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USS Skylark (ASR-20)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Oscar - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - National Defense Service Medal (2)

USS Skylark (ASR-20) was transferred to Brazil and renamed Gastao Moutinho (K-10)
Penguin Class Submarine Rescue Ship:
  • Laid down in 1945 as the Navajo Class Fleet Tug, Yustaga (ATF-165) at Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Charleston, S.C.
  • Redesignated Submarine Rescue Ship, 11 October 1945
  • Assigned hull number ASR-20, 13 November 1945
  • Renamed Skylark, 5 December 1945
  • Launched, 19 March 1946
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet prior to commissioning at Charleston, S.C.
  • Commissioned USS Skylark (ASR-20), March 1951, at New London, CT.
  • Decommissioned, struck from the Naval Register, sold to Brazil, and commissioned into the Brazilian Navy as Gastao Moutinho (K-10), 30 June 1973
  • Redesignated Gastao Moutinho (U-20) in 1989
  • Deactivated, 18 September 1996
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,735 t.
    Length 205'
    Beam 39' 3"
    Draft 15' 6" (lim)
    Speed 16 kts.
    Officers 6
    Enlisted 100
    one single 3"/50 cal gun mount
    four single 20mm AA gun mounts
    two depth charge tracks
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 2,310 Bbls
    four Busch-Sulzer (539) Diesel-electric main engines
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 200Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    twin propellers, 3,000shp

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    USS Skylark (ASR-20)
    Skylark 124k USS Skylark (ASR-20) moored pierside at New York Navy Yard, 20 June 1951, during an inclining experiment.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-138256i a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Skylark 93k USS Skylark (ASR-20) under way during the early 1950s.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command (UA-283), Photo No. Unknown, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Skylark 79k USS Skylark (ASR-20) under way, circa 1950s or 60s. This photo was from her public relations package.
    US Navy photo # NH 97310 from the collection of Christopher P Cavas, 2000
    US Naval Historical Center
    Skylark 195k USS Skylark (ASR-20) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    David Wright
    Fulton 2958k USS Fulton (AS 11) alongside the State Pier, New London, CT., circa 1967-69. At the end of the pier is the submarine rescue vessel USS Skylark (ASR-20). Aft of Fulton is USS Gato (SSN-615), and moored in the nest next to Fulton is USS Dace (SSN-607), USS Jack (SSN-605), and an unknown Thresher/Permit class boat (inboard in the nest).
    US Navy photo.
    DCC(SS/SW) David Johnston, USN
    Skylark 74k USS Skylark (ASR-20) moored at State Pier, New London, CT. circa 1960s. Ron Reeves
    Skylark 91k USS Skylark (ASR-20) under way, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Skylark 108k USS Skylark (ASR-20) under way, probably at Naples, Italy, circa 1960s..
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Skylark 88k USS Skylark (ASR-20) under way near Malta in 1963. Photo from the 1966/67 Edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships", courtesy of A & J Pavia Robert Hurst
    Skylark 285k USS Skylark (ASR-20) underway in the Thames River, near New London, CT., circa 1971-1972 Rick Sherley
    Skylark 49k USS Skylark (ASR-20) towing decommissioned diesel submarine from Boston to New London, to be stripped for parts, during the winter of 1971. Rick Sherley
    Skylark 58k USS Skylark (ASR-20) moored at US Naval Submarine Base Groton, CT., circa 1972 Rick Sherley
    Skylark 480k USS Skylark (ASR-20) under way near US Naval Submarine Base New London, CT., circa 1969-72 Harold Weinbaum courtesy David A Downey BM2 (DV) USN
    Fulton 429k USS Fulton (AS 11) moored alongside Frontier Pier, Naval Station San Juan, Puerto Rico, circa 1970-73, with three diesel submarines, two nuclear Submarines and USS Skylark (ASR-20) alongside.
    US Navy photo.
    Harold Weinbaum courtesy David A Downey BM2 (DV) USN USS Fulton 1972-73
    Skylark 55k USS Skylark (ASR-20) with USS Talbot (DEG-4) in tow, circa 1971-73. Talbot was operating the the VA Capes area when she issued a destress call after breaking down due to a reduction gear problem. Skylark was in the area and took Talbot in tow, delivering her to Newport, R.I. 3 or 4 days later. Rick Sherley
    Skylark 63k One of USS Skylark (ASR-20)'s many duties included torpedo retrieval. When space got tight on the fantail torpedoes were stored along the main deck on both port and starboard sides, circa 1971-73. Rick Sherley
    Skylark 72k
    Skylark 78k The Submarine Rescue Chamber (SRC) belonging to USS Skylark (ASR-20) was temporarily hoisted on to USS Fulton (AS-11)'s boat deck so Skylark could pick up two fork lifts at Naples and deliver them to the Submarine Base at La Maddelena, Sardinia, to be used during site vertreps from the pier. Circa 1971-73. SRC removal was necessary due to room and weight (10.5 ton ). Rick Sherley
    Skylark 721
    Skylark 90k USS Skylark (ASR-20) alongside USS Fulton (AS-11) at the Submarine Base, La Maddelena, Sardinia, during one of the first vertreps from the pier, circa 1972. Rick Sherley
    Skylark 129k USS Skylark (ASR-20) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Skylark 101k USS Skylark (ASR-20) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "Mud, Muscles and Miracles" by Captain Charles A. Bartholomew, USN, and Commander William I. Milwee, Jr., USN (Ret.)
    Robert Hurst
    Skylark 462k USS Skylark (ASR-20) ship's plaque Tommy Trampp
    Gastao Moutinho (K-10)
    Skylark 46k Ex-USS Skylark (ASR-20) in Brazilian naval service as Gastao Moutinho (K-10) moored pierside circa 1974, location unknown. Yu Chu
    Skylark 58k Gastao Moutinho (K-10) underway, date and location unknown. Yu Chu
    Skylark 51k Gastao Moutinho (K-10) underway, date and location unknown. Yu Chu
    Skylark 164k Gastao Moutinho (U-20) moored pierside probably at Rio de Janeiro, circa 1989-1996. Yu Chu

    USS Skylark (ASR-20)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Heller, Glenn Gettus, USNMarch 1951 - June 1952
    03LCDR. Huffman, Paul EdwardNovember 1954 - January 1957
    04CDR. Chambers Jr., Lloyd Stuart, USN (USNA 1946)January 1957 - March 1959
    05LCDR. Brown, Robert Lee, USNMarch 1959 - October 1960
    06LT. Osborne, Charles NasonOctober 1960 - December 1962
    07LCDR. Fiore, Harold JosephDecember 1962 - January 1963
    08LCDR. Hecker, StanleyJanuary 1963 - April 1964
    09LT. Petranek, Vernon Eugene, April 1964 - August 1966
    10LCDR. Blumie, John AlexanderAugust 1966 - August 1968
    11LCDR. Darling, Donald LeeAugust 1968 - August 1970
    12LCDR. Smith Jr., Alfred AndersonAugust 1970 - 30 June 1973
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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