fuel Capacity Diesel-1,785 Bbls
    Propulsion
    four General Motors model 12-278A Diesel engines
    Ship's Service Generators
    two GM Diesel 8-268A Diesel-drive 200Kw 120V D.C.
    one GM Diesel 3-268A drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 3,000shp

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    Kittiwake 255k USS Kittiwake (ASR-13) underway in 1953. Note 3" gun on 01 level, and 20mm in front of bridge John Hummel
    Kittiwake 116k USS Kittiwake (ASR-13) moored astern of USS Orion (AS-18) at Naval Station Norfolk, 30 September 1955.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Rankin/Kittiwake 109k USS Kittiwake (ASR-13) underway off NOB Norfolk, VA. July-August 1964. In the foreground is USS Rankin (AKA-103). © Richard Leonhardt
    Kittiwake 120k USS Kittiwake (ASR-13) underway in a Mediterranean port, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from 1966/67 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships".
    Robert Hurst
    Kittiwake 261k USS Kittiwake (ASR-13) underway in the roadstead at Hampton Roads, 23 July 1988.
    Defense Visual Information Center photo # DN-ST-88-08285 by Don S. Montgomery.
    Bill Gonyo
    Kittiwake 50k USS Kittiwake (ASR-13) underway, date and location unknown. National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors)
    Kittiwake 28k USS Kittiwake (ASR-13) underway, date and location unknown. Courtesy Harry Jaeger and The National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Kittiwake 129k USS Kittiwake (ASR-13) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Tom Langford
    MARAD James River Group Reserve Fleet
    Kittiwake 188k Ex-USS Kittiwake (ASR-13) between ex-USNS Harkness (T-AGS-32) and ex-USS Escape (ARS-6) in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, in April 2005. Photo by Ed Zajkowski
    Kittiwake 166k Ex-USS Kittiwake (ASR-13) moored in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, in April 2005. View of Oil Purifier in ships engine room. Photo by Ed Zajkowski
    Kittiwake 133k Ex-USS Kittiwake (ASR-13) moored in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, in April 2005. View of hand painted Engineering Dept. logo on engine room deck. Photo by Ed Zajkowski
    Ortolan 87k From left to right; ex-USS Kittiwake (ASR-13), ex-USCGC Escape (WMEC-6) and ex-USS Ortolan (ASR-22), laid up in reserve in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA., 8 April 2009 Photo Mike Hibbard
    Ortolan 87k From right to left; ex-USS Kittiwake (ASR-13), ex-USCGC Escape (WMEC-6), and ex-USS Ortolan (ASR-22) laid up in reserve in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA., 9 April 2009 Photo Mike Hibbard
    Ortolan 102k From left to right; ex-USS Cape Cod (AD-43), ex-USNS Harkness (T-AGS-32), ex-USS Kittiwake (ASR-13), ex-USCGC Escape (WMEC-6), and ex-USS Ortolan (ASR-22) laid up in reserve in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA., 9 April 2009 Photo Mike Hibbard
    Kittiwake 111k From left to right; ex-USS Cape Cod (AD-43), ex-USNS Harkness (T-AGS-32), ex-USS Kittiwake (ASR-13), ex-USCGC Escape (WMEC-6) laid up in reserve in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA., 9 April 2009 Photo Mike Hibbard
    Kittiwake 99k Ex-USS Kittiwake (ASR-13) under tow on the Elizabeth River, 18 February 2010, from the James River National Reserve Fleet to Dominion Marine, Norfolk, VA., where she will be cleaned of toxic materials. The ship will then be towed to the Cayman Islands where she will be sunk in about 65 feet of water as an artificial driving reef. Mabel Clark

    USS Kittiwake Additional Ships Patches
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    For more photos and information about USS Kittiwake, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
  • Photos and Articles about ex-Kittiwake Grand Caymen Islands Reefing

  • Commanding Officers
    01LT. Collier, Leland H.18 July 1946 - 1948
    02LT. Hurst III, Thomas Charles1948 - 1950
    03LT. Wilson, Walter Kenneth1959 - 1952
    04LT. Rogers, Paul Russell1952 - 1954
    05LT. Colburne, T. E.1954 - 1954
    06LCDR. Buckee, William Denver1954 - 1956
    07LCDR. Hibbs, William Hough1956 - 1958
    08LCDR. Scott, William Minton1958 - 1960
    09LCDR. Powell, P. O.1960 - 1962
    10LCDR. Kutzleb Sr., Robert E.1962 - 1964
    11LCDR. Langford, George Randolph1964 - 1966
    12LCDR. Scranton, Herbert H.1966 - 1968
    13LCDR. James, Robert Francis1968 - 1970
    14LCDR. Mullaly, William Joseph1970 - 11 December 1971
    15LCDR. McNease Jr., S.11 December 1971 - 1974
    15CDR. Duffy, Francis Kevin1974 - January 1977
    17CDR. Schery, Ferdinand MichaelJanuary 1977 - 16 March 1979
    18CDR. Fawcett, Peter Formanek16 March 1979 - 1981
    19CDR. Martin, Tomas James1981 - 1983
    20CDR. Norris, Rick Joseph1983 - 15 October 1985
    21LCDR. Erwin, Troy James15 October 1985 - 8 October 1988
    22CDR. Trotter, James Sheldon8 October 1988 - 1991
    23CDR. Stewart, William James1991 - July 1993
    24CDR. Zehner, Stanley NormanJuly 1993 - 29 September 1994
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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