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USS Navigator (ATA-203)
International Radio Call Sign:
USS ATA-203 (1944 - 1948)
November - India - Lima - Echo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp
Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug
Authorized as Rescue Ocean Tug (ATR-130)
Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug (ATA-203), 15 May 1944
Laid down, 10 September 1944 at Gulfport Shipbuilding, Corp., Gulfport, MS.
Launched, 26 October 1944
Commissioned, USS ATA-203, 1 January 1945, LT. J. E. Fuld, Jr. USNR in command
During World War II ATA-203 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 21 May to 10 June 1945
Fukuoka (Kyushu-Korea Area), 9 to 27 December 1945
"Klondike" (East China Sea - Ryukyus Area), 21 to 31 October 1945
Following World War II USS ATA-203 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September 1945 to 14 March 1946
Decommissioned, 20 October 1946
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange, TX.
Named USS Navigator (ATA-203), 16 July 1948
Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration,16 July 1948, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL.
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1962
Final Disposition, disposed of as a target or by test
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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||USS ATA-193 and USS ATA-203 moored at Naval Reserve Base, New Orleans, 30 June 1946. ATA-203 has just completed her journey towing YFD-15 from Pearl Harbor to New Orleans via San Diego and the Panama Canal||
Richard W. Friedrich, F/1c, LSM-467, Collection, slide number 219
USS Navigator (ATA-203)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Fuld Jr., J. E., USNR||1 January 1945 - ?|
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
USS ATA-203 Pearl Harbor to New Orleans, May-June 1946
Last Updated 22 March 2013
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