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USS Current (ARS-22)

Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Alpha - Golf
NJAG
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons





Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (3)
Fourth Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3-Vietnam) - Vietnam Service Medal (6) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Fifth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Diver Class Rescue and Salvage Ship:
  • Laid down, 2 April 1943, at Basalt Rock Co. Inc., Napa, CA
  • Launched, 25 September 1943
  • Commissioned USS Current (ARS-22), 14 June 1944, LCDR. James B. Duffy, Jr., USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Current was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 30 June 1945
    3rd Fleet operations against Japan, 10 to 31 July 1945

  • Following World War II USS Current was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 September 1945 to 25 January 194627 January to 15 February 1946

  • Decommissioned, 9 February 1948 at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Recommissioned, 10 October 1951, LT. Charles E. Tiernan in command
  • During the Korean War USS Current participated in the following campaigns:
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Second Korean Winter
    22 February to 20 March 1952
    26 March to 1 April 1952
    13 to14 and 25 to 30 April 1952
    Korean, Summer-Fall 1953
    6 June to 17 July 1953
    24 to 27 July 1953
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    1 to 17 May 1952
    28 June to 19 July 1952
    6 to 23 August 1952
    31 August to 5 September 19
     

  • USS Current was assigned to China Service from 27 January to 15 February 1955
  • During the Vietnam War USS Current participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Defense
    1 to 8 October 1965
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    12 December 1969 to 6 January 1970
    15 March to 28 April 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    23 October to 1 November 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    12 May to 13 June 1971 17 June 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    2 November to 12 December 1968
    Consolidation I
    11 August to 12 September 1971

  • Decommissioned, 28 April 1972
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1973
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 27 June 1975, by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service, for $78,000 to Valor Navigation Co., New York, N.Y.
  • USS Current received two battle stars for World War II service, three battle stars for Korean War service and six campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,530 t.(lt) 1,940 t.(lim)
    Length 213' 6"
    Beam 39'
    Draft 14' 4" (lim)
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 7
    Enlisted 113
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 Tons
    Fuel Capacities
    Diesel Oil - 2,300 Bbls.
    Gasoline - 2,400 Bbls.
    Armament
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts, reduced to one single 40mm gun mount, during 1963-64 overhaul
    four .50 cal machine guns, removed during 1963-64 overhaul
    Propulsion
    two 6-cylinder Cooper Bessemer GSB-8 diesel-electric engines
    Single Farral Birmingham Main Reduction Gear
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 200Kw 120V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    twin propellers, 3,000shp

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    Current 94k Current (ARS-22) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from DANFS.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Current 66k USS Current (ARS-22) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Current 107k USS Current (ARS-22) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    NAFTS Collection
    National Association
    of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Current 36k USS Current (ARS-22) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    CWO3 Kenneth J Seaman USN Ret
    Current 152k USS Current (ARS-22) during salvage operations of a Japanese WWII era midget submarine at Keehi Lagoon just outside Pearl Harbor, 6 July 1960. This submarine has been designated by the Navy as "Midget D". It was launched from its mother submarine HIJNS I-18 at 0215 on the morning of 7 December 1941. Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Munsee 196k USS Current (ARS-22) is forward of USS Munsee (ATF-107) at Navy Yard Mare Island, 28 March 1946. Munsee is inboard of USS Achomawi (ATF 148) and just forward of Current are USS Lipan (ATF-85), USS Deliver (ARS-23) and USS Preserver (ARS-8).
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1247-46
    Darryl Baker
    Current 177k Aft plan view of USS Current (ARS-22) at Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 28 March 1946. Current was in overhaul at Mare Island from 1 to 31 March 1946. Forward of her are from left to right USS Lipan (ATF-85), USS Deliver (ARS 23), and USS Preserver (ARS 8).
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1241-46
    Darryl Baker
    Current 114k Amidships plan view of USS Current (ARS-22) at Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 28 March 1946. The sterns of USS Deliver (ARS 23), and USS Preserver (ARS 8) are seen forward of Current.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1242-46
    Darryl Baker
    Abnaki 1496k USS Current (ARS-22) and USS Abnaki (ATF-96) underway off the Hawaiian Islands, 22 November 1953.
    US Navy photo.
    Joseph Colombara USS Abnaki
    Current 246k USS Current (ARS-22) at anchor, date and location unknown dressed overall in flags.
    Photo courtesy of Risheehan (real name unknown).
    Robert Hurst

    USS Current (ARS-22)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Duffy Jr., James B.14 June 1944 - 4 March 1945
    02LT. Swift Jr., Robert W.4 March 1945 - 1 December 1945
    03LT. Red, David R.1 December 1945 - 16 February 1946
    04LT. Gilding, Howard F.16 February 1946 - 8 February 1948
     Decommissioned8 February 1948 - 10 October 1951
    05LT. Tiernan, Charles Edward10 October 1951 - 21 July 1953
    06LT. Hill Jr., Milton Reynold21 July 1953 - 11 September 1954
    07LCDR. McGee, William11 September 1954 - 9 June 1956
    08LCDR. Stangl, Gerald George (Casey)9 June 1956 - 31 May 1958
    09LCDR. Minard, Harold R.31 May 1958 - 17 Septemeber1960
    10LT. Evans, George Julian17 September 1960 - 12 October 1963
    11LCDR. Fonville, Henry Powell12 October 1963 - 20 September 1965
    12LCDR. Fuld, Charles Louis20 September 1965 - 13 February 1967
    13LCDR. Giganti, George Maurice13 February 1967 - 1 February 1969
    14LCDR. Bradshaw, Joe L.1 February 1969 - 28 April 1972
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
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