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USS Tunica (ATA-178)
USS ATA-178 (1944 - 1948)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Papa - Xray
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:
Laid down, 10 May 1944, as Rescue Ocean Tug ATR-105, at Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, TX.
Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug (ATA-178), 15 May 1944
Launched, 15 June 1944
Commissioned, USS ATA-178, 15 September 1944, LT. J. L. Robinson in command
During World War II USS ATA-178 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Decommissioned, 23 September 1947
Laid up in the Texas Group, Atlantic Reserve Fleet
Named, Tunica (ATA-178), 16 July 1948
Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration ,12 October 1961, for lay-up with the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX.
Struck from the Naval Register and permanently transferred to the Maritime Administration, 1 September 1962
Withdrawn from reserve by the Navy, 27 August 1986, for use as a training hulk by Mobile Salvage and Diving Unit One (MDSU-1) at Pearl Harbor, HI.
Final disposition, sunk as a target, 29 January 1999
Displacement 835 t.(lt) 1,360 t.(fl)
Beam 33' 10"
Draft 13' 2" (limiting)
Speed 12 kts.
one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
two single 20mm AA gun mounts
Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
Diesel 1,200 Bbls
two GM 12-278A Diesel-electric engines
single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gear
Ship's Service Generators
two 60Kw 120V. D.C.
single propeller, 1,200shp
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||Ex-Tunica (ATA-178) in service as a training hulk for Mobile Salvage and Diving Unit One (MDSU-1) at Pearl Harbor, HI., date and location unknown.
Photo from Wikipedia
||Looking aft from the port bridge wing of USS Salvor (ARS-52)
during salvage training in East Loch, Pearl Harbor Hawaii in 1996. The stern of the intentionally stranded salvage training hulk ex-USS Tunica (ATA-178)
can be seen in the distance. Inflatable buoys are being used to float Salvor's port main towing hawser to the stranded wreck. Some details of
Salvor's 40-ton capacity aft boom are seen in the foreground. One of Salvor's two 35-foot work boats can be seen at right.
Image courtesy of Pamcwill (real name unknown).
USS Tunica (ATA-178)
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 30 September 2016
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