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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  • Withdrawn from National Defense Reserve Fleet, 18 February 2010, and towed to Dominion Marine, Norfolk, VA.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
    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
  • Commanding Officers
  • Photos and Articles about ex-Kittiwake Grand Caymen Islands Reefing

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

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