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USS Iuka (ATA-123)
USS ATA-123 (1944 - 1948)
USS ATR-45 (1943 - 1944)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Alpha - Mike
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
Planned and approved as Fleet Tug AT-123
Reclassified Rescue Tug ATR-45
Laid down, 21 November 1942, at Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, TX.
Launched, 20 December 1942
Commissioned, USS ATR-45, 30 June 1943, LTtjg. J. L. Hostinsky in command
Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug ATA-123, 15 May 1944
During World War II USS ATA-123 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Decommissioned, 26 November 1947, at San Pedro, CA.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
Named Iuka (ATA-123), 16 July 1948
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Transferred to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia WA, September 1962
Acquired for commercial service by Erato Shipping & Trading Corp. S.A., Panama, 13 April 1976, renamed Deka Exi (J.S.Latsis, Piraeus)
Owners name changed to Maritime & Commercial Co. Argonaftis S.A., Panama
Arrived in tow at Aliaga for demolition by Seltas A.S., 2 December 1996
Final Disposition, scrapped in 1996
Displacement 835 t.(fl)
Beam 33' 10" (extreme)
Draft 13' 2" (limiting)
Speed 13 kts. (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 4 t.
Armament one 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
one General Motors Diesel-electric model 12-278A
single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gear
Ship's service generators
one Diesel-drive 60Kw, 120V D.C.
one Diesel-drive 30Kw, 120V D. C.
Fuel Capacity, 1300 Bbls Diesel oil
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||Ex-USS Iuka (ATA-123) in commercial service as the tug Deka Eki moored pierside, at Aliaga, Turkey, awaiting scrapping.
USS ATR-45 / USS Iuka (ATA-123)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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 15 March 2013
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