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USS Opportune (ARS-41)

Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (5) - Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2)
Third Row - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (3)
Fourth Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Cuba) - Vietnam Service Medal (1) - Southwest Asia Service Medal

Bolster Class Rescue and Salvage Ship:
  • Laid down, 13 September 1944, at Basalt Rock Co., Napa, CA.
  • Launched, 31 March 1945
  • Commissioned USS Opportune (ARS-41), 5 October 1945
  • During the Vietnam War USS Opportune participated in the following campaign:
    Vietnam Campaign Medal Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Counteroffensive Campaign
    19 January to 26 February 1966

  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 30 April 1993
  • Title transfer to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 1 February, 1999
  • Laid 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
  • USS Opportune earned one campaign star for Vietnam War service
    Displacement 1,497t.(lt) 2,048 t.(fl)
    Length 213' 6"
    Beam 43'
    Draft 14' 8"
    Speed 16 kts.
    Officers 7
    Enlisted 113
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    Diesel 2,150 Bbls
    Gasoline 2,560 Gals
    four Cooper Bessemer (GSB-8) Diesel-electric drive engines
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 200Kw 120V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 50Kw 120V D.C.
    twin propellers, 3,000shp

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    Size Image Description Contributed
    Opportune 40k USS Opportune (ARS-41) ready to lay beach gear, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Courtesy Craig Rothhammer
    via NAFTS
    National Association
    of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Opportune 77k USS Opportune (ARS-41) underway, August 1966, location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, January 1971.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Opportune 85k USS Opportune (ARS-41) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "Sea Classics" magazine, September 1979.
    Jim Geldert
    Thor 68k USS Opportune (ARS-41) and USS Thor (ARC-4) working together, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine February 1954.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Opportune 42k USS Opportune (ARS-41) underway, date and location unknown. Tom Langford
    Opportune 111k USS Opportune (ARS-41) underway circa the 1970s. The single 40 mm gun over the bridge appears to have been removed.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command (UA-164), Photo No. Unknown
    Mike Green
    Opportune 1253k USS Opportune (ARS-41) departing La Spezia, Italy, 12 December 1981. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Opportune 366k Starboard bow view of USS Opportune (ARS-41) underway, 1 November 1983, location unknown.
    DVIC photo # DN-SC-88-09162, by PH2 P. Wiggins, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center.
    Bill Gonyo
    Opportune 32k USS Opportune (ARS-41) underway off NAB Little Creek, VA, November 1990 Courtesy Don Knock
    via NAFTS
    National Association
    of Fleet Tug Sailors

    Additional Ships Patches / Decals / Crests
    Ship's Crest
    Contributed by Craig Rothhammer via NAFTS
    Ship's Patch
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski
    2" Vinyl Ship's Patch decal
    Contributed by Jack Treutle
    Ship's plaque
    Contributed by John E. Price II
    for his father John Price Sr.
    USS Opportune

    For more information about USS Opportune, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • "Welcome Aboard" brochure submitted by Jack Treutle
  • National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
  • Commanding Officers

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

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