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Patch at left contributed by Don McGrogan, BMCS, USN Ret., at right contributed by Mike Smolinski

USS Skylark (ASR-20)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Oscar - Foxtrot
NJOF
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 1993
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,735 t.
    Length 205'
    Beam 39' 3"
    Draft 15' 6" (lim)
    Speed 16 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 6
    Enlisted 100
    Armament
    one single 3"/50 cal gun mount
    four single 20mm AA gun mounts
    two depth charge tracks
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 2,310 Bbls
    Propulsion
    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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    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.
    Mike Green
    Skylark 93k USS Skylark (ASR-20) underway during the early 1950s.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command (UA-283), Photo No. Unknown
    Mike Green
    Skylark 79k USS Skylark (ASR-20) underway, 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 52k USS Skylark (ASR-20) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    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 88k USS Skylark (ASR-20) underway near Malta in 1963. Photo from the 1966/67 Edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships", courtesy of A & J Pavia Robert Hurst

    USS Skylark (ASR-20)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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    Last Updated 13 June 2014