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USS Salish (ATA-187)
USS ATA-187 (1944 - 1948)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Oscar - Kilo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic -Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

USS Salish was transferred to Argentina and renamed ARA Alferez Sobral (A9)
Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
  • Projected as Rescue Ocean Tug ATR-114
  • Laid down, 29 August 1944, as ATA-187, at Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, TX.
  • Launched, 29 September 1944
  • Commissioned, USS ATA-187, 7 December 1944. LT. Thomas G. Lewis in command
  • During World War II USS ATA-187 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 22 April to 31 May 1945

  • USS ATA-187 was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.8.1 Service Group - Repair and Service Unit for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
  • Named USS Salish (ATA-187), 16 July 1948
  • Decommissioned, 10 February 1972
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 February 1975
  • USS Salish (ATA-187) earned one battle star as USS ATA-187 for her World War II service
  • Transferred (sold) to Argentina, 1 February 1975, under the Security Assistance Program, renamed ARA Alferez Sobral (A9)
  • Damage in 1982 during the Falkland War, repaired
  • Discarded by the Argentine Navy in 1984
  • Final Disposition fate unknown
    Displacement 835 t.(lt) 1,360 t.(fl)
    Length 143'
    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.
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 40
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1,200 Bbls
    two GM 12-278A Diesel-electric engines
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gear
    two 60Kw 120V D. C. Diesel-drive Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,200shp

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    USS ATA-187
    Salish 104k USS ATA-187 passing under the Golden Gate Bridge as she returns to San Francisco from Operation "Cross Roads", Bikini Atoll, October 1946. National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors, courtesy David Stinson USS Salish
    USS Salish (ATA-187)
    Salish 42k USS ATA-187 underway, circa 1953, location unknown.
    Photo courtesy National Fleet Tug Sailors Association, contributed by Sherman McGee.
    Robert Hurst
    Salish 62k USS ATA-187 underway, circa 1956, location unknown.
    Photo courtesy National Fleet Tug Sailors Association, contributed by Sherman McGee.
    Robert Hurst
    Salish 76k USS ATA-187 moored pierside at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba circa November/October 1957.
    Photo courtesy National Fleet Tug Sailors Association, contributed by Sherman McGee.
    Robert Hurst
    Salish 46k USS ATA-187 underway, circa 1966, location unknown. Note awning over bow section covering crewmen while they work.
    Photo courtesy National Fleet Tug Sailors Association, contributed by Sherman McGee.
    Robert Hurst
    Salish 63k USS Salish (ATA-187) underway, date and location unknown. National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    ARA Alferez Sobral (A9)
    Salish 6k
    José María Sobral (Gualeguaychú, Entre Ríos - 14 April 1880 - Capital Federal, 14 April 1961; coincidentally he was born and died on 14 April) was an Argentine explorer, geologist and military officer. Contribution of Francisco Javier Santos Vázquez.
    Fabio Pena
    Salish 50k Ex-USS Salish (ATA-187) in Argentine service as ARA Alferez Sobral (A9) underway shortly after joining the Argentine Navy in the 1970s. Photo by Ignacio Amendolara. Robert Hurst
    Salish 61k Damage to the bridge area of ARA Alferez Sobral (A9) after being hit by one or both of the Sea Skua ASMs fired by a Lynx HAS.Mk.2/3 (XZ247) helicopter from HMS Glasgow during the Falklands War of 1982. Earlier she had been attacked by a Lynx (XZ242) helicopter from HMS Coventry, which fired two missiles, one of which missed the bridge and the other one hit Sobral's fiberglass motorboat, injuring the crew of a 20 mm cannon and knocking out the radio masts.. Robert Hurst
    Salish 80k ARA Alferez Sobral (A9) moored pierside, probably, at Ushuaia, Naval Base, Argentina, April 2003. Armada Argentina web site
    Salish 23k ARA Alferez Sobral (A9) moored pierside at Ushuaia, Naval Base, Argentina, 2003. Robert Hurst
    Salish 56k ARA Alferez Sobral (A9) tied to mooring buoy, off Staten Island, Argentina. Note her new bridge. Photos courtesy Gustavo Roh. Robert Hurst
    Salish 42k
    Salish 18k ARA Alferez Sobral (A9) underway, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst

    USS Salish (ATA-187)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Lewis, Thomas George, USNR7 December 1944 - ?
    02LT. Hansen, Hans Peter, USN1952 - 1954
    03LT. Fleiner, Fred J.1956 - 1958
    04LTjg. Stefferud, David Roberts, USN1958 - 1959
    05LT. Byrne, Joseph Lawrence, USN1959 - 1961
    06LT. Morris, John DeWitt, USN1961 - 1963
    07LT. Cotton, Robert Vance1963 - August 1965
    08LT. Donovan, Francis Raymond :VADMAugust 1965 - March 1967
    09LT. Hutton Jr., Joseph John, USNMarch 1967 - 7 July 1969
    10LT. Sargeant Jr., Harry, USN7 July 1969 - 10 February 1972
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
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