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Snatch (T-AGOR-18) (1967)
USS Snatch (ARS-27) (1944 - 1967)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Alpha - Xray
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Service Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal
Diver Class Rescue and Salvage Ship:
Laid down, 28 January 1943, at Basalt Rock Co., Napa, CA.
Launched, 8 April 1944
Commissioned USS Snatch (ARS-27), 11 December 1944
Decommissioned, 23 December 1946, at San Diego, CA.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
Assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) and reclassified Oceanographic Research Ship, (T-AGOR-18), 1 April 1967
Custody assigned to Scripps Oceanographic Research Institute, La Jolla, CA., unofficially name R/V Argo
Returned to US Naval custody in March 1970
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1970
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 8 November 1971, to S.S. Zee, Taiwan
Displacement 1,897 t.
Length 213' 6"
Draft 14' 8"
Speed 15 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
four .50 cal. machine guns
Diesel 2,150 Bbls
Gasoline 2,560 Gals
four Cooper Bessemer GSR-8 Diesel-electric engines
single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gears
Ship's Service Generators
two Diesel-drive 200Kw 120V D.C.
one Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
twin propellers, 3,780shp
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|USS Snatch (ARS-27)
||The crew of USS Snatch (ARS 27) at quarters for the commissioning of the ship at Basalt Rock Co., Shipyard, Napa, CA. Basalt was about 10 miles north of Mare Island up the Napa River.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7639-44
||USS Snatch (ARS-27) at Eniwetok, Marshall Islands, circa 5 to 9 April 1945, to participate in the salvage operations of SS Esso Washington which was grounded near the entrance of Eniwetok Passage. SS Esso Washington can be seen in the left background of this photo.
||Chuck Trauth RM3/c USS Snatch, 1945-46
||R/V Argo fitted out with research gear from the University of California, Scripps Institute of Oceanography under contract for the Office of Naval Research, date and place unknown.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine November 1967.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
||R/V Argo underway, date and place unknown.
US Navy photo from DANFS.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
USS Snatch (ARS-27)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
Last Updated 7 June 2013
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