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USS ATA-180


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Quebec - Bravo
NJQB
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


ATA-121 Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug
  • Planned and authorized as Rescue Ocean Tug (ATR-107)
  • Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug (ATA-180),15 May 1944
  • Laid down, 5 June 1944, at Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, TX.
  • Launched, 14 July 1944
  • Commissioned, USS ATA-180, 27 September 1944
  • During World War II USS ATA-180 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1948 and sold to Scripps Institute of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA., named R/V Horizon
  • Final Disposition, scrapped, date unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 835 t.(lt) 1,360 t.(fl)
    Length 143'
    Beam 33' 10"
    Draft 13' 2" (limiting)
    Speed 12 kts.
    Armament
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
    Complement
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 40
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1,200 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two GM 12-278A Diesel-electric engines
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gear
    two 60Kw 120V. D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,200shp

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    USS ATA-180
    ATA-180 146k Aft plan view of USS ATA-180 at Navy Yard Mare Island, 13 March 1946.
    US Navy photo dated 3/15/46.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo #1053-46.
    Darryl L. Baker
    ATA-180 146k Forward plan view of USS ATA-180 at Navy Yard Mare Island, 13 March 1946.
    US Navy photo dated 3/15/46.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo #1054-46.
    Darryl L. Baker
    ATA-180 64k USS ATA-180 departing Mare Island after overhaul period, 15 March 1946. Shipyard records indicate overhaul started 19 January 1946 and completed 15 March 1946. She is in the Carquinez straits at the south end of the shipyard. Carquinez Bridge can be seen in the background.
    US Navy photo dated 3/15/46.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo #1096-46.
    Darryl L. Baker
    ATA-180 105k USS ATA-180 departing Mare Island after overhaul period, 15 March 1946. She is in the Carquinez straits at the south end of the shipyard. Carquinez Bridge can be seen in the background.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-116735
    Mike Green
    ATA-180 57k USS ATA-180 departing Mare Island after overhaul period, 15 March 1946. Shipyard records indicate overhaul started 19 January 1946 and completed 15 March 1946.
    Navy Yard Mare Island # 1095-46.
    Darryl L. Baker
    R/V Horizon
    ATA-180 35k Ex ATA-180 underway as the Research Vessel R/V Horizon, 1949 Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    ATA-180 99k R/V Horizon (left) moored at Scripps Institute of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA. in 1949 along with R/V Paolina-T (center) and R/V Crest ex USS YMS-292 (right) Scripps web site
    ATA-180 50k R/V Horizon moored at Scripps Institute of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA. in 1949 Scripps web site

    There is no DANFS history available for USS ATA-180 at NavSource
    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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