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USS Petrel (ASR-14)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Sierra - Romeo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (5) - National Defense Service Medal

Chanticleer Class Submarine Rescue Ship:
  • Laid down, 26 February 1945, at Savannah Machinery and Foundry, Co., Savannah, GA.
  • Launched, 26 September 1945
  • Commissioned USS Petrel (ASR-14), 24 September 1946, LT. Desiderous (Dennis) Hime USN in command
  • Decommissioned, 30 September 1991
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 9 October 1991
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • Transferred to MARAD custody, 1 May 1999, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Final Disposition, contract for scrapping awarded to Bay Bridge Enterprises, Chesapeake, VA., towed from the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River to Bay Bridge Enterprises, Chesapeake, VA., 5 December 2003
    Displacement 1,780 t.(lt) 2,141 t.(fl)
    Length 251' 4"
    Beam 42'
    Draft 14' 10" (lim)
    Speed 14.5 kts.
    Officer 6
    Enlisted 96
    Largest Boom Capacity 20 t.
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four single 20mm gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity Diesel-1,785 Bbls
    four General Motors model 12-567 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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    Petrel 66k USS Petrel (ASR-14) under way in the Cape Cod Canal, summer 1949. Cliff Hart USS Petrel
    Petrel 109k USS Petrel (ASR-14) entering the harbor at Havana, Cuba, summer 1950. Cliff Hart USS Petrel
    Petrel 156k USS Petrel (ASR-14) overhead view under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Petrel 92k USS Petrel (ASR-14) under way in a Mediterranean port, circa 1961, 1964 or 1968.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    155k USS Petrel (ASR-14) moored at St. Petersburg, FL. circa early 1960s. David Wright
    Petrel 116k US Navy ordnance men check for contamination on an H-bomb on the deck USS Petrel (ASR-14) off Palomares Beach, Spain, 8 April 1966, after the bomb was successfully recovered from the Mediterranean Sea. The bomb had been lost since the crash of two US Air Force planes in January 1965.
    US Navy photo.
    Ron Reeves
    Petrel 90k USS Petrel (ASR-14) hoisting aboard the remotely operated vehicle CURV during the search for the lost nuclear weapon off Palomares, Spain in 1966.
    US Navy photo from "Mud, Muscle, and Miracles" by Captain Charles A. Bartholomew, USN and Commander William I. Milwee, Jr., USN (Ret.)
    Robert Hurst
    Petrel 103k Under water view of the H-bomb located by USS Petrel (ASR-14) using the the remotely operated vehicle CURV.
    US Navy photo from "Mud, Muscle, and Miracles" by Captain Charles A. Bartholomew, USN and Commander William I. Milwee, Jr., USN (Ret.)
    Robert Hurst
    Petrel 56k USS Petrel (ASR-14) under way, circa 1965-66, location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, September 1966.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Petrel 93k USS Petrel (ASR 14) approaching USS Walworth County (LST 1164) for refueling, enroute to the Mediterranean, circa 1968. USS Walworth County (LST-1164) web site
    Petrel 414k USS Petrel (ASR-14) under way in Hampton Roads, Virginia, August 1973. Courtesy © Atlantic Fleet Sales/ Nobe Smith
    Petrel 79k USS Petrel (ASR 14) under way, date and location unknown. Tom Langford
    Petrel 75k USS Petrel (ASR-14) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.

    USS Petrel Additional Ships Patches

    Contributed by Mike Smolinski

    USS Petrel (ASR-14)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Hime Desiderous (Dennis), USN24 September 1946 - 1948
    02LT. McCaughey, William Hunnewell, USN (USNA 1943)1949 - 1952
    03LT. Fedzyshyn, Michael, USN1952 - 1954
    04LCDR. Jones II, Roy Kehlor USN (USNA 1945)1954 - 1955
    05LCDR. Dunn, William Austin, USN1955 - 1957
    06LCDR. Eason, George Emery, USN 1957 - 1958
    07LCDR. O'Rourke, Joseph James, USN1958 - 1958
    08LCDR. Ullrich, Howard Clifton, USN1958 - 1959
    09LT. Wise, William Edgar, USN1959 - 5 September 1961
    10LCDR. Bull III, Joseph Laurie, USN5 September 1961 - 1963
    11LCDR. Harrell, Max Alan, USN1963 - 1967
    12LCDR. Miller, Robert Cliston, USN1967 - June 1968
    13LCDR. Tew, Louis M. USNJune 1968 - June 1970
    14LCDR. Richards, Frank Martin, USNJune 1970 - September 1972
    15LCDR. Peck, Bert Lyle, USNSeptember 1972 - 1974
    16LCDR. Williamson Jr., James Vivian, USN1974 - 1976
    17LCDR. Hasselman, Eugene A., USN1976 - 27 September 1979
    18LCDR. Garrahan, Richard, USN27 September 1979 - 1980
    19LCDR. Malloch, James Edward, USN1980 - 1983
    20LCDR. Henson, Earl O'Neal, USN1983 - 1985
    21LCDR. Hively, Howard D., USN1985 - 1988
    22CDR. Lannou Jr., Gordon Calvert, USN1988 - 1989
    23CDR. Slaton, Steven Gregory, USN1989 - January 1990
    24LCDR. Schmitz, David Colin, USNJanuary 1990 - 27 September 1991
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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